See you next year for the

35th Annual Lighting Festival

Nov 29-30 & Dec 1, 2019

Expand the boxes below to see the 2018 events. The listings will be 
updated again in the fall of 2019

Friday - Nov. 23, 2018
  • Enjoy the river and trails with Free Entrance Friday at MN Interstate State Park (and all Minnesota State Parks)!
  • 1-8pm Holiday at the Depot Arts & Crafts Sale; Memorial Community Center. Memorable holiday gifts – and local!
  • 3-parade Juneberry Cafe will be selling selling hot chocolate and Christmas cookies
  • 3-8pm Visit the 1870 E.C. Winslow House, 579 Bench, $5 or kids 6-17 $1 (benefits the Lighting Festival)
  • 3-8pm Christmas at the 1855 Folsom House; $4 or kids 6-17 $2
  • 3-8pm 3rd Grade Exhibit at the Town School House – FREE
  • 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
  • 5:00 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)!
  • AFTER THE PARADE:
    • 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. 24, 2018
  • 9-3pm Wassail Party Craft Fair and 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
  • 10-4pm Visit the 1870 E.C. Winslow House, 579 Bench St. $5 or kids 6-17 $1 (benefits the Lighting Festival). $5 or kids 6-17 $1 (benefit for the Lighting Festival)
  • 10-3pm Visit the Taylors Falls Historical Society 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; $4 or kids 6-17 $4
  • 1 pm Lots of fun PUPPETS AND MUSIC: “Super Christmas” Every seat is a good one. For families and children…of all ages. Free. 1861 Methodist Church.
  • 2-4pm Getting Ready for Jesus, with activities for all ages. Everyone welcome!  Free!  Sponsored by FELC and the other MiChiLu ((Middle Chisago Lutheran) congregations, (Zion, Chisago Lake, Trinity & Immanuel).  Come join us for fun or just a warm cup of coffee!
  • 4:30pm Ecumenical Vespers for all at the 1861 Methodist Church. Free will donation.
  • 6:30pm Family Bingo for Cash!! Community Center. $15/pkg & daubers $1
  • 7:30pm Miracle on 34th Street, Festival Theatre, St. Croix Falls.
Sunday - Nov. 25, 2018
  • Noon-3pm Advent Tea, First Evangelical Lutheran Church “Could you use some quiet minutes in the coming days or weeks? Would you like to sit down & write, ​pray ​or study, or wrap, or knit, or do crafts? If you like, join us at the Advent Tea, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 561 Chestnut St., Taylors Falls, MN. The fellowship hall will be warm; there will be quiet music, coffee, tea & cider & a friendly pastor. (Phone that day (612) 532-7083.) If you want somewhere quiet to work, we have some great spaces; if you want a group of friends around your table, invite them. Take some deep breaths as we prepare and wait…..”
  • 1pm Green Fire Irish Dance Performance followed by fun and easy Irish dances for all ages at the Taylors Falls Memorial Community Center.

Green Fire will be performing traditional dancing and costuming as well as modern “Riverdance” type dance. They will also lead us in easy Irish dancing for kids and adults. Free will donation.

  • 1-4pm Christmas at the Folsom House; $4 or kids 6-17 $2
  • 2pm Miracle on 34th Street, Festival Theatre, St. Croix Falls
  • 3 pm Winter concert by the St. Croix Valley OrchestraDonations to the orchestra are appreciated

The 2018 Lighting Festival Ornament is still available
but supply is limit so don’t delay!

2018 Lighting Festival Ornament
Available at Barb’s Family Hair, Coffee Talk and Taylors Falls Bead Store
$12 – proceeds benefit the Taylors Falls Lighting Festival

This year’s ornament honors the beautiful St. Croix River. The St. Croix was one of only 8 rivers designated as a Wild and Scenic River signed into law 50 years ago in 1968. Ojibwa used the birch bark canoe on the St. Croix River for centuries. Millennia ago they traded and used local copper and the blue faceted bead is a nod to native trading on the river in the 1800’s. This limited edition birch bark canoe was hand made locally and is embellished with an authentic 19th c. bead of the kind traded in this area.

Thank you to Donald and Juli Hobson for handcrafting the canoes, Taylors Falls Bead Store for helping with the embellishments and the Lighting Festival Elves who helped put it all together.

The Lighting Festival gives THANKS to so many people, businesses and organizations who work so hard to make the weekend so special. We appreciated all who braved the rain to attend the parade and evening’s activities and to everyone who attended our many events. This festival has become a holiday tradition for many families. We also enjoy welcoming visitors who travel here from out of town. The Lighting Festival committee of elves: Mark Adams, Geri Aanonsen, Annie and Michael Bent, Holle Brian, Juli Hobson, Jason and Dee Dee Fredlund, Julie Hildebrand, Tana Havumaki, Tim Lauer, Mary Murphy, Susan Sexauer, Linda Shober, Rich Smith, Dr. Bill and Barb Young, Becca Zack, and Wendy Szczepanski planned the festival events and put hours of energy into setting it up, but it is always the cooperative effort of the committee, City of Taylors Falls, town businesses, organizations and all the volunteers who make the magic happen.

