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Celebrate Christmas in the town of Rudolph, WI:parade and other events in a small rural Wisconsin town

Updated on September 27, 2012
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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.

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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.

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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.

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      Don A. Hoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Thabile, thanks for commenting

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      Thabile 3 years ago

      Dear Dawn,A lovely post! I hope you had wondreful and warm Christmas. All of our family has left, and the house is quiet again. We were fortunate this year to have a new member to the family .a lovely new grand niece.Warm wishes for the rest of 2012 and the New Year ahead~LoiTone on Tone

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Thanks for commenting, James. Rudolph is a town I visit primarily to buy cheese. However, for such a small town they do make a thing about Christmas.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for this interesting Hub. I have not been to Rudolph but maybe I will make it there one day. It sounds like my kind of town.


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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I am also unable to tolerate the cold. I had one experience as at ice fishing when I was in high school. Never again.I appreciate your reading the hub and leaving a comment.

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      It sounds like a fun time in Rudolph. I won't be going I don't go anywhere outside in WI in the winter. TO COLD. My husband loves to ice fish I use to go with him until I kept crawling in the cab of the truck and taking a nap. The cold would just get to me so I stopped going.

      Love cheese curds. Enjoyed your hub.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Thanks for your comments. Events like this are very family oriented. It is a small town but so big city people might be disappointed but for a rural area it is fun.

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Hi Dahoglund,

      This does sound like an entertaining event. It is very heartening to read about all the different organisations that join in, thereby providing a lot of variety. It sounds as though it would be worth driving several miles to visit.

      We live on the South Coast of England where it usually rains for Christmas. Last year we had the false hope of snow before Christmas (it melted). Then is snowed again several times after Christmas (sigh). So a Christmas celebration with snow would be a really big event for us!

      Don't think either of us has ever tasted cheese curds. Our local cheese is made from sheeps milk and it is very tasty fried (but not particularly healthy).

      Thanks for an interesting hub.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids


      I certainly appreciate your comments.I've visited Duluth ofter and even worked there for a very short time after college.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Pattie English M.S.

      I appreciate your visiting the hub and rating it.I'm also glad you find it interesting.

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      randslam 7 years ago

      I use to live in Duluth, Minnesota so I wanted to see where Rudolph was after reading this great story.

      Leavenworth, Washington is another small town that has taken the Christmas theme year round.

      It's theme towns like these that keep the spirit of giving alive--and I'm sure we'll see more of this kind of committment to a theme--sure beats the mundane everyday same ole, same

      As for cheese curds...yum. I live in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia now and we have the same treat in our northern part of the valley. You just can't beat a good cheese curd--and fried--mmmm, melt in your mouth.

      Thanks for the update--I'll send my son there--he's attending university in

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Rated up and across. This is a very interesting Hub.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids


      I appreciate your reading it and commenting. I am glad you liked it.

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you dahoglund,for a wonderful Christmas story celebration. Thank you for sharing it. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Peggy W

      It is a good place to buy cheese a bit cheaper than the stores.The Grotto is a tourist attraction. There is one in Rudolph and one in Dickeyville that I know of.Rudolph is more or less a suburb of Rapids and I suspect most people there do work in Rapids.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I'm thinking the same. If it was that popular and as close as it was in proximity, surely we would have explored it.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Stacie L

      Your comment is appreciated.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Hi Peggy W

      Since I was still in Minneapolis then and never heard of Wisconsin Rapids or Rudolph I don't know what was happening back then. I suspect that it might be a bit more recent. Thanks for your comment.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids


      Thanks for commenting. The cheese curds sure seem to be part of the culture here.

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      Stacie L 7 years ago

      looks like a great place for Christmas!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      The 4 years we lived in Wisconsin Rapids in the late 1970's...we missed seeing these festivities in Rudolph. Wonder if they were celebrating in the same manner back then? Sounds like fun! Thanks for sharing this information.

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      eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      I love deep fried cheese curds.

      Keep on hubbing!

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids


      Thanks for visiting and commenting. Fried cheese curds is one of the things that make Wisconsinites (also known as Cheeseheads) peculiar to outsiders. Rudolph is nice but small.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Even to people in places like Milwaukee and Madison we our area is though of as the North Woods. I grew up in Minneapolis so it doesn't seem that far north to me.

      Small town people do seem to make the most of what they have.

      Thanks for commenting.

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      Lyria 7 years ago

      Wow, that deep-fried cheese curd sounds pretty interesting! Rudolph seems like a really nice place.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids


      thanks for being the first to comment. Wisconsin is noted for cheese and there is cheese store In Rudolph where I usually stock up on Colby and cheddar.I am not personally big on cheese curds but to some people like my son in law they are a must have item when he visits.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      Rudouph sounds like a very fun place for both adults and children to get into the the Christmas spirit!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      Just thinking about those pancakes I am starting to get very, very hungry...

      I've never had a Deep-fried cheese curd, being a cheese fan, it is something I need to try!