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A Nostalgic Holiday Getaway Guide to Stillwater, Minnesota

Celebrate the nostalgia and old-fashioned lore of the holidays with Lora in Stillwater, Minnesota. On the banks of the scenic St. Croix River, Minnesota’s oldest city shines this season with holiday lights, Santa sightings, horse drawn wagonette rides, and more.

Holiday Getaway Guide


The festivities begin with the Twinkle Parade on December 7th at 4 p.m. This free, family-friendly event begins near Dock Café on the river. Complimentary twinkle lights, cocoa, and treats will be shared.  

Wander historic Main Street in Stillwater for old fashioned holiday decorations, lights, events, and celebrations including an adorned Christmas tree located in North Lowell Park. Or, better yet, trot through downtown with a Victorian horse drawn wagonette ride December 14th, 21st and 31st.  

You may run into Strolling Santa and the Victorian Carolers on Main Street every Saturday and Sunday throughout the season. Saturday and Sunday from 12 – 4 p.m. until Christmas.  

Explore downtown Stillwater
Explore downtown Stillwater for free holiday events and pop-up shops.  


Discover Stillwater’s art scene at Festive Friday, an art-filled evening on Main Street on December 6th from 5 – 8 p.m. Visit holiday pop-up shops with local art and handmade goods at ArtReach and the Stillwater Art Guild Gallery.  

Find gifts for everyone on your list at the Holiday Beertique at Lift Bridge Brewery on December 14th from 12 – 5 p.m. Featuring over 20 local vendors, the Holiday Beertique supports local artisans in a fun, casual atmosphere.  

Stillwater winter wonderland
Take a walk around Stillwater in a winter wonderland. 


Join us at Lora for a snowy getaway and enjoy a winter wonderland in Stillwater. The slopes await with our Afton Alps & Après Ski package. Stay overnight and receive two lift passes for Afton Alps, located in nearby Hastings, Minnesota. We’ll take care of the rest with seasonal après-ski drinks and complimentary parking.  

Lora Coffee Mug
Spread holiday cheer this season with a cozy getaway at Lora.  
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