The holiday season is officially here. Soon, your family and friends will be knocking on your door and you’ll have to entertain them. Luckily for you, Oshkosh is here to help with a generous helping of events, attractions and entertainment for the entire Thanksgiving Weekend.

Family-friendly Holiday Events

Nutcracker Dancers

Deck the Halls | Oshkosh Public Museum, through Jan. 5 (Closed Nov. 28, Dec. 24-25, Jan. 1)
Each room of the beautiful Sawyer home is traditionally decorated in holiday décor along with gorgeous Tiffany-designed interiors to create a perfect backdrop for the warm cozy feeling of the holidays. Plus, there is a super-awesome scavenger hunt and Santa’s Toy Workshop exhibit.

Nutcracker in the Castle | Paine Art Center and Gardens, through Jan. 6 (Closed Nov. 28, Dec. 25)
A dazzling display of sights, sounds and surprises await you as the story of the Nutcracker fairy tale unfolds within each room of the historic estate. 70 elaborately decorated Christmas trees, the magical Land of Sweet and the enchanting Sugar Plum Fairy await your visit with either a self-guided tour, candlelight tour or guided tour.

Celebration of Lights | Menominee Park, Nov. 29 to Jan. 5 (Open daily 5:30-9PM)
See more than one million twinkling lights as you drive throughout beautiful Menominee Park Holiday sights, sounds and activities include the 100-foot tree, more than one-hundred twenty trees filled with lights, sculptured scenes, animated light displays, visits with Santa (daily through Dec. 23), special event nights, carriage rides and much more.

Wisconsin Herd Basketball | Menominee Nation Arena, Nov. 29 at 7PM
Cheer on the Herd as they take on the Erie Bayhawks. To make it even better, there will be a special Star Wars promotion for attendees to enjoy.

Check out our special holiday section to find more festive fun!

Family-friendly Attractions

Fire Escape Truck

Escape Oshkosh | Race against the clock where the rooms are full of puzzles, clues and heart-pounding fun. You and your team will enter one of the four escape rooms where you will have 60 minutes to figure out how to escape.

Boards and Blades | You don’t have to be a lumberjack to enjoy hatchet throwing. Don’t let the hatchets intimidate you… we guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised how easy and fun this is!

Fire Escape | The DIY art studio is perfect for an afternoon of family expression and creativity. Paint pottery, board art signs, canvas paintings and much more. The staff here is super friendly and ready to help you create your very own masterpiece.


Outlet Shoppes at Oshkosh

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 30 and we can’t think of a better place to shop small businesses than downtown Oshkosh. You will find numerous shops downtown including boutiques, vintage and antique stores, thrift shops, salons and more. There are also great restaurants and pubs in downtown Oshkosh that offer excellent holiday specials and gift cards.

The Oshkosh Farmers Market will also be at the Menominee Nation Arena on Nov. 30. Shop more than 35 vendors featuring locally-grown food, farm-raised meat, bakery and craft items and more.

And don’t forget to check out our amazing Outlet Shoppes where you’ll find more than 40 brand name stores.

Beer and Chocolate


Oshkosh has three great breweries that are ready to pour you the perfect pint. Bare Bones Brewery, Fifth Ward Brewing Co., and the Fox River Brewing Co. all offer a variety of hand-crafted beer from a traditional pilsner to a complex stout. Take a break from the holiday mayhem and have a beer. Learn more about Oshkosh’s breweries here.

Get your fill of sweets and other treats at two of Oshkosh’s most popular chocolate shops,  Hughes Home Maid Chocolate Shop and Oaks Candy. Delicious toffee, meltaways, nut clusters, and cream-filled goodness can be found at each location. Stop by or order your favorite flavors today. Find more sweet treat ideas here.


Winter Park

Don’t let the cooler weather keep you indoors. Get out and burn off all that turkey and pumpkin pie you just devoured. Menominee Park, Terrell’s Island and the Wiouwash Trail are three great options for talking a quick nature walk or scenic jog. Looking for more trails, check out our trails page.

Don’t be a scrooge this holiday season! If you don’t like any of these ideas, check out our website to discover more events, attractions and entertainment.