The holiday season calendar can fill up really fast! Between shopping for gifts, seeing friends and family, and going to fun holiday-related events, it gets quite busy. So before your calendar totally fills up, I wanted to get you a guide of all of the holiday events happening in Rochester, Minnesota, and also all across southeast Minnesota.

There are so many great events that take place in the next month and a half or so. So if I missed an event, let me know!

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Festival of Trees - The Kahler Grand Hotel in Rochester
Friday, November 24th - Sunday, November 26th

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Here Comes Santa Claus - Residences of Old City Hall, Chateau Theater, and Peace Plaza in Rochester
Friday, November 24th - 1-5 PM

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Red Wing Holiday Stroll - Downtown Red Wing
Friday, November 24th

Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 25th

Woman at small business entrance
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Experience the Magic of Lanesboro - Lanesboro
Saturday, November 25th

Light Up Lake City - Lake City
Saturday, November 25th

Deck the Falls - Cannon Falls
Saturday, November 25th

Historic Mayowood Holiday Tour - Mayowood Historic Home in Rochester
dates and times vary

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Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet - Mayo Civic Center
Monday, November 27th - 7 PM

Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas - Mayo Civic Center
Saturday, November 25th - 2 PM and 7 PM

Lighted Holiday Parade - Downtown Owatonna
Friday, December 1st - 6-8 PM

Girl Named Tom - One More Christmas Tour - Mayo Civic Center
Friday, December 1st - 7:30 PM

Outdoor Holiday Market - Herb+Arrow Bar Kitchen in Wabasha
Saturday, December 2nd - 10 AM-3 PM

Holiday Centerpieces with Haute House Studio - Bleu Duck
Saturday, December 2nd - 11 AM-1 PM

Winter Market - Chateau Theater in Rochester
Saturday, December 2nd - 2-6 PM

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
Wednesday, December 6th - Rochester (1605 Civic Center Drive NW) at 1 PM, Owatonna (1145 Park Drive at the railway crossing) at 3:40 PM
Thursday, December 7th - Austin (430 10th Street NE Behind Milwaukee Road Bldg) at 5 PM
Friday, December 8th - La Crescent (The Commadore Food & Spirit parking lot, 215 South Chestnut Street) at 7:15 PM
Saturday, December 9th - Winona (Amtrak Station, 65 East Mark Street) at 3:30 PM, Wabasha (Gambie Avenue railway crossing by Bruegger Park) at 5:30 PM

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A Christmas Carol, The Musical - Rochester Civic Theater
Friday, December 8th - 7 PM

Galleria Sip and Shop - Galleria at University Square
Saturday, December 9th - 1:30-4 PM

Rochester Dance Company's The Nutcracker - Mayo Civic Center
Saturday, December 9th - 2 PM and 6 PM

Scottish Ballet Showcases Christmas Production Of The Nutcracker
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Trailer Trash's Trashy Little Xmas Show - Chateau Theater
Saturday, December 9th - 6:30 PM

A Christmas Carol, The Musical - Rochester Civic Theater
Sunday, December 10th - 2 PM

Rochester Dance Company's The Nutcracker - Mayo Civic Center
Sunday, December 10th - 2 PM

Screening of 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' followed by A Live Conversation with Chevy Chase - Mayo Civic Center
Wednesday, December 13th - 6:30 PM

Special Screening And Q&A Of "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" With Chevy Chase
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A Christmas Carol, The Musical - Rochester Civic Theater
Friday, December 15th - 7 PM

Rochester Symphony: Sounds of the Season - Mayo Civic Center
Saturday, December 16th - 7:30 PM

A Christmas Carol, The Musical - Rochester Civic Theater
Sunday, December 17th - 2 PM

WWE Holiday Tour - Mayo Civic Center
Sunday, December 17th - 7 PM

Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold - Mayo Civic Center
Thursday, December 21st - 7 PM

A Christmas Carol, The Musical - Rochester Civic Theater
Friday, December 22nd - 7 PM

Another holiday event that's great for the whole family, but it's not in southeast Minnesota, is Sam's Christmas Village!

Sam's Christmas Village Now Features 12-Million Lights!

For a safe and joyous family outing that's full of festive fun, don't miss out on the opportunity to visit Sam's Christmas Village! You can enjoy this wonderful attraction from November 24th to December 31st, 2023.

Gallery Credit: troy dunken

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