Winsted Winter Festival – Fri.-Sat., Dec. 5-6, 2014

Prize Drawings

Buy a button for $2 for a chance to win $100, $75, or $50 in Winsted Bucks. McLeod County Emergency Food Shelf will receive 50¢ for each button sold. Buttons can be purchased at Security Bank & Trust, Glenn’s SuperValu, JoEllens New Image Salon, Keaveny Drug, Pantry Café, Blue Note, Winsted Public Library, and from members of the Winsted Royalty.

Residential & Business Lighting Contest, Wed., Dec. 3

The Winsted outdoor lighting contest will be judged by residents of St. Mary’s Care Center, along with members of the Winsted Chamber. To participate, turn on the lights to your holiday display Wednesday evening by 5:30 pm. First place wins $100; second place, $75; and third place, $50.

Winsted Area Community Choir Concert, Thurs., Dec 4

The Winsted Area Community Choir will perform at the Blue Note Ballroom at 7 pm. Dessert social will follow the performance.

Annual Open Houses, Fri., Dec. 5

Security Bank & Trust, The Attic, and Hussong’s Liquor will be hosting a wine and beer tasting from 4 pm to 6 pm

Christmas Concert, Fri., Dec. 5

St. John’s Lutheran Church, Winsted will be hosting a Christmas Concert on Friday Dec. 5 at 7:15 p.m. The Kingery Family will be performing. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served prior to the concert, starting at 6 p.m. Free will donation.

Giving Tree

Flagship Insurance Services will provide a beautiful Giving Tree this holiday season. The tree will be decorated with Giving Tree ornaments labeled with a child’s name from McLeod County and their Christmas wish. Flagship Insurance is located at 131- 6th Street N. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Silent Auction at Library, Fri., Dec. 5 & Sat., Dec. 6

The Winsted Library will be hosting is 16th annual Silent Auction Friday, Dec. 5, 2 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Bids will be accepted Dec. 5, beginning at 2 p.m. New and gently-used items are being accepted. A portion of the proceeds raised will be divided among the Holy Trinity School, Winsted Elementary, and the Lester Prairie Schools, to benefit their libraries and accelerated reading programs. Matching funds generously provided by Thrivent Financial.

Santa, Hay Wagon Rides, Food, and Much More, Sat., Dec. 6, 11 am - 2 pm

Santa Claus will be available to greet children at the Blue Note Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ruben Duran will be available to take photos. Face painting, sand candy and hair feathers will be available from What’s Next Art Studio. Hay wagon rides, sponsored by Fleischacker Landscaping and Carlson Apple Orchard, will leave from the Blue Note Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Winsted Royalty will serve food at the Blue Note Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Barbecue, chips, and pickles; or hotdog, will be available. FREE WINSTED BUCKS - Buy $50 - get $5 Free. Coloring contest and model train drawing. Explore your creative side with the Winsted Arts Council, and use a frost painting technique to create a beautiful bookmark.

Dessert Social, Craft Sale, Christmas Bake Sale, Sat., Dec. 6

Holy Trinity CCW will offer a Dessert Social, Craft and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Blue Note Ballroom. Eat in or take-out: treats, desserts, and coffee will be available.

Vintage Snowmobile Show & Swap Meet, Sat., Dec. 6

Area vintage snowmobile owners show off their collection at the Blue Note from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Rick Menden (320) 485-4269,; or Greg Davidson (320) 485-2326, Sponsored by AWI Manufacturing, Rick’s Car Cleaning, CentraSota Vintage SledHeads, Midwest Vintage Snowmobile Shows, Cities Edge Mini Storage and the Blue Note.

Holy Trinity Chili Supper, Sat., Dec 6

Come enjoy a chili dinner which includes chili, bread sticks, a beverage, and desserts. Located in the Holy Trinity Social Hall (church basement) from 4 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $6, walk-ins welcome. Money raised helps support the HT Fine Arts trip to NYC.

Lighted Christmas Tree and Caroling, Sat., Dec. 6

The third annual lighting of the Winsted Christmas tree and singing of Christmas carols will take place before the lighted parade at 5:30 p.m. Join the visiting royalty for caroling on the Lake Promenade, next to Mill Reserve Park. Hot chocolate will be for sale from the Holy Trinity Fine Arts Group.

Lighted Christmas Parade, Sat. Dec. 6

Through downtown Winsted, starting at 6:30 p.m. with Grand Marshals the Winsted Fire Department. Royalty and businesses from the surrounding area are encouraged to participate, no pre-registration required. Participants should line up near the Blue Note.

Winter festival – 25 years and counting

The first weekend of December is a chilly time of year, but in Winsted, there’s plenty of warmth and light to go around.

In 2013, Winsted celebrated its 25th annual Winsted Winter Festival (sponsored by the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce), which featured a lighted Christmas parade, snowmobile show, model train display, community choir concert, visits from Santa Claus, and more.

Each year, the festivities begin with a holiday outdoor lighting contest judged by residents of St. Mary’s Care Center and members of the chamber of commerce.

The 2013 winners were Gary and Linda Deitrich of 221 Arthur Ave. in first place ($100), Brad and Leah Mallak of 616 Hunter Circle in second place ($75), and Kay Filkins of 116 Fairlawn Ave. E. in third place ($50). An honorable mention was awarded to Todd Kieser at 311 Andy Ave. W. by St. Mary’s Care Center resident Harley Kieser.

The Friday of the festival, a Christmas concert takes place at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Other activities that day typically include business open houses, a silent auction at the library, and bake sales.

More events are planned throughout Saturday, such as the vintage snowmobile show in the Blue Note parking lot. Inside the Blue Note, visitors can have photos taken with Santa Claus, check out the St. Paul Railroad Club model train display, and enjoy lunch served by the Winsted royalty.

Each year, the festival ends Saturday evening with a lighted Christmas parade.

Everyone who purchases a Winsted Winter Festival button is entered into a drawing for Winsted Bucks. The 2013 winners were Julie Guggemos of Winsted ($100), Tim Laxen of Winsted ($75), and Winsted Postmaster Ann Joos ($50).

Plans are already in the making for the 2014 festival, set for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6.