For nearly 40 years, Cedarburg has hosted Christmas in the Country, billed as a "folk and fine art fair" or a "fine art and craft show." In 2011, the event was divided into two locations: the lower level of Cedar Creek Settlement (the traditional site) and the lower level of the new Cedbarburg Cultural Center. A free trolley shuttles viewers between the venues. There's a $3 fee to enter the show-sale; area inns offer guests complimentary tickets.
Peruse and purchase juried original artwork from nearly 100 American artists in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, jewelry, glass and metal. There are also fine craft items for sale, like handmade, hand-cut soap (look for the Christmas scent Frankincense, Roses and Myrrh), holiday creations (Santas, snowmen, elves) and purses. Gourmet foods also are available: homemade dried pasta, Cedarburg honey, specialty pancake mixes, candy, inventive dip mixes and the like. The event draws a lot of people, and space can be tight, so sometimes you get swept along with the crowd. The Cedarburg Artists' Guild and local senior citizens also hold a holiday arts/crafts fair during this weekend, and it's easy to get confused and not know which event is Christmas in the Country and which is one of the other art or craft shows. But no matter where you end up, you're sure to have great shopping opportunities.