Top Five Holiday Events in the St. Croix Valley

Favorite seasonal events from around the valley.
Peek inside the shops of downtown Hudson during the annual Candlelight Stroll.

December 2 Explore historic downtown Hudson while savoring the sights—and the specials—of festively decorated shops, in the glow of luminary candles and the smells of holiday treats from restaurants and bistros. All ages. 6–9 p.m. Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce, Hudson; 715.386.8411;

Lighting of the Green
December 2 Santa arrives on a whooping fire truck, a randomly selected child throws the switch—and a quarter-acre of trees bursts into luminescence. All ages. 6–8 p.m. Village Green Park.

Afton Village Holiday
December 2–3 Trot through downtown Afton—first via horse-drawn wagon, then on a self-guided walking tour—before lacing up your ice skates at Town Square Park. Remember to bring food or clothing donations for local nonprofits. All ages. 5–9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday. Downtown Afton.

Baldwin Horse Parade/Festival of Lights
December 10 Santa will arrive on Main Street in a horse-drawn wagon—a great photo op before you hop a carriage yourself to join the horse parade among big clopping Belgians and other breeds. All ages. 1 p.m. Baldwin, Wisc.

Hometown for the Holidays
December 10, 17 and 31 Temper the stress of shopping with Victorian cheer in downtown Stillwater. All ages. 1–4 p.m. Historic Main Street, Stillwater.