Letters to Santa
Drop off your letters to Santa at Tootsie Too’s! (corner of Bush and 3rd Street) He can’t wait to read them all.
Polar Express Experience
Climb aboard with your golden ticket and experience the power of believing. Upon entering, children will be provided with a flashy blinky accessory and then guided through a magical experience. The conductor will punch their ticket while they are being entertained by the cocoa dancers. Upon exiting, children will receive their “Believe” bell. $5 per child, $20 family price over 4 children.
West End District
The West End businesses will provide a fun family experience with food vendors, beer garden and holiday market.
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
Enjoy a Holiday Stroll favorite returning this year. Located at John Rich Park.
Come experience the festive atmosphere downtown which, this year, will include a stilt walker!
Come watch ice carvers create at the corner of Bush and 3rd Street. Then take a photo with the creations, including one also placed in Jordan Court.
On the Stage – 20th Annual Holiday Stroll Presentation, Sculpture Walk People’s Choice Winner, Raffle Winner, Button Winner & Live Music
20th Annual Stroll Presentation Time to be announced.
Sculpture Walk People’s Choice Winner Time to be announced.
Button and Medallion Hunt Winner Time to be announced.
Raffle Cash Winner drawn immediately after the parade
Spark Spark Bang performs at 5:00 PM on the Holiday Stroll stage. Spark Spark BANG! is a Country – Rock band in Northeast Wisconsin. Aaron (Tracy Hardyman’s step brother), Travis and Kregg have been in the Fox Valley music scene for nearly 20 years. After spending that many years in various bands like Spin, the Stage Hoggs, One Week Rage, and Wasted Stay – you gain a real sense of what type of music you’d like to play and how you would interact with the crowd.
This year our parade is back! Joyous sites and sounds return this year with our lighted parade with Santa sending us off into the Holiday season. Starts at 7:30 followed by a fireworks display.
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Our festive tree will be at the corner of Bush and 3rd Street. The lighting ceremony will begin at 4:55 PM.
The beautiful fireworks display will begin shortly after the parade and can be viewed at the intersection of 3rd and Bush.
Christmas Movie Window Display/Scavenger Hunt
Stroll downtown with your family as you take in the decorated windows and fill out the “hunt and find” sheet! Completed sheets can be turned in to be entered into a prize drawing and you can vote for your favorite Christmas movie display. The display with the most votes receives a cash prize!
- 203 Plum Crazy
- Bella Casa Interiors
- Cut Above Home
- Malmquist Flooring
- Red Wing Artisan Collective
- Red Wing Family YMCA
- Red Wing Homes For Sale
- River Blu Salon & DaySpa
- Simple Abundance
- St. James Hotel
- Synergy Insurance
- The Creative Hand
- Tootsie Too’s
Our goal is to give away $6,000 (last year we gave away $2,700)! The winner will be announced the night of the Holiday Stroll, Friday, November 26th. You do not need to be present to win.
OH but there’s more! Here is where the RUMBLE comes in. We’ve matched two teams in a competition with up to an additional $3,000 to be awarded! Whichever team sells the most tickets will win up to $2,000 (runner up will win up to $1,000) to fund a project or event in their respective districts.
Downtown vs. West End District
WHO WILL SELL THE MOST RAFFLE TICKETS? Only YOU will determine this! So make your way to one of the team locations. $10 per ticket to be paid with cash or check (sorry, no credit cards). Sales through Friday, November 26th at 7 PM.
- Simple Abundance, 318 Bush Street, Hours: Monday – Friday 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM & Saturday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Red Wing Restyle/Tootsie Too’s, 401 West 3rd St, Hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Friday & Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- River Blu Salon and Dayspa, 406 Main Street, Hours: Monday 9AM- 2PM, Tues & Friday 9AM – 5PM, Wed 9AM-7PM, Thurs 9AM-8PM, Sat 8:30AM – 2PM.
West End District location:
- S.W.A.T Salon With A Twist, 1603 Old West Main, Hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Go Brazen, 1529 Old W Main St, Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Friday & Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Red Wing Ace Hardware – 1264 Old West Main, Hours: Mon – Friday 7:30AM – 7PM, Saturday 8AM- 5PM, Sunday 9AM-4PM
Santa at the Sheldon
Santa arrives at the Sheldon Theater at 3:30 PM and is welcoming children and their families until 7:00 PM.
Movie at the Sheldon
Family holiday movie “Arthur Christmas” is showing at the Sheldon Theater. 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Gingerbread House Contest
It’s not the holidays without making a gingerbread house! The St. James is hosting a gingerbread contest. Discover the level of detail and complexity of the work of various gingerbread houses.
- We are selling gingerbread kits – $15 a kit. Buy and pick up at the Scarlet beginning November 1st.
- Drop off date: Wednesday, November 24th
- The display will be located in the courtyard near the west end entrance.
- 3 Age Groups
- Ages 0-9
- Ages 10-17
- Ages 18 and up
- Winners will receive a gift card!
20th Annual Poster and Painted Ornament Display
Walk down memory lane as you view the posters and commemorative hand painted ornaments from the past 20 years. Come view the artistry that has contributed to this annual event.
Located in the St. James Hotel in the hallway of the courtyard.
Festival of Wreaths
We are excited to bring back the Festival of Wreaths, sponsored by ArtReach, and located on the St. James Hotel Mezzanine. There are many donors that make this fundraiser possible with their donations of holiday wreaths, tablescapes and other gift baskets. To donate contact Anna Ostendorg, email@example.com.
Come check out the vintage snowmobiles on display from 3:00-8:00 PM at Gernentz Auto.
ArtReach will be providing ornament making kits which you can take home or assemble at the studio during the Holiday Stroll.
Cornerstone Community Church Holiday Extravaganza
Come inside a bit from the frosty air and enjoy free food, gifts and music to celebrate the holidays! Hot dogs, chips, beverages, cookies, ornaments, children’s crafts, and music from our Red Wing High School students await. Your friends are probably already inside. Join us!
Downtown Plaza Toys for Tots
Support community children in need by donating unwrapped toys to brighten their Holiday! Drop off location of Toys for Tots will be at The Downtown Plaza, 434 West 4th Street, Red Wing! Spreading Holiday Cheer by joining us on Friday, November 26th! We will serve light refreshments and offer Seniors and their Families group tours of our beautiful, downtown 55+ Apartment Community!
Christmas Carolers and more
Join Christ Episcopal Church choristers and parishioners in singing traditional holiday carols. A viewing of private nativities/creche in the parish hall and holiday refreshments will be available.
Friends of the Library – Book Sale
Friday, November 26th: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 27th: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Movie, Coloring & Snacks
Warm-up in the Synergy Insurance Group lounge, just inside the main door with some freshly made popcorn and a variety of warm and cool drinks. We will be showing The Muppets Christmas Carol. There will be fun giveaways and free books for all ages from our Little Free Library. Hosts will be wearing masks and gloves. Masks are strongly encouraged inside when not eating or drinking.