Bring on the holidays

Matt Beranek of Smoky Treats BBQ won the coveted “People’s Choice Award” for best chili of the year at the River Dazzle Chili Crawl Friday, Nov. 26 in River Falls. The white chili had “the whole hog” in it. Photo courtesy of River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau

Main Street River Falls became a magical, glowing corridor promptly at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26 just before the River Dazzle lighted parade. Crowds lined the streets despite the chilly wind. River Falls Municipal Utilities provides the lighting.

Photo by Sarah Nigbor

Santa and Mrs. Claus made their annual appearance at Riverwalk Mercantile during River Dazzle festivities on Friday. Pictured are (from left): Kazden Whitebear, 6; Dagney Bowman, 5; Madelyn Taylor, 7; and Kalyahi Whitebear, 8. They are of course on Santa’s “nice list.”

Photo by Sarah Nigbor

The River Falls Ambassadors, including Grand Ambassador Madison Ziebarth and Ambassadors Lillie McMurray, Katie Olsen and Gwen Adams were one of many floats in the River Dazzle lighted parade Friday, Nov. 26. Photo by Sarah Nigbor

Lisa and Jay Huppert made a fine and festive pair as Cindy Lou Who and The Grinch at the River Dazzle Chili Crawl Friday, Nov. 26. They’re lifelong River Falls residents who enjoy taking part in community celebrations. Photo by Sarah Nigbor

Hammond Heartland Days Princesses Hailee Raska and Caitlyn Hetrick represented their community in a glowing and gorgeous float during the River Dazzle lighted parade Friday evening. Photo courtesy of Hammond Royalty

Grand Royal Ambassador Madison Ziebarth (left) and Royal Ambassador Katie Olsen helped herd children to Santa at Riverwalk Mercantile on Friday, Nov. 26 in River Falls. Photo by Sarah Nigbor

November 30, 2021