Boerner Botanical Gardens: Holiday Gift Fair with Santa, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 3. Workshops, special events and activities for all ages. Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. Information: (414) 525-5653; www.boernerbotanicalgardens.org
- Origami Ornaments. Dec. 5. $10/$15.
- Holiday Wreath Making. Dec. 6 and 7. $30/$35.
Lynden Sculpture Garden: Lynden offers holiday giftmaking workshops in November and December for families with smaller children to more advanced workshops for adults. Experience art in nature through its collection of more than 50 monumental sculptures sited across 40 acres of park, lake and woodland. 2145 W. Brown Deer Road. (414) 446-8794; lyndensculpturegarden.org
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory: “Naughty or Nice” Holiday Floral Show display features a 25-foot holiday tree, and re-creates Santa’s elves making toys at the North Pole. 524 S. Layton Blvd. (414) 257-5600; milwaukeedomes.org/
- Buy Local Gift Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 19.
- Urban Garage Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 25-26.
Rotary Botanical Gardens: A 20-acre nonprofit botanic garden open year-round, with a visitor center and meeting facility offering classes and workshops. 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. Information: (608) 752-3885; www.rotarybotanicalgardens.org
- Plant Selection for Four-Season Garden Interest, 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 29. $5/$3.
- Holiday Light Show, opens Dec. 8 (through Dec. 31).
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center: Explore six miles of trails through 185-acres of varied habitats, including forests, wetlands, prairies, and Lake Michigan Shoreline. 1111 E. Brown Deer Road, Bayside, (414) 352-2880; www.schlitzaudubon.org/
Southminister Presbyterian Church: Winter Farmers Market, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 19. Shop for baked goods, fresh produce, meats, eggs, preserves, apples, cider, syrup, steel cut oats, handmade alpaca fiber products, and fair trade items. Brunch available for $7 per person. 200 Richard St., Waukesha.
Stone Bank Farm Market: Visit the market for organic, locally-grown produce, dairy products, poultry, pork, and grass-fed beef, as well as artisanal foods, or participate in classes. N68-W33208 County Road K, Stone Bank. (262) 563-8010; stonebankmarket.com/
Victory Garden Initiative: Gardening classes and events which bring a community together around growing food. Information: (414) 431-0888; victorygardeninitiative.org
Zoological Society of Milwaukee: Fantastic Forest “Animals from Around the World!” features handmade animal ornaments from Dec. 1 to 29. View more than five dozen evergreen trees decorated for the holidays. Conservation Education department offers environmental education classes for children and families. Information: (414) 258-5058; www.zoosociety.org/Education/
BMO Harris Bank: “A Holiday in King Arthur’s Court – the Magic of Camelot” annual Holiday Display opens to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 27 (through Jan. 2). Life-sized Steiff animals are clothed as kings, queens and knights in the downtown bank lobby, and displayed on thrones and in medieval towers. 770 N. Water St.
Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion: Twilight Tours, 5-7 p.m. Nov. 24 and Dec. 22. $15 adult/ $8 child. Flemish Renaissance revival mansion featuring handcrafted woodwork, original wall coverings and 19th-century artwork. 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave. (414) 931-0808; www.pabstmansion.com
- Dinner and a Show, Dec. 7, 14 and 16. $175 adult/ $85 child.
Cedar Creek Settlement: Festive Friday Eves, 5-9 p.m. The Settlement features gift and specialty shops, antique stores, galleries, festively adorned for the holidays with natural greenery, garlands, and luminarias. N70-W6340 Bridge Road, Cedarburg. (262) 377-4763.
- Home for the Holidays. Nov. 24.
- A Heritage Christmas. Dec. 1.
