WE’LL SEE YOU IN 2018 FOR THE
34TH ANNUAL LIGHTING FESTIVAL!

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)!
  • 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. 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

CONGRATULATIONS TO MARY ANNE MATTSON,
ROYAL LADY OF THE VILLAGE

THE OFFICIAL 2017 LIGHTING FESTIVAL ORNAMENT
is available for sale while supply lasts.

$12.00
Available at Coffee Talk, Taylors Falls Bead Store, Barb’s Family Hair Care and Juneberry Cafe

 

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The turn out for this year’s activities at the Taylors Falls Lighting Festival was outstanding and we want to thank all who attended.

This festival has truly become a holiday tradition for many families, locally and from a distance. The Lighting Festival committee of elves: Mark Adams, Geri and Troy Aanonsen, Annie and Michael Bent, Holle Brian, Peggy Eredde, Juli Hobson, Jason and Dee Dee Fredlund, Julie Hildebrand, Tana Havumaki, Tim Lauer, Mary Murphy, Sheila Sandell, Susan Sexauer, Linda Shober, Rich Smith, Cindy Stimmler, Dr. Bill and Barb Young, Becca Zack 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 Buchite and Associates, Coffee Talk, Country Bed and Breakfast, Croix Management, Eagle Valley Bank, 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, Royal Credit Union, St. Croix Regional Medical Center, 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.

We would like to thank Mary Anne Mattson who is the 2017 Royal Lady of the Village; the TF Volunteer Firemen for decorating the 30 lamp posts, Troy and Geri Aanonsen for opening their home for people to enjoy, 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; Sheila Sandell, the other third grade teachers, and the third graders for their wonderful “Lighting up the Season” themed exhibit; Pleasant Valley Cloggers; 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, Marshall Johnson, 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 holding their Christmas Thrift Sale; 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 and Coffee Talk for hosting the Poetry and StorySlam.

Thanks also to Mike Kris of the Public Works Department for putting up No Parking signs and being of great help in so many ways; Sergeant Shane Carroll, Sheriff Rick Duncan 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 with so many lighted units; Bill Young’s emceeing of the parade; Santa and elves, Mrs Claus, the Public Library; Tim Tougas for driving the tractor drawn wagon rides.

Thank you River Alley Shoppes 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 and their efficient team.

We thank Linda Shober for her graphic designs; flyer assistance from Holle Brian. Thanks also to Peggy Eredde and Susan Sexauer for handcrafting this year’s ornament; 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 2017 Lighting Festival left with great memories, pictures and the start of a new holiday tradition.

Sincerely,

Julie Hildebrand, Lighting Festival Chair
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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.

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