Winter Festival

Hay wagon rides, sponsored by Hausladen Farms and Carlson Apple Orchard, took folks on a scenic ride through Winsted during the 2019 Winter Festival.

Information updated February 2020

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 2019, Winsted celebrated its 31st annual Winsted Winter Festival (sponsored by the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce), which featured a lighted Christmas parade, caroling, art classes, candy-making, visits from Santa Claus and Winsted ambassadors, 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 2019 out of two categories. Each received a $100 prize:

• Reason for the Season: Brad and Leah Mallak at 616 Hunter Circle, and Bryan Schaust and Emily Schaust at 840 Mallard Avenue.

• Classic Christmas: Marc and Nancy Fasching at 1796 245th Street.

Prize winners included Elias Vorbeck for a model train, and Rachel Rolfzen for a girl’s bike.

Scott Williams of Winsted won $100 after finding the medallion in the annual medallion hunt, which takes place in conjunction with the Winter Festival.

Each year, the festival ends Saturday evening with a lighted Christmas parade. Rick and Lisa Baumann were honored as grand marshals in the 2019 parade.

Plans are already in the making for the 2020 festival, set for Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5.