Activities in the Region


 Cannon Valley Farmers Market-Faribault

  • Indoor - Saturdays Noon-3 p.m., Faribo West Mall, 200 Western Ave. NW, Faribault, MN

  • Indoor dates:  11/5, 11/19, 12/3, 12/17 

Cabela's Photos with Santa

Steele County Historical Society Holiday Lights Cruise

  • Thursday, November 24 - Saturday, December 31 at 9:00 p.m.

  • Travelers may purchase maps highlighting locations within Steele County of holiday light display for a $10 donation at the SCHS located at 1700 Austin Road, Owatonna, MN 55060

  • Homeowners will display lights through December.  Join the cruise by purchasing a detailed map.

  • Anyone interested in including their home on the tour may call SCHS at (507) 451-1420.  Deadline to sign up is November 14.

Havana Lights

  • Thursday, November 24 through Saturday, December 31 at 9 p.m.

  • 2048 Havana Road, Owatonna, MN 55060

  • Havana Lights is a drive-thru Christmas light display.  FREE and open to the public.  

  • However, a free will donation of money, cat or dog food, or kitty litter would be appreciated and will go toward the efforts of Helping Paws of Southern Minnesota.

  • Helping Paws is a 501(c) non-profit.  They provide rescue and TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return or Re-home.)

  • Make checks payable to:  Helping Paws of Southern Minnesota 

Shop Owatonna for the Holidays 2022

  • November 25th - December 18th

  • Make a purchase at a participating retailer and be entered for a prize.  (MN law states that a purchase is not required to enter the contest.)  Over $2,000 Owatonna Business Partnership (OBP) bucks will be awarded.

  • Shop and eat local and support Owatonna!

6th Annual Winterfest

  • December 1-3, 2022 in downtown Faribault, MN

  • Thursday enjoy the annual shop owners window decorating contest, an ice carver, live music, and more!

  • Saturday, is the vintage snowmobile show, see the historic Alexander Faribault House, and take in some shopping, a Parade of Lights downtown, and bundle up for a dance that night!

Frosting the Holidays

  • Thursday, December 1st, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

  • The Kitchen Restaurant at 329 North Cedar, Owatonna, MN 55060

  • Enjoy frosting a Christmas cookie at The Kitchen's Cookie Frosting Party.

  • Open to the public and is held right before the Lighted Parade.

  • Cookies and supplies are provided.

Lighted Holiday Parade

  • Thursday, December 1st from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Central Park - 100 East Main Street, Owatonna, MN

  • Parade starts at 6 p.m. and ends at Central Park with Santa's arrival.

  • Carolers, tree lighting, hot cider & cookies in the park

Christmas in the Village - Tour the Beautifully Decorated Dunnell House 

  • 1448 Austin Road, Owatonna, MN

  • Friday, December 2, 2022 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

  • Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Luminary walk on Friday, December 2nd

  • Friday and Saturday: horse-drawn wagon rides, Santa & Mrs. Claus, and take-home crafts

  • History Center - Friday & Saturday - craft sale, holiday music, and demos 

Shop with Santa

  • Saturday, December 3rd, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • St. John Lutheran Church ELCA, 1301 Lincoln Avenue South, Owatonna, MN 55060

  • Shop with Santa is a community event and a fundraiser for the Steele County 4-H Club.

  • Members bring homemade items to the church the day before the event from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

  • Items are offered for sale from 50 cents to $5.00 to anyone in the community who is in grade 6 and younger.

  • The items are wrapped by 4-H'ers and ready to be put under the tree when the child leaves the event.

Steele County Humane Society Merry Market & Vendor Show 2022

  • Owatonna Eagles Club, 141 East Rose Street, Owatonna, MN

  • Saturday, December 3rd, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Trinity Women's Bake Sale

  • Saturday, December 3rd, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

  • Trinity Lutheran Church, 609 Lincoln Avenue, Owatonna, MN

St. Paul's Episcopal Church Annual Bazaar 2022

  • Saturday, December 3rd, 9:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.

  • 220 South Cedar, Owatonna, MN 55060

  • Crafts, collectibles, cookie walk, and traditional bake sale

Cocoa with Santa

  • Saturday, December 10th

  • FREE and open to the public

  • Owatonna Arts Center - 435 Garden View Lane, Owatonna, MN 55060

  • Friends of the Arts Center will bake holiday cookies, and hot cocoa will be served.

  • Great photo opportunity!!

Beau Chant Community Choir

  • presents, "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year"

  • Saturday, December 10, 2022, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

  • Sunday, December 11, 2022, 2:00 p.m.

  • Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 139 Mercy Dr., Faribault, MN

  • Tickets are available through choir members and at

  • Adults-$15, Seniors/Students-$10

Santa Fire Truck Visit

  • City of Geneva, Minnesota

  • Santa will be riding around with the Fire Department delivering treats December 24th (Christmas Eve) starting at 2:00 p.m.