Take a stroll through the streets of Stillwater and be taken to a picturesque "Christmas Village" right here in the Birthplace of Minnesota! Our own Hallmark movie - now all we need is the snow!
Mainstreet Stillwater and the St. Croix Riverfront will be alive with holiday spirit, featuring seasonal lights, decorations, and festive themed weekends! Experience the holidays of old while making new memories.
Downtown Stillwater's independently owned boutiques, shops and restaurants WELCOME YOU to Hometown for the Holidays - the first 3 weekends in December!
Find joy in shopping and dining during the holiday season with many FREE family friendly events happening each weekend, starting December 2 until December 17.
Friday, December 2 - Twinkle Weekend!
This weekend lights the way to the Holidays! Stroll down Mainstreet and enjoy shops & restaurants of all flavors.5:30-7:30 p.m - Enjoy holiday lights, sights & the sounds of Victorian Carolers!Saturday, December 3 - Twinkle Party & City of Stillwater Tree Lighting
11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. - Enjoy holiday lights, sights & the sounds of Victorian Carolers!4:00 p.m - Bring your family and join the fun in North Lowell Park for our Twinkle Celebration ~ Twinkle lights will be given out and feel free to wear your own lights to add to the fun!Around 4:30 p.m. - Watch for Santa to arrive!5:00 p.m - Celebrate the official lighting of the City of Stillwater's Christmas Tree in Lowell Park with music and more. Enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants around town.THANK YOU to our Supporting Sponsors:Additional Events happening around town:Saturday, December 3, 9 am - Noon - Breakfast with Santa at the Water Street Inn - see more details here!
Friday, December 9 - Candy Town Weekend!This weekend features sugar & spice and everything nice!5:30-7:30 p.m - Enjoy holiday lights, sweet decorations, & the sounds of Victorian Carolers as you stroll down Mainstreet Stillwater MNSaturday, December 10 - Gingerbread House Building ContestThe community is invited to pull out their rolling pins, grab a frosting bag and build gingerbread houses for submission in our Gingerbread Building Contest! The contest is FREE and open to all ages and skill levels! View and Vote over 50 home made gingerbread houses from 10 am - 2 pm at Water Street Inn! Watch our local City councils build their gingerbread houses on site--they are in it to win it!
REGISTER HERE for the Gingerbread Building Contest!THANK YOU to our Supporting Sponsor:Santa Sightings!
10am – 1pm Santa at by Kari's Create and Paint, Chestnut Street hosted by Kari's Create and Paint11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Enjoy holiday lights, sights & the sounds of Victorian Carolers!2:00 - 4:00 pm Enjoy horse-drawn Wagonette Carriage RidesSunday, December 11 - Santa & Reindeer in Pedestrian Plaza, near Lucky's Gas Station2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. - Santa Claus is coming to (down)town with 3 of his trusty reindeer. Great time to get a family photo! And you still have time to get on Santa's good list!Additional Events happening around town on this weekend:
Downtown Stillwater Scavenger Hunt~Saturday, Dec. 10th, 10:30-11:30am, FREE, Lowell Park Gazebo (Hosted by Stillwater Early Childhood Family Education)
Please join Stillwater Early Childhood Family Education in downtown Stillwater for some songs, a scavenger hunt and a walk through The Water Street Inn to see the Gingerbread Houses that are part of the Gingerbread Making Contest through the Hometown for the Holidays Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce. Come dressed to be outside! ALL families with children ages 5 and under are welcome! ***No registration needed.Made Coffee & Lora Hotel invite you to Cookies, Cocoa & Pictures with Santa - Sunday, December 11th, 2:00-4:00 pm, $10 per person at Feller restaurant, 402 Main Street S., Stillwater
Bark your calendars! Second annual Pet Parade and Costume Contest for Hometown for the Holidays!
All animals lovers are invited to dress up with their pets for the Pet Parade. All shapes and sizes welcome!
11:30am – Participants of the parade, meet at the Gazebo (North Lowell Park)
12pm – Pet Parade/Costume Contest: Follow the Grinch down Main Street back to the Gazebo (North Lowell Park)-see map below
12-2pm – Petting Zoo/Farm located at the Gazebo (North Lowell Park)
*Enjoy hot cocoa & cookies and goodies afterwards along with Meet/Greet with The Grinch! Cookies sponsored by Cub Foods!
* Grand prize winner will receive a ONE NIGHT STAY AT THE LORA HOTEL!
* 4 other prizes will be given out to various winners!
THANK YOU to our Supporting Sponsors:
and Made Coffee
10am – 1pm Santa at by Kari's Create and Paint, Chestnut Street
11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. - Enjoy holiday lights, sights & the sounds of Victorian Carolers!
4:00 - 6:00 pm Enjoy horse-drawn Wagonette Carriage Rides