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The change of seasons brings new light and energy to the charming and historic community of West Bend. From dramatic holiday light displays and impressive museums to historic shops decked for the season, there’s a lot to discover. Here’s a quick look at what makes West Bend wonderful in the winter.
West Bend’s walkable downtown, an expansive selection of stores and historic holiday atmosphere make this community a perfect place for holiday shopping. Checking off your list is easy and pleasant—you’ll find retailers with unique items and great service. There’s plenty of parking, but you may decide to take a stroll instead; the classic streetlights, festive holiday displays and timeless brick storefronts of downtown offer the kind of shopping experience that’s a gift in and of itself. Plan your shopping trip with this list of West Bend shops and stores.
Every winter season, West Bend’s Regner Park becomes a magical wonderland of colored lights. The Rotary Clubs of Washington County host Enchantment in the Park, an event that fills the park with impressive light displays. The display is huge—it includes more than half a million lights. See more details here.
This is the season for comfort food, and West Bend’s chefs are serving dishes that you’ll want to savor. Choose from delicious Wisconsin pub classics like cheese curds and burgers, homemade treasures like savory soups and stews, and steaks and seafood that are perfect for a special night. And then there are the desserts: decadent layer cakes, perfect slices of pie and more await hungry diners. If you’re more comfortable taking your food to go, restaurants will prepare your special meal and have it waiting for you to carry away. Call ahead for the latest hours and availability. See your West Bend dining options here.
Now is the perfect time for an escape, and West Bend’s collection of museums have your ticket. Discover rich history, beautiful art and impressive architecture. The city is home to the renowned Museum of Wisconsin Art, which showcases artists from across the state with its massive collection. You’ll also find some fascinating local historical displays at the Tower Heritage Center and the Sheriff’s Residence and Jail. Hours vary and can change—contact the museums for the latest information.
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