IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK a lot like Christmas in historic downtown Faribault, despite the lack of snow.
Evergreen boughs adorn wrought iron fences. Snowflake lights and holiday banners hang from vintage style street lamps. White lights drape trees, creating a festive mood. And, throughout the downtown, merchants showcase Christmas displays in storefront windows. There’s something magical about a business district transformed for the holidays.
Wednesday evening, in balmy weather that is more September-like than December, I grabbed my camera in an attempt to capture some of the magic that is Faribault. Mine is a city of some 23,000 that takes pride in its downtown, a place of aged, well-kept buildings. There’s a sense of history here, a sense of community connection. Small town appeal.
From sleigh rides to visits with Santa to a holiday window decorating contest and more, there’s much to see and do. Faribault Main Street and downtown merchants are working hard to welcome locals and visitors alike with “Hometown Holidays” events.
This Saturday, for example, you can participate in the following activities:
- Holiday Snack Contest: Buy a $5 wristband and sample holiday snacks and appetizers at downtown businesses.
- noon – 3 pm, Free sleigh rides downtown
- 1 – 4 pm, Shattuck-St. Mary’s School Christmas Walk (including a 2:30 pm Holiday Performing Arts Showcase and a 7 pm Holiday Figure Skating Show)—Click here for a complete schedule of this free community event on the school’s east-side campus.
- 1 pm doors open for free showing of The Polar Express at The Village Family Theater
- 7:30 pm, Paradise Community Theatre performance of Twice the Cheer at the Paradise Center for the Arts
If you’ve never been to Faribault, come, spend an afternoon and/or evening here in a city that’s all decked out for the holidays. Meander through our one-of-a-kind shops. Enjoy the hospitality of friendly merchants. Celebrate the magic of the season in southeastern Minnesota.
© Copyright 2015 Audrey Kletscher Helbling