Annual Lighting Festival November 24-26, 2017!!

This year’s theme:

“LIGHTING UP THE SEASON”

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Friday - Nov. 24
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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HISTORIC OPEN HOUSES

This year’s Holiday House is the 1856 John A. Whitney House located in the Angel Hill Historic District, diagonally across the street from the 1861 United Methodist Church.  Historian Jack Liljenberg states, “the Whitney house has been said to be one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in Minnesota.”  It is one of many historic buildings in the area placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

The present owners have named and decorated each room with delightful Christmas and historic themes. This is the first time the Whitney House has been open to the public for tours. Visiting hours are Friday, November 24, 3 to 8 PM and Saturday the 25th, 11 AM to 6:30 PM. There is a $5 adult admission charge. This house is sponsored by the Lighting Festival committee.

The 1855 WHC Folsom Historic Site, is open the same hours as the Whitney House and both are within a half a block of the other. Each room of this house has been decorated for the season by different individuals and businesses. Admission of $3 benefits the Taylors Falls Historical Society.

3rd GRADERS EXHIBIT @ THE TOWN HOUSE SCHOOL
FRIDAY – 1pm to 8pm

Every year the 3rd graders from Taylors Falls Elementary School create an art project using the theme for the Lighting Festival. This year’s theme is “Lighting up the Season.” Teacher, and last year’s Royal Lady of the Village, Sheila Sandell, decorates the Town House School with the kids project and other surprises. You don’t want to miss this annual favorite event. New, early start time!! Free.

ECUMENICAL CHORAL VESPERS - Saturday, 4:30pm, 1861 Methodist Church.

This beloved choral Vespers service is a wonderful way to start the Christmas season.
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HISTORIC HOLIDAY HOUSE AND FOLSOM HOUSE OPEN Friday, November 24, 3 to 8 PM and Saturday the 25th, 11 AM to 6:30 PM.

This year's Holiday House is the 1856 John A. Whitney House located in the Angel Hill Historic District, diagonally across the street from the 1861 United Methodist Church. Historian Jack Liljenberg states, “the Whitney house has been said to be one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in Minnesota.” It is one of many historic buildings in the area placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

The present owners have named and decorated each room with delightful Christmas and historic themes. This is the first time the Whitney House has been open to the public for tours. Visiting hours are Friday, November 24, 3 to 8 PM and Saturday the 25th, 11 AM to 6:30 PM. There is a $5 adult admission charge. This house is sponsored by the Lighting Festival committee.

The 1855 WHC Folsom Historic Site, is open the same hours as the Whitney House and both are within a half a block of the other. Each room of this house has been decorated for the season by different individuals and businesses. Admission of $3 benefits the Taylors Falls Historical Society.
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3rd GRADERS EXHIBIT @ THE TOWN HOUSE SCHOOL
FRIDAY - 1pm to 8pm

Every year the 3rd graders from Taylors Falls Elementary School create an art project using the theme for the Lighting Festival. This year's theme is "Lighting up the Season." Teacher, and last year's Royal Lady of the Village, Sheila Sandell, decorates the Town House School with the kids project and other surprises. You don't want to miss this annual favorite event. New, early start time!! Free.
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Want to work off some of the Thanksgiving dinner? There are some wonderful outdoor events happening at Interstate State Park in Taylors Falls Friday. Free admission to the park that day!

10am-noon is the SCRA Family Fun Day (south entrance to the park). Featuring fresh air, a gentle nature discovery hike and scavenger hunt on the River Trail. After the adventure enjoy hot beverages, healthy snacks and a warm fire. www.facebook.com/events/549648885386443/

1-2pm Feeling Stuffed? Step it Off Hike! Meet at the Community Center parking lot. www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/event.html?id=54752

Taylors Falls is known for the beautiful lumineria lit main street the Friday night of the Lighting Festival. This year Interstate Park is joining in with a "Short Luminary Lit Trail at Interstate State Park." Take a 1/4-mile trail from the parking lot to the historic boat landing by the St. Croix River with luminaries to light your way. 4:30-7pm. It's also a great place to park for the parade!
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Take advantage of the comfortable temps in the coming days to finish your outdoor light display for our annual Lighting Contest! You don't need to go "Griswold" - unless you want to.... CASH PRIZES! BRAGGING RIGHTS!

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ROYAL LADY OF THE VILLAGE ANNOUNCEMENT
LATER TODAY!

OFFICIAL 2017 LIGHTING FESTIVAL ORNAMENT

$12.00
Available at Coffee Talk, Taylors Falls Bead Store, Barb’s Family Hair Care, Juneberry Cafe and various Lighting Festival events. While supply lasts. 

 

POETRY AND STORYSLAM @ COFFEE TALK

Saturday 7pm

Are you interested in sharing your poetry or story? Maybe you have an appreciation for poetry and storytelling and want to listen to someone perform? Or maybe you want a fun night out and try something new? If you answered “Yes” to any of those questions, then come to Coffee Talk in Taylors Falls during the Lighting Festival and enjoy an inspiring evening.

MEDALLION HUNT

Saturday starting at 10am
Downtown Taylors Falls

The first clue will be read at the Friday night 6pm parade. Clues will be  posted on the bulletin board (in the parking lot on Bench Street – our main street) and on Facebook. New clues will be posted every 1/2 hour until found. The second clue will be posted at 10:30 and every HALF HOUR until found. The lucky person or persons who find the medallion should take it immediately to Coffee Talk to claim the $100 prize.

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. Performance followed by fun and easy Irish dances for all ages.
Free will donations appreciated.

St. Croix Valley Orchestra

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

MRS. CLAUS @ THE LIBRARY
Friday 5-6pm

FAMILY FUN BINGO

Come to the annual Taylors Falls Lighting Festival Bingo, Saturday at 6:30pm to try your chance at cash prizes!
Games are $1 each or all 20 games for $15. Daubers also available for $1.
Snacks and beverages will also be available to purchase (hank you Marketplace Foods, Walmart, Bernick’s and Lighting Festival Elves)
All proceeds benefit the Taylors Falls Lighting Festival’s events.

GET SOME FRESH AIR!

Want to work off some of the Thanksgiving dinner? There are some wonderful outdoor events happening at Interstate State Park in Taylors Falls Friday. Free admission to the park that day!

10am-noon is the SCRA Family Fun Day (south entrance to the park). Featuring fresh air, a gentle nature discovery hike and scavenger hunt on the River Trail. After the adventure enjoy hot beverages, healthy snacks and a warm fire.

1-2pm Feeling Stuffed? Step it Off Hike! Meet at the Community Center parking lot.

Taylors Falls is known for the beautiful lumineria lit main street the Friday night of the Lighting Festival. This year Interstate Park is joining in with a “Short Luminary Lit Trail at Interstate State Park.” Take a 1/4-mile trail from the parking lot to the historic boat landing by the St. Croix River with luminaries to light your way. 4:30-7pm. It’s also a great place to park for the parade!

Visiting from out of town? Stay in Taylors Falls!

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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