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MANITOWOC - It's time to board the Magical Trolley Ride to the North Pole. The event, this Friday and Saturday, is a fundraiser for Manitowoc County CASA and Lakeshore CAP.
Here's more about where to get your ticket to the North Pole, along with information about other things to do this week on the Lakeshore.
The Magical Trolley Ride to the North Pole will run from 4 to 9 p.m Friday and 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Trolleys board at Manitowoc Coffee in downtown Manitowoc and then take passengers on a trip to see Santa Claus at the North Pole (which is at the Holiday Inn). A party awaits passengers at the North Pole, complete with crafts, cookie decorating, games, storytelling and hot chocolate. Guests will also meet Santa and have a professional photo taken, which they’ll receive before they return home.
Tickets must be purchased in advance, and are $25 per child, ages 1-13, and $30 per person for ages 14 and older. Each ticket includes a round-trip ride on a heated trolley; cookie decorating and hot chocolate; crafts and games; face painting; performances by Hatrack Storytellers; balloon creations; a special bell to keep; a visit and photo with Santa; and a hardcover, holiday-themed book (children's tickets only).
To learn more or to purchase tickets, call Lakeshore CAP at 920-682-3737, visit https://bit.ly/MagicalTrolleyRide2019 or visit on Facebook at @MagicalTrolleyRideToTheNorthPoleManitowoc.
Kids board a "magical" trolley to Santa's North Pole at the Holiday Inn Saturday, December 8, 2018, in Manitowoc, Wis. Proceeds from the event went to Lakeshore CAPS. Joshua Clark/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin (Photo: Joshua Clark, Joshua Clark/USA TODAY NETWORK-W)
Mishicot's 10th annual Christmas in the Village will run 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Many activities, food, shopping, crafts and family activities are planned throughout the day. Vendors and mitten giveaway will take place at Holy Cross School. There will be horse-drawn wagon rides throughout the village from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. For a complete list of activities, visit the Mishicot Business Association on Facebook, or call Mishicot Area Growth & Improvement Committee at 920-755-3411.
FILE - Horse-drawn wagon rides are part of the fun at Mishicot's Christmas in the Village. (Photo: File/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)
The Rouse Simmons sits in dock with Christmas trees filling its deck in 1908. (Photo: Courtesy of Chicago History Museum)
Wisconsin Maritime Museum, 75 Maritime Drive, Manitowoc, will host an admission-free day filled with holiday activities this Saturday. The event will celebrate the region's shipbuilding and lakefaring heritage while also highlighting the famous Christmas Tree Ship, the Rouse Simmons.
Throughout the day, visitors can also take tours the USS Cobia submarine led by World War II reenactors and veterans and enjoy all the galleries in the museum.
Manitowoc Police Department Capt. Jeremy Kronforst's annual Frosty's Festival of Lights is now on display at 1434 Daisy Drive, Manitowoc.
The light display opened on Thanksgiving and will run through the remainder of December, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Sundays-Thursdays and 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Tune your radio to 89.7 FM and listen to music synchronized with the display. Donations from the display go to benefit the Shop With a Cop program.
FILE - Manitowoc Police Department Capt. Jeremy Kronforst hangs lights on his house for his Frosty's Festival of Lights display in 2018. Donations from the display go to benefit the Shop With a Cop program. (Photo: Joshua Clark/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)
Holy Family College will present “Sounds of Christmas at Holy Family College” at 3 p.m. Saturday in Bob & Pat Endries Performance Hall inside the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at holyfamilycollege.edu/tickets, by calling 920-686-6274 or visiting the box office in person inside the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance. Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Treats will be available for purchase at the event.
The UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus, Lakeshore Wind Ensemble will present its "Festival of Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Civic Centre, 913 S. Eighth St., Manitowoc.
The concert is conducted by UWGB, Manitowoc Campus, Associate Professor of Music Marc Sackman. Tom Zalaski, WFRV Channel 5 news anchorman, is back this year to narrate. Joining the Wind Ensemble will be vocalists David Bourgeois and Barbara Whitcomb, as well as the Festival of Christmas Children’s Choir under the direction of Bourgeois, who is also the music teacher at Monroe Elementary School.
