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Community Events

December 14    5-7 P.M.

January 11      5-7 P.M.

2nd Thursday Happy Hour for a Cause

Support the local community at this wine and appetizer social. A different non-profit group is featured each month and will share information on their efforts. One hundred percent of event proceeds are collected and kept by the featured charity.

Prairie Bay Grill & Catering

Cost: Minimum donation

Info: 218.824.6444


January 6    2 P.M. and 7:30 P.M.

Davina & The Vagabonds

High energy musical performance with a blues, soul, and gospel influence.

Chalberg Theatre/Central Lakes College

Cost: $25/Adult, $18/Ages 17 and under. Service fees will apply to online ticket purchases.

Info: 218.855.8199


January 26    7:30 P.M.

Buckets and Tap Shoes

A unique fusion of music, dance and drumming using both common and unusual percussion instruments.

Chalberg Theatre/Central Lakes College

Cost: $15/Adult, $8/Ages 17 and under. Service fees will apply to online ticket purchases.

Info: 218.855.8199


December 2    1-4 P.M.

Holiday at the Dam

Visit Santa at the U.S. Army Corps campgrounds and enjoy a sleigh ride, cider, campfire, s’mores and more. Complimentary swag bags filled with Crosslake retail deals, discounts, and information will be given to the first 150 adult attendees. Local merchants will be offering bargains, refreshments, and gift wrapping. Feel free to bring a new unwrapped gift donation for the Christmas for Kids program, which provides less fortunate local families with holiday gifts and a meal.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Crosslake Recreation Area

Info: 218.692.4027


December 4, 11 & 18     9:30-11 A.M.

January 8, 15, 22 & 29    9:30-11 A.M.

Literature Comes Alive

Weekly seminar that examines the wonder of what our minds can achieve as we read.

Crosslake Community Center

Cost: Free


December 6, 13, 20 & 27     6-8 P.M.

January 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31    6-8 P.M.

BINGO at Manhattan’s

Boost your mood mid-week with a game of BINGO! There will be a progressive jackpot on the blackout round. Event proceeds to benefit the Pequot Lakes Youth Hockey Association.

Manhattan’s at Manhattan Beach Lodge.

Info: 800.450.2838


December 15    6:30 P.M. Social  |  7:30 P.M. Show

Rock and Roll Christmas

One-of-a-kind holiday event with songs, comedy, parodies and more! Sponsored by Deerwood Bank.

Cragun’s Centre

Cost: $25/Adult, $18/Ages 17 and under. Purchase ten or more adult tickets and receive a 15 percent discount. Service fees will apply to online ticket purchases.

Info: 218.855.8199


December 2    10 A.M.-4 P.M.

Christmas in the Logging Camp

Annual event recreating a 1900s logging camp. Program will feature storytelling, songs, sleigh rides, cocoa, cider and more. Santa will be there, so don’t forget to bring a camera!

Forest History Center

Cost: Event included with admission to site. $10/Adults, $8/Seniors and college students, $6/Ages 5-17,

Free/Ages 4 and under and MNHS members.

Info: 218.327.4482


December 8 & 9    6:30-8:30 P.M.

December 10       2-4 P.M.

The Nutcracker

A winter tradition inspired by the classic Tchaikovsky ballet with beautiful music, incredible costumes and talented dancers.

Wilcox Theater/Reif Center

Cost: $16/Adults, $14/Seniors, $9/Students

Info: 218.327.5780


December 30    10 A.M.-4 P.M.

Northwoods Holiday Fest

Family-friendly event with trolley and sleigh rides, sledding, dog sleds, snow fort, snow sculptures, snowshoeing, and a giant slingshot able to launch snowballs and water balloons. Tour the logging camp in winter conditions. The Visitor Center will have wildlife presentations and games.

Forest History Center

Cost: Event included with admission to site. $10/Adults, $8/Seniors and college students, $6/Ages 5-17,

Free/Ages 4 and under and MNHS members.

Info: 218.327.4482


January 27    7:30-9:30 P.M.

Broadway Boys

Enjoy the sounds of pop, funk, gospel, jazz, folk and show tunes by the most talented male voices currently on the New York stage.

Wilcox Theater/Reif Center

Cost: $36

Info: 218.327.5780


December 1-3    Noon-6 P.M.

Minnesota Fishing Museum Christmas Tree Lane

Admire over 30 holiday themed trees along with other festive museum decorations. Silent auction, music, special displays and door prizes.

Minnesota Fishing Museum

Cost: Free

Info: 320.616.2011


December 1 & 2    1-7 P.M.

December 3       11 A.M.-6 P.M.

Christmas at the Mansions/Friends of Linden Hill Fundraiser

Take a tour through the beautiful Musser and Weyerhauser mansions, specially decorated for the holiday season.

