Winter Festival

Onlookers preparing for the parade during the Winter Festival 2020.

Information updated January, 2024

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

Each year, the festivities begin with a medallion hunt on Monday, followed by a holiday outdoor lighting contest. Friday night hosts open houses for many local businesses and live music at St. John’s Lutheran Church. The festival continues Saturday morning at the Blue Note Ballroom with many children’s activities, treats, hay rides, and a visit with Santa. In addition, the Winsted Library hosts a silent auction, and Winsted VFW Chicken Dinner and the Winsted Arts Council are always up to something fun. Finally, the event ends Saturday evening with a lighted Christmas parade.

This year’s Winter Festival is set for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7.

Anyone who would like more information about the upcoming celebration, or is interested in being on the committee, can contact Jeff Campbell at 612-554-7439 or

The Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce proudly puts on this event.