LUVERNE — The sights and sounds of the Christmas season will come alive in Luverne this weekend as the community celebrates its annual Winterfest.

One of the large draws each year is the Winterfest Arts & Craft Show, and Luverne Area Chamber Executive Director Jane Lanphere said nearly 90 booths have been reserved for the show. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Luverne Elementary School commons and Cardinal gymnasium.

“We’re really excited about it,” Lanphere said. “We have our returning vendors, but we have maybe 20 that have never been here before.”

From artists and crafters with selections of jewelry, antiques, home decor and repurposed items, as well as food vendors, there will be a wide variety of items to tantalize shoppers. An annual tradition of the show is a cookie walk hosted by St. Catherine Catholic Church, in which people can plate up selections of Christmas cookies and holiday treats.

“We’re kind of excited to welcome everybody — it should be a fun show,” Lanphere added. “It’s a great place to pick up some Christmas ideas and some unique and unusual gifts at good prices.”

An admission fee is charged, with children ages 12 and younger admitted for free.

In conjunction with the show, Rock County 4-H’ers will lead Santa’s Workshop for kindergarten through fourth-grade students. Participants will get to make and take projects from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also, Myhre Studio will again offer Pictures with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the elementary multi-purpose room. Proceeds from photo sales will benefit Rock County S.H.A.R.E.

Saturday evening, the American Reformed Church in Luverne will host a Community Christmas Cantata featuring the Carnegie Minstrels in “Sing Christmas.” The event features a lengthy list of vocalists and orchestra performers. Tickets for the concert will be sold at the door, with proceeds supporting the Rock County Food Shelf.

New this year, Luverne will debut its Love the Light Winter Wonderland in the Luverne City Park. More than 20 local businesses have come together to create lighting displays in the park. The opening will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, with a per-car admission charged. Proceeds will be awarded to the top five lighting displays.

In conjunction with the lighting display, the Student Council will be selling Christmas cookies, cider and hot chocolate, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for photos, all in the park shelter.

There are many more things to see and do during Winterfest weekend.

“It’s really a community event, and people can come and enjoy and have a great time,” Lanphere said. “We invite everyone to come. We’d love to see them.”

The full schedule of events is:



Friday

10 a.m.: Puppet Show story hour, Rock County Community Library

5 to 8 p.m.: Wine and beer tasting, Blue Mound Liquor

7 p.m.: Cribbage Tournament, Luverne Eagles Club

7 p.m.: Holiday Trivia team tournament, Take 16 Event Center (sponsored by Rock County Community Library)



Saturday

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Winterfest Arts & Crafts Show, Luverne Elementary School Commons and Cardinal Gym; Santa’s Workshop Make and Take from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Pictures with Santa by Myhre Studio from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the elementary multi-purpose room.

10 a.m.: Rock County Sno Masters meet, Howling Dog Saloon. (Free swap meet and membership drive, Rusty Nutz Vintage Snowmobile Club show.)

1 to 4 p.m.: A Cup of Christmas Tea and Hinkly Christmas open house. Presentation at 2 p.m.

5 to 8 p.m.: Beer and wine tasting, Blue Mound Liquor.

7 p.m.: Community Christmas Cantata, American Reformed Church.



Sunday

Noon to 4 p.m.: Tony Boyenga family benefit, Grand Prairie Events.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Love the Light Winter Wonderland, Luverne City Park.