Lake Pepin Area Calendar of Events

November – December 2014

Winona Art Walk
Nov 22 all-day

Art walk through downtown Winona.

Gobble Gait 2014
Nov 27 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Thanksgiving morning, November 27, 2014

8K Walk/Run 8:30 AM * 2K Fun Run/ Walk 8:45 AM.

Downtown Hastings

Holiday Stroll
Nov 28 all-day

Plan to be in Red Wing for the pancake breakfast, a lighted evening parade, lighting ceremony of the downtown, Santa and Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, chili sampling, sugared almonds and roasted chestnuts, carolers, window of gifts drawings, spectacular fireworks, the medallion hunt, and a hometown shopping experience. Old fashioned fun for the entire family! For more information, please visit

Villa Maria “Festival of Lights” @ Villa Maria Retreat
Nov 28 all-day

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle”           St. Francis of Assisi
The Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center located just off the Great River Road in historic Old Frontenac, 8 miles South of Red Wing, MN,  will hold their annual “ Festival Of Lights” on November 29, 2014.
 The festival celebrates the coming holytide by lighting the driveway to Marian Hall with luminaries. Near the entrance doors, the fragrance of fresh evergreen boughs,  surround the outdoor nativity awaiting the arrival of the Christ Child.  Candles illuminate the windows of Marian Hall beckoning visitors to the beautiful musical performance inside the chapel.  Over 100 candle-lit nativities displayed beneath the stained glass windows, provide a breath taking visual. 
After the concert, visitors will follow the luminary- lit walkway to Ursuline Hall to socialize and enjoy hot apple cider, bread puddings and decadent desserts.
The nativities, collected from several countries, will stay on display throughout the holiday season until mid January 2015.
For information about the “Festival of Lights”, to view the nativities, and for other events offered throughout the year at the Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center, contact us at 651-345-4582 or visit, or  facebook.

Hometown Holidays in Pepin
Dec 6 – Dec 7 all-day

A Christmas Celebration with lighting in the park, caroling and maybe a visit from “YOU KNOW WHO”!

Country Christmas
Dec 6 @ 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

A delicious pancake breakfast (a fundraiser for the Maiden Rock/Plum City

Ambulance Service) will be served from 7-11 am at the Six String Saloon.

Santa’s elves will be at Hiawatha National Bank form 9am – 12pm.

Elves will help the kids select a toy and a hand-made Christmas ornament.

Milk and cookies will be available.  Santa will be at McNay’s from 10 am – 12 pm,

and kids can have their picture taken with him.  Santa will listen to their

Christmas wishes and hand out gift bags.  Hot chocolate and cookies will

be available.  Just outside McNay’s a horse-drawn wagon will be waiting

to take everyone for a ride around the Village Park.  Most of the shops

in the village will be open for business with Christmas specials and/or treats.

For further information, check out our website – or find us on

Facebook – Maiden Rock Area Community Association.

If you have any questions, e-mail me or call 715-448-4571.

Thank you.



Christmas Candlelight House Tour
Dec 7 all-day

Tour of homes decorated for the holidays

Victorian Holidays at the LeDuc Historic Estate
Dec 14 all-day

Guided tours of the elegantly decorated house, special programming.