Santa Brede

Mayor Ardell Brede leaves the Rochester Public Library while visiting various city departments dressed as Santa Claus for the last time as Mayor Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in downtown Rochester. "It's been a joy to be able to do it," Mayor Brede said."It's to say 'thank you' and 'merry Christmas' to the workers that are here," he said of visiting city departments dressed as Santa. "That's been an Ardell Brede thing," he added.

As soon as the holidays begin, the Post-Bulletin’s online community calendar (and by extension, the calendar that we print in every issue) fills up with fundraisers, Christmas displays, community meals, and tons (upon tons!) of gift markets.

To make it a little easier to navigate, we pulled out all the Thanksgiving and Christmas-themed events from late November and early December that we could find, and put them here. Hold on to this -- you’ll want to use it to plan your holiday break and weekend until mid-December!

Happy holidays!

November

Hormel Historic Home Holiday Card Party -- includes lunch, a tour of the festively decorated home, and fun!

When: 12-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21

Where: Hormel Historic Home, 208 4th Ave. NW, Austin

Cost: $10

Holiday Art Fest -- view (and purchase!) pieces from SEMVA’s cadre of local artists.

When: 3-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Nov. 21-22; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23

Where: SEMVA Art Gallery, 320 S. Broadway, Rochester

Cost: Free

Lanesboro- Experience the Magic -- Bake sales! Caroling! Toy contests! A beard contest? Full schedule at postbulletin.com/calendar.

When: Various times Saturday, Nov. 23 and 30

Where: Downtown Lanesboro

Cost: Free

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker -- a classic!

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26

Where: Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester

Cost: $31.50-81.50

Opening Night Gala at the Festival of Trees -- a beautiful display of decorated trees (as always), plus silent and live auctions! Festival of Trees is open Nov. 29-Dec. 1.

When: 7-10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26

Where: Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester

Cost: $75 for opening night, $6 for subsequent days

Turkey Bowling -- send a frozen turkey spinning down Lanesboro’s Main Street, knock over pins, raise money for seniors in the city.

When: 7-11 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27

Where: High Court Pub, 109 Parkway Ave. N, Lanesboro

Cost: Free

Here Comes Santa Claus -- Rochester’s downtown extravaganza! With appearances by the Claus family, the Peace Plaza tree lighting ceremony, and an elves’ workshop!

When: 4-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29

Where: Downtown Rochester

Cost: Free

Warmer In The Winter Christmas Tour 2019 -- Electro-pop-violinist Lindsey Stirling’s wintertime performance!

When: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29

Where: Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester

Cost: $39.50-99.50

Patton Park Lighting Ceremony -- holiday music, a collection for local food shelves, hot cider and cookies, and a visit from Santa!

When: 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30

Where: Patton Park, Lake City

Cost: Free

December

Holiday Gift Fair -- local artists and vendors, live music, and treats!

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4

Where: 125 LIVE Center for Active Adults, 125 Elton Hills Dr. NW, Rochester

Cost: Free

Home for the Holidays -- presented by Austin native (and usual Elvis impersonator) Brad Boice, and friends. A mix of traditional, contemporary, and gospel music in concert!

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5

Where: Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester

Cost: $30-35

A CommUNITY Christmas -- concert by Northwestern Singers and Riverland College Choir.

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6

Where: Historic Paramount Theatre, 125 4th Ave. NE, Austin

Cost: $15 adults, $ students

Christmas in Zumbro Falls -- shopping, games and prizes, horse-drawn wagon rides, and more! Full schedule at postbulletin.com/calendar.

When: All day Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7

Where: Downtown Zumbro Falls

Cost: Free

Gift-Quality Book & Bake Sale -- pick up some secondhand, but extremely nice books, CDs, and other book-related items from the Friends of the Rochester Public Library. Also a plate of homemade treats!

When: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7

Where: Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. SE

Cost: Free

3rd Annual Festival of Nativities -- lighted displays, vocal music, children’s activities.

When: 4-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7

Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 802 4th St. SW, Austin

Cost: Free

The Wonder of the Nativity -- more than 250 displays from around the world.

When: 5-8 p.m. Friday and 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6-7

Where: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2300 Viola Heights Dr. NE, Rochester

Cost: Free

Christmas Alive! -- live depiction of the Christmas story, performed outdoors, with real animals.

When: 6-8 p.m .Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7

Where: 64961 230th Ave., Kasson

Cost: Free

10th Annual Merry TubaChristmas -- open to all players of large brass instruments! Popular Christmas carols as performed on tubas, sousaphones, and more.

When: 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7

Where: Historic Paramount Theatre, 125 4th Ave. NE, Austin

Cost: To play: $10. To listen: free.

Bazaar & Cookie Walk -- pick up lefse, cookies, crafts, canned treats, and more!

When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7

Where: Kasson United Methodist Church, 801 5th Ave. NW

Cost: Free

UU Handcrafted Bazaar -- more than 35 local craftspeople with handmade, recycled, and repurposed wares!

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7

Where: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1727 Walden Ln. SW, Rochester

Cost: Free

Holiday Concert -- Rochester Flute Choir.

When: 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 512 3rd St. SW, Rochester

Cost: Free

Ballet Blake presents The Nutcracker -- a classic!

When: 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7

Where: Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester

Cost: Adults $26, children $20, seniors $22

Christmas Concert -- by the Rochester Barbershop Chorus & Zumbro Valley Sweet Adelines.

When: 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7

Where: Charlie’s Eatery & Pub, 1652 Hwy 52 N, Rochester

Cost: Free

100 Miles of Christmas 2019 -- explore the town for Christmas events, sales, and general vibes.

When: All day Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 7-8

Where: Downtown Lake City

Cost: Free

Chatfield Brass Band Christmas Concert -- band and vocalists, reception to follow.

When: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8

Where: Chatfield Center for the Arts, Hwy. 52 South, Chatfield

Cost: Free

And Heaven and Nature Sing -- concert by Austin native Tony Alonso, featuring The Austinaires.

When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8

Where: Historic Paramount Theatre, 125 4th Ave. NE, Austin

Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

World Wide Candle Lighting -- a social hour and commemorative candle-lighting by Rochester Compassionate Friends.

When: 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8

Where: Bethel Lutheran Church, 810 3rd Ave. SE, Rochester

Cost: Free

Lorie Line - Celebrating Christmas -- annual concert by a Minnesota mainstay.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10

Where: Historic Paramount Theatre, 125 4th Ave. NE, Austin

Cost: $52

Movies at the Paramount - The Polar Express -- tickets available at the concession stand, no sales in advance.

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11

Where: Historic Paramount Theatre, 125 4th Ave. NE, Austin

Cost: $5

Christmas at Assisi -- 37th annual concert with the Honors Concert Choir, feat. the 2019 Ketterling Carol.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 13-14, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15

Where: Lourdes Chapel, 1001 14th St. NW, Rochester

Cost: Adults $15-32, students $10, choralartsensemble.org

Carols, Cocktails, & Covers -- the third annual event! With the Avey Grouws Duo.

When: 8:30-11:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14

Where: High Court Pub, 109 Parkway Ave. N, Lanesboro

Cost: Free

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