• 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!
    Find joy in shopping and dining during the holiday season with many FREE family friendly events happening each weekend, starting November 26th through December 19th:

    Friday, December 3 - Twinkle Weekend!
    This weekend lights the way to the Holidays! Stroll down Mainstreet and enjoy shops & restaurants of all flavors.
    Enjoy holiday lights, sights & the sounds of Victorian Carolers! 6:30-8:30 p.m
    Saturday, December 4 - Twinkle Party & City of Stillwater Tree Lighting
    Bring your family and join the fun in North Lowell Park for our Twinkle Celebration at 4:00 p.m! Twinkle lights will be given out and feel free to wear your own lights to add to the fun!
    Celebrate the official lighting of the City of Stillwater's Christmas Tree on Chestnut Plaza at 5:00 p.m. - music and more. Watch for Santa to arrive around 4:30 p.m.! Enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants around town.

    𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟭𝟬 - 𝗖𝗮𝗻𝗱𝘆 𝗧𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗪𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗱!
    This weekend features sugar & spice and everything nice! Enjoy holiday lights, sweet decorations, & the sounds of Victorian Carolers as you stroll down Mainstreet Stillwater MN 6:30-8:30 p.m
    𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟭𝟭 - 𝗚𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗛𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗕𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁
    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! 
    𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟭𝟮 - 𝗦𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮 & 𝗥𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗲𝗿
    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! Reindeer and Santa at Pedestrian Plaza 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, December 17 - Furry Friends Weekend!

    This weekend highlights our favorite furry friends! Enjoy holiday lights, sweet decorations, & the sounds of Victorian Carolers! 6:30-8:30 p.m

    Saturday, December 18 - Pet Parade + Costume Contest

    Bark your calendars! It’s our first 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 – Meet at the Dock Cafe' parking Lot
    12pm – Follow the Pet Parade as the Grinch leads every one down Main Street to the Gazebo (North Lowell Park)
    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!
    * Grand prize winner will receive a ONE NIGHT STAY AT THE LORA HOTEL!
    * 4 other prizes will be given out to various winners!
    *Get creative!
    Participating Local Businesses:
    Lora Hotel
    Made Coffee
    Santa Sightings!
    10am – 1pm Santa at by Kari's Create and Paint, Chestnut Street
    Photos with Santa’s Sleigh and Elves, located on Main street by the Joseph Wolf Mercantile

    Elf Takeover!
    Later that evening the streets of Stillwater get taken over by Santa’s elves. Starting at 5 pm they will be peeking around throughout Main Street. Laugh and marvel at the antics as you try to spot one – will they be hiding around a corner, up in a tree, or tap dancing on Main Street? Catch an elf, win a candy cane!
    4-6pm Enjoy horse-drawn Wagonette Carriage Rides



    FOLLOW the Hometown for the Holidays-Stillwater, MN Facebook PAGE for ongoing details & updates!

    LOOK for this Festive Poster around town! Take a selfie and tag #HometownfortheHolidaysStillwater 
    Big Thanks to Sarah Schroeder, Minnesota Made for creating the festive flair of the Hometown for the Holidays logos and marketing pieces!! 

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