What a great night to be in Northfield! On the first Thursday of every December, thanks to the Chamber of Commerce and the downtown community, Northfield hosts Winter Walk. It is a festive celebration of the holidays, and it is even more fun when we have snow on the ground! Main street is blocked off, the trees are decked out with lights and the streets are lined with luminaries. There are also multiple bonfires to warm yourself, a tree lighting ceremony, choirs and musicians, free horse-drawn wagon rides, Santa Claus, hot chocolate, hot cider and much, much more! Many of the stores have special items planned on this night, such as krumkake baking at the Paper Petalum, S’mores at Premier Bank, band ensembles at Quality Bakery, trains at the Northfield Library, dancing (The NAG Cracker) at the Northfield Arts Guild and Santa Claus, who happens to appear at a few locations. (Not sure how he gets around so much.)
This event is enjoyed by those who live in town and by many from out of town. When my family and I go downtown, which we have for nearly every year for the 20 years that the event has been held, we see many friends and enjoy treats in many of the stores. This year they even had a parade AND fireworks! It is a wonderful time to enjoy the holidays and even do some shopping. There are MANY great stores in downtown Northfield.
This year I was asked by the Chamber of Commerce to photograph the 20th anniversary of this excellent celebration. I was honored to be asked. I have taken many pictures at this event over the years, so I loved doing it this year for the Chamber. I have uploaded a bunch of pictures for you to enjoy. I hope you like taking this virtual visit to Northfield. Mark Winter Walk on your calendar next December, and be sure to dress warm and bring the family. If you like, please follow me on Instagram and Facebook. Thanks for looking!