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The original inspiration for this trip came from a widow that had no one left to spend Christmas with. She said “Ralph, I wish you would do a trip over Christmas for others like myself.” Since the idea for this trip came about, many others, such as those whose families are not able to be together for Christmas, have expressed this same desire. So, no matter what your circumstances are, Jan and I are excited to share Christmas with you!

Day 1 – Home to Ft. Atkinson, WI

With bags all packed and in hand, we are ready to meet our traveling friends and embark on an exciting “Old-Fashioned Christmas!” We’ll have coffee breaks along the way and enjoy an included lunch at the Norske Nook in Osseo, Wisconsin. Upon arriving in Fort Atkinson, we check into the Holiday Inn Express with time to settle in and prepare for an unforgettable evening at the Fireside Dinner Theatre. It begins with their fabulous signature plated dinner, featuring delicacies created by their chefs that is sure to please! Following dinner we will be treated to the spectacular production of “Miracle on 34th Street.” Can a sweet & jolly old man, who claims he is the real Santa Claus, prove his claim in court? Experience the unforgettable musical version of a classic Christmas tale!

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express 

Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner 


Day 2 – Ft. Atkinson to Elkhart Lake

After an included breakfast at the hotel we will depart for Milwaukee where we will tour the historic Pabst Mansion. This remarkable 20,000+ sq. ft. mansion was built by Milwaukee’s famed beer baron, Captain Frederick Pabst in 1890. Next we will visit the BMO Bank’s lobby for a delightful and whimsical holiday display featuring 150 Steiff stuffed animals. We’ll be drawn to the costumed, animated animals and colorful scenery as we’re caught up in the magic of the season. Then we head to the Public Market in the historic Third Ward for some shopping – it’s the perfect time to buy Wisconsin cheese, chocolate, and more! Enjoy lunch on your own at the Market. Afterwards we enjoy a one hour docent guided stroll through the Christmas decorated gaslit Streets of Old Milwaukee Exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum, traveling back in time to a bustling turn-of-the-century Milwaukee. Time is also allotted to explore other areas of the museum, including the ethnic heritage of 30 European villages. Our next stop is the elegant and beautiful Osthoff Resort, our home for the next three nights. As we enter the Resort, be amazed at the beautiful surroundings, now all in Christmas splendor. First enjoy a Welcome Reception, then we’ll be escorted to our rooms where we can unwind and relax before joining our friends for a dinner together. There is so much to see and experience here that as we enjoy the comfort of our beds, we can hardly await the new experiences that the next day will bring!

Hotel: Osthoff Resort (3 Nights) 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 


Day 3 – Elkhart Lake

Start your day with breakfast and exploring the many areas of the Resort, including a Gift Shoppe with a great and diverse selection of merchandise, a pool, fitness center, and the Aspira Spa. Lunch will be on your own to choose the time and place! This afternoon you will have the option of a horse-drawn wagon ride, and upon your return to the Resort there will be hot chocolate and Christmas cookies! Later we enjoy an authentic German Christmas dinner planned for us to share together. Following dinner we will meet together in one of the beautiful rooms to celebrate an “Old-Fashioned Christmas Eve.” We will have time to share some of our memories of Christmases past, special traditions, special childhood memories, favorite Christmas foods & favorite Christmas carols. We may even find a gift with our name on it under the tree! Later we are off to our beds “with visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads.”

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 


Day 4 – Elkhart Lake – MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Following breakfast we will have the opportunity to attend a Christmas Day service at one of the local churches. As we return to the Resort, we look forward to a fabulous Christmas Day Buffet, crowning the festivities of Christmas Day in style! We’ll spend a relaxing afternoon visiting with each other and enjoying all the amenities of the Resort, one being the beautifully lit and decorated Christmas trees! Later, at dusk, we may board our coach and drive around to see the Christmas lights in the area, making our Christmas Day complete!

Included Meals: Brunch Buffet 


Day 5 – Elkhart Lake to Home

Before we depart for home, we will enjoy a hot holiday breakfast together. Then we’ll leave the Resort, all nestled in the snowy magic of winter, with memories of an Old-Fashioned Christmas spent there! As we travel home, we will share those memories of our Christmas spent together.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Motorcoach Per Person Pricing Information

Double: $1,169
Single: $1,399
Triple: $1,099
Quad: $1,079

Motorcoach Travel Protection Per Person

Double: $85
Single: $85

Travel Bucks

$25 Travel Bucks per person earned with this tour

Deposit Due

$100 deposit per person due at time of reservation. Full payment due 30 days prior to depart.

Passport Needed


Tour Pace

Light Walking at your own pace

Price Includes

9 Meals, Hotels & Activities as stated in brochure, Luxury Motorcoach

The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 30°
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Tour Highlights

3 Nights at the elegant Osthoff Resort
“Miracle on 34th Street” Production
Milwaukee Christmas touring including the historic Pabst Mansion, BMO Bank Display, the Public Market, and the Public Museum
Authentic German Christmas Dinner
Christmas Day Brunch Buffet
Be surrounded by everything Christmas: Trees, Food, Traditions, Carols, Lights, Horse-drawn Ride, Sharing Memories & more makes Christmas come alive!

Travel with R & J Tours to a warm destination where it is...
Minneapolis, Mn
An Old-Fashioned Christmas
The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 30°
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