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Boy Scouts Christmas Tree Sales

Look for the Belle Plaine Boy Scouts Troop 324’s annual Christmas Tree sale fundraiser. Fresh Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes are available.

When: Until – Dec. 22

Where: Ag Partners parking lot, 820 E. Main St, Belle Plaine

Cost: Fraser $70, Balsam $60, Scotch $48, Tall Fraser $99

More Info: Boy Scout Troop 324 Facebook page

Thursday, November 28

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for the blessings in one’s life and enjoy the day with family, friends, food, and football.

The Belle Plaine Herald wishes you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving – Danny, Casey, Eric, Sam, Ali, & Joyce

3rd Annual “Unofficial” 5K Turkey Trot

Start your Thanksgiving off right with an unofficial 5k Turkey Trot! Last year 271 pounds of food was donated to the Belle Plaine Food Shelf and this year we can do more. Join in for a walk, run or jog. Invite all your friends and family.

When: Nov. 28, 8 a.m.

Where: Heritage Square Park, 500 E Orchard St, Belle Plaine

Cost: Donate food that can help stock the shelves of the food shelf for the holiday season.  

More Info: See season of giving story on page 2.

Friday, November 29

Mankato Kiwanis Club Kiwanis Holiday Lights

The Mankato Downtown Kiwanis Club will host their eighth annual celebration of holiday lights, building on past traditions to promote community while raising food donations for those in need. Guests can drive or walk through the lights display. A warming house and concessions will be available each evening.

When: Nov. 29 – Dec. 31; Sun. –Thurs. 5 – 9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 5 – 10 p.m.

Where: Sibley Park, 900 Mound Ave, Mankato

Cost: The event is free and open to the public. Cash and non-perishable donations are accepted to support the event and the 19 area food shelves participating.

More Info: Visit www.kiwanisholidaylights.com for more information and to view the nightly calendar.


Celebrate the holiday season at a three-day festival filled with activities for the whole family. Come for the Grande Parade, open-air market featuring German Christmas traditions, delicious treats, shop for traditional gifts and unique treasures, and visit with friends at the Biergarten. Children can enjoy KinderWorld – a Sugar Plum Fairy themed center for Enchanted Frozen sisters, storytelling, and activities.

When: Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Parking lot behind 421 3rd St., Excelsior

Cost: Free

Saturday, November 30

Henderson Annual Small Business Saturday Vendor Sale

Shop at more than 45 home-based vendors set up in the Event Center then make your way through Henderson’s local shops. Stop at the Event Center first to grab a bag donated by American Express and FedEx. Henderson Businesses will have some goodies in the bags. Register for door prizes.

When: Nov. 30, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Various Henderson businesses and the RoadHaus Event Center, 514 Main St., Henderson

Cost: Free

Ugly Sweater Ball (SMILE Benefit)

SMILE Network benefits children in countries such as Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, and India who are born with a cleft lip and/or palate; 100% of proceeds are donated; SMILE’s organizational structure allows 89% of all funds to go directly to work with doctors, plastic surgeons and surgical staff to travel and perform the surgeries in these countries. Operations take about 45 minutes and cost about $500. Includes a silent auction, raffle and celebrity sweater models.

When: Nov. 30, starting at 7 p.m.

Where: Henderson RoadHaus Event Center, 514 Main St., Henderson

Cost: $15 admission

More Info: Kim Hammes, 612-598-2440

Burn off the Turkey Hike

Burn off those Thanksgiving calories by taking an intermediate hike on the nature center trails. Ages 8+. Reservations required online by November 28.

When: Nov. 30, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: Ney Nature Center, 28238 Nature Center Lane, Henderson

Cost: $3 per member or $5 per non-member, $9 per member family of 3+ or $15 per non-member family of 3+

Fall in Love Craft & Gift Show

Check out handcrafted items from local area crafters, makers, repurposers, vendors, bakers, small businesses and more to help get you started with your shopping for the Holidays. Hosted by the Shakopee American Legion Post 2 and All This and More Events.

When: Nov. 30, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Shakopee American Legion, 1266 1st Ave. E., Shakopee

Cost: Free parking and admission

Carver Gazebo Tree Lighting Ceremony

Carver is kicking off the holiday season with their downtown Christmas tree lighting ceremony Sip hot cocoa and cider and enjoy a bonfire and s’mores.

