Holiday Time

Holiday Time

Enjoy the holiday spirit at the library!  Relax to a storytime, enjoy a holiday concert, give the gift of reading or donate to the Mitten Tree!

Mitten TreeHoliday Giving @ the Library
Nov. 28-Dec. 18
In partnership with the  Salvation Army.

Give the Gift of Reading
Share the joy of reading by donating a new book to a child in need.   Books will be distributed by the Salvation Army to children of all ages. Drop off books in the 1st floor lobby of the library.  This annual program is jointly presented by the Oshkosh Public Library and the Salvation Army. It is made possible by the generous contributions of local residents.

The Mitten Tree
Donate new mittens, gloves, hats & scarves for area children. Bring items to the library's lower level to hang on the Mitten Tree.

Bare Essentials Food & Clothing Drive
Donations accepted at the library between Dec. 1 - 15
The drive is a project of the Oshkosh Area Self-Sufficiency Project. Most-needed items include underwear, socks, peanut butter, canned tuna, toothpaste, shampoo and toilet paper. The collection box is next to the Customer Service desk on 1st floor.

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.

Library Holiday Programs

Christmas Card Saturdays
Nov. 29 & Dec. 6
1 to 4 p.m. each day

Holiday ConcertBring the family and take your Christmas card photo under the library’s beautiful and historic Dome.  The Friends of the Library Christmas trees will be up and there will be several areas where you can take your own photos.

Holiday concert under the Dome
Saturday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m.
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
Monday, Dec. 15; 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 16; 6:30 p.m.*
Stories, magic and singalongs with Santa!  No registration necessary.  Lower level meeting room.
*Come early on Tuesday to hear the Oshkosh West Madrigal Singers perform at 6 p.m.!

Celebration of Lights Stories
Celebration of Lights Stories
Visit us at the Celebration of Lights this Holiday Season!  Library staff will share holiday stories, songs and activities at the Elves’ Hideout during the  Celebration of Lights in Menominee Park from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 5, 12 & 19. (The Elves’ Hideout is in the Lakefly Café at the entrance to the Menominee Park Zoo.)

Local Holiday Events

Downtown Holiday Parade
Thurs., Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m.

Theme: Rockin' holidays. Holiday music & bag give aways (while supplies last) in Opera House Square, 5-6 p.m.  Tree Lighting Ceremony in Opera House Square, 6 p.m.
Contact Devan Strebig at or 920.303.2265 ext. 16. with questions.  Downtown Oshkosh Calendar of Holiday Events

Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia - Fanfare for the Seasons
November 22, 7:30 p.m.  Grand Opera House
Featuring "Peter and the Wolf" and a variety of holiday themed fanfares and favorites--including a sing along, the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra’s fall program will also feature the winners of our conductor competition--conducting a piece in the second half of the program.

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

Downtown Holiday Gallery Walk from 6-9pm, with special guests Santa and Mrs. Claus at the 404 N. Main Building from 4-8pm! Free gift wrapping will be provided by Women’s Division of Oshkosh Area and cookies, milk & hot chocolate will be available for purchase.

Celebration of Lights - Nov. 25 - Dec. 31
Menominee Park, Oshkosh, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. $8 a car full, and $7 with a non-perishable food item. Check website for announcements of free community nights & schedule of Santa appearances. Enter just North of the Main entrance at Miller's Bay Boat Launch (north of Hazel and Irving Streets).

Christmas in the Air - Sat., Dec. 6, 11 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; see website for November & December musical events.

Oshkosh Public Museum - Deck the Halls Exhibit
Nov. 23, 2014 - Jan. 11, 2015

The second annual Deck the Halls exhibition will open with a public reception from 1-4 p.m. on Sun., November 23, complete with special demonstrations and musical performances.  Stroll through the halls of the historic Sawyer home to view the beautiful recreated Victorian holiday decorations.

Race for the Light
Sat., Dec. 6, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services 12th 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. 21 - Jan. 5

Guided and self-guided tours offered. Guided tours feature live characters, music and youth ballet performances.  Visit the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cupcake Factory and dine on her scrumptious confections.

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

Holiday Cooking

Zinio : Free Online Magazines
Browse popular magazines for latest holiday recipes and decorating ideas.

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.