Left: At the 2018 Winsted Winter Festival, the Winsted Ambassadors rode on a parade float with miniature Christmas trees, giant candy canes, and a puffy snowman. Right: Amy and Jeff Theisen were among the many people who participated in the vintage snowmobile show at the 2018 Winsted Winter Festival.
Information updated February 2019
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 2018, Winsted celebrated its 30th annual Winsted Winter Festival (sponsored by the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce), which featured a lighted Christmas parade, snowmobile show, art exhibit, 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.
Three winners were chosen in 2018, one in each category. Each received $100 in Winsted Bucks:
- Reason for the Season: Brad and Leah Mallak at 616 Hunter Circle
- Classic Christmas: Scott and Heather Eastling at 651 Harvest Circle
- Griswold’s: Anthony and Laura Laxen at 461 2nd St. N.
Button raffle winners were: JoAnn Lachermeier ($100), Cindy Grunloh ($75), and Hailey Heiser ($50).
Other winners in 2018 included Quentin Mertz for tickets to the Winstock Country Music Festival, Deklan Guennigsmann for a model train, Hailey Heiser for a girl’s bike, and Jaxson Duckworth for a boy’s bike.
Each year, the festival ends Saturday evening with a lighted Christmas parade. Festival founders Tom Ollig and Gary Lenz were honored as grand marshals in the 2018 parade.
Plans are already in the making for the 2019 festival, set for Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7.