Racine County Holiday Gift Guide: Art & Theatre


Local shops are the heartbeat of our neighborhood and the spirit of our county. Now more than ever, our small businesses need you to shop local and shop early this holiday season. 

Please note this is a starter list if you are looking for businesses in Racine County to support this holiday season. It is by no means a definitive list of those that are worthy of your patronage. We hope this list of local businesses, art galleries and theatres inspires you to show your love for local and discover the amazing products and services Racine County has to offer.


Give the gift of an art class or find a unique gift in a gallery shop:


Hot Glass Shop

Hot Shop Glass Studio & Gallery
239 Wisconsin Ave., Racine

Hot Shop Glass offers glass blowing classes for people ages 14 and older, group and corporate team building workshops, private instruction, and studio rentals and gallery space to showcase the work of local glass artists. They also offer glass fusing classes where instructors show you how to cut glass and use a few simple tools to create the shape you want. Ages 8 and older are welcome (children will need adult supervision and assistance). 

Take a class by yourself or go with a friend (gift vouchers are available). No experience required. Visit their website to learn more.



Mahogany Gallery

Mahogany Gallery
1422 Washington Ave., Racine

Mahogany Gallery is a unique gallery, artspace and shop dedicated to supporting black artists and entrepreneurs from around the world. A premiere art exhibition, cultural center, and creative space dedicated to educating, exhibiting and exploring the diaspora of Black American visual and performance artists, literature, and history. The gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., or you can schedule a private, in-person viewing by emailing mahoganygalleryinfo@gmail.com.



Northern Lights Gallery

Northern Lights Gallery
423 Main St., Racine

Don’t settle for the ordinary when you can choose from an array of artisan jewelry, boutique and home accent items. Whether you are shopping for a gift for that special person or treating yourself, find it at Northern Lights Gallery. Visit their online store.



RAM Museum Store

Racine Art Museum Store
441 Main St., Racine

The Racine Art Museum Store is ready to help kick off the holiday season with fabulous, unique gifts that can only be found there. Whether one-of-a-kind artworks, handmade holiday treasures, or special gifts for hard-to-fill stockings, shoppers will discover incredible options both in-person in downtown Racine and their websiteClick here for our full Racine Art Museum shopping guide.



Twice Baked Pottery

Twice Baked Pottery
320 Main St., Racine

Scott Obernberger, pottery thrower and owner of Twice Baked Pottery, focuses on making functional pieces that capture the beauty of pottery—pottery that is meant to be used and enjoyed. He makes all the pottery he sells right in front of his customers at his studio in downtown Racine. Twice Baked Pottery provides high quality pottery at a reasonable price. Click here to shop online.



Artists Gallery

Artists Gallery
401 Main St., Racine

Artists Gallery is an artist cooperative of 23 regional artists that has been run and managed by artists since 1998. This co-op has a tradition of putting the client and artist relationship first. Also, as a downtown business, they support the development of downtown Racine as a viable destination for locals and tourists. The art on display changes each quarter, so visit regularly to see what's new. You can also attend one of their very popular First Fridays or Gallery Nights when they start each monthly show with a reception open to the public. Visit their website for information.



Spectrum School of the Arts

Spectrum School of the Arts and Community Gallery
2050 Wisconsin Ave., Racine

Spectrum School of the Arts & Community Gallery is a non-judgment artistic space for artists of all kinds to utilize and enjoy. Spectrum Gallery, Racine’s longest operating cooperative gallery and a vital part of the community since 1995, is located in the east building of the DeKoven Center and is open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment. Check out their class and workshop schedule.


Give the gift of a live theatre performance:


Racine Theatre Guild A Christmas Story

Racine Theatre Guild Presents "A Christmas Story"
2519 Northwestern Ave., Racine

After a year and a half without any mainstage plays and musicals at the Racine Theatre Guild, "A Christmas Story" will bring nostalgia, humor and heart to the stage this holiday season, December 3-19.

Ralphie Parker only has one wish: to wake up Christmas morning with the coveted Red Ryder Range Model Carbine Action BB Gun under his tree. While he plans and schemes to ensure it arrives, he’s met with the same response again and again, "You'll shoot your eye out!" One of the most iconic holiday movies hilariously comes to life on stage, complete with all its pink-bunny-suit, glowing-leg-lamp, triple-dog-daring glory.

"A Christmas Story" was last performed at Racine Theatre Guild in 2003. It follows the 1983 film everyone has grown to love, but the stage version features Ralph as an adult overseeing and narrating the many holiday memories of himself, Ralphie, throughout his childhood. Inspired by humorist Jean Shepherd's childhood, it is a beloved story across generations.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors (age 62 and older), and $13 for students (age 21 and under). Discounts are offered to subscribers and groups of 12 or more. View their website for dates and ticket information.



Over Our Head Players Kringle Karol

Over Our Head Players Present "Kringle Karol.... The Musical?"
318 6th St., Racine

Over Our Head Players operate the Sixth Street Theatre in downtown Racine. Kringle Karol, a new installment in the Kringle series, takes a time honored holiday story and adds the OOHPie "TWIST" ( Dickens pun intended). The song parodies, puns, local jokes, and Racine references return to help the most curmudgeon Yopanson baker yet discover his holiday spirit.

Enjoy the Over Our Head Players perform "Kringle Karol.... The Musical?" from December 3 through 31Visit their website for dates and ticket information.



Malt House Theatre Haylofters

The Haylofters Present "Good Old Country Redneck Christmas" 
109 Main St., Burlington

Malt House Theatre, home of the Haylofters, is one of Wisconsin's oldest, continuously running community theatres. Located right on the beautiful Fox River in Burlington, Malt House Theatre presents "Good Old Country Redneck Christmas" on December 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and December 5 and 12 at 2:00 p.m. Visit their website to order tickets.



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