Linden Hill Historical Event Center.

Cost: $12/Adults, $5/Teens (12-17 years of age), Free/Ages 11 and under

Info: 320.632.5155


December 1-3    11 A.M.- 5 P.M.

Lindbergh Historic Site: A World War I Christmas

Living history program portraying early 20th century holiday traditions and wartime challenges. Opportunities available to write a note or draw a picture for a soldier, with the notes to be distributed to Minnesota soldiers for the holidays. See gallery exhibits in the Visitor Center and shop for presents in the gift store.

Lindbergh Historic Site

Cost: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors and college students, $6/Ages 5-17, Free/Ages 4 and under, $2 discount to

MNHS members

Info: 320.616.5421


December 9    10 A.M.- 3 P.M.

Sprout Marketplace

Indoor year-round market with local vendors.

609 13th Ave. N.E. (former Crestliner building)

Cost: Free admission

Info: www.sproutmn.com

December 31    5-8 P.M.

Candlelight Snowshoe and Hike

Mile long candlelight snowshoe and hike on trails connecting the Lindbergh Historic Site and the Morrison County Historical Society along the Mississippi River. Both museums will be open for free self-guided tours of the exhibits. Refreshments will be available.

Lindbergh Historic Site

Cost: Free

Info: 320.616.5421


December 3    4-6:30 P.M.

Community Choir Christmas Concert

A family-friendly holiday tradition featuring a musical performance by the Longville Area Community Choir.

Salem Lutheran Church

Cost: Free

Info: 800.756.7583


December 8    4-6 P.M.

Wine and Cheese Reception/Open House

Take a break from holiday preparation to meet and gather with local artists and other community members. Event sponsored by the Longville Lakes Arts Alliance.

Gallery of New Creations/Longville Arts Center

Info: 800.756.7583


December 9    9:30-11:30 A.M.

Holiday Cookie Walk

Skip the time and effort of baking by picking up homemade holiday treats. Cookie walk will continue until the baked goods are completely sold out.

St. Edward’s Catholic Church

Cost: Free admission

Info: 800.756.7583


December 3    1-3 P.M.

Nisswa American Legion Children’s Christmas Party

Children 12 and under are welcome at this holiday event with games, prizes and treats. Santa Claus and his helpers will be there.

Nisswa American Legion

Cost: Free

Info: 218.963.2620


December 8    7:30-9 P.M.

Grassroots Concert: Sally Barris

Enjoy the sounds of this Nashville songwriter whose songs have been sung by well-known musical artists. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7:30 p.m.

Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar/Journey Church

Cost: $10 at the door

Info: www.grassrootsconcerts.org

December 2    9 A.M.-1 P.M.

Christmas Sweets, Treats & Treasures

Fun for everyone with a cookie walk, gift boutique, holiday décor and visits with Santa. Coffee and treats available. Event sponsored by CHI St. Joseph’s Health Auxiliary

Riverside United Methodist Church.

Info: 218.732.4111


December 9    3:30-7 P.M.

Santa’s Bobbin’ Into Town!

Family-friendly event starting at 3:30 p.m. in the Cole Memorial Building with a magician, crafts, treats, storytime with Santa/Mrs. Claus and animal balloons with Jingle the Elf. From 4-6 p.m. at Trailside Park, enjoy a children’s bobber hunt, bonfire, cocoa, s’mores, holiday carols, and free horse and wagon rides. Jack Pine Center will host a Hungry Loon Café Dinner for kids ($4 each) from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. as well as candy canes and photos with Santa. Ending the event will be the Light Up The Night Parade at 6 p.m. on Government Drive. Event sponsored by Community Action of Pequot Lakes, Inc.

Cole Memorial Building/Trailside Park/Jack Pine Center/Government Drive.

Cost: Free (except for children’s dinner)

Info: 800.450.2838


December 2    9 A.M.- 3 P.M.

American Legion Arts and Crafts Sale/Show

Find unique handcrafted items for yourself or others, just in time for the holidays.

Pine River American Legion

Cost: Free admission

Info: 218.587.4000


December 22    5-7 P.M.

January 26      5 – 7 P.M.

Walleye Dinner

Everyone is welcome at this comfort food meal which includes two pieces of walleye, wild rice, baked potato, coleslaw, rolls and pie.

Lake May Center (next to the ambulance garage)

Cost: $15

Info: 800.833.1118


December 28    11 A.M.

Holiday Ski/Snowshoe Hike

Finish up the holiday season with a refreshing winter’s hike. Meet at the Shingobee Recreation Area (Five miles southwest of Walker on Highway 34) by 11 a.m.

Shingobee Recreation Area

Info: 800.756.7583