The holiday season is in full swing, and there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate in Carver County! With lots of outdoor activities to enjoy, unique shops to explore, and delicious treats to indulge in, you’ll find holiday cheer everywhere you go.
Holiday Light Displays
The holiday season sparkles brightly throughout the county. City streets are decorated with seasonal displays and lights – check out our events page for tree-lighting events and more. Plan a stop at the Minnesota Arboretum in Chaska for the Winter Lights celebration and stroll through over a half-mile of light displays. Head to Sovereign Estate in Waconia for the Spirit of Winter: Festival of Lights where you’ll find 20 acres covered in sparkling lights.
Our charming business districts are filled with unique shops. With so many gift options just waiting to be discovered, you’ll love shopping in Carver County. Visit our shops and boutiques to find a fantastic selection of items, including many created by local artisans. Discover hand-thrown pottery and artwork from local studios, furniture, and décor for your home, antiques, and more. Plan your visit and start checking off your holiday shopping list.
The Great Outdoors
With miles of trails, lakes, and woodlands to explore, Carver County is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors during the winter season. Visit Lowry Nature Center for classes, guided tours, and endless outdoor adventures including a sledding hill and snowshoeing.
Sip and Sample
Enjoy some holiday cheer! Carver County is known for hand-crafted beer, wine and spirits. With three local wineries, four breweries and a distillery, plus a wide array of restaurants, pubs and bars offering excellent local, regional and national selections, you’re sure to find something that’s just right.
Local Wine, Beer & Spirits
Find the Flavor
While you’re here, find delicious options to fill you up. From fast favorites to elegant dining, we’ve got what you’re craving. Each city offers a fantastic selection of indulgent treats, delicious meals, and inviting spaces where you can warm up and treat yourself to a dining experience you won’t forget.