Let’s Celebrate the Holidays!



Christmas and New Year’s are coming, which I’m sure is no news to anyone! But what might be news is all the happenings in Delavan for each holiday! Let’s get started on figuring out what your plans are going to be.

Kick off the day before Christmas Eve with Whiskey Ranch’s Ugly Holiday Outfit Party, Dec. 23 from 11 am – 2 pm. Pull out the ugly sweater, find the knit pants with the snowflakes and penguins on ’em, throw on the fuzzy boots and head on over for some lighthearted holiday fun. There’s even gonna be a winner chosen for the “best” ugly holiday outfit! Follow that fun with Rosewood’s “Listen to the Lights” outdoor light and music display, 5 – 11 pm nightly. Just turn your car radio to 92.9 FM and listen to the sounds and music of the holidays as every 20 minutes it rotates through. Seeing someone else’s lights, and especially put to music, is always a highlight of the holiday season ‘coz it’s someone else up on the ladder and not me! If you’ve still got your ugly sweater on, then you can finish off the night at The Watershed Saloon’s Customer Appreciation Christmas Party, 7 – 10 pm. If you’ve never been there, well first of all, shame on you, but don’t think that you don’t count as a customer to be appreciated since when you walk in the door on Dec. 23 for the party, you instantly are now a customer! Ain’t that easy peasy how that worked out? If you like live music, then head over to Lake Lawn Resort from 9 pm – 1 am for Kevin Kennedy, aka Special K, in the Lookout Bar & Eatery. The award winning entertainer will bring his powerful vocal styling as you listen to familiar songs from the 50’s to today.

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 of course, can be kicked off at Lake Lawn Resort with their Champagne Brunch, 8:30 am – 2 pm. I even heard a rumor that certain someone might be paying a visit before he gets busy later on that night! If you left room after the Brunch, then stick around or if you’ve got last minute shopping to do, then come on back for Lake Lawn Resort’s Dickens-inspired Christmas Eve Dinner at The Frontier. Take a step back in time and enjoy one of the most famous holiday meals as shared by Bob Cratchit and his family. Chef David Ross has created a spectacular menu based on the food, design and spirit of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. After all that good food, dance it off at New Horizons with The Mike Stone Trio, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. I’m betting some hot swing jazz will be just the ticket to get energized for Christmas Eve. And that makes for good sleeping while you know who does his gift giving thing!

Christmas Day brings a Grand Yuletide Christmas Day Buffet at Lake Lawn Resort, 10 am – 6 pm, with traditional holiday and brunch favorites in abundance, at the beautiful and festively decorated Frontier Restaurant. After the presents are all opened and before the first toy is broken, let Chef David Ross and his staff do the cooking for Christmas Day. If you didn’t get enough of The Mike Stone Trio the night before, they’ll be back again at New Horizons, 6:30 – 9:30 pm, or if you couldn’t make it out then, you get a chance to see ’em now!

Get warmed up for the New Year’s Eve celebrations with live music options on Saturday, Dec. 30! Kevin Kennedy, aka Special K, will again be at Lake Lawn Resort in the Lookout Bar & Eatery, 9 pm – 1 am. You can start off the night with Grammy award winner Terry Sweet, 6 – 10 pm, playing all your favorites from Billy Joel to Jerry Lee Lewis in The Frontier Restaurant at Lake Lawn Resort. Delavan Lake Store is hosting SIMPLE, a local artist offering soft acoustic and folk music in a relaxed environment.

New Year’s Eve of course brings on the celebration! Start the morning by building up for the night with the Champagne Brunch at Lake Lawn Resort, 8:30 am – 2 pm. If staying up ’til midnight CST isn’t your thing, Rosewood offers New Year’s at Noon, 11:30 am – 3:30 pm,  rolling out the red carpet for 2018 with cocktail reception, dining with their signature Chef-attended dinner stations, and at 2 pm, ‘Fabulous!’ featuring Mark and Gretch Hladish with Jo Hodgins performing a colorful, floor-show styled production of legendary musical standards by such artists as Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Elvis, The Andrews Sisters, and more. There will be the special feature during the show of Rosewood’s New Year’s Eve Countdown and Champagne Toast to properly usher in the New Year in style.

