Kenosha HarborHoliday Promises a Day of Holiday Cheer on December 2

(November 17, 2017) - All are invited to attend Kenosha HarborHoliday – International Market & Festival on Saturday, December 2 at the Civil War Museum, Kenosha Public Museum and their west lawn, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This collaborative event combines the Civil War Museum’s Victorian Christmas, Kenosha Public Museum’s International Holiday, Winter HarborMarket, and more. Enjoy a combination of indoor and outdoor events offering fun and food for the entire family, plus holiday shopping!

International Holiday Faire is 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. inside the Kenosha Public Museum. Celebrate traditions and holidays of cultures from around the globe. Traditional dance and performances, shopping for gifts in the International Bazaar, international foods, and more make up the faire. Write a letter to Santa with Mrs. Claus and her elf helpers. Stop by the hot cocoa bar and add your own toppings to warm up your day.

Victorian Christmas will be inside the Civil War Museum, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Explore the traditions of soldiers and civilians during and after the Civil War. The day includes: free admission to the Fiery Trial gallery, soldier and civilian presentations, cookie decorating, games, crafts, storytelling, and performances.

Explore an expanded Kenosha Winter HarborMarket. There will be two heated tents with more than 60 vendors offering giftable items. Prepared food vendors will be serving hot food for you to enjoy at the event as well. Fresh produce, meats and cheeses, arts, crafts, and more will be available.

The day also includes visits with Santa Claus; outdoor entertainment; horse-drawn wagon rides; a beer garden featuring local craft beer by Rustic Road Brewing Co. and PUBLIC Craft Brewing Co.; and homemade Glog and festive centerpieces, greens and holiday decorations by Jerry Smith Produce and Pumpkin Farm. Peruse oversized 12 Days of Christmas murals created by local artists!

Enjoy FREE rides on the Electric Streetcars. Three cars will be operating from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Use the streetcar for easy parking in any public lot in Downtown Kenosha and be dropped off at the event entrance. One streetcar will have a storyteller onboard for extra holiday cheer!

The Civil War Museum is located at 5400 First Avenue, while the Kenosha Public Museum is at 5500 First Avenue. Please note that on December 2 only, Winter HarborMarket will be held outdoors by the Kenosha Public Museum, instead of inside Rhode Center for the Arts. For more details and a complete list of activities and entertainment, go to or call the Kenosha Public Museum at (262) 653-4140.


Local Artists Spread Holiday Cheer Through Art at Kenosha HarborHoliday on December 2

(November 22, 2017) - Eleven Kenosha area artists are spreading holiday cheer this year through their artwork. In collaboration with the Kenosha HarborHoliday – International Market & Festival event, artists have created large-scale 12 Days of Christmas pieces to be on display during the annual holiday event on December 2.

From 12 Drummers drumming, down to the lone Partridge in a pear tree, designs that are 4-foot by 6-foot will line the west lawn of the Kenosha Public Museum (5500 First Ave.) and Civil War Museum (5400 First Ave.). The artwork will serve as a decoration, a photo opportunity for event attendees, and a way to showcase local talent. The artists all have significantly different art styles, so the pieces will be diverse and exciting to see together.

Kenosha HarborHoliday – International Market & Festival is a one-day event that combines a special outdoor edition of the Winter Kenosha HarborMarket, the Kenosha Public Museum’s International Holiday Faire, and the Civil War Museum’s Victorian Christmas, along with other family activities and entertainment. The event is free to attend. Electric Streetcar rides and admission to the Civil War Museum’s Fiery Trial gallery will be free the day of the event. The overall event hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the events inside the museums take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Artist Assignments are: Partridge in a Pear Tree – Kelly Witte; Two Turtle Doves – Kathleen Laybourn; Three French Hens – Lynn Johnston; Four Calling (Cally) Birds – Martin Antaramian; Five Golden Rings – Kim Rahal; Six Geese Laying – Kelly Drumm & Brenda Roth; Seven Swans Swimming – Lynn Johnston; Eight Maids Milking – Rachael Vaughn; Nine Ladies Dancing – Julie Latayan; Ten Lords Leaping – Rick Braunshausen; Eleven Pipers Piping – Kim Rahal; Twelve Drummers Drumming – Amanda Gaastra.

For more details about Kenosha HarborHoliday – International Market & Festival, go to or call the Kenosha Public Museum at (262) 653-4140.



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