Half an hour north of Milwaukee, Cedarburg is the kind of shopping destination every big city likes to have nearby.
The quiet old Yankee mill town on Cedar Creek features a historic district full of restored storefronts, a winery, an artists guild, a cultural center, festivals and lots of shops.
What to do: Shop for gifts or antiques along Washington Avenue or at Cedar Creek Settlement, a restored 1864 stone woolen mill. Sample wine at Cedar Creek Winery.
Events to catch: Dec. 20, Luminaries and trolley rides downtown and Festive Friday Eve at Cedar Creek Settlement. Dec. 20-21, A Dickens of a Christmas at Kuhefuss House Museum.
Details: For more, see Jolly Cedarburg.