Keep the Cheer Here!
Keep the Cheer Here this holiday season!
Join the River Falls Chamber of Commerce for various events including Shop Local Holiday BINGO, 12 Days of Cheer, the Holiday Raffle, Light up the Kinni, and MORE! Click the button below for a full schedule of events.
Holiday Raffle: December 2020
WIN BIG this holiday season with the Holiday Raffle!
Tickets are $10.00 and you can WIN EVERY DAY in the month of December. If you win, your name gets put back in and you can win AGAIN!
Prizes are as follows: Monday – Friday, $50.00 Chamber Check or $50 Gift Card to a local business; Saturdays, $75.00; and Sundays, $100.00.
Special drawings will be held on Christmas Day, 2/$500.00; and New Year’s Eve Day, 2/$175.00. Winners will be posted on this page, on the Chamber’s Facebook page.
All proceeds will help fund Shop Local and Tourism programming for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce Bureau.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Call the Chamber office at (715) 425-2533 to purchase your tickets. We can mail your tickets to you or you can schedule a time to pick them up.
- December 1: Lori Edmundson
- December 2: Cindy Campbell
- December 3: Alan Linehan
- December 4: Ellen Fredrich
- December 5: Lori's Salon & Day Spa
- December 6: Kris Sampson
- December 7: Bob Armbruster
- December 8: Sheri Marnell
- December 9: Glenda Zielski
- December 10: Lisa Woiwode
- December 11: Megan Hanson
- December 12: Mary Hofland
- December 13: Nick Jenkins
- December 14: Bob Armbruster
- December 15: Allen Standaert
- December 16: Eric Rock
- December 17: Lisa Mosbey
- December 18: Mark Kornmann
- December 19: Rhonda Bazey
- December 20: Patsy Linehan
- December 21: Ellen Fredrich
- December 22: Becky McAleavey
- December 23: Gloria Campbell
- December 24: Sheri Marnell
- December 25: Jane Erickson & Janelle Niebeling
- December 26: Rose Annett
- December 27: Christie Hanson
- December 28: Jodie Amble
- December 29: Chris Klein
- December 30: Sue Timmerman
Light Up the Kinni: Voting Open until December 16
THE RESULTS ARE IN!
Based on scores from the River Falls Royal Ambassadors judges and people's choice votes, the 2020 Light up the Kinni Holiday Light Display contest winners are…
1. 238 County Road W: The Gunderson Family
2. 940 Leroy Lane: Tami Klatt
3. 1199 Lilac Avenue: Kevin Brenner
People’s Choice: 545 Devin Lane: Frank & Erin Fenton, Avery & Mason Singel
THANK YOU to all of our participants for helping us Light up the Kinni this holiday season! Also, thank you to everyone who took a driving tour and voted for your favorite light display.
The Chamber partnered with the River Falls Municipal Utilities for the Light Up the Kinni at-home light decorating contest.
Take a driving tour around town and find all of the holiday light displays! Use the simple digital map below to make planning your route a breeze. The map is split up into 3 zones based on different areas of town. Zone 1 is Red, Zone 2 is Green, Zone 3 is Blue. Split up your Holiday Lights tour into separate zones to make sure you have time to see them all!
- Entries will be accepted until 4:00 pm on Monday, November 30, 2020
- All entrants must be located in the City of River Falls
- Decorations must be in place by Tuesday, December 1, 2020
- Contestants will leave light display up until 9:00 pm each night from December 1 through December 25, 2020
- Size or number of lights are not primary criteria
- Judging will be based on design, effort, creativity, and overall presentation. A panel of judges will visit each entry on the evening of December 16, 2020.
- Decorations must be visible from the street
- Winners will receive Chamber Checks. 1st - $300, 2nd - $200, 3rd - $100
- A People's Choice award will also be given based on a vote. Winner will receive a local merchandise goody basket.
- Recognition signs will be placed in the yards of the winners
- Winners shall return signs to the Chamber office any time after January 8th, 2021
- Winners will be announced on the Chamber Facebook page on Friday, December 18, 2020.
Shop Local Bingo: November 27-December 27
The 2020 Shop Local BINGO Winners are...
- Rob Gormanson
- Courtney Olsom
- Mary Beth Sommers
- Patti Lindquist
- Rose Rude
These lucky winners will each receive a $75 Chamber Check AND a gift card to a local business!
