Christmas Celebration

spreading Christmas joy throughout Russell


This year’s theme is Christmas in Toyland. Our Christmas celebration will begin with the annual Lighted Christmas Parade on November 25th. Then on December 9th the celebration will continue with the annual Weihnachtsfest.
The Lighted Christmas Parade is a big tradition of Russell that brings many people to Downtown Russell. This year we are really hoping to reach out to more individuals and have a great turnout for the community this year! Civic organizations, businesses, individuals, anyone can enter into the parade – and it’s FREE!!
In addition to The Lighted Christmas Parade, Weihnachtsfest is shaping up to be a fun festive event for everyone. This year we celebrate our 25th anniversary of Weihnachtsfest. In order to make this year special the event will be held on a Saturday, December 9th from 11 am to 4 pm. There will be vendors, Santa’s Workshop, Pictures with Santa, the famous Santa Giveaway, extended store hours for holiday shopping, the Retail Christmas Promotion, select entertainment, and the first ever Festival of the Trees. The new tree festival event will consist of 25 provided by Russell Main Street, Inc. to member businesses. The businesses will then decorate and display their tree from November 25th until December 8th. The trees will be up for silent auction during this time with the display ending at the Deines Cultural Center on December 9th at 3:30 pm. We also have added a 25 year special edition Weihnachtsfest button. For the button we are asking community members to design their best button by November 1st, one winner will be selected. We are eager to celebrate the 25th year of Weihnachtsefst but more importantly we are eager to showcase the Russell community during the holidays.


Coming to Russell this Christmas

November 25th at 7:15 pm

Lighted Christmas Parade

November 25th at 7:15 pm
Register by November 17th

Lighted Christmas Parade Registration

Register by November 17th
December 9th from 11 am to 4 pm


December 9th from 11 am to 4 pm
Register by December 1st

Weihnachtsfest Vendor

Register by December 1st
December 9th 11 am to 4 pm

Santa's Workshop

December 9th 11 am to 4 pm
Starting November 27th

12 Days of Christmas Promotion

Starting November 27th
Starting November 13th

Christmas Retail Promotion

Starting November 13th
$5 to enter - drawing @ 3:30 pm on December 9th

Christmas Santa Drawing

$5 to enter – drawing @ 3:30 pm on December 9th

Get your Weihnachtsfest buttons @


Santa Drawing Buttons

Christmas Button Winners

Santa Drawing Buttons

Weihnachtsfest Vendors

December 9th 11 am – 4 pm

Vendors on Main

Coming Soon!

Event Sponsors



Interested in promoting your business while supporting this family-friendly Christmas festival? Click below for levels.

Christmas Sponsor Levels



North Pole Sponsor

City of Russell
Nancy Holland
KRSL Russell Radio

Santa’s Elves Sponsor

Casey’s General Store
Agrilead, Inc.
The Closet Boutique
Russell County Economic Development & CVB
Gregwire Drug Store
Edward Jones Brad Wagner
Russell County Sheriff
Mitch & Amy Driscoll


Santa’s Workshop Sponsor

Advantage Realty
Doo Stor-It
Sportsman’s Corner
Cheryl Ledford
Westside Propane & Convenience
Stoppel Supply
Deb Armbruster