It's a Wonderful Life in Wausau, Wisconsin, Especially at Holiday Time
There's a whole lot of ho-ho-ho-ing going on at Jefferson Street Inn. Ready to get in the holiday spirit?
Holiday Shopping List
Evolutions in Design becomes a winter wonderland this time of year, making it a magical must-shop for artful home décor treasures and sophisticated gifts to give or keep for yourself.
Janke Book Store is Wisconsin's oldest, established in 1874. Make it a holiday tradition to visit this literary mecca for Wisconsin books, cookbooks and bestsellers, plus children's books, games and puzzles.
Isaac's Fine Apparel is known for its chic apparel and collection of beautiful accessories, all designed to make you feel like a million bucks at that special holiday soiree. For men, Campbell Haines Menswear offers the finest names in suits, sportswear and formalwear.
Stoned & Wired Bead Shop offers a dazzling selection of beads, Swarovski crystals, embellishments and supplies. If you're not a jewelry maker but love handmade jewelry, then you'll love shopping the array of custom pieces here.
Katzenbarkers is a pet's best friend. Stock up on treats baked right on premise, toys to keep your pet happy, and the latest fashions in clothes and collars for the four-legged member of the family.
Black Purl is a full-service knitting store with custom-designed patterns, yarns and accessories. A very cozy spot on a cold winter's day.
Insider Favorite: If you're looking for a gift with a story that's also one-of-a-kind, shop the work of more than 80 local and regional artists at the Center for Visual Arts gift shop. Added bonus - it's right in our hotel complex. Make time to visit the galleries too.
Warm Up with Classic Cuisine
City Grill Bistro spent weeks perfecting its holiday drink and dining menu and we think they've outdone themselves this year. Enjoy live music on select dates too. This restaurant is a favorite of the locals and is located directly off the lobby of Jefferson Street Inn.
Michael's Supper Club at Rib Mountain is classic fine dining with choice steaks and seafood on the menu. They also serve a Friday Fish Fry, a Wisconsin tradition.
Insider Favorite: Patina Coffeehouse is dedicated to organic, from the dairy in your coffee to the flavor syrups in your specialty drink. Treat yourself to a scone while you're there.
Snow and Ice Are Very Nice
Skiing is tops at Granite Peak in Rib Mountain State Park. Did you know: It has the greatest drop of any ski area in the state, at 700 feet. Its 75 runs and three high speed lifts will keep you moving.
Insider Favorite: Shepherd & Shaller Sporting Goods has an amazing selection of sports equipment for the serious athlete, including downhill and cross country skis, snowboards, snowshoes, and skates, plus rentals. The clothing selection is outstanding as well.
Cheeriest Events of the Season
November 25: Shop local during Small Business Saturday. It's the best way to keep the holiday goodwill going during your visit to Wausau.
December 1: The annual Holiday Parade makes its way downtown at 7 p.m. There will be floats with twinkling lights, a tree lighting, the much-anticipated visit from Santa, even a warming party in Great Hall featuring the Wausau Symphonic Band.
January 27: The 6th annual Winter Fest serves up a full day of free activities for the whole family. Picture horse-drawn carriage rides, a snow slide, ice skating, and ice sculptures throughout the downtown.
January 27-28: The Wausau 525 Snowmobile Championship, a professional snowmobile racing event that draws drivers from the Midwest and Canada, supports local families with critically ill children and other charities.
Insider Favorite: The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum is such a treasure for this community. December 2 through February 25, see both the "Wild Fabrications" quilt exhibit and "Explorations in Wood" exhibit of wood-turned vessels and more sculptural forms.