This year’s Living Windows theme is bringing a worldwide view of the holiday season to downtown Reedsburg.
Living Windows: Christmas around the World will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. December 8. The event, sponsored by the Reedsburg Revitalization Organization, will showcase how different countries celebrate the Christmas season through over two dozen windows of 20 local businesses and organizations throughout Main and South Park Street.
Businesses and organizations partaking in the event include the Boys and Girls Club and Oakdale Credit Union. Chairperson Sarah Riedel said attendees can find other participants by following the luminary lights located along the route.
“Every window where there is something happening will have luminaries,” Riedel said. “We’re also going to have a brochure that you can pick up at many of the participating businesses so you don’t miss any places.”
Riedel, who owns Antiques on Main, will showcase three countries in her shop. She has been busy decorating her window to showcase how Christmas was portrayed in the Victorian Era England, as well as Ireland and Scotland. Other counties will be showcased along the route will be Germany, Spain, Mexico and Finland. Cities like Reedsburg and Green Bay will also be portrayed as well as Whoville from Dr. Seuss’ books, the Northern Lights and the Swiss Alps.
“We’re actually going to go all around the world,” Riedel said.
Several businesses along the route will offer holiday treats like Christmas cookies and popcorn as well as winter holiday drinks like hot chocolate and apple cider; several area churches will be singing Christmas carols. At the Cornerstone Building on 204 East Main Street, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance and horse and carriage rides pickup will be located in front of the building. The event is free and open to the public.
Reedsburg Revitalization Organization Chair Kari Walker said the event promotes a sense of community and brings a joyful vibe to the Reedsburg area.
“When you are inside of a window and you’re watching the people outside you actually will see people recognize their friends on the sidewalk,” Walker said. “It’s kind of heartwarming. It feels like that merry bustle where people are kind of getting geared up for the season and for Christmas.”
Reidel said the event inspires people to get in the Christmas spirit.
“What’s more magical than walking around by the glow of candlelight and seeing scenes of Christmas come to life?” Riedel said. “There are horse and carriage rides, carols in the air, warming barrels to warm by. I think everything about it just evokes the feeling of Christmas.”
Additional information on the event can be found on Reedsburg Revitalization Organization’s Facebook page.