Christmas at Kemper: Tour the Durkee Mansion decorated in “Woodland Birds & Berries” for the holiday season, 1:30-5 p.m. Nov. 26, (through Dec.). 6501 3rd Ave., Kenosha. (262) 925-8040; www.kempercenter.com
Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum: Christmas at the Inn, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2; noon-4 p.m. Dec. 3. Visit this historic site decorated for the holidays, with guided tours, children crafts, a bake sale and soup sampling. Adult $6; child 6-12 $3; 5 and under free. 1075 Pilgrim Parkway, Brookfield. (262) 782-4057; www.elmbrookhistoricalsociety.org
German Christmas Market: Celebrate the German community in Wisconsin, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 24; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Nov. 25; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 26. Polka music in warm tents and outdoor beer gardens, gingerbread decorating for the kids, and a Christmas Village of vendors and fire pit. On the corner of Main St. and Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. www.germanchristmasmarket.org/
Historic Milwaukee Inc.: Explore Milwaukee! Nonprofit educational organization provides walking tours, guided bus tours, slide shows and lectures. (414) 277-7795; www.historicmilwaukee.org
Holiday Folk Fair International: “Celebrate the Culture of Welcome” and the cultural heritage of the people living in southeastern Wisconsin, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 19. $12. General parking $6. State Fair Park Exposition Center, 8200 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis. (414) 225-6225; www.folkfair.org
Italian Community Center: Holiday Boutique features handcrafted artwork, edible gifts and Italian cookies, with lunch available in LaScala Restaurant, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 25. $2. Festa Hall, 631 E. Chicago Ave. iccmilwaukee.com
Lake Geneva Baker House: Victorian Tea and Historic Home Tour, every Saturday at 2 p.m. $28 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Enjoy hand select teas and a selection of savory and sweet delights, while surrounded by holiday decor, and let the Victorian dressed staff guide you through the historic journey of this restored Nationally Registered Historic Property. 327 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva. Reservation required: (262) 248-4700.
Milwaukee Art Museum: Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sundays “Deck the Walls,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3. Create drawings, prints and paintings inspired by the holiday season and the work of master artists. 700 N. Art Museum Drive. mam.org
Monches Artisans Holiday Tour: Visit with artists and crafts people in their studios, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1-3. Take a driving tour though the Holy Hill area to see and purchase handmade art and crafts. www.monchesartisans.com/
North Point Lighthouse: Public tours of maritime and lighthouse museum including tower with views of the harbor, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 2650 N. Wahl Ave. Admission: $8/$5. (414) 332-6754; northpointlighthouse.org/
Old World Wisconsin: “Old World Christmas” weekend features holiday carols and stories, cider and horse-drawn bobsled rides, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2-3; 9-10. Adults $12; Child $9. W372-S9727 Hwy 67, Eagle, (262) 594-6301.
- Holiday Breakfast. Dec. 9-10.
Polish Center of Wisconsin: Advanced Polish Paper Ornaments, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 20. $25 adult; $20 PHA member; $15 child. Pre-registration required. 6941 S. 68th St., Franklin. (414) 529-2140.
- Holiday Bazaar & Brunch. Dec. 3.
SC Johnson Golden Rondelle Theater: “The Experimental City” screening and discussion, 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Free. Documentary film tells story of how technology and innovative design doomed city. Community Interest Programs, RSVP requested. 1525 Howe St., Racine, (262) 260-2154; scjohnson.com/CIPreservations
Ten Chimneys: The National Historic Landmark home of Alfred Lunt & Lynn Fontanne. Public tours run from 10 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Tues-Sat; noon-2:45 p.m. Sunday. Advance reservations recommended. $28/$35/$50. Lunt-Fontanne Program Center is open free of charge to the public. S43-W31575 Depot Road, Genesee Depot. (262) 968-4110; www.tenchimneys.org
Tippecanoe Library: Antiquing, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Learn how to find and purchase quality antique items. 3912 S. Howell Ave.
Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum: Renaissance Garden re-creates the classic elements of a 16th-century Tuscan landscape. Italian Renaissance-style villa features fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th to the 18th centuries, and a formal garden. Open to the public 1-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. General admission, $7 adults; $5 students, seniors and military. 2220 N. Terrace Ave. (414) 271-3656; www.cavtmuseums.org
- Della Robbia Holiday Party, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7.
Wade House Historic Site: A Wade House Christmas, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2-3, 9-10. Yankee and German holiday decorations with fresh evergreen garlands, period crafts and games, and horse-drawn wagon rides. $12 adult; $10 senior and student; $6 child.W7965 Highway 23, Greenbush. (920) 526-3271; www.wadehouse.org
Waukesha County Expo Center: Mistletoe Market Craft and Art Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1-2. $3 admission. All items are handmade by seller, from yard and front door décor, soy candles and baskets, clothing and soft sculpture, woven rugs and home décor. Forum Bldg., 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha. www.waukeshacounty.gov/events/
Waukesha County Technical College: Hands-on noncredit personal enrichment courses. Classes held at 327 E. Broadway, Waukesha. Registration: (262) 691-5578; www.wctc.edu/
Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts: Family Fun Day, noon-4 p.m. Dec. 9. Lectures and classes for all adults, beginner to advanced, on a variety of fiber arts topics. N50-W5050 Portland Road, Cedarburg. (262) 546-0300; wiquiltmuseum.com/