• Kohler High School Madrigal Singers

    Kohler High School Madrigal Singers

Waelderhaus Events


Hansel and Gretel popularized gingerbread houses by discovering a house in the forest made entirely of bread and sugar. Beginning Friday, November 23rd and continuing through December 30th, Waelderhaus, the historic “house in the woods” in Kohler will treat families to holiday music and dozens of sugary creations on display at the 22nd Annual Gingerbread Festival.

More than 8,000 attendees will enjoy extended hours and weekly musical performances, and vote on their favorite hand-crafted gingerbread houses, sculptures and original handiworks created by local schools and community groups.

Classroom and community organizations whose sweet designs garner the most votes from attendees, will receive cash prizes in different age groups. Complimentary gingerbread cookies will be served to protect the candy-studded homes and fabrications from hungry visitors.

Daily tours of the Waelderhaus are still offered at 2:00PM, 3:00PM, and 4:00PM (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). 

22nd Annual Gingerbread Festival

Waelderhaus – 1100 West Riverside Drive, Kohler, Wis.

November 23 through December 30, 2018

Sunday through Friday – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Musical Performances – 2:00 p.m.

Nov. 24            Golden Chordaliers

Nov. 25             The Pop’s Elves

Dec. 1              Concordia Singing Society

Dec. 2              Cedar Grove Belgium High School's Women's Choir and Rocket Choir

Dec. 8              The Waves of Rhythm Show Choir (Kiel High School)

Dec. 9              Junge Kameraden German Band (Plymouth High School)

Dec. 15            Jane Van Maaren Music Group (seasonal strings)

Dec. 16             Madrigal Singers (Kohler High School)

Dec. 22            Chamber Singers (Random Lake High School)

Dec. 23            Harpist Katherine Ray



Please join us for Arts at the Waelderhaus, a series of intimate performances at the historic “house in the woods”, on select Sundays in 2019.  Our performances for 2019 will be announced in the near future.   

Admission is free and no tickets are necessary.  Reservations are encouraged due to limited capacity. Call the Waelderhaus at 920-453-2851 to reserve your seat, or email kohlerfoundation@kohler.com.