Holiday magic of Lanesboro on display in late November

Experience the magic of a small-town holiday in historic Lanesboro on Nov. 23 and 30 with winter-themed events, gift opportunities and art experiences. 

Saturday, Nov. 23, kicks off with a Norwegian bake sale and a kids’ Christmas shopping house at the Cottage House Inn. Santa will make an appearance there at 2 p.m., arriving in a fire truck. Kids can visit Santa from 2:15 to 3 p.m. at the Cottage House Inn. To wrap up the day, treat yourself and your family to the opening performance of the Commonweal Theatre’s musical, “Sanders Family Christmas” at 7:30 p.m.

There are more events to enjoy all day long on Nov. 23. Granny’s Liquor will be hosting a lefse demonstration and sampling. There will be a LEGO building contest held at the Parkway Market & Coffeehouse. You can even make your own charm necklace at the Peddler or stop by Home Sweet Home’s Sweet Shop for s’more kits, a hot cocoa bar and cookie decorating. Other activities include a photo booth, drawings, samplings, sales, a scavenger hunt, a food drive, hat and mitten drive and live music.

On Nov. 30, the community officially starts the holiday shopping season by celebrating Small Business Saturday. The shops in town will have some unique offerings: Granny’s Liquor will be giving out samples and playing host to a “Man Cave” with manly events from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will also host a beard contest at 3 p.m. The High Court Pub will be doing chocolate pairings for wine and beer all day. The Parkway Market & Coffeehouse will have samples from its selection of over 77 cheeses. E2 will be putting on a flannel and plaid fashion show for men’s and women’s looks.

The shop owners aren’t the only ones celebrating on Small Business Saturday. Home Sweet Home will have its sweet shop open for s’mores, hot cocoa, and cookie decorating. You can also buy a wreath from the local Boy Scouts troop or go to a bonfire near the Stone Mill Suites. Enjoy live music by Tom Schramm while you vote for your favorite Christmas tree in the downtown store windows. At 5:30 p.m., Mayor Jason Resseman will be doing the tree lighting of the large tree at Parkway Place. Then the day wraps up with a performance of Sanders Family Christmas at 7:30 p.m.

Look for more holiday fun the following weekend when seven inns will be hosting the 2019 Christmas Inn Tour on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 6 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are on sale now at