Christmas memories are filled with sweet aromas, magical sounds, and sparkling lights. Winneshiek County has an enchanted atmosphere at Christmas. Carolers, hot chocolate, cookies, nativity scenes, sleigh rides, and friendly faces are synonymous with the region during the holidays. Bring your friends and family to enjoy these three festive Christmas experiences in Winneshiek County.
- Holiday Nights Magical Lights: Christmas lights sparkle adding festive cheer to the cold night air on Pulpit Rock Road in Decorah from November 26, 2015 through Christmas Day. Over forty Christmas light displays may be viewed to the delight of children and adults alike. There is no charge for the event. However, freewill donations are accepted to benefit Helping Services for Northeast Iowa. The charity helps to conquer domestic violence and child abuse. Information on Holiday Nights Magical Lights and the Helping Services for Northeast Iowa is available on the website.
- Second Sunday Family Workshops: Give the gift of time to a special child. Jenni and Eric Petersen-Brant, at ArtHaus Studio, will offer a family focused workshop on Sunday, December 13, 2015. The fee is $25 for one adult and one child. All materials are provided. ArtHaus Studio is located on Water Street in downtown Decorah. Each participant receives the gift of a bonding experience with a family member or friend and leave with memories and a completed art project. The completed project may be framed to give as a present. Additional information is available online.
- Winter on the Farm: Seed Savers Exchange boasts “Winter on the Farm,” Saturday, December 12, 2015. The farm is located at 3074 N. Winn Road, in Decorah. The exchange will offer free hot chocolate, cookies, and sleigh rides through the countryside. Families will sing, “Jingle Bells,” while traveling by horsepower over the hills and through the woods. The exchange cannot control nature, but has plans to substitute wagons for sleighs in the event of no snow. Directions are available on the website.
(Photo is courtesy of Sleigh Ride as uploaded by Martin Cathrae at Flickr’s Creative Commons.)