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Christmas carolers fall short of breaking Guinness World Record in Mauston

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UPDATE (WKOW) — Hundreds of carolers gathered in Mauston Wednesday, but it wasn’t enough to break the Guinness World Record.

The Greater Mauston Tourism Association said 638 people showed up for the attempt. At least 1,881 carolers were needed to break the record.

In a post on Facebook organizers said they plan to try again next year.


MAUSTON (WKOW) — Do you like to go Christmas Caroling? You could be part of the world record attempt happening in Mauston on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

The group is trying to break the record for the most people caroling.

Carolers must register ahead HERE, and meet at 205 Division Street in Mauston. The event runs from 4:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m.

As the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train leaves and the caroling challenge begins, pre-registered participants will be guided to designated areas to form into 10 teams/groups of 200 carolers, according to an event news release.

Led by an official conductor for the entire event, carolers will go door-to-door to ten homes/doors on Division, Tremont and Elm Streets.

All participants, hopefully at least 1,881, will sing a Christmas carol at each of the 10 doors. Directed by stewards, the entire group of participants must sing at all doors and must strictly stay in their sections throughout the event.

Pre-registered carolers are also asked to open their ‘tickets’ on their devices and/or print the corresponding ticket with QR code and songbook (printable version coming soon and posted on the Caroling blog) and bring those to the event.

Volunteers will scan the barcodes on the tickets to meet GWR rules.

Those without tickets will not be allowed to participate. Caroling should last about an hour to an hour and a half.

Tip: Charge your cell phones fully before the event and maybe have a backup flashlight to read the songs!

For up-to-date information, check the Greater Mauston Tourism Association’s Facebook Page, Caroling blog at or contact Mary Hudack at 608-747-2042, email


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