Each year the Friends of the Symphony host a Christmas Stroll around the Chippewa Valley. Ticket holders tour 5 to 6 decorated homes, listen to CVSO musicians perform and enjoy cookies, coffee and great conversation. This fundraiser helps fund the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra and its efforts to keep high quality classical music in the Chippewa Valley.
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19th Annual
Friends of the Symphony 
Christmas Stroll

November 18th, 2017 
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
*Homes pictured below are from the 2016 Stroll*

Winding down Old Wells Road and perched on the west bank of the Chippewa River, stands a freshly built, contemporary Signature Home masterpiece that spells entertaining on the inside and out. A must-see feature in this home reflecting the owner’s love of wine is a walk-in wine tasting room with a separate temperature controlled cellar in the room beyond.

The owners will be integrating new Christmas decorations, matching the home’s contemporary style with those from their previous traditional style home.

At any moment, this extraordinary contemporary home on the Eau Claire River appears that it might take flight or else sail away, to be sighted later on Lake Altoona!

The “inverted trusses” evoke an image of “sails” on a great ship, creating a sense of movement - architect Cheryl Fosdick has dubbed this home “Riverfront Jazz” for all its metaphorical meanderings. Amidst soaring timbered ceilings and a rich color palette, the homeowner's expression of their Scandinavian roots will be evident in the decorations of this season.

Built in 1935, this Tudor Revival, a stone’s throw from the University, has been creatively and daringly reconfigured and restored by the past owners and its new residents. The revitalized phone booth in the foyer, the mail slot allowing delivery right into the den and the new living room with 100% period match will make it hard to leave this home.

Share in the owner's passion and love for their home and their mission to make it their legacy. 

The family has pulled out all the stops for their last Christmas in this home, as they will soon be moving to another house, yes, also on the lake. Enjoy this contemporary Prairie Style home built for an active, lake loving family. Decorated with nature and full of Christmas sparkle, it reflects a spirit perfect for holiday entertaining.

Built in the Vernacular Style of Upright and Wing, and owned by German immigrants Heran and Augustus Schlegelmilch, this home –turned museum was the first brick home to be built in Eau Claire to counter the many fires that beset wood made domiciles. Docents from the Chippewa Valley Museum will regale Strollers with its history which includes tie-ins to Judge Tom Barland and his sister Janet.

Parking is available in the municipal lots and stroll goers may keep their shoes on while touring the home. 

Positioned on a high bank overlooking Lake Altoona, this lovely sunlit home abounds with nine exquisitely decorated Christmas trees; each representing a collection that has familial as well as artistic significance. Each room is named and themed based on a collection. Strollers will lose themselves in this sprawling yuletide home. If one didn’t know better, entry into this house evokes a feeling of being in the L’ Orangerie in the Tuileries Gardens in Paris. 

We will be rounding out this year’s Stroll at the soon to be opened, locally owned, hip new restaurant & bar and outdoor venue with seating, two fire pits, a “kubb” lawn and a stage that will feature local and touring jazz groups. The menu is locally sourced by Nathan Berg, and craft cocktails have been developed by Marvel Bar’s Megan Arts. The site of the old Greentree Inn, the Lakely is located inside the new Oxbow Hotel on Galloway between Farwell and Dewey. 

Grace Lutheran Communities
River Pines Long Term Concierge Care
Prairie Pointe Rehab Suites and Community Room

This year’s Christmas Stroll hosting venue will be the Community Room of Grace Lutheran Foundation’s brand new state-of-the-art campus in Altoona. Here, will be the starting place for tickets or a place stop during the stroll for rest rooms, coffee, and cookies.

If you would like to be a part of this event in the future by either volunteering, serving on the committee or becoming a member of the Friends please contact us by online form here or call our office at 715-832-6366.


People supported the Chippewa Valley Symphony by touring five beautifully decorated homes with music provided by some of the area's finest musicians. Ticket also included light refreshments at Grace Lutheran Communities - Altoona Campus, a peak at the new downtown venue, The Oxbow Hotel and The Lakely restaurant, a tour of the historic Schlegelmilch house, with shuttle service to our two Lake Altoona homes courtesy Cody Limousines.