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Christmas on First Open House
Sat., Nov. 8, 9-5pm & Sun., Nov. 9, noon-4pm
West Side of Wausau's River District
Prepare for the holidays at the 22nd Annual Christmas on First Open House! Enjoy in-store giveaways, refreshments and great gift ideas. Visit all nine participating specialty shops for a chance to win a Grand Prize Giveaway valued at over $500! More details here. 
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Winter Fest
Saturday, January 31, 10am-3pm, Brew Fest 6-9pm
Throughout Wausau's River District
There is so much fun to be had at this year's Winter Fest! Your favorite activities like ice skating, snow carving, horse & wagon rides, and the Ice Tee Classic, are back - along with many, many others!  Held this upcoming Saturday, January 31, throughout Wausau's River District, this is an event with food and fun for the whole family! Check out Winter Fest's Facebook page for more details and activities.

And don't forget Brew Fest at the end of the night! Hosted at the Elks Lodge, this fun event for those 21 and over is sure to brighten your spirits! Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door, and $15 for designated drivers. They are on sale at Trig's Cellar 70 and Big Bull Falls Brewery.

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$10,000 WEDC Makeover Award
Businesses located in one of the 36 Wisconsin Main Street communities have a chance to get a whole new look by entering the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s first-ever Main Street Makeover contest.

Modeled after the popular reality TV show, the contest asks Wisconsin Main Street business owners to provide details on how their establishment could benefit from a “makeover” from the WEDC’s Main Street staff. The winning business will receive personalized technical assistance and up to $10,000 to implement the changes that could include interior and exterior design improvements, and marketing, business planning and merchandising assistance.

The application deadline is March 20, and five finalists will be selected. All finalists will be recognized at the annual Wisconsin Main Street awards dinner in April, and all eligible applicants will receive outreach and technical assistance from WEDC staff to help them achieve their business goals.

To enter the contest, businesses should visit and submit an application that includes photos of their existing store; information on the history, operations and plans for their business; and information on why their business should be selected for this award. A committee of historic and economic development experts will review all applications and announce the finalists and winner in April.

Thanks to In Wisconsin for excerpts. Read the whole article here.

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Holiday Parade
Fri., Dec. 5, 6:30pm
Marathon Park to The 400 Block
Families have been making it an annual tradition for decades. Bundle the family up and join Wausau Events, Inc. for one of Wausau’s longest running traditions, the annual holiday parade. Whip on your scarf; wrap your hands around a steaming cup of hot chocolate, and witness the snow-covered streets get taken over with beautiful floats. After the parade make your way to the Great Hall for free cookies, hot chocolate, music from the Wausau Symphonic Band, and a visit from Santa Claus. Together we’ll have the hap-hap-happiest holiday since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny Kaye. Have more questions about the event? Check out the Wausau Events, Inc. FAQ page!
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