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With a beautifully preserved downtown district bursting with specialty boutiques, trendy pubs and restaurants, museums and historic inns, Cedarburg is a wonderful place to spend a day, a weekend or a lifetime. Add to the mix a thriving arts community and a full calendar of festivals, entertainment and special events ... it is perhaps no wonder visitors consistently rank Cedarburg as one of Wisconsin’s best-loved small-town destinations.Although many people come to Cedarburg to shop and relax in one of the charming bed-and-breakfast inns, Cedarburg prides itself on a variety of attractions that keep life interesting from day to day, season to season.

First stop for visitors might be the Cedarburg Visitor Center tucked inside the Cedarburg History Museum on Columbia Road across from the Grist Mill. While collecting information on what to see and do downtown, visitors may also enjoy a trip down memory lane as they check out the Roger C. Christensen Collection of antique advertising and packaging art and marvel over photographs by former local historians that confirm many of Cedarburg’s buildings today look just as they did more than 150 years ago.

Of course, thousands of visitors come specifically for the four free festivals, organized by Festivals of Cedarburg. Winter Festival is always held in February, Strawberry Festival in June, Wine & Harvest in September and last, but not least, Oktoberfest. More than 100,000 people have been known to throng the downtown area over a two-day period. To find out more about each individual festival, visit www.cedarburgfestival.org.

Renowned for community events such as the Fourth of July Hometown Celebration and the annual Christmas Tree lighting, visitors also enjoy the bustling Farmers Market, annual golf outing and Wag, Woof & Walk, a favorite with dog owners everywhere.

Then the holiday season is upon us. Beginning in November, shoppers strolling through the historic district are always enchanted by thousands of twinkling lights and gaily decorated shops throughout the downtown area. And adding to the Currier & Ives-like ambience is Santa’s Workshop, a veritable magnet to children of all ages. Visit www.cedarburgchristmas.com for a full list of holiday happenings, and you’ll understand why Cedarburg has become known as one of the most exciting Christmas destinations around.

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