It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and the holiday season in the North Woods will offer a magnitude of festivities and events to celebrate.

From Thanksgiving weekend to the start of the new year there will be several opportunities for family and friends to gather together and enjoy unique experiences.

Youngsters will have many opportunities to tell Santa if they’ve been naughty or nice while they visit with him and Mrs. Claus when they make appearances at many of these events.

Exclusive holiday shopping opportunities, craft and vendor shows, music and caroling, festive food specials and other seasonally focused happenings will provide an abundance of celebratory activities for participants this weekend.

Although there are more possibilities to explore, here are just some of the local activities that can be found throughout the North Woods.

Season’s greetings kickoff Friday, Nov. 25, in Three Lakes when Santa attends the Festival of Lights at Cy Williams Park featuring the lighting of the tree, treats and refreshments.

Then on Saturday, Nov. 26, the eighth annual Jingle Mingle celebration in downtown Three Lakes will feature holiday deals, free snacks and prizes. Also on site will be the Village Market Holiday Bazaar where craft vendors will be set up from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and carriage rides throughout the downtown area will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call the Three Lakes Chamber of Commerce at 715-546-3344.

In Eagle River, downtown businesses will celebrate Small Business Saturday Nov. 26 by offering deals to shoppers looking to get a jumpstart on their holiday gifting.

St. Germain also has planned a series of events this weekend, starting Saturday with a Holiday Marketplace, Jungle Bell Fun Run, and Lighting Up St. Germain festivities.

The day will begin with the third annual marketplace at the St. Germain Community Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with craft vendors, children’s activities, food and more.

The Jingle Bell Fun Run 3K run/walk event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in advance of St. Germain’s holiday parade and town tree-lighting festivities which begin at 5 p.m. A holiday parade will start at dusk which ends at the community center and fire department for caroling, the lighting of the town Christmas tree and a visit from Santa. Call the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce at 715-477-2205 for more information.

Land O’ Lakes will host its Breakfast with Santa event Nov. 26, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Gateway Lodge. Patrons must sign up in advance for three different seatings where they also can visit with Santa. Call the Land O’ Lakes Chamber of Commerce at 715-547-3432 to make a reservation.

Christmas in downtown Sayner will feature days of shopping, refreshments and holiday spirit Nov. 25-27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Local restaurants and shops will officially kickoff the holiday season. For more information, visit

Boulder Junction has plans underway to start its holiday season Nov. 25 with the 34th annual Christmas Walk from 3 to 8 p.m. The event will include the lighting of the town Christmas tree, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, carolers, sleigh rides and treats for shoppers at downtown stores. For more information, call the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce at 715-385-2400.

Holiday cheer will continue with more events planned the following weekend including a live nativity at Christ Lutheran School in Eagle River Dec. 1-2; a Christmas Kickoff at Riverview Park Dec. 3; a Phelps tree-lighting ceremony in Phelps Dec. 3; the Lions Christmas party in Conover Dec. 4; and a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus in Land O’ Lakes Dec. 4.