The 33rd Annual Lighting Festival November 24-26, 2017!!

This year’s theme:


Click the event days below to expand and view all of the wonderful activities.

Friday - Nov. 24
  • 1-8pm Holiday at the Depot Arts & Crafts Sale; Memorial Community Center. Memorable holiday gifts – and local!
  • 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
  • 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 The Timber Box)
    • 3rd Grade exhibit at the Town House School
    • Face painting & animal balloons at Schoony’s
    • Free wagon rides outside Coffee Talk
    • Kettle Korn at the Town House School
    • Judging of outdoor light displays
Saturday - Nov. 25
  • 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 NEW – Countdown to Christmas – 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
  • 9am All-Confirmation Reunion, First Lutheran Church.
  • 1-3pm NEW – Green Fire Irish Dancers and Ceili.

    Green Fire will be performing modern “Riverdance” type dances and also historic dances in 1815 (Jane Austen), 1915 (Downton Abbey) and Victorian costumes. Ceili to follow. 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


Nominations for this year’s Royal Lady are now being accepted. Please submit her name, contact information and listing of her qualifications by October 24.


Calling all families, friends and businesses to join the Lighting Festival parade!! It’s time to sign up for the coolest parade (both figuratively and literally) in the area.



It’s time to sign up for the annual Holiday at the Depot Arts & Crafts Sale, Friday Nov 24, and the Wassail Party Craft Fair, Saturday Nov 25. Preference goes to last year’s vendors and local vendors. All items must be made by the vendor. To add your name to the list, fill out the email form below.

Holiday at the Depot Inquiry

5 + 14 =

Wassail Party Craft Fair Inquiry

6 + 8 =

Music at the Lighting Festival

Ecumenical Choral Vespers

Saturday, 4:30pm, 1861 Methodist Church
Free will donation appreciated

Green Fire Irish Dancers

Sunday, 1pm, Taylors Falls Memorial Community Center.
They will be performing modern “Riverdance” type dances and also historic dances in 1815 (Jane Austen), 1915 (Downton Abbey) and Victorian costumes.
Free will donations appreciated.

St. Croix Valley Orchestra

Sunday, 3pm, 1861 Methodist Church
Free will donation appreciated

Preview many of the wonderful Lighting Festival activities in this video and then come and enjoy the fun in person. There’s nothing like the real thing!!

Countdown to Lighting Festival 2016!








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

Business Sponsors: City of Taylors Falls, Buchite and Associates, 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, Taylors Falls Bead Store, Taylors Falls Dental Clinic, The Bitworks, The Cottage Bed and Breakfast, WebPlus, Wild Mountain Ski Area, 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.