Wintertime in Stillwater

Discover the historic riverfront district glimmering with charm and full of festivities December through March. Plan now for a holiday or winter season getaway!

Stillwater, Minnesota has always been a serene and romantic winter season destination but last year the town really pulled together to create a winter wonderland with new decorations and attractions, so for this year they are planning to build on that new tradition with even more. We’ve lit up our historic district! The tops of our historic buildings are lined with twinkle so get ready for all the lights to glow starting November 26th when the historic lift bridge lights turn on and Chestnut Street’s LED light show set to music begins for nightly entertainment.

In 2022, you can look forward to the first annual World Snow Sculpting Championship January 18-23!

For the Christmas and Hanukkah holiday season, local merchants are thrilled to welcome you with many gift ideas during Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday, November 26-27th. Did you know that all 50+ shops in the historic downtown district of Stillwater are locally owned?

Head to Stillwater, MN if you prefer a charming nostalgic holiday shopping and dining experience during “Hometown for the Holidays” month-long celebration full of events. From caroling tours on the Biercycle to horse-drawn wagonette rides to an Elf takeover and a Twinkle Party with the official tree lighting and fireworks on December 4th, downtown Stillwater is all lit up for you to enjoy the season of giving.

Reuniting with friends and family? Book a stay so you can walk to the shops and restaurants right from your hotel! Haven’t been to Stillwater in a while, see what’s new.

Photo by: Bill Pohlmann
Photo by: Tom Wieland

Returning in January will be the Ice Palace Maze with a new design and of course, an ice slide, ice bar, and bonfire warm-up areas, an outdoor riverside ice skating rink, Fire & Ice Winter Social with Pond Hockey Tournament and Historic Winter Ice Cream Social and a Frozen Flannel Bonspiel Curling Tournament.

February will also welcome the Fat Tire Bike Race, Frozen Bocce Ball tournament, Winterfest with Boot Hockey Tournament and Cornhole Tournament and live music and of course the holiday of love, Valentine’s Day. Find a romantic place to stay from hotels to bed and breakfasts and unique vacation home rentals and book soon to celebrate a romantic getaway this winter! Seeking a cozy fireplace suite? Here are a few ideas.

Heated Patios, Ice Bars or Walk-Up Windows

Looking for heated patios or ice bars? We’re keeping a running list as they open.

  • Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop: glass enclosed heated porch and fire pits on their patio (opening mid-November). Located within the Chestnut Street LED light show set to music.
  • Water Street Inn: Charlie’s Irish Pub will have it’s heated glass enclosed riverside patio open and heaters on the outside open deck. Entrance on Chestnut street right next to the LED light show. Papa’s Rooftop will be open for cocktails for select events with heaters and firepits. Come January when the riverside ice skating rink opens up, they’ll have a walk-up window for to-go drinks again on the river side of the Water Street Inn.
  • Matchstick at Hotel Crosby: heaters on the Main Street patio
  • Domacin’ Wine Bar & Restaurant: enclosed deck with heaters all winter
  • Tilted Tiki: lights and heaters on outdoor patio
  • River Siren Brewing: Ice Scuffleboard in parking lot

We’ll announce more details as we get closer, but here is a list of winter fun to look forward to in Stillwater, Minnesota. Join our enewsletter or follow us on Instagram or Facebook to stay up to date!

Wintertime in Stillwater

Schedule of Events


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Sponsors of the Wintertime in Stillwater Lights on Chestnut Street & Historic Lift Bridge



New Heart Feature Added to Wintertime in Stillwater LED Light Show on Chestnut St!


  • Shamrock Light in Wintertime LED Lights Display on Chestnut Plaza
  • St. Patrick’s Day live music & events at Charlie’s Irish Pub


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