For those of you that will take a nap during the day on New Year’s Eve to allow for being up late… Okay, that’s probably gonna be me doing that, but I know I’m not the only one that does it! Rosewood again rolls out the red carpet for 2018, 6:30 pm – 1 am, with cocktail reception, dining with their signature Chef-attended dinner stations, and at 9 pm, ‘Fabulous!’. Midnight of course brings on the Countdown and Champagne Toast. Delavan Lake Store tests both your staying power (take a nap during the day! I’m tellin’ you, it helps!) and your brain power with their New Year’s Eve Games & Trivia, 7 pm – midnight. Whiskey Ranch Bar & Grill hosts their New Year’s Eve Customer Appreciation Party, 9 pm – 1:30 am, with $50 All-You-Can-Drink wristbands available from 9 – 10:30 pm (only 500 being sold; good for any rail, beer or call drink), 50/50 drawn hourly, and then at 1:30 am a wristband number will be drawn for a $500 cash prize. Of course at midnight, cheers to the New Year with champagne toast and party favors happens, too! Bring in the New Year at New Horizons with music by BCT, 9:30 pm – 1:30 am, that will have you pumped, dancing and partying ’til the cows come home! If you didn’t get enough of The Mike Stone Trio through the Christmas holiday, here’s your chance to ring in the New Year with them at Wally Wheelz Inn, 9:30 pm – midnight (or a bit later, what with the champagne toast and all for welcoming in 2018). The End Zone hosts their Steak & Shrimp New Year’s Eve Dinner, with none other than, steak and shrimp, starting at 7 pm! Dance the night away to Chicagoland DJ ‘Funky J’ and a $5 raffle winner takes all at midnight after the champagne toast and balloon drop.

So what’s there to do for New Year’s Eve when you’ve got family and kids of varying ages? One word, Lake Lawn Resort – okay, so that’s technically three words, but it’s one place so, yah, go with it. Lake Lawn Resort will again be hosting it’s annual New Year’s Eve festivities complete with multiple exciting parties for all ages. There are adult-only areas, then the wild family party complete with movies and crafts, so everyone of every age is covered. Activities and parties are happening all over the Resort, from The Frontier Restaurant and Lounge, to the Lookout Bar & Eatery, to the Geneva Ballroom, to the Great Room and in between. You’ll find movies, balloon drops, indoor 9-hole mini-golf (yes, indoor!), and carnival games, 7 – 11 pm. You can make this New Year’s Eve night whatever you want it to be with dining choices, activity options, entertainment selections, etc. If you can’t find something to suit everyone for celebrating New Year’s Eve at Lake Lawn Resort, then you’re probably not actually at Lake Lawn Resort.

And so now it’s New Year’s Day… New Year’s Brunch is all that comes to mind and luckily there’s two wonderful options for just that on New Year’s Day. Rosewood has their Signature Chef-attended Brunch, featuring the complimentary Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar, and then at 2 pm, ‘Fabulous!’, once again featuring Mark and Gretch Hladish with Jo Hodgins performing a colorful, floor-show styled production of legendary musical standards by such artists as Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Elvis, The Andrews Sisters, and more. Lake Lawn Resort hosts their  New Year’s Day Bloody Mary Brunch, with Chef’s Custom Omelette and Waffle Bar, plus a Brunch Buffet to make your head spin with the selections. Why is it called the ‘Bloody Mary Brunch’ you ask? Because you can customize your own Bloody Mary at the Bloody Mary Bar with a wide variety of ingredients to create your own one-of-a-kind drink!

No matter how you choose to spend both Christmas and New Year’s, doing it in Delavan is the easiest choice you can make!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’s to you all!


Santa Sightings: Dec. 23 & 24

He’s got a bag that’s filled with toys
for boys and girls again
Hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle
What a beautiful sight
Jump in bed and cover up your head
Because Santa Claus comes tonight


Santa’s not coming tonight exactly, but with 5 days remaining until Christmas that’s pretty close enough to being the last chance of getting on the ‘other’ list. Check out this weekend’s opportunities for seeing Santa before he gets busy on Christmas Eve night.

Saturday, December 23


Santa at Bradley’s | 11 am – 1 pm
222 E. Walworth Ave., Downtown

Santa will be visiting at Bradley’s, so come let know what your holiday wish list is all about. Don’t forget to bring your camera for a photo op!

Sunday, December 24

Champagne Brunch with a Visit from Santa | 10 am – 1 pm
Lake Lawn Resort – Frontier Restaurant, 2400 E. Geneva St.

Santa will be paying a visit during the Champagne Brunch, so be sure to say hello!


For more holiday happenings, go to VisitDelavan.com
or call 262.728.6000

Santa Sightings in Delavan: Dec. 16 & 17

Visit with Santa

He sees you when you’re sleepin’
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!