The financial support from local businesses is vital to the Lighting Festival and this year we would like to thank St. Croix Regional Medical Center; Xcel Energy; MidWestOne Bank; First Resource Bank; High Test Travel; Wild Mountain; Buchite & Associates; Barb’s Family Hair Care; Coffee Talk; Country Bed and Breakfast; Croix Management; Croix Valley Contracting; Juneberry Cafe; Lincoln Brewery; Linda Shober Design and Images; McLane Accounting & Tax Service, Inc.; River Alley Shoppes; Row Sewer Service; Tangled up in Blue; Taylors Falls Bead Store; The Bitworks; The Copy Shop; The Drive-In Restaurant; Wannigan Point Cabins; WebPlus; Wild River Electric.

We would like to thank Mary Pettis who is the 2018 Royal Lady of the Village; the TF Volunteer Firemen for decorating the 30 lamp posts, Bonnie and Bob Doemel for opening their home for people to enjoy and Jack Liljenberg for the history, the volunteers who acted as host and Jack Liljenberg for preparing the history on the house; Christmas at the 1855 Folsom historic site chaired by Chad Thurman, decorated by organizations and businesses, and the house hosts; the third grade teachers and the third graders for their wonderful “Our Wild and Scenic River” themed exhibit as well as the artists who exhibited their river paintings; Holy Hand Puppetters and Sandra Berg their director; everyone who participated in the Advent Choral Vespers: choral director JoAnn Nielsen, pianist Pat Remer, Don and Julie Karsky, Regina Gamer, Quintin Carlson; Rolf Larson, the community chorus and representatives from the area churches who read scripture; Joyce Staley for organizing the Holiday at the Depot Arts & Craft Sale; Mary Murphy for organizing the Wassail Party Craft Fair; the Taylors Falls Historical Society for hosting an exhibit at the Visitor Center; First Lutheran Church for the events they organized; the St. Croix Valley Orchestra for their wonderful performance; the United Methodist Church Outreach committee for the SERRV International Gift Sale; Green Fire Irish Dancers for performing.

Thanks also to Mike Kris and Paul Stenger of the Public Works Department for putting up No Parking signs and being of great help in so many ways; Sergeant Shane Carroll, Sheriff Brandon Thyen and other members of the Chisago County Sheriff’s Department for vehicle redirection and safety during the Friday parade along with the Taylors Falls CERT team and Lions; to John Coffey from Coffee Talk and Rich Smith for turning on the Christmas Lights; Dee Fredlund for being the parade organizer, and all the parade participants; Bill Young’s emceeing of the parade; Santa and elves, Mrs Claus, the Public Library; Tim Tougas for driving the tractor drawn wagon rides and Stillwater Trolley for providing shuttling between events.

Thank you Brett Lincoln for allowing Santa Land in your building. Thank you Darlene and John Romportl for face painting and entertaining the kids and Jim Schoony for providing the space; to Mary Murphy and Tana Havumaki for writing clues for the Medallion Hunt. Bingo was run by Jason and DeeDee Fredlund with the assistance of the Lions, Knights of Columbus and Lighting Festival Elves.

We thank Linda Shober for her graphic designs; flyer assistance from Holle Brian and Joanne Frank for the Vespers program. Thanks also to Don and Juli Hobson for handcrafting this year’s ornament and the Taylors Falls Bead Store for helping with the embellishments; the many area newspapers for publishing articles and the reporters who wrote about the Royal Lady. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the generous support from the City of Taylors Falls.

Please forgive us if we have not mentioned you by name. We thank every person who helped make the festival a success. It cannot be done without the help of MANY elves. It is our hope that each family that attended the 2018 Lighting Festival left with great memories, pictures and the start of a new holiday tradition.

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

Sponsors: City of Taylors Falls; St. Croix Regional Medical Center; Xcel Energy; MidWestOne Bank; First Resource Bank; High Test Travel; Wild Mountain; Buchite & Associates; Barb’s Family Hair Care; Coffee Talk; Country Bed and Breakfast; Croix Management; Croix Valley Contracting; Juneberry Cafe; Lincoln Brewery; Linda Shober Design and Images; McLane Accounting & Tax Service, Inc.; River Alley Shoppes; Row Sewer Service; Tangled up in Blue; Taylors Falls Bead Store; The Bitworks; The Copy Shop; The Drive-In Restaurant; Wannigan Point Cabins; WebPlus; 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; CERT; First Evangelical Lutheran; UMC Outreach Committee; Taylors Fall Fire Department.

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