Holiday Stroll brings cheer to downtown Red WingRed Wing will be the destination for thousands Friday as the seventh annual Holiday Stroll gets under way at 4 p.m.
By: Ruth Nerhaugen, The Republican Eagle
Red Wing will be the destination for thousands Friday as the seventh annual Holiday Stroll gets under way at 4 p.m.
For four hours, the streets and downtown shops will be filled with people snacking, strolling and savoring the season.
The highlight of the evening for kids is the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus at the head of the lighted parade, riding in a fire truck. The parade steps off at 6 p.m. at Sixth and Bush streets. It will travel down Bush to Third Street, then go east to Dakota Street.
Grand marshals this year are Frank and Mary Anne Ferrin, longtime downtown business people.
At the conclusion of the parade, Santa, the Ferrin and Mayor Donna Dummer will lead the ceremonial lighting of downtown holiday decorations. Those activities will take place in the city parking lot at Third and Plum streets. Fireworks will follow.
Santa will then pass out treats downtown. Accompanying him this year will be reindeer Bough and Jingles.
Children of all ages will enjoy a stop at the St. James Hotel, where the Courtyard will be decked out as a winter wonderland all weekend — complete with holiday train.
Highlight of the decor is a huge gingerbread house. Robyn Hanisch created the original design, then she and cake decorator Sarah Olson built the house out of 72 pounds of gingerbread, 60-plus pounds of royal icing and 32 pounds of candy. It took them 60 hours to complete.
For more Holiday Stroll events, see Tuesday's print edition of the Republican Eagle