Home town Christmas

* I received a free Holiday Trolley Ride to help facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own!

The Christmas season is one of the things I looked forward to as a little girl growing up in Albert Lea. I knew Lou Rich would have their traditional Santa statue waving from over their doorway. The city workers would begin switching out the summer banners for Christmas lights. Every light pole from every interstate exit would have Christmas lights, leading cars to our charming downtown businesses. Windows and doorways up and down Broadway and the surrounding downtown businesses would be lit up and decorated, creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere for shoppers.

Now that I am grown with a family of my own Albert Lea holds many of the same traditions I experienced as a little girl. Santa still waves over the doorway at Lou Rich and he greets children at the Northbridge Mall as he has done for years. Our downtown still holds a warm, welcoming small town Christmas feel.

Home Town Christmas

This year Albert Lea added a Holiday Bazaar on Broadway to celebrate the holidays. It was a wonderful celebration enjoyed by adults and children alike.

Home Town Christmas

Craft vendors lined the walls of the old bank building selling everything from Fat Jill’s cupcakes, children’s aprons and backpacks by comfortbugfromHeidi, to a scentsy table.

Home Town Christmas

Mark, Maddie, and me enjoyed Bragen Rights Photography’s photo booth. Dressing silly and having a great time doing it!

Home Town Holidays

The Albert Lea Art Center ladies worked their artistic magic and created lovely masterpieces on kids faces. I even saw a few adults partaking in the event that only cost $1! We love being able to enjoy beautiful local art!

Home town holidays

The highlight of the night was the Holiday horse drawn trolley. Our kids were giddy with joy as sleigh bells jingled with each clip clop of the horses hooves. The trolley driver serenaded us with classic Christmas carols as we rode around the downtown. Each one of our kids had the magic of the Christmas season in their eyes! After the ride we were able to pet the beautiful Belgians team and thank them for their hard work!

Home town holidays

Santa greeted the kids on the street corner ready to listen to all Christmas lists and handed out candy canes!

Home town holidays

We ended our night with hot chocolate and treats from The Interchange Bistro right next to the bank building! It was a wonderful family night our kids will be talking about for days to come.

Home town Christmas is truly the best Christmas! There is nothing better than enjoying family, friends, and the Christmas season all at one time!

Home town Holiday

I want to thank Susie Petersen at the Albert Lea Convention and Visitors Bureau! She put hours of work into an event that was enjoyed by locals and guests! I also want to thank the downtown businesses for making your shop windows and stores welcoming and inviting! You brought back the downtown feeling I remember as a little girl! Albert Lea is truly home sweet home!

Do you have a favorite local event you look forward to every year?


My rebel heart loves Jesus. It has been a journey learning about his love for me, but he continues to fight for me and has won my heart. I am learning to love and respect my husband Mark. After four years of being a mommy I fell in love with the role God had given me and I am now a passionate homeschool, stay at home mom. I love outdoor adventures with my family and our husky Skye. I love creating delicious physically and emotionally satisfying meals. I love walking life’s hard road with those around me. I want to be a friend to the friendless and be a beacon of light and hope to the weary.


  1. This looks like it was so much fun!

  2. Looks like a ton of fun!!

  3. Thanks Robin for all you do for Albert Lea! It was a magical night!

  4. What a fun event for Albert Lea! I love going to small town festivals!

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