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Holiday Calendar of Events

Friday, Dec. 5

  • Candlelight Stroll, special events, carriage rides and carolers along the candlelit streets of downtown, 6-9 p.m. Geared to more adult audience. Also art show at Dania Hall, 511 Second St.
  • Octagon House Light Up Night, lamp-lit tours of the house, 1004 Third St., with music and refreshments. Also includes guided tours of the Phipps Inn across the street and the John Lee house at 1319 Fourth St. Tickets for sale at Octagon House that night.
  • Cookie decorating and holiday fun at Vine Street Bridge Club, 7-8:30 p.m., at Bridge for Youth with Disabilities, Presbyterian Church, 1901 Vine St.; open to public; refreshments served; (715) 381-8230.

    Friday & Saturday, Dec. 5 & 6

  • Phipps Holiday Art Fair, Dania Hall, 511 Second St., Friday, 5-9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Saturday, Dec. 6

  • Santa and his reindeer, Lakefront Park, noon-4 p.m. - bring camera. Family event includes children's activity tent, horse-drawn wagon rides and Phipps Center art activity, 1-3 p.m. Also, holiday art sale all day at Phipps.
  • Santa and Mrs. Claus, at Bridge For Youth with Disabilities, Presbyterian Church, 1901 Vine St., 9:30 a.m.-noon; for all ages; public is invited; holiday games also; (715) 381-8230.

    Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 6 & 7

  • The Phipps Festival Chorus and Oratorio Society holiday concerts, Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., The Phipps Center, 109 Locust St.

    Dec. 6 and 7

  • Holiday event at Afton Museum, 3165 St. Croix Trail S. Make tree trimmings to take home, watch a woodcarver Saturday and basket weaver Sunday. Enjoy refreshments and stroll through the museum and general store; free, donations welcome.

    Dec. 7, 13-14, 20-21

  • Santa downtown at Kelley Gallery, 1-5 p.m., 512 Second St. Professional photographer available.

    Thursday, Dec. 11

  • Girls Night Out, shopping, dining and activities in downtown Hudson.

    Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 11-14

  • "Best Christmas Pageant Ever," Thursday and Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m., The Phipps Center, 109 Locust St.

    Saturday, Dec. 13

  • Santa, Mrs. Claus and their reindeer at MR Convenience, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. MR is located at I-94, Exit 4, one block north on Hwy. 12.
  • Breakfast with Santa at YMCA Camp St. Croix, 9 a.m.-noon, plus family time making a wreath and ornament to take home. Cost ranges from $1 to $5, children bring non-perishable food item. No registration required; bring camera.

    Thursday, Dec. 18

  • Christmas program from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the library, 911 Fourth St. Santa, Mrs. Claus and their reindeer will visit; pictures taken with Santa for $4. The reindeer will be outside the library until noon.

    Sunday, Dec. 21

  • Wurlitzer organ concert with Ron Reseigh, 2 p.m., The Phipps Center, 109 Locust St.

    Through Dec. 21

  • Holiday tours on weekends at the Octagon House, 1004 Third St.

    Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 29-31

  • WinterCroix day and overnight camps Dec. 29-31 at YMCA Camp St. Croix for youth in grades 1-6; indoor and outdoor programs; (715) 386-4380,

    Wednesday, Dec. 31

  • Colleen Raye and Co., "Carnivale," with the Minnesota Jazz Orchestra, 5 and 7:30 p.m., The Phipps Center, 109 Locust St.

    Through Dec. 31

  • A Gift by the Hand holiday sale at The Phipps Center, 109 Locust St.

    Wednesday, Thursday, Dec. 31-Jan. 1

  • YMCA Camp St. Croix New Year's Eve for families, begins 3 p.m. Dec. 31; includes dinner, indoor and outdoor activities, pajama party brunch;, (715) 386-4380.

    To have your group included, call (715) 386-9333 or e-mail

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