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Christmas Fun for All

Christmas is finally here! With all the hustle and bustle, we want to take time to celebrate the reason for the season. We are so grateful for the birth of our Lord Jesus. Spend time this month rejoicing in this gift with your family and friends while enjoying all the fun to be had in our lovely city.

As we look at the month of December, we are excited to share all the activities going on in our area. There are a ton of opportunities for the kids to get out and have fun with loved ones. Lots of different activity options are available. There are a few chances for kids to meet and take pictures with Santa, not to mention all the fun snacks and crafts.

We wish you all a wonderful holiday season and hope to see you in the new year. May your Christmas and New Year be merry and bright. Please keep us in your prayers as we look to the future and some exciting new things to offer our clients and the community as a whole.



December 1st:

Very Sterling Christmas 1411 1st ave SW 4-7 pm

Santa Claus, treats, activities, games and Meet the Bruins!



December 2:

Holiday Lights 1031 Bridge Ave Albert Lea 4:30-7:30 pm

Santa and Mrs. Claus, food, Christmas carols and crafts

Santa drive thru Fairgrounds 700 12th St SW 4-8 pm

Drive on up to meet Santa and pick up a bag of holiday goodies! You can remain in the comfort of your vehicle. A fun, FREE event for the

entire community



December 3:

Festival of Nativities Westminster Presbyterian Church

802 4th st SW 4-8 pm

lighted displays, vocal & instrumental Christmas music, children's activities, and refreshments

Petting Zoo Berg’s nursery 904 1st Ave SW 1-3 pm

FREE petting zoo, along with warm apple cider, A Photo Booth, and cookies

Merry TubaChristmas Concert McPhail Music Center 205 4th st NW 11am



December 5:

Lego Club Austin Public Library 323 4th ave NE 430-6:30 pm


December 8:

Merry and Bright Hormel Nature Center 1304 21st st NE 4 pm

Santa Claus, The Grinch, crafts, treats, music, and more!



December 10:

Christmas in the County Fairgrounds 205 4th st NW 11 am

Music, food, and activities

Magic on 18th Ave Shoe Sensation 1001 18th ave NW 10 am

Holiday event for the family. Santa, sleigh rides, petting zoo and so much more



December 14:

Live Bird Program Hormel Nature Center 1304 21st NE 4 pm

One of our Naturalists will be taking out either our Barred Owl, Guka, or our Red-tailed Hawk, Wiyaka. There will be a short presentation and

then time for questions afterwards.



Month Long Activities:


Story Time: Austin Public Library 323 4th ave NE 10-11am Wednesday mornings


Hormel Tree Lights and Giant Fork: 1 Hormel Pl


Citywide Lighting Contest: city limit look for yard signs stating they are part of the contest. Contest runs through December 14th.


YMCA youth/teen center: Free weekly afternoon activities for 5th grade through 12th grade. See YMCA website for more information.

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