Christmas in Peterson gets even bigger and better

Christmas in Peterson events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, where several vendors will be on hand selling gifts and treats, as well as wagon rides, kids’ activities and an appearance by Santa Claus.
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Peterson’s annual Christmas celebration is not only back, but promises even more fun, and long-lasting memories, than last year. “Christmas in Peterson” events are scheduled for this Saturday, Dec 8 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Friends of Peterson member and event organizer Becky Stocker suggests that attendees start the day with breakfast at Burdey’s Café, where they can not only enjoy a tasty meal.

From there, Stocker suggests heading to the gnome tree at the Peterson Station Museum, where a collectible “Christmas in Peterson” mug commemorating the event, can be purchased.

“There will vendors all over town offering hot cocoa, warm cider, and coffee refills for purchase,” Stocker said. “And at the end of the day you’ll have a nice keepsake of the event.” In addition, Christmas ornaments – featuring the city’s now-famous gnomes – matching the commemorative mug can be purchased.

Scheduled events kick off mid-morning, when Janette Dragvold will appear at Grace Lutheran Church with her Scandinavian instruments. For even more musical entertainment, the “Sisters Luv” trio will be caroling throughout the city all day.  

Anyone interested in making holiday crafts is encouraged to visit City Hall from 10 a.m.- noon for the “Christmas Creations Workshop” and in the afternoon (noon- 2 p.m.) for the “Little Elves Workshop.” Stocker also encourages attendees to pick up (or download from the website) a “Color Me To Win” card. Cards can be dropped off at Grace Lutheran Church, and a winner will be drawn at 3 p.m..

Things get even more exciting midday, when Santa Claus arrives in town, Stocker said. “He’s scheduled to arrive at the Peterson Station Museum at noon, where he’ll pose for pictures with kids of all ages in a sleigh.” Professional photographer Craig Johnson will be taking photos for anyone interested. “Santa will make another appearance at the Andor Wenneson Inn at 1 p.m. to visit,” Stocker added. “And he’ll also be making the rounds around town throughout the day. We encourage anyone who spots him to report the sighting on Instagram using the hashtag #whereissanta?”

Wagon and hayrides that loop through Peterson will be offered throughout the day. Four stops are scheduled for each tour: the Station Museum, Peterson American Legion, Andor Wenneson Inn, and return to the museum.

As always there will be artists and crafters offering goods for sale at nine locations throughout town, according to Stocker. “There will be special drawings for prizes held at the Station Museum, Geneva’s Ice Cream Shop, Turned Write Handcrafted Art, Sticks and Stones, Peterson American Legion, the Historic Peterson State Bank, Andor Wenneson Inn, and Grace Lutheran Church.“

At 1:30 p.m. Bertram Boyum will join Janette Dragsvold for a combination of Norwegian carols intertwined with “good ‘ol jokes”.

Naturally, there will be tasty holiday treats for sale throughout town, and for kids interested in making (and eating) their own creation, Burdey’s Cafe will host a “Eat Your Frosted Cookie” activity from 2-3 p.m.

Giving opportunities will be hosted at the Peterson American Legion (canned goods, boxed items and cash donations), Grace Lutheran Church (Camp Noah), and the Mitten Tree, found near the band shell.

For those unable to attend Christmas In Peterson, donations will be accepted at these sites through the end of December.

For more information on Christmas In Peterson, visit their website at