When: Nov. 30, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., tree lighting at 5:30 p.m.

Where: 307 Broadway Street, Carver

Cost: Free but food shelf donations are accepted.

Hometown Holiday and Small Business Saturday

Enjoy a fun filled day and get yourself in the holiday spirit with Santa, music, crafts, bonfires, s’mores, reindeer, carriage rides, and the tree lighting ceremony. There will also be plenty of shopping to celebrate Small Business Saturday.

When: Nov. 30, 1 – 5 p.m.

Where: City Square Park, 300 N. Chestnut St., Chaska

Sunday, December 1

Noteables Concert

The Noteables singing group invites everyone to their upcoming concert “Come to the Music”. The program kicks off the Christmas season with many holiday favorites along with renditions of beautiful hymns like “O Holy Night”, “Lo, How a Rose”, and “Breath of Heaven”.

When: Dec. 1, 4 p.m.

Where: LSH Middle/High School Auditorium, 901 E. Ferry, Le Sueur

Cost: Free but donations accepted.

More Info: 507-665-2690

River City Christmas

This Henderson Chamber-sponsored holiday event is a chance to visit with Santa, enjoy fellowship, and have some fun. A book tree is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

When: Dec. 1, 1 – 3 p.m.

Where: Henderson RoadHaus,

Cost: Bring a new or gently used child/young adult book to donate and adorn the tree.

All You Can Eat Country Style Breakfast

Western Catholic Community of St. Scholastica and St. John Parishes invite the public to a country style all-you-can-eat breakfast.

When: Dec. 1, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where: St. Scholastica Church, 31525 181st Ave., Heidelberg

Cost: Adults $9, Children 3 – 12 $5, Under 3 free

Forts and Hideouts

Build shelters using sticks, snow, leaves, and more. Explore how animals build homes and stay warm during Minnesota winters. This program is open to all ages and children 11 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.

When: Dec. 1, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Where: Lowry Nature Center, in Carver Park Reserve, 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria

Cost: Free

More Info: 763-694-7650

Chaska Firemen’s Park Tree Lighting

Join in for an evening of family fun and the lighting of the 50-foot tree in Firemen’s Park. After the tree lighting, there will be cookies, crafts and pictures with Santa inside the Chaska Event Center.

When: Dec. 1, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Tree lighting at 6 p.m. Photos with Santa from 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Firemen’s Park, 3210 Chaska Blvd, Chaska

Monday, December 2


Climb aboard the Readmobile at Fountain Park for activities, snacks, and books to borrow. Each visit is a party with a new fun theme. Kids ages 0-18 can track reading and activities to earn free books and additional incentives, including entries into ticket drawings.

When: Dec. 2, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Fountain Park, 801 W. Forest St., Belle Plaine

Cost: Free

Preschool Drop-Off Series: Kits and Cubs

Drop off your preschooler to foster their wonder, curiosity and connection to the natural world. Each session includes nature play, exploration, storytelling, science journaling, life skills, and more. Monthly themes include preparing for winter (December), exploring in snow (January), and general winter (February). This program is for ages 4-5.

When: Starting Monday, December 2, from 1–3 p.m. No class December 23 or 30 or January 20

Where: Lowry Nature Center, in Carver Park Reserve, Victoria

Cost: $100 and reservations are required for this 10-session program.

More Info: Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation.

Tuesday, December 3

Holy Trinity Christmas Tea

The Holy Trinity Christmas Tea is a non-denominational social event for the purpose of uniting the women (adults only) of the community in fellowship and faith during the holiday season. It is a stress-free time before the chaos of the Christmas season begins.

When: Dec. 3, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Where: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 1300 Main St. E., New Prague

Wednesday, December 4

Farm Estate Transition Planning Workshop

The U of M Extension is offering Farm Transfer and Estate Planning workshop for those who may be thinking about how to transfer a farm business or land to the next generation. The workshop will cover many aspects of the farm transition process including family communications, farm goal setting, business structures, inheritance and transition, estate and gift taxes, along with retirement planning. Farmers and farm families at any stage, from beginning farmers to retired farmers, can benefit from the workshop materials and discussion. A light lunch and workshop materials are offered free of charge.

When: Dec. 4, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Carver County Public Works Building, 11360 Hwy. 212 W., Cologne

Cost: Free

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