10 days and counting ’til Christmas, but who’s counting! To me, that still translates as plenty of time to prove to Santa how good you’ve been this year or for at least these last 10 days! Here is where Santa will be this weekend in Delavan. Make sure to check back next week for what will be the last opportunity before Christmas for Santa Sightings!

Saturday, Dec. 16 ~

Breakfast with Santa | 8:30 – 10 am and 10:30 am – 12 pm
Lake Lawn Resort – Frontier Restaurant, 2400 E. Geneva St.

Santa Claus is planning two visits for breakfasts at Lake Lawn Resort, along with holiday-themed crafts to make and Christmas carolers. There’s even a life-size gingerbread house for photo opportunities. Sit on Santa’s lap and share your wish list!

Santa Visits the Library | 10 – 11:30 am
Aram Public Library, 404 E. Walworth Ave.

Santa is coming to the Library! Bring the family for a chance to sit on St. Nick’s lap and tell him your holiday wishes. There are also holiday ornaments to make and cookies to munch! Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Sunday, Dec. 17 ~

Champagne Brunch with a Visit from Santa | 10 am – 1 pm
Lake Lawn Resort – Frontier Restaurant, 2400 E. Geneva St.

Santa will be paying a visit during the Champagne Brunch, so be sure to say hello!

For more holiday happenings, go to VisitDelavan.com
or call 262.728.6000

Santa Sightings in Delavan: Dec. 8 – 10!

Santa visit“He’s making a list and checking it twice.
Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice.
Santa Claus is coming to town!”


With 17 days ’til Christmas, there is still plenty of time to let Santa know how good you’ve been this year (or explain why maybe you’ve been not so good…) and let him know what’s on your wish list. Make a plan to visit with Santa at any one (or all) of this weekend’s opportunities. Check back weekly for more Santa Sightings in the coming weekends.

Friday, Dec. 8 ~ 

Santa at La Monarca Restaurant | 6 – 8 pm
239 E. Walworth Ave., Downtown

Saturday, Dec. 9 ~

Santa at Bradley’s | 11 am – 1 pm
222 E. Walworth Ave., Downtown

Dancing Horses: Holiday Magic Show | 1 – 3:30 pm and 7 – 9:30 pm
5065 Highway 50

Sunday, Dec. 10 ~ 

Champagne Brunch with Santa Claus | 10 am – 1 pm
Lake Lake Resort – Frontier Restaurant, 2400 E. Geneva St.

Dancing Horses: Holiday Magic Show | 1 – 3:30 pm
5065 Highway 50

Santa Visiting Kohl’s | 1 – 3 pm
1921 E. Geneva Street

For more holiday happenings, go to VisitDelavan.com or call 262.728.6000

‘Tis the Season & It’s Happening All Around Delavan!

Let me preface this with a spoiler alert – I’ll be mentioning how many days are remaining until Christmas. If you’re good with knowing, continue on. If not, my apologies. 🙂

Good Old Days Forest Christmas Winter Shopping Car Wallpaper For DesktopEven though the unseasonably warm temperatures of late aren’t making it feel like Christmas is 21 days away, there it is – three weeks from today is December 25. So how to get in the spirit of the season when Mother Nature isn’t helping with the visual aspect? Get out and do all the holiday-related things that are happening around Delavan, of course! And are there things happening… Lights and Santa and shows, oh my!

music note lightsRegardless of having a white covering of snow, viewing holiday lights should always be on the list of activities. Head to Rosewood, turn your car radio to 92.9 FM, and enjoy ‘Listen to the Lights’ nightly, offered every 20 minutes from 5 – 11 pm. Watch as Rosewood’s entire facility lights up to the sounds and music of the holidays. Can’t get enough of it? Then it’s a good thing ‘Listen to the Lights’ is available from now ’til Jan. 2!

Santa visitWanting to make sure Santa knows you’ve been good this year and what’s on your wish list? There are plenty of opportunities to see Santa, so no worries! Check out the options:


Dec. 8 |6 – 8 pm | Visit with Santa at La Monarca Restaurant, Downtown Delavan
Dec. 9 & 23 | 11 am – 1 pm | Visit with Santa at Bradley’s, Downtown Delavan
Dec. 16 | 8:30 – 10 am and 10:30 am – 12 pm | Have breakfast with Santa at Lake Lawn                      Resort
Dec. 16 | 10 – 11:30 am | Visit with Santa & make Holiday ornaments at Aram Library,                      Downtown Delavan

