Holiday Time

Holiday Time

Enjoy the holiday spirit at the library.  Relax to a Santa storytime, enjoy a holiday concert or donate to the Mitten Tree!

Library Holiday Programs

Holiday ConcertHoliday Concert Under the Dome
Saturday, Dec. 5 at Noon.
The Aria singers of the Oshkosh Youth Choir perform holiday music and invite the audience to sing along with some of their favorites.  Refreshments provided.

Santa Storytime

Saturday, Dec. 12; 1 p.m.*
Monday, Dec. 14; 6 p.m.
Under the Dome

Stories, magic and singalongs with Santa! 
No registration necessary.

*Come early on Saturday to hear the Oshkosh North Madrigal Singers perform at 12:30 p.m.!

DIY: Ornaments for Kids DIY: Ornaments for Kids
Dec. 8 (5 to 7 p.m.)
Dec. 19 (10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Dec. 21 (10 a.m. to noon)

Stop in and make an ornament or two to enjoy during your holiday celebrations.  For ages 3 & up.  Lower level meeting room.

Teen DIY: Holiday Cards
Friday, December 18 at 4:30 p.m. 
Design a card to keep or give to someone special for the holidays.  Open to teens in grades 6-12.  Lower level meeting room.

Winter Break at the Library
Fun for kids and families!
Winter Break

Pete the Cat Book Party
Monday, Dec. 28 10 a.m.
Stories, crafts and activities to celebrate everyone’s favorite cool cat.

Boredom Bustin’ Games
Tuesday, Dec. 29 1 p.m.
Our "minute-to-win-it" type games are anything but boring!

Noon Year’s Eve Party
Thursday, Dec. 31 11 a.m.

Ring in the new year at our "sock hop." Music, dancing, snacks & a countdown!

Mitten Tree

Holiday Giving

The Mitten Tree

Nov. 28-Dec. 18
In partnership with the Salvation Army.
Donate new mittens, gloves, hats & scarves for area children.

Oshkosh Fire Department Food & Toy Drive
The 16th Annual Oshkosh Fire Department Food and Toy Drive is underway! Keep an eye out as Santa and the Oshkosh Fire Department ride through your neighborhood, collecting food, toys, or cash to be donated to the Salvation Army. Donations can also be dropped off at any fire station until December 11th and checks can be made payable to “Oshkosh Firefighters Charitable Trust.”

Salvation Army Bell Ringers
To volunteer, call 232-7660 or stop at the Salvation Army community center, 417 Algoma Blvd.

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer opportunities in the Fox Cities and Oshkosh Area from the Volunteer Center of East Central Wisconsin.

Local Holiday Events

Celebration of Lights  - Nov. 24 - Dec. 31
Enjoy the Celebration of Lights in Menominee Park. Tuesday, November 24 - December 31.  5 - 9 p.m. daily.  General Admission per carload is $ 8.00. $1 off with a non-perishable in-date canned food donation.  Enter just North of the Main entrance at Miller's Bay Boat Launch (north of Hazel and Irving Streets).

Holiday Gallery Walk
Dec. 5, 6 - 9 p.m.

Christmas in the Air - Sat., Dec. 5, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Get into the holiday spirit at EAA’s annual Christmas in the Air, a free community event for all ages.

Grand Opera House Holiday Events - Visit the Grand Opera House this holiday season.  Celebrating Sinatra with Bryan Anthony and the UW Oshkosh Jazz Ensemble, Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.  The Celtic Tenors Christmas, Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Oshkosh Public Museum - Deck the Halls Exhibit
Nov. 22, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016

This annual holiday experience features the Sawyer home decorated in holiday splendor reminiscent of the times. Children under 18 receive free admission, and adults are only $3.50.

Race for the Light
Sat., Dec. 5, Race begins at 4:30 p.m.
Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services 13th annual Race for the Light is a fun-filled run/walk through Oshkosh.  Race starts at the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh.

"Nutcracker in the Castle" - Paine Art Center and Gardens
1401 Algoma Blvd. Nov. 20 - Jan. 4

Guided and self-guided tours offered. Presented within the historic mansion, the Paine’s original production of the Nutcracker fairy tale immerses audiences in the fantastic scenes of the beloved holiday story.

Events & travel links: Oshkosh | Fox Cities | Green Bay | Milwaukee | Madison | Wisconsin

Holiday Cooking

Butterball ~ Turkey Talk Line: 1-800-288-8372 or 1-800-BUTTERBALL.
For recipes, turkey tips, and Talk-Line hours.

Land O' Lakes
Recipes, baking basics, cookbooks and entertaining tips.

Thanksgiving Recipes
Over 365 Christmas cookie recipes!

Christmas Recipes

Holiday Sites

Choose & Cut Wisconsin Christmas Tree Farms
Looking for a place to cut your own tree?  Check out this site from the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association.

Christmas poinsettias
How to care for your poinsettia & information on the poinsettia legend.

History of Thanksgiving
What the first meal consisted of, Mayflower myths and interviews with two Pilgrims from Plimoth Plantation. From the History Channel.

Kwanzaa: History & Traditions
Kwanzaa history & descriptions of the seven principles & symbols at the History Channel site.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Greetings in Different Languages

Create your own holiday cards & photo gifts.

Telephone Directories
Find phone numbers and addresses for sending holiday greetings.

Virtual Chanukah
History, stories, games, and recipes. Site is also available in other languages.