Best Holiday Event - Northfield Winter Walk

The Northfield Winter Walk, sponsored by the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce, sets the bar high as the “Best Holiday Event” again for 2016.

The picturesque Northfield downtown area is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with cozy shops and fun activities for the whole family.

T.J. Heinricy, who works with the city for these events, noted that this brings a lot of people to the town.

“It’s been warm enough the past few years for people to enjoy it,” he said. “So many people gravitate to it.”

Sleigh rides travel up and down Division Street while shops offer discounts and welcome visitors with warm drinks and a cheery atmosphere. The town it lit by candles and bonfires, and carolers serenade folks as they tour the area. Santa and his elves will even makes an appearance, despite their busy schedule so close to Christmas. Members of the James-Younger Gang will also be available for photo opportunities.

“It’s fun to be able to meet all of the town people and hear caroling and to be able to take it all in,” Heinricy added.

Fresh food is available in a variety of restaurants, perfect for a full meal or a sugary snack. Visitors can stay at the beautiful historic Archer House, which overlooks the frozen Cannon River. Crafts, wreaths and other objects will be for sale for that perfect Christmas gift. Even the grinchiest of souls will have a heart full of cheer after enjoying Northfield’s Winter Walk.

The Northfield Winter Walk takes place in downtown Northfield each year. This year, it will be held from 5-9 p.m. on Dec. 8.

-Renee Brown