THANK YOU to everyone who helped support local businesses this holiday season with Shop Local BINGO.
Pick up your Shop Local BINGO card from a participating business, or click HERE to download one to print. Go to any of the businesses on the BINGO card and spend a minimum of $20 to get your BINGO sticker.
Get a BINGO? Write your name and phone number on the back of the card, drop your card off in the holiday drop off box outside the Chamber office at 215 W. Maple Street by December 27th to be entered into a cash prize drawing.
Winners will be announced on the Chamber Facebook page on December 28th.
Full list of participating businesses:
- 3 Schweet Sisters
- ACE Hardware
- Adoray's Treasures from the Heart
- Angel's Pet World Too
- Belle Vinez Winery
- Cannu Company
- Crank Worx Bike Shop
- Eagle Eye Farm
- Fox Den Books
- Garden Divas
- Johnnie's Bar
- Junior's Restaurant & Tap House
- Lori's Salon & Day Spa
- Lunds Fly Shop
- Mainstreeter Bar & Grill
- Nutty Squirrel Sports Saloon
- Riverwalk Mercantile
- Smokey Treats BBQ
- South Fork Cafe
- Sporting World
- Swinging Bridge Brewery
- The Garage Bikes & Brews
- WE Market Co-op
- West Wind Supper Club
12 Days of Cheer: December 12-23
What better way to spread Holiday cheer than by celebrating local businesses?
Visit the Chamber Facebook page during the 12 days leading up to Christmas to find holiday specials and deals from local businesses! Check out participating businesses and their upcoming specials below.
Santa's Elf Hunt: December 19
Holiday Donation Express: December 12
River Falls residents and businesses are invited to drive thru, donate, and smile at the Holiday Donation Express event on Saturday, December 12th from 12:00pm-3:00pm!
Donations collected will go to support those in the community through the partnering organization, Our Neighbors’ Place, Inc.
Holiday Donation Express is hosted by a group of University of Wisconsin- River Falls Marketing Communications students who want to make an impact on the community of River Falls, WI this holiday season like never before. By partnering with Our Neighbors’ Place, the event will provide communities, neighbors, and kids alike the food, clothing and desperately needed supplies and warmth they would be missing this holiday season. River Falls residents are encouraged to bring family, friends, and furry four-legged friends for memorable socially distant holiday photo with Santa and spread holiday cheer with this great COVID-friendly holiday experience.
The Holiday Donation Express is presented by the Kinnic Veterinary Service and welcomes all individuals and fourlegged friends to participate in the contactless drive thru at the WESTconsin Credit Union Donation Station.
- Donors will drive up and open their trunk for Santa’s elves to grab out the bag of donated items. Participants and supporters are encouraged to donate nonperishable food items, hygiene products and household items and/or monetary donations to benefit the community on behalf of Our Neighbors’ Place.
- Once the unloading of donations is complete, the donor will drive to the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau Holiday Photo Opportunity where they will wear their masks, roll their windows down, and smile for a socially distant photo with Santa.
- The experience will be complete, and donors can find their final photos posted on the Holiday Donation
Express Facebook page at @HolidayDonationExpress. Families and individuals with a last name between A-M are
encouraged to attend the event between 12:00pm-1:30pm and families and individuals with last names between N-Z are encouraged to attend the event between 1:30pm-3:00pm.
Santa's Ride Around Town: November 27 at 4:00 pm
Don’t miss Santa’s ride around town on Friday, November 27th! Due to his hectic schedule, Santa will not stop in the neighborhoods, but will drive by waving and wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas. He will also be joined by the River Falls Royal Ambassadors.
Holiday Fireworks: November 27 at 7:00 pm
Don't miss the Holiday Fireworks show next Friday, November 27th, at 7:00 pm!
This Drive-In fireworks show will be held at the River Falls Public High School main parking lot on the east side. For safety purposes, all guests must remain inside their vehicles for the entirety of the show.
Kick off the evening at 6:00 pm in downtown River Falls as they turn on holiday lights! Then grab your favorite take-out treats from a local business to enjoy at the fireworks show.
*Note: There are 250 parking spots available - so make sure to get there before 7:00 pm to ensure you have a spot!