Following the concert, the audience is invited to a reception in the Capitol Civic Centre’s Mertens Family Lobby to meet the conductor, narrator, musicians and choir members.
Tickets — $16 for adult seating and $9 for students and all balcony seating — are available at the Capitol Civic Centre Box Office, by calling 920-683-2184 or online at cccshows.org. Prices do not include the CCC ticket fee or sales tax.
FILE - A previous 'Festival of Christmas' performance by the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble. (Photo: Provided)
Clipper City Model Railroad Club will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The display is at Manitowoc County Expo grounds, 4921 Expo Drive. Admission is $2 for individuals, $5 for a family, and free for ages 10 and younger. More info is at https://clippercitymodelrailroadclub.org/.
Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, 1816 10th St., Two Rivers, is offering a holiday-themed Ink & Drink event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Cost is $40 per person and is open to those 21 or older. Attendees must bring their own beverages. Space is limited, so registration and a $20 non-refundable deposit are required. The $20 balance is due at the beginning of the workshop. Register at woodtype.org, by email to email@example.com or call 920-794-6272.
Also, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14, the museum will host "Letterpress Workshop: Holiday Extravaganza." The museum's website said: "Join us to print holiday cards, gift tags, or unique holiday gifts for your loved ones. We will be pulling out our collection of spectacular holiday blocks, cuts and imagery that is not otherwise available for this fun-filled day of printing." Cost for that workshop is $125 per person with the museum providing ink and 25 sheets of 100-pound white cover stock at 12 inches by 18 inches. Space is limited, so reservations and a $65 non-refundable deposit when you sign up are required. The $60 to fulfill the full cost of the workshop will be due at the beginning of the workshop.
The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers houses one of the largest collections of wood type in the world. Josh Clark/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay St., kicks off its "Holiday Melodies" series with the Lincoln Singers performing from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Remaining performances on the schedule include harpist Anna Hamann from noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 14; pianist Alice Kosloski from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 15; and holiday jazz with The Crowned Imperials from noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 21.
Manitowoc's Treehouse Theater will present the magical Disney musical "Frozen Jr." at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus, Theatre Thursday-Sunday.
Performances are slated for 6:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets are $14 for ages 4 and older and may be purchased through cast families, online at https://www.treehousetheater.com/frozen-jr-tickets, or with cash or check only at the UWGB-Manitowoc Theatre Box Office on performance days. Doors to the theater will open 30 minutes prior to each show time.
Capitol Civic Centre Community Chorale, under the direction of Susie and Jim Miller, will present a Coolest Coast Choral Concert at the Capitol Civic Centre on Thursday and then repeated on Dec. 12 at UWGB-Manitowoc Campus.
Tickets are $10 and are available in advance at the Capitol Civic Centre box office, 913 S. Eighth St., or by phone at 920-683-2184. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the night of the concert. Free admission with a valid student ID is offered to UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus, students. The shows start at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.
Jean Wolfmeyer's "The Nutcracker" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.) Dec. 13 and at 3:30 p.m. (doors at 2:30 p.m.) Dec. 14-15 at the Capitol Civic Centre, 913 S. Eighth St.
Tickets are $25 or $17 for adults, and $14 or $10 for students ages 18 and younger, plus tax and fees. They can be purchased in advance at the Capitol Civic Centre box office at 920-683-2184 or by visiting cccshows.org.
FILE - Jean Wolfmeyer's 'The Nutcracker' will soon take the Capitol Civic Centre stage. (Photo: Angela Lettenberger)
Santa Claus is coming to the Manitowoc Public Library from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 15. Those wanting to visit with Santa should register in advance for one of three time slots — noon-1 p.m., 1-2 p.m. or 2-3 p.m. Registration opened Dec. 1. Go to manitowoclibrary.org to register online or call the library at 920-686-3000. One registration is required for each child.
During the day, the library will also have activities that require no registration, including holiday crafts, live music, a book sale, and live reindeer on the library lawn from 1 to 3 p.m. All ages are welcome, although children younger than 8 must be supervised by an adult at all times.
FILE - Mylan Kohler, of Manitowoc, takes photographs of her son, Zachory, meeting Santa Claus at Manitowoc Public Library in December 2015. (Photo: USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)
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