In 2018 we will be celebrating “Our Wild and Scenic River”

Expand the boxes below to see the great events at the 2017 Lighting Festival

Friday - Nov. 24, 2017
  • 10am-noon #OptOutside. SCRA Family Nature Day at Interstate Park. South Entrance. Free admission day at all MN state parks. Click for details. 
  • 1-8pm Holiday at the Depot Arts & Crafts Sale; Memorial Community Center. Memorable holiday gifts – and local!
  • 1-2pm Feeling Stuffed? Step it Off Hike! Meet at the Community Center parking lot
  • 3-8pm Visit the 1856 Whitney House. W. Government St.. $5 or kids 6-17 $1 (benefits the Lighting Festival)
  • 3-8pm Christmas at the 1855 Folsom House; $3 or kids 6-17 $1
  • 3-8pm 3rd Grade Exhibit at the Town School House – FREE
  • 3-8pm Juneberry Cafe will be selling hot chocolate and holiday cookies
  • 4:30-7pm Short Luminary Lit Trail at Interstate State Park. Take a short, 1/4-mile trail from the parking lot to the historic boat landing by the St. Croix River with luminaries to light your way. Will be canceled if the park’s parking lot is closed due to snow.
  • 5-6pm Mrs. Claus reading to children at the library
  • 5pm Chili, hot dogs and bonfire at St. Joseph’s Church; 5pm Booya at Romaynes – $5
  • 5:15 NEW TIME! Pleasant Valley Cloggers at The River Alley Shoppes
  • 6pm Grand Lighting of Village & Santa Parade
    • PARKING TIP – avoid downtown snarl. Free parking at Interstate Park (if there is less than an inch of snow on the ground)!
    • Santa at Santa Land (at River Alley Shoppes)
    • 3rd Grade exhibit at the Town House School
    • Face painting & more at Schoony’s
    • Free wagon rides outside Coffee Talk
    • Kettle Korn at the Town House School
    • Judging of outdoor light displays
Saturday - Nov. 25, 2017
  • 9-3pm Wassail Party Craft Fairand Swedish Food serving Swedish Meatballs, Potatoes On-A-Stick, Swedish Egg Coffee at the Community Center & Town House School. The Swedish food benefits the Swedish Circle brochure
  • 9:30-12:30 Visit the historic Taylors Falls Library
  • 10am Medallion Hunt – clues every half hour! Clues will be posted on the town board on Bench Street and on the Taylors Falls Lighting Festival Facebook page
  • 10-6:30pm Visit the 1856 Whitney House, W. Government St.. $5 or kids 6-17 $1 (benefits the Lighting Festival). $5 or kids 6-17 $1 (benefit for the Lighting Festival)
  • 10-3pm Taylors Falls Historical Society will be selling Christmas decor, both new and antique at the Visitor Center (lower level of the community center)
  • 10-7pm Bazaar and Bake Sale at the 1861 Methodist Church
  • 11-6:30pm Christmas at the Folsom House; $3 or kids 6-17 $1
  • 1 pm Christmas Crusader – Lots of fun PUPPETS AND MUSIC. Every seat is a good one. For families and children…of all ages. Free. 1861 Methodist Church.
  • 4:30pm Ecumenical Vespers for all at the 1861 Methodist Church. Free will donation.
  • 6:30pm Family Bingo for cash and prizes!! Community Center. $15/pkg & dobbers $1
  • 7pm Poetry and StorySlam at Coffee Talk
  • 7:30pm It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Nov. 25th – Dec. 24th
Sunday - Nov. 26, 2017
  • 9am All-Confirmation Reunion, First Lutheran Church.
  • 1-3pm NEW – Green Fire Irish Dance Performance followed by fun and easy Irish dances for all ages

    Green Fire will be performing modern “Riverdance” type dances and also historic dances in 1815 (Jane Austen), 1915 (Downton Abbey) and Victorian costumes. Free will donation appreciated. Community Center

  • 1-4pm Christmas at the Folsom House; $3 or kids 6-17 $1
  • 7:30pm      It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Nov. 25th – Dec. 24th
  • 3 pm Winter concert by the St. Croix Valley OrchestraDonations to the orchestra are appreciated

Here is a rare opportunity to own a set of the first 16 original ornaments from 1985 — 2000!! 

Each ornament comes with the explanation tag and in their original wrapper.
$120 – Sold as a set only.
Call Sylvia at 715-483-1430 (No answering machine)

The Lighting Festival wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors!

Business Sponsors: City of Taylors Falls, Buchite and Associates, Coffee Talk, Country Bed and Breakfast, Croix Management, High Test Travel, High Woods Bed & Breakfast, Linda Shober Design and Images, Lorie’s Hair Care, McLane Accounting & Tax Service, Inc., Marketplace, MidWestOne Bank, Rowe Sewer Service, Tangled up in Blue, Taylors Falls Bead Store, Taylors Falls Dental Clinic, Taylors Falls Drive-in, The Bitworks, The Copy Shop, The Cottage Bed and Breakfast, The Old Jail Bed and Breakfast, Wannigan Point Cabin Resort, WebPlus, Wild Mountain Ski Area, Wild River Contracting, Wild River Electric


Organizational Sponsors: The Lighting Festival Elves; Taylors Falls Lions Club; Taylors Falls Historical Society; 3rd and 4th Grades at Taylors Falls Elementary; First Evangelical Lutheran Church; CERT; UMC Outreach Committee; Taylors Fall Fire Department.

Countdown to Lighting Festival 2018!