We spent Christmas in La Crosse with Patrick's family this year. We headed to La Crosse on Christmas Eve around noon.
This time we stayed at the Courtyard Marriott in downtown La Crosse. Patrick's aunt works there so we got an awesome deal. Here is the view from our room.
The weather was super nice for December, so we walked around downtown before dinner. There weren't many open options for dinner so we ended up eating at Red Lobster in Onalaska.
We were disappointed in the lack of Christmas lights in our search at home, but we found some good ones in La Crosse. Check out this one with music and moving objects in Santa's workshop.
After dinner and looking at lights we walked to Riverside Park from the hotel. In college I loved going to the Rotary lights. We hadn't been there since 2005, so it was awesome to go again.
Even the UW-L Eagle was in lights this year.
These squirrels were synchronized to run through the trees. They even had a whole light show synced to music, which they never had back in college. It was so fun to go back. There is so much magic in the Christmas lights there, I hope it's not another six years before we get back there.
On Christmas Day we went to Patrick's dad's house for lunch. It was nice to hang out with them. Then we headed to Patrick's aunt and uncle's house for his extended family Christmas. We stayed there most of the day for a white elephant exchange and the Packer game.
On Monday we visited Steve & Sandra's new baby girl Rosemary. After our visit we ate at the mall food court, Patrick had Coney Island and I had Panda Express.
We always talk about winning it big at Treasure Island on our way home from La Crosse. This time we decided to actually stop. We lost our $20 in about 15 minutes so it wasn't worth the trip, but it made for a good adventure.