Celebrate Christmas in the town of Rudolph, WI:parade and other events in a small rural Wisconsin town
Although the town of Rudolph was not named for the famous reindeer they seem to have adopted him and have symbols of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer year round. So naturally this town of a little over a thousand residents has have a big Christmas celebration. Randolph is in the upper half of Wisconsin so it generally has the features we associate with Christmas as a winter holiday. Usually there is lots of snow and it can be cold. Many people spend their spare time with snowmobiles skiing is not unknown in the area.
“Rudolph’s Country Christmas” is celebrated each year on the second Saturday of December. If you attend you’ll want to dress warm because there is quite a bit of outdoor activity. The following descriptions are based mostly on last year’s celebration.
Bring along your extra toys because the Rudolph Fire Department participates in the Toys For Tots Collection. You can donate them there.
Get there early and bring a hearty appetite because Violet’s Classic Diner on Highway 34 opens a 7 a.m. and features a “ Lumberjack Pancake Breakfast” which is appropriate to an area with a long history of lumber and lumberjacks. Breakfast is cooked outside in cast iron ovens. Later there will be Lumberjack shows of skills such as log rolling.
Food is available in various locations. At 11:00 am. the Moravian Church has a Chili feed. At the fire department Arby’s Roast Beef, hot dogs and beverages are available Soups and beverages are available at the American Legion Hall. On Main Street you can buy Kettle Corn, Deep-fried cheese curds (a Wisconsin favorite) Holiday baked Goods are for sale at St. Phillip’s church. And various foods will be at the Rudolph Public school.
Postcards are sold at the Rudolph village hall, Pete’s Meat service and One Stop. Pictorial Cancellation is available at the Post Office.
Later in the morning about 10 a.m. a Community Treasurers sale is held—pretty much a rummage sale. A book fair and cookie walk are also featured. Later in the morning there a re games for toddlers and other children. Later in the afternoon is a Kids Show musical program sing-a-long.
There is also a Gingerbread House competition at The Village Hall. For those looking to decorate their own trees at the fire Station is ornament making and tree decorating sponsored by the Rudolph girls scouts. At the American Legion there are ornaments for sale.
Live animals are a big part of the celebration and fun for both adults and children. These include baby lambs and donkeys, Camel and Llama. Belgian horses from the fire station offer wagon rides. At the feed mill live reindeer and Santa are ready to greet visitors. Also in honor of the North Country traditions there are a dog sled weight pulls.
The Nativity Scene is lives with reenactors portraying Mary and Joseph along with animals.
Naturally there will be music at various locations around the town.
At 5:15 P.M. Fireworks launch the Christmas Parade down Main Street.