Downtown Racine holiday shopping hours and events have been announced, starting with the lighting of the city's 35 ft. Christmas tree at Monument Square Saturday, Nov. 10, after the parade. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m.
Special Holiday Hours have been set. Beginning Friday, Nov. 30, downtown shops are extending their hours until 8 p.m. every Friday evening, and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
Downtown Racine’s Holiday Open House will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. More than 50 unique stores, galleries and boutiques will be open with holiday gifts and decorations.
Holiday Gallery Night will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 6-9 p.m. Fifteen galleries and workshops will be open, offering exhibits, refreshments and entertainment. Maps detailing the gallery locations and exhibits are available at all participating galleries, as well as the DRC office at 425 Main Street.
Participating galleries include:
Artists Gallery, 312 6th Street -- Racine’s only cooperative gallery of local and regional fine art and gifts.
Art Metals Studio, 332 Main Street – custom designs in precious metals with exotic colored gemstones and diamonds by Chris Sklba.
Avenue Gallery & Frame, 402 Main Street – selection of artwork by local and nationally recognized artists; also art glass, pottery, sculpture and wood turnings.
Cobblestone Ltd., 415 6th Street – Racine Room hosts local artists in a variety of media, including originals, prints and pottery featuring many Racine landmarks.
Funky Hannah's Beads & Art, 324 Main Street -- they put the 'fun' in funky.
Hot Shop Glass, 239 Wisconsin Avenue -- Local artists will be blowing glass throughout the evening. Watch as molten glass becomes beautiful art. The hottest spot downtown!
Mathis Gallery Frameshop, 328 Main Street – thousands of works of art for every décor from period to contemporary.
Monfort's Fine Art Gallery, 430 Main Street – artworks by international, regional and local artists working in a wide variety of media.
Northern Lights Gallery, 423 Main Street -- featuring glass art from three artists: local glass and jewelry artist Lynne Rae Eaton, Michigan mosaic glass artist Jackie Russo, and glass faces by Indiana artist James Connolly.
Photographic Design Studio, 411 6th Street -- fine art photographic gallery with unique images by Carol Hansen and Brad Jaeck. Photographs of Racine's landmarks and other locales.
Plumb Gold Ltd., 322 Main Street -- combination of designers, goldsmiths, and American Gem Society Certified Gemologists.
Racine Arts Council, 505 6th Street
Racine Art Museum, 441 Main Street -- free admission from 5:00 – 9:00 pm.
Remington-May Workshop Gallery, 613 6th Street
Spectrum Gallery, displaying at Martha Merrell’s Bookstore, 600 Main Street.