• 1-4pm Winter Wonderland at Lake George
  • 12-6pm Holiday Shopping and Dining
  • 4-7pm Weihnachtsmarkt (German Festival)
  • 4-5pm Country Financial’s Santa Fun Run
  • 5-6pm MidCountry Bank’s Winter Nights & Lights Parade

Join us for a glowing winter evening off the iconic W. St. Germain Street as illuminated holiday floats and festive music set the tone for the holiday season. Accompanied by ah-inspiring lights, timeless tunes, and creative parade floats, the event has become a must-see for visitors and residents alike. Make it an all-day affair in conjunction with the Winter Wonderland activities prior to the Run and Parade at Lake George. The theme this year is “a Storybook Holiday.”

Coloring Contest sponsored by Airmaxx. Click here to download the picture to color and enter. Top 10 coloring sheets will recieve prizes, including free bounce time in the Airmaxx Trampoline Park! Drop off completed Coloring Sheets to Airmaxx Trampoline Park: 3900 Roosevelt Road, St. Cloud, MN.

Click here for a video of last year’s Parade.

Additionally, a Santa Fun Run will take place just before the parade at 4:00pm along the same parade route, and the first 100 participants will receive Santa Hats to wear on the route. The Run is part of a charitable effort called “Claus for a Cause.” Participants and bystanders are encouraged to bring a children’s book, food shelf item or gently used winter garment for those who need them most. A small registration fee is required to participate in the Run.

REGISTER YOUR FAMILY/TEAM: Click here to register for the Santa Fun Run sponsored by:

The St. Cloud Downtown Council will once again host its annual Holiday festivities.

This is our 13th year to host the Winter Nights & Lights Parade.

This event has been a steadily growing annual event, intended as an open invitation to the community to experience that old-fashioned holiday spirit that can only be felt downtown.

Enter a lighted float. Use it as a team building exercise. Your parade entry can easily fit into the theme “A Storybook Holiday”.

We are grateful to our parade title sponsor which is MicCountry Bank again this year.

ENTER A FLOAT: Click here for Parade Participant Packet
lick here for Sponsorship Information

Parade sponsored by:

Prancer Sponsorships:









Title Sponsor:

Santa Fun Run Sponsor:

Twas’ The Night Before Sponsors:

Media Sponsor:

Penguins (Petting Zoo) Sponsor:


Hayride Sponsor:


Frosty Sponsors: