As you put away the lawn chairs and outdoor toys and opt to move indoors with loved ones, consider these ten family gathering experiences in Whitewater, WI. From cozy places to warm treats and festive events, you’ll create pre-holiday memories you’ll always cherish!
November – January
930 W Main St, Whitewater
Everyone loves to cozy up in a theater to catch a live performance! From live music to theater acts, you’ll enjoy warm entertainment in Whitewater’s state-of-the-art performing arts venue, Young Auditorium.
Jumpstart your holiday shopping with unique gifts from local vendors and businesses. Enjoy live music, have a s’more at Blitzen’s Bonfire, let the kiddos write a letter to Santa and do crafts in the Little Elves Workshop & Play Area, eat good food from food trucks, enjoy hot cocoa or mulled wine in the Gumdrop Glogg Garden, and ring in the holiday season with a Santa Meet & Greet and carriage rides downtown!
November-December on various days
218 Elkhorn Rd, Whitewater
Fee: $40-$150 depending on materials needed
What’s more cozy than gathering together and making something seasonal/festive? Create blown ornaments, fused glass pieces of all kinds, and mosaics at Whitewater’s very own stained glass studio, The Vinery. An experience that leaves you with a memento!
Whitewater Arts Alliance
November-December 18th, 2022
Cultural Arts Center
402 West Main St, Whitewater
From mosaics to paintings and collage to photography, there’s a little something in the Whitewater Arts Alliance Member Show for everyone. Held in the quaint, historic Cultural Arts Center, you’ll enjoy the space as much as the exhibit! Be sure to vote for your favorite pieces!
📸: The Sweet Spot Cafe
Sweet Spot Bakehouse
1185 W Main St, Whitewater
Have the family warm up with a mug of hot cocoa in hand at Sweet Spot Bakehouse. Get cakesicles and have a dunking party. Hot cocoa’s more fun with more treats!
Trippe Lake Park
407 S Wisconsin St, Whitewater
This one may not be indoors, but it’s a thrilling gathering experience for outdoor/snow loving families. Not only does “Killer Hill” drop 823 ft., it offers a Sled Shed! Take a sled, leave a sled thanks to Whitewater Parks & Rec. Think snow, cozy up in your winter gear, and put this at the top of your list!
The Book Teller
T-Fri: 11-6p & Sat: 10-5p
171 W Main St, Whitewater
Cozy up in a big comfy chair with the kiddos and read some good books, aloud or together silently in this beloved, historic bank turned bookstore. Let the kids wander into the old vault while you enjoy shopping for gifts from local artisans!
The Whitewater Aquatic Center
580 S. Elizabeth St, Whitewater
Mon-Fri: 6a-9p, Sat: 7a-4:30p
Fee: Whitewater Resident Day Pass: $8/person, Non-Resident Day Pass: $10/person
Enjoy a little taste of summer by going swimming with the fam…indoors! With a lazy river, water slide, whirlpool, and play structure, the Whitewater Aquatic Center is a fun gathering spot for the active family. Reserve times to use the amenities or come during Open Swim.
151 East Pearson Lane, Whitewater
There’s no greater family gathering experience than cozying up for a movie, especially on the big screen at one of few remaining hometown theaters! Fill everyone’s arms with bags of the best popcorn around, some classic movie snacks, and drinks of choice and settle in for a few hours of entertainment. And if you want to take the movie theater experience to your house, order all your favorite goodies to go! Peep the theater experience here.
841 E Milwaukee St, Whitewater
Warm up the insides with stick to your ribs goodness at 841 Brewhouse. Take the family out for Mac & Cheese Mondays and choose one of three combos they’ve created, new each week! What kiddo doesn’t like mac & cheese?! And what adult doesn’t like Shrimp Alfredo? Or Chicken Spinach Ravioli? We’re not drooling, you are.