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Downtown’s 12 Favorite Things: Festival of Trees


Written by: Gabriel Yeager

Contributing Source: Post Bulletin

After enjoying your Thanksgiving Day turkey, carve out time for all the holiday entertainment downtown has to offer now through New Year's Eve. Kick off your holiday season with the 28th annual Hiawatha Homes Foundation's Festival of Trees. The magic unfolded Tuesday, November 26th and transformed the Mayo Civic Center's Exhibit Hall into a beautifully decorated forest of Christmas trees. Week-long activities include senior citizen luncheons and style shows, children activities, including a visit from Santa Claus, gingerbread house decorating, dance parties, and a holiday gift boutique open now through Sunday, December 1st.

The holiday festivities at the Mayo Civic Center continue throughout the month of December with an array of concerts and dance performances. Riverside Live! presents Canadian Brass on December 1st and Yule Fest on December 7th. Country star Trace Adkins takes the stage on December 13th and Lorie Line wraps up the holiday season with her annual concert on December 23rd. Throughout December, dance performances include: Allegro's "Marushka and the Four Seasons"Janet Lang/Goodman Production's "Holiday Magic"; Rochester Dance Company's "The Nutcracker"; and Minnesota Ballet Theater's "Joy".

For complete event details, visit:

Mayo Civic Center

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