The 6th Annual Light Up the Holidays is set for Saturday, November 26th!
This year, there will be storefront and residential decorating competitions, a Christmas Cookie Bake-Off, sledding and hayrides at Allison Park, and visits from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, along with the traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony!
For the fourth year, local businesses in downtown Warroad are encouraged to participate in a storefront decorating competition. This year, secret guest judges will be choosing the winners that will be announced at the tree lighting ceremony. There will also be a residential holiday display competition in the weeks following the Light Up the Holidays event. Residents who wish to participate will be asked to have their homes decorated by December 17th to be part of the competition. A Tour of Lights will be scheduled for community members to drive around and view the participating residences, and special guest judges Elliot and Teresa Larson will select this year’s winners who will receive a cash prize! If you or your business are interested in participating in either competition, please visit warroadcommunitypartners.org to sign up!
Mrs. Claus will be making a special guest appearance at Lake of the Woods Coffee Company at 2 pm on Saturday, November 26th. Bring your little ones (and your big ones) for a special holiday storytime to get them in the spirit. Warroad Area Women of Today will be offering a Christmas Cookie Bake-Off on the afternoon of the event. Area bakers can enter into one of three categories – Most Delicious, Most Beautiful, and Best Heritage – and there is even a special category for children 12 and under! Whip up two dozen of your favorite Christmas Cookies (bakers are welcome to enter in more than one category) and bring them to Lake of the Woods Coffee Company between 12 and 2 pm on Saturday, November 26th for judging. The winners will be named at the event that evening with a small prize and big bragging rights to be won. Then all the entries will be served with hot cocoa so the community can enjoy the fruits of your labor! There is no fee to enter, and preregistration is appreciated. Visit warroadcommunitypartners.org to sign up!
At 3 p.m. hayrides with Country Corn Maze will be available and Northern Toboggan will also have sleds at Allison Park for sledding if the snow sticks around! Bundle up and enjoy an afternoon outdoors! The Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. with an opening prayer and lighting of the trees. The winners of the Christmas Cookie Bake-Off and Storefront Decorating Competition will be announced before Christmas carols are sung. Warm drinks, sweet treats, and an appearance from our favorite jolly man in the red suit and his elf will end the night!
Light Up the Holidays kicks off the Christmas spirit in Warroad and leads into a festive series of events put on by different businesses and organizations.
Light Up the Holidays is organized collaboratively by Warroad Area Women of Today and Warroad Community Partners.