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Special Events


Wisconsin Historical Society Members receive a 10% discount on all ticketed events!

An Old World Christmas

December 7-8 & 14-15


Tickets available for purchase at the door.

Move over Santa, Krampus is coming to town! This mischievous holiday creature from Central European folklore is just one of the many traditions that will be explored this December at Old World Wisconsin’s  “An Old World Christmas.”

Guests will immerse themselves in engaging and interactive experiences inspired by holiday customs brought to the state by the diverse cultures that helped shape the traditions many Wisconsin families continue to practice today.

Old World’s 1880s Crossroads Village will be decked in holiday greenery and full of buildings bustling with holiday preparations. Guests can help prepare Vanocka, a traditional braided bread; listen to live music, carols, and hymns; learn about holiday traditions like St. Nicholas and English Boxing Day; enjoy a scenic horse-drawn ride; take a photo in Santa Claus’ Victorian workshop and in front of the largest Yule Goat in North America; and visit with a few of the site’s four-legged residents in the barns. Remember to watch out for Krampus, who will be wandering around the site taking selfies with guests. Hot beverages are available for purchase.

Apprentice for a Day Workshops

Discover a new craft as you step back in time at our Apprentice for a Day program! These one-day classes are a chance for guests to try their hand at a historic skill alongside our professional staff in the beautiful setting of Old World Wisconsin.

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Apprentices and master blacksmith talk in the forge

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