Now in it’s 31st year, in the beautiful Christmas Card Village of Taylors Falls, MN, we welcome you to experience the magic of the Lighting Festival!

Friday - Nov. 27
  • 1-8pm Holiday at the Depot Arts & Crafts Sale; Memorial Community Center memorable holiday gifts – and local!
  • 3-8pm Visit the 1868 Bullard/Owens Holiday House. $3 or kids 6-17 $1 (benefits the Lighting Festival)
  • 4-8pm Christmas at the 1855 Folsom House; $3 or kids 6-17 $1
  • 4-8pm 3rd Grade Exhibit at the Town School House – FREE
  • 5pm Chili, hot dogs and bonfire at St. Joseph’s Church 5pm Booya at Romaynes – $5
  • 5:30 Pleasant Valley Cloggers at The Timber Box (formally the She Shop)
  • 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 with a Brass Band & surprises!
  • Mrs. Claus reading to children at the library
  • 3rd Grade exhibit at the Town House School
  • Face painting & animal balloons
  • Free wagon rides outside Coffee Talk
  • Kettle Korn at the Town House School
  • Judging of outdoor light displays

Want to print out the schedule? Click here to view. 

Saturday - Nov. 28
  • 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 1868 Bullard/Owens Holiday House. $3 or kids 6-17 $1 (benefits the Lighting Festival).
  • $3 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
  • 11-4pm Christmas at the Folsom House; $3 or kids 6-17 $1
  • 1 pm “A Christmas Quilt” performance at the 1861 Methodist Church with Nyla Greenberg and Ellen Lurie. $2 for adults, children free.
  • 4:30pm Ecumenical Vespers for all at the 1861 Methodist Church
  • 6:30pm Family Bingo for cash and prizes!! Community Center
  • 6:30 Prohibition Flapper 20s Party at The Eye. Shows at 7 and 8. $5 – 30% of proceeds benefit the Lighting Festival
  • 7:30pm A Christmas Carol at the Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls

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Sunday - Nov. 29
  • 1-4pm Christmas at the Folsom House; $3 or kids 6-17 $1
  • 2-4pm Wine Tasting & Appetizers at Tangled up in Blue with Wild Mountain Winery. Live music by Mojo Swing! Free will donation to benefit the Lighting Festival
  • 2pm A Christmas Carol at the Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls
  • 3 pm Winter concert by the St. Croix Valley OrchestraDonations to the orchestra are appreciated.
  • 4:30pm Faith-Talk Jars & Self-Guided Tour, First Lutheran Church. A fun craft project to do with children or friends that will bring fun & conversation about things that matter to you and your family around the family table all year long. Click to view flyer.

Friday Night Parking Tip!

Want to avoid a traffic jam after the parade? Use the parking lot at Interstate State Park. It’s free!

Print out the event flyer.

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Come visit the 1868 Bullard-Owen holiday private home.
Newly restored and absolutely beautiful!

Across the street from the Post Office, main street Taylors Falls

$3 Adults, $1 ages 6-17

Open Friday, Nov. 27, 3 – 8 PM and

Saturday, Nov. 28, 10 – 4 PM

Also enjoy Christmas at the 1855 Folsom House
on Angel Hill decorated around the festival theme: Journey of Learning.

Appetizers, Wine Tasting and Live Music by Mojo Swing

We hope you will join us Sunday, November 29 between 2 and 4 PM as Tangled Up In Blue and Wild Mountain Winery host a benefit for the Taylors Falls Lighting Festival. It will be held at the restaurant, 425 Bench (Main) St in Taylors Falls. 100% of the free-will donations goes to help the Lighting Festival.

Better yet, make an afternoon of it! 1-4 PM Christmas at the 1855 Folsom House Historic Site. 3 PM Winter Concert by the St. Croix Valley Orchestra, 4:30 PM Faith-Talk Jars.


Congratulations to Kathy Carlsted as this years Royal Lady of the Village!

Kathy, along with her husband, Bruce have given many hours of their time providing experiential learning opportunities for children demonstrating old fashioned tools and crafts during past Taylors Falls Harvest Festivals, Taylors Falls Historical Society gatherings, Pioneer School and church programs.

You may know Kathy as Lena, Ole’s wife, in the annual Lighting Festival parade, but this year Lena will be riding in a convertible. What will Ole do? Give a shout out to Ole tonight at the parade “Hey Ole – where’s Lena?!”

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Friday Night Fun For Everyone!

Main street lined with luminarias, the anticipation of the crowd, holiday lighting, funky, fun and the chill of the season all combined to make a fantastic evening for all ages. Shop at the arts and craft fair at the depot and then enjoy some food and beverages as the Christmas lights turn on at 6pm and the Santa Parade begins. Afterward Santa will be at Santa Land listening to the wishes from all the little boys and girls while Mrs. Claus reads to children at the library. You don’t want to miss the 3rd grader’s exhibit – it’s always outstanding! Free horse and wagon rides too.

Medallion Hunt

One Medallion – 6 clues – $100

Saturday, November 28, 10:00 downtown. Clues posted every 1/2 hour on the town board (Bench St.) and on the Lighting Festival Facebook wall until the medallion is found. The medallion should be immediately taken to Coffee Talk to claim the prize.

BINGO! Sat-Nov 28 – 6:30

Taylors Falls Memorial Community Center Tons of Fun!!! $1 a game or 20 games for $15. Refreshments too!

Holiday at the Depot Arts and Crafts Sale. Memorable holiday gifts – and local! Memorial Community Center Friday, Nov 27 1-8pm

Wassail Party Craft Fair and the Swedish Circle Serving Swedish Meatballs, Potatoes On-A-Stick, Swedish Egg at the 9-3pm Community Center & Town House School

2015 Limited Edition Lighting Festival Ornament is Now Available For Purchase!

This year’s ornament features a wonderful 1915 photo of the horse drawn school buses on Angel Hill. The $10 ornament is an annual fundraiser for the festival. Click the button to visit the ornament page and see where you can purchase!

More Info and How to Buy

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!!

Our Sponsors

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

Business Sponsors: City of Taylors Falls; SCRMC ; Xcel Energy; Central Bank; Eagle Valley Bank; Tangled up in Blue; Wild Mountain Recreation; Wild Mountain Winery; Adium; High Test Travel; Keller Williams Realty, Chain of Lakes Group; Re/Max Muske Community Support Foundation; Buchite & Associates; Old Jail B & B; Taylors Falls Dental Clinic; The Timber Box; Wild River Electric; Angel Hill Apts.; Bitworks; Coffee Talk; Country Bed and Breakfast; Croix Management; High Woods B & B; Lorie’s Hair Care; McLean Accounting; Rocky River Bakery; Rowe Sewer Service; The Copy Shop; The Cottage B & B; The Drive-in; The Eye; The Yarn Bank; Wannigan Point Cabins; Wild River Contracting; Taylors Falls Bead Store; WebPlus; Linda Shober Designs and Images. 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.

The Lighting Festival is almost here!!