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100 miles of holiday entertainment

All ages can get a little giddy around Santa. Just remember when it was the little things that created the excitement of our childhoods, like making ornaments and cookies and placing the milk out.

The Great River Road region conveys that same feeling by adding holiday flare, pretty much everywhere.

"Through our businesses, our community and just the town feeling itself," explained Mississippi Valley Partners spokesperson Alisa Balterman, "When people come here during the first weekend in December we would like them to feel like they are just coming home to witness the beauty and wonderment of the season."

The Mississippi River Valley, Lake Pepin area and the surrounding establishments form the Mississippi Valley Partners. These communities strive to celebrate an old-country Christmas.

"In our towns we still experience the holidays in this way - it's not about spending, it's about warmth and love," Balterman said.

The happenings in the Mississippi Valley Partners' 100 miles of Christmas Celebration include:

Minnesota side

From Hastings to Winona, travel Highway 61.


Experience Victorian Holidays at the LeDuc Dec. 1 to 2 and 8 to 9. Enjoy the splendor of the elegantly decorated Victorian estate, 1629 Vermillion St. For more information visit

Red Wing

Enjoy a hometown Christmas celebration with the Holiday Stroll and see penguins, taste roasted chestnuts, hear caroling and watch a parade Friday Nov. 23. For more information visit

Lake City

St. Mary's Church is having a bazaar, "Christmas Around the World" featuring German, Irish, Norwegian and Spanish themes. They will have crafts, bake sale, specialty breads, cookie walk, silent auction, and serve coffee and coffee cake. Event is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Dec. 1.


Anderson House presents "Heartfelt Holidays" every weekend in Dececember from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activities include fine handcraft demonstrations, Victorian family photos, parlor games, holiday crafts and visiting performers.


SVJ Designs will erect a huge sleigh and reindeer in the field next to the business. Drive up to the top of Highway 42.

Wisconsin side

From Prescott to Fountain City, travel Highway 35.


Stockholm Country Christmas is Saturday Dec. 1 to Sunday Dec. 2.

Experience the Medieval Feast and Wassailing of the Apple Trees Saturday Dec. 1. Partake in a meal fit for a king. Reservations required. Call 715-448-3502. For information,

Generation will play at Gelly's Pub, 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday Dec. 1. The five-piece band plays hits from artists such as Merle Haggard to Brad Paisley to George Jones.


Pepin Hometown Holidays run Friday Nov. 30 to Sunday Dec. 2. Events include bon fires, board games, broom ball, the $100 Nutcracker Quest, music, horse-drawn wagon rides, glass ornament demonstrations and iceboating.

Fountain City

Cochrane-Fountain City Parent Teacher Organization puts on its Holiday Show Dec. 1. Shop 130 booths. There is a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Entertainment throughout the day is planned from the school choir and band, along with local acoustical band County Road G.

Lefse Time presents "Sister - A Holiday Mixed Bag: Recycled!" that evening at 7. This is the Sister answer to going green. The concert will be in the at Fountain City Auditorium, 42 N Main St.

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