Winter Festival

Onlookers preparing for the parade during the Winter Festival 2020.

Information updated February 2021

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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Winsted Winter Festival did not take place in 2020; however a few events were hosted. Organizers and community members are looking forward to enjoying the Winsted Winter Festival in 2021.

The holiday light contest did take place in 2020, and three winners were chosen.

• First place – Mitchell and Leslie Littfin, Zion Avenue.

• Second place – Anthony and Laura Laxen, 2nd Street North.

• Third place – Bryan and Emily Schaust, Mallard Avenue.

The medallion hunt took place in 2020, as well. Seventh-graders Jackson Remer and Luke Lachermeier teamed up to find the medallion, and split the $100 prize.

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 hosted by the Winsted Chamber of Commerce. The festival ends Saturday evening with a lighted Christmas parade.