Friday, November 4, 2016

Fun Freetime: Red Wing's Yuletide Village (SE MN)

Red Wing is building on the excitement of their legendary winter event, the Holiday Stroll, with their new Yuletide Villagefest. The new weekend festival will start the same day as the Holiday Stroll, November 25th, 2016 (the day after Thanksgiving), and will continue the entire weekend.

Yuletide Villagefest is a celebration during Thanksgiving weekend, featuring a village market in Central Park and seasonal events throughout Red Wing’s historic downtown. Yuletide Villagefest is reminiscent of traditional European holiday villages and markets filled with traditional foods, spirits, music, gifts and events. Tied together with Red Wing’s annual Holiday Stroll, Yuletide Villagefest is a festive beginning to the holiday season.

“With the ongoing success of the Holiday Stroll, we wanted to build on that excitement by providing an event that extends the entire holiday weekend,” says Peggy Rehder, City Council and Port Authority Board Member. “Yuletide Villagefest is a great place for people to relax and enjoy the start to the holiday season, and also to shop for unique Christmas gifts, most of which are being sold by local vendors. There will be events for people of all ages to enjoy, throughout the weekend, including holiday movies, candle-lit city walking tours, musical events, crafts, cookie decorating, and of course the food, drink and shopping that will be in Central Park.”

Adding this event is a part of the City of Red Wing’s strategic plan, and is being supported by the Red Wing Port Authority, as well as other area businesses.
To view a list of events or learn about vendor or sponsorship opportunities, please visit, or email

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