Sounds of the SeasonHoliday shows of so many different types are happening, that there’s sure to be one, or more, that gets you in the holiday spirit! Remember all the songs, hymns, and carols that make this a magical time of year with Rosewood’s ‘Christmas Remembered’ show. Add to each performance delicious food, be it brunch, lunch or dinner, and what a combination! Below are the options:
Lunch & Show: December 5, 14, 15, 18, & 21 | 12:30 pm
Brunch & Show: December 10 & 17 | 11:30 am & 1 pm
Dinner & Show: December 7 & 20 | 5 pm cocktails, 5:30 pm dinner

Is tinsel and glitter one of your favorite things about decorating for the holidays? Then the rhinestones and glitter of the ‘Holiday Magic’ show at the Dancing Horses Theatre will be sure to captivate you! Billed as possibly their most spectacular show of the year, it includes both a visit from Santa and their resident unicorn. Show days/times are available from now through mid-January:
Wednesdays, Dec. 6 – Jan. 10 | 1 pm
Saturdays, Dec. 9 – Dec. 30 | 1 & 7 pm
Sundays, Dec. 10 – Jan. 14 | 1 pm
Saturdays, Jan. 6 & 13 | 1 pm

Forget about iHeart Radio or Sirius XM, and let’s go old time radio! ‘The New Andy Williams Holiday Show’ will mimic the old time radio shows of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, complete with actors and sound effects. Performed and broadcast in real time at Lake Lawn Resort on Dec. 9 at 10:30 am, go early to partake of the breakfast buffet package that includes the show. Inspired by the true stories of former Wisconsin School for the Deaf students and based on ‘The Night Before Christmas’ by Clement C. Moore, attend the original production of ‘It Happened at WSD’, on Dec. 14 at 7 pm. See a fun twist on a holiday favorite, as edited by Nell Fleming, WSD staff member. Another holiday classic,  ‘The Nutcracker Suite Ballet’, will be performed by the Dance Factory, a local dance school, at Lake Lawn Resort, on Dec. 17 at 2 pm. Make a day of it, with the Champagne Brunch Buffet and Show option.

Looking for unique gifts and enjoy making things yourself? There’s plenty of time and several opportunities available to make one-of-a-kind gifts for the people on your gift giving list. Gifts in a jar is a tried and true favorite in creating something homemade and Aram Library will help you in making one on Dec 5 from 5:30 – 7 pm. There are two different options (spa experience or dessert delicacy) to choose from, with all the materials and directions provided. If painting is more your thing, experienced or not, check out these options:
Dec. 9 from 12 – 2:30 pm | ‘Christmas Cheer’ Paint & Sip | The Watershed Saloon
Dec. 12 from 6 – 8:30 pm | ‘Let It Snow’ Paint ‘n Sip | Ol’ Wisco Bar & Grill
Dec. 12 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm | Wine/Pint Glass Painting | Pirate’s Cove

Whiskey Ranch_ugly Christmas outfit partyAs it gets closer to the Christmas, how about an opportunity to blow off a little holiday steam? Whiskey Ranch Bar & Grill is having an ‘Ugly Holiday Outfit’ party on Dec. 23,  from 11 am – 2 pm. If you feel the magic and mystique of the holiday has faded with maturity and age, then go enjoy some lighthearted fun and maybe even win a prize for your ugly holiday outfit.



live music neon lightIf your desire in wanting to listen to Christmas music is limited to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but you still love music in general, then you’re not to be disappointed in the options for live music. The hardest part of this will be choosing whom to go listen to! Here are just a few options:
Dec. 9 from 7 – 9 pm | Open Mic Night at Delavan Lake Store
Dec. 9 from 8 pm – 12 am | Exit Plan at Whiskey Ranch Bar & Grill
Dec. 9 from 8:30 pm – 12:30 am | BCT at New Horizons
Dec. 9 from 9 pm – 1 am | Kevin Kennedy at Lake Lawn Resort
Dec. 16 from 7 – 9 pm | Ken E. Curtis at Delavan Lake Store
Dec. 16 from 9 pm – 1 am | Don Collins & the Night Shift at Lake Lawn Resort
Dec. 16 from 9 pm – 1 am | The Brothers Quinn at The Watershed Saloon
Dec. 23 from 9 pm – 1 am | Kevin Kennedy at Lake Lawn Resort

No matter how you choose to get out and partake of the many holiday happenings
going on in Delavan, have fun most of all while doing it! Holiday happenings

Stay up to date with all that’s going on in Delavan – go to VisitDelavan.com/Events/

Happy Holidays!