When winter rolls around, I hop in the car to look for Christmas decorations on Minnesota main streets. I’m surprised that five years into these trips, there’s still so much variety to be seen. Not counting the simple snowflakes and wreaths, I keep spotting more tinsel or white-light shapes around nearly every corner.
My first trip of the season was a solo venture out west on 212 to Brownton, then north to Hutchinson and back on 7.
A snowflake, though with blue as well as white, in Norwood Young America:
and this fun stack of presents:
I ventured off the main road when I saw a sign for Biscay (which I hadn’t heard of), and I’m glad I did.
Candy canes across the bridge in Glencoe:
And stockings down the entire street in Winsted:
Cologne’s white wire shapes:
A sleigh in Missile Park in St. Bonifacius:
The next evening, we took a trip to Le Sueur to do the candlelight tour at the Mayo House. The park next to the house has this very bright tree:
A week later, my husband and I took a trip up 169 and back to the Twin Cities on 65. I got to take pictures from the passenger seat.
This fun garland in Onamia reminded me of the Grinch tree:
A park scene in Onamia:
I enjoy the decorations that cross a street, like this one in Milaca:
On the next street was this very festive bank:
After turning east at Lake Mille Lacs, we went through Isle. I first thought these swoopy stars were a fancy boot:
Santas in the library window:
On the east end of town, I wondered why Santa wasn’t in the sleigh on the roof, then I noticed he is piloting a boat:
Ogilvie has a simple version of the decoration we saw in Milaca:
Finally, on a sunny day two days before Christmas, we took a road trip south on Highway 61. Wintry trees along the highway:
Red Wing snowflake:
and a decoration that stretches to all four corners of the intersection of Bush and 3rd:
We drove through Minneiska quickly and didn’t get close to any of these, but I wanted to include them anyway:
Kellogg started out with a plain snowflake near the highway, but driving into town we saw this great reindeer swag:
and then we stumbled across this simple and beautiful star display on the other end of town:
- All of my Christmas road trip photos, including additional stops in Winona, Wahkon, Wabasha, Silver Lake, Plato, Lake City, La Crescent, Hutchinson, Carver, and Brownton