The Mississippi River Valley has a ton of offerings during the holidays.

Published On: December 13th, 2013|Categories: Blog|

The annual Trester Trolley Christmas Light Tour of Winona

trester trolly

Each Saturday and Sunday evening, beginning on December 7th and continuing through December 22nd, they’ll be offering their Christmas Light Tour of Winona’s most festively and elaborately decorated homes.  Sit back and relax aboard the Trester Trolley, as they take you on this hour-long holiday journey.

The Trester Trolley will depart from the Merchant’s Bank downtown parking lot at 6:30 PM and again at 8:00 PM each tour night. Cost is $10.00 per adult, $5.00 for kids 5-10 years old, free for kids under 5.

Reservations are required for this popular Winona Christmas tradition. Reserve your seat today by calling us at (507) 429-9101.

Winona Brass Band

Winona Brass Band

This weekend! There’s nothing better than your favorite Christmas carols played on brass instruments. Sunday December 15, 7:00 pm, St. Cecilia Theater, Winona Cotter High School.

Join them for their annual Christmas in Brass concert! Enjoy your favorite Christmas carols along with some you may not have heard often including Joy to the World, Carol of Hope, Before the Marvel of This Night, and Go Tell It on the Mountain.

Admission is free. Enter at the grand staircase on 7th St. Hope to see you there!


Vino in the Valley – Ellsworth, WI

Vino in the Valley is located an hour and a half north of Winona, and hour East of the Twin Cities, eight miles East of Ellsworth, WI, just off Highway 10, and is in close proximity to a number of cities and small towns known for their charm including Maiden Rock, Red Wing, Pepin, Stockholm and Chippewa Falls.

Saturdays: 12pm – 7pm

Sundays: 12pm – 6pm

If you happened to join them last year for our Christmas weekends, you know it’s purely magical; kind of like walking into a Norman Rockwell painting! If you’ve yet to experience a country Christmas “Vino-style”, you must check it out for yourself… And bring the whole family!

We’ve wrapped up the pavilion for the festivities and our heaters keep things nice and warm.  Enjoy sleigh or wagon rides around the vineyard, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, or sit by the fire and sing along with local choirs as they perform all the traditional Christmas songs! We will be serving up our famous brick oven Pizzas and Italian Nachos, along with hot Chili to enjoy by the fire, and our Baked Potato Bar.  Oh, and how can we forget the wine?  Yes, the wine will be flowing (as will the hot cocoa for the kids).  And the kiddos will also have to check out our “Cookie Decoration Station”!

Choose your family’s fresh cut Christmas tree provided by Rush River Tree Farm in our Farmer’s Market and visit our gift shop where you can pick up a few bottles (or a case) of your favorite Vino in the Valley wines for hostess gifts and your personal holiday enjoyment.  And don’t forget to bring your gift list and get a few presents handled.  The gift shop is fully stocked with merchandise and you can never go wrong with a Vino Gift

Other area attractions for the Holidays include, The Minnesota Marine Art Museum – Winona; The Winona County History Center – Winona.


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