Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Northfield, Minnesota: All decked out for Christmas December 26, 2013

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A snippet of Division Street in downtown Northfield shortly before Christmas.

A snippet of Division Street in downtown Northfield shortly before Christmas.

NORTHFIELD, IN MY OPINION, rates as one of southern Minnesota’s most visually appealing and charming river towns.

Nestled along the banks of the Cannon River, this college community of some 20,000 is historically-known as the place where the James-Younger Gang met its defeat during a failed bank robbery.

Merchandise displayed outside of an antique store.

Merchandise displayed outside of an antique store.

The draw for many to Northfield, though, are the one-of-a-kind artsy shops and eateries dotting Division Street, the main downtown route bordered by primarily historic buildings.

Santa wasn't in when I stopped at Bridge Square. But kids can meet with the Jolly Old Man in his very own holiday shack.

Santa wasn’t in when I stopped at Bridge Square. But kids can meet with the Jolly Old Man in his very own holiday shack.

On a recent Sunday afternoon before Christmas, I strolled along a portion of one block over to the town center, Bridge Square, to capture the holiday scene.

Detailed holiday signage draws shoppers into businesses.

Detailed holiday signage draws shoppers into businesses.

Northfield merchants know how to do Christmas right. It’s in the details—the words and colors and designs and ambiance—creating an aesthetically-pleasing set that draws you into the scene.

A scene in the bakery window.

A scene in the bakery window.

Another view of that bakery window.

Another view of that bakery window with historic buildings reflected.

The front door of the Electic Goat and

The front window and door of the Eclectic Goat and Glass Garden Beaads.

Back to the antique store...

Back to the antique store…

© Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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15 Responses to “Northfield, Minnesota: All decked out for Christmas”

  1. Great Captures! I loved hanging out in Northfield/Dundas growing up – brings back memories for sure:) Happy Thursday!

  2. treadlemusic Says:

    I have always loved Northfield! I (and my pocketbook) am quite content to have all those neat little shops the distance they are away from me!!!!!! The appeal is wa-a-a-a-ay too appealing!!!!! LOL!

  3. hotlyspiced Says:

    It’s all very cute and gorgeous. I love Santa’s temporary home and that bakery looks like it’s well worth a tour xx

  4. Jackie Says:

    I agree it is a great little town, love all the Christmasy photo’s, dont think I’ve ever been there in December.

  5. Passion On Board Says:

    Beautiful & peaceful town!

  6. Marilyn Says:

    So many of the child-to-Santa relationships are based on fear. I was amazed to read this in my nieces’ Facebook stories – I tried to count, but of my 8 nieces with children all have at least 1 or 2 children (and 1 has 3) who are petrified of Santa. My own gd (first grader) overcomes her fear of Santa by reminding everyone within earshot, “It’s just a man dressed up in a red suit and a beard.” A Santa visited the first grade classes at her school – not a well-thought idea me thought! GD’s best friend held her hand and shouted out to the whole group, “We don’t want any Santas coming to our house. Our Daddies and Grandmas get us our pressies.”

  7. elmueller74 Says:

    I hear the Holiday festival they hold here is definitely something worth checking out.


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