36th Annual Lighting Festival

November 27-29, 2020

 

Theme: “Back to Simpler Times”

 

 

This year, due to health concerns, the Lighting Festival is focusing on favorite outdoor activities and other Lighting Festival traditions that will help keep us safe:

 

Grand Lighting of the Village and Santa Parade | Royal Lady of the Village | Lighting Contest | 3rd Grade Exhibit | Royal Lady Tea | Green Fire Irish Dancers | Annual Ornament

Exciting new activities – Ice skating rink! Snow sculpture for kids!

 

SEE ACTIVITIES LISTED BELOW BY DAY

Light-up Our Homes Taylors Falls!

 

Taylors Falls is known as the “Christmas Card Village.” Let’s make this a reality by transforming the dark of winter with lighting on or around our homes. Remember, simple, creative…maybe a lighted tree or bird feeder, or front window, or the doorway and walk, or go all out. THIS IS OUR FIRST DRIVING TOUR OF LIGHTED HOMES! This event and contest is limited to homes in the city limits. Each home needs to register your address, no later than Nov 20, to be included on the map. 

Judging will start during the parade, so turn on your display before going downtown. This will become a destination drive throughout the holidays, so we encourage outdoor lights be turned on between 5 and 9pm each night starting November 27 through January 3. Six prizes of $75 will be awarded!

FRIDAY, Nov 27

Skating Rink starting at 10am

The skating rink will be on the north end of Bench Street in the lot next to Taylors Falls Drive-In (weather permitting). Bonfires and s’mores Friday night!

 

Make at Home Ornament Kit From the Folsom House, 4-8pm

Come to the Folsom House and get your FREE make at home ornament kit (while supplies last). Also Saturday 10-6pm. 

Delicious Food Options

Starting at 5pm: Chili, hotdogs and bonfire at St. Joseph’s Church; Booya at Romayne’s $5; Cocoa and cookies at Juneberry

 

Grand Lighting of the Village and Santa Parade - 6pm

The Santa Parade will start on the South end of Bench Street this year and end at the drive-in. Santa Land and most other indoor activities will not happen this year BUT SANTA WILL BE IN THE PARADE AND WILL GREET THE CHILDREN from his parade perch. Be sure to wear lights!

We welcome families and businesses to participate in the parade. Pull your own wagon-based float, show off your well-behaved dog, become a shovel drill team marching to canned music. Be the parade! Use your imagination to make your own fun. Click the button below to visit the parade page for more information and to sign-up.

Thank you to Lions for once again spearheading the annual tree (sponsored by Erickson Brothers Tree Farm, Hwy 8 and 95) and the Taylors Falls Fire Department for putting up the garland and lights on the street lamps!

 

3rd Grade Exhibit in the windows of Chisago House

 

The 3rd graders will display their art in the windows of the Chisago House restaurant on the corner of Bench and 1st Street. On display all weekend.  

Driving Tour of Lights

What better way to enjoy the Spirit of the Season then to drive in the warm comfort of your vehicle to view the festive lights and displays done by the local residents of the “Christmas Card Village of Taylors Falls.” We will provide a link to a map with the addresses of homes with displays November 27. 

SATURDAY, Nov 28

Medallion Hunt, 10am

$100 cash prize! First clue will be posted on Facebook and the town board on Bench Street starting at 10am. Clues will be posted every half hour until found. If you find the medallion, take it immediately to Coffee Talk to redeem your prize. 

Skating Rink starting at 10am

The skating rink will be on the north end of Bench Street in the lot next to Taylors Falls Drive-In (weather permitting). 

 

Kids' Snow Sculptures, 10am (all day)

All day starting at 10am. Wild Mountain is bring us snow for kids to make sculptures! Bring your buckets and carving tools and sculpt away. Small prizes awarded at 4pm. Lot next to the drive-in on Bench Street. 

 

Make at Home Ornament Kit From the Folsom House, 10-6pm

Come to the Folsom House and get your FREE make at home ornament kit (while supplies last). 

3rd Grade Exhibit in the windows of Chisago House

 

The 3rd graders will display their art in the windows of the Chisago House restaurant on the corner of Bench and 1st Street. On display all weekend.  

Family Movie Night - 6pm

Bring your chairs and blankets and cozy up to watch Charlie Brown’s Christmas and the 1966 version of The Grinch Who Stole Christams! Lot next to the drive-in on Bench Street.

 

SUNDAY, Nov 29

Skating Rink starting at 10am

The skating rink will be on the north end of Bench Street in the lot next to Taylors Falls Drive-In (weather permitting). 

 

Green Fire Irish Dancers, 2-4pm

This annual favorite will accomodate social distancing. Mask up please. Free will donation appreciated. Taylors Falls Memorial Community Center.

 

Royal Lady Tea

Calling all Royal Lady’s for a Christmas Tea, 2pm. An event for women of all ages to come and visit with friends, neighbors as we begin to celebrate the most wonderful time of year. Hosted at First Baptist Church, 661 West Street, Taylors Falls. We will be serving tea, Hot Berry Cider and Christmas Goodies.

3rd Grade Exhibit in the windows of Chisago House

 

The 3rd graders will display their art in the windows of the Chisago House restaurant on the corner of Bench and 1st Street. On display all weekend.  

WE APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT OF OUR BUSINESS AND ORGANIZATION SPONSORS. THANK YOU!

City of Taylors Falls; Xcell; Barb’s Family Hair Care; Bitworks; Buchite & Associates; Coffee Talk; Croix Management; Family Chiropractic; First Resource Bank; MidWest One Bank; Erickson Brothers Tree Farm; Juneberry; McLane Accounting & Tax Service, Inc.; Old Jail B&B; Row Sewer Services; Taylors Falls Bead Store; The Drive In; Wild River Electric; Wild Mountain; With August; Fireworks Forever; Linda Shober Marketing + Design, LLC

Lighting Festival Elves; Taylors Falls Lions Club; Taylors Falls Elementary School; Taylors Falls Fire Department; CERT; Girl Scouts; Veterans

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