Holiday Happenings and Family Holiday Fun in Elkhart Lake

We are planning a very special holiday season for your family in Elkhart Lake. Take a look at what we have planned and make your room reservations soon. You won’t want to miss the merriment and old-fashioned charm.


Thursday, November 24, Thanksgiving Day Enjoy the feast and finery of the season in the company of family and friends at The Osthoff Resort’s sumptuous Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Please call 800-876-3399 (ext. 572) for costs, times, reservations or more information. Visit Osthoff Events.

Saturday, November 26, Holiday Wine Tasting Event This popular, annual event is scheduled for Saturday, November 25, 2016 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.  Sample and purchase quality restaurant wines and beers at great prices. $20 per person gets you into all three wine tasting locations: Lake Street Cafe, Paddock Club and Vintage Elkhart Lake all located in Elkhart Lake’s Village Square. All proceeds are donated to the Plymouth Food Pantry.

Saturday, November 26, Tree Lighting Ceremony Ring in the holidays Elkhart Lake Style with an old-fashioned tree lighting ceremony at 6:45 p.m.  Bring the kids but come early (6:30 p.m.). Santa will arrive by Fire Engine escort to say Merry Christmas to all the boys and girls.

Friday and Saturday, December 2 & 3, Holiday Open Houses

  • Friday, December 2, Enchanted Floral, 11 am to 9 pm
  • Saturday, December 3, Enchanted Floral, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Saturday, December 3,  4 to 8 pm
    • Gina’s Fine Gifts & Framing
    • Two Fish Gallery
    • Vintage Elkhart Lake, 4 to 8 pm
    • Refreshments by SainRx, 4 to 8 pm


December 2 – 11 – Old World Christmas Market at The Osthoff Resort

Reminiscent of the centuries-old Christkindlesmarkt of Nüremberg, Germany, the 19th annual Old World Christmas Market at The Osthoff Resort offers the warmth and merriment of this Old World tradition. Daily 10 am to 5 pm.


Saturdays, December 3, 10 and 17

Holiday Workshops (Cookie Decorating and Ornament Making with Mrs. Claus), Holiday Hayrides with Hot Chocolate and Breakfast with Santa. Skating and Sledding (weather permitting). All at The Osthoff Osthoff Resort. Call 888-330-5664 for details.


Sundays, December 4 and 11

Brunch with St. Nicholas and his Reindeer at The Osthoff Resort. Call 888-330-5664 for reservations.


Holiday High Tea, December 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8, 9 & 10

Jay Lee Inn (Monica Lettow) and SainRx (Dr. Grace Hameister) love celebrating the holiday season in Victorian style, class and flair. But being indulgent doesn’t need to bust the waistline, or require a corset come February! There will be a decadent selection of fine teas, organic savories and exceptional sweet aperitifs to be enjoyed in a festive holiday setting that can only be experienced at Jay Lee Inn. 3:00 p.m. $25/person. Call for reservations 920-876-2910.


December 25

Christmas Day Buffet at The Osthoff Resort. Sumptuous array of delicious holiday delights.


December 31

New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Osthoff Resort and throughout the Village of Elkhart Lake. Evening includes dinner with complimentary glass of champagne, party favors, midnight toast, and live music from 9 pm to 1 am. Call 920-876-5840 for reservations.