Discover Anoka, Minnesota

Anoka Hometown Holiday

Come home for the holidays.

No matter where you’re from.

With a welcoming atmosphere, and an eclectic mix of over forty independently-owned shops and restaurants, Downtown Anoka looks forward to sharing the joy of an authentic Hometown Holiday Celebration with you and your family.



 This holiday season…


Visit participating merchants (listed below) and register to win the Grand Prize through December 18th..

…$250 WORTH OF ANOKA BUCKS! (two available)
Or, win a weekly prize valued at $50 or more! Winners drawn every Friday. Special thanks to all participating merchants.




SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY – Saturday, November 30th

Support our merchants! Post a photo of your experience on Facebook and/or Instagram while shopping. Use #ShopSmallAnoka and #DiscoverAnoka.

From 7-11, meet at G’s Café, then spend the day shopping at your favorite Anoka businesses and explore some new favorites. Order a breakfast sandwich to go or sit down and enjoy breakfast. FREE Swag Bags fillled with special o‹ffers (while supplies last). FREE cup of Rainy Lakes Co‹ffee when you mention this ad. Receive 15% OFF your next lunch with purchase of breakfast.

HOMETOWN HOLIDAY CELEBRATION – Saturday December 7, 2019AnokaTreeLighting_Image

It’s an authentic Hometown Holiday, complete with hayrides, carolers, Santa, special events and the kind of friendly customer service with a personal touch that you won’t find anywhere else.

Anoka Tree Lighting Event from 3 pm–7 pm at Anoka City Hall Plaza (1st Ave N). Hosted by the Anoka area Chamber of Commerce. Bring your family, friends and holiday spirit for this fun and festive hometown event. Come to historic downtown Anoka and join in as all c-o-u-n-t-d-o-w-n to light up the official City Christmas Tree in front of Anoka City Hall in the Plaza and enjoy horse-drawn trolly rides, festive holiday music, bonfires to keep you warm and toasty and even Santa and Mrs. Claus too! Food and merriment will abound to bring back memories of an old-fashioned Christmas.

Schedule of Events

3:00 pm – Lighting of Bonfires

3:00 pm – Festive holiday music sets the scene

3:00 – 7:00 pm – Food vendors serving up goodies!

3:00 pm – Santa Claus ARRIVES! Mrs. Claus will be there too!

3:00 – 7:00 – Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Santa shack (FREE)

3:00 – 7:00 pm – Horse drawn trolley rides (FREE)

5:55 pm – Welcome to Anoka, Mayor – Phil Rice

5:59 pm – C-O-U-N-T-D-O-W-N to the tree lighting

6:00 pm – Tree lighting

Until 7:00 pm – Bonfires and music continue along with horse drawn trolley rides.

For more information to to or call 763-421-7130


Also….at the tree lighting, Toys for Joy of Anoka County will be giving away a free toy
to children up to the age of 10, while supplies last. Toys for Joy will be accepting new,
unwrapped gifts at their Tree Lighting Event booth. The toys assist those in need in
Anoka County for the holidays. Gifts are most needed for ages 12-18. For more information
about Toys for Joy, check them out on Facebook or at


Promotion Participants

10K Brewing
The BIG White House
A Bushel and A Peck-North
Anoka Yoga and Wellness
Antiques on Main
Appleberry’s Attic
Dan Gould Jewelers
Chema Malu
G’s Café
Lillians of Anoka
Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
Otter Lane Book Shop
Peterson Shoes
Redmann’s Flooring & Design
Rustic & Refined
Selah Salon
Yarn Tales




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