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Celebrate old fashioned holiday in Bay City/Maiden Rock

An Old Fashioned Christmas is a far cry from the money and glitz seemingly the current trend.

When people come to the Bay City-Maiden Rock area during the first weekend in December, they’ll find a feeling of slower times, time to allow earlier, rich memories or make them now. It will be like they’re just coming home to witness the beauty and wonderment of the season.

It’s the excitement of knowing Santa is just around the corner. All ages can get a little giddy around Santa.

Remember when it was the little things creating the excitement of childhoods, like making ornaments and cookies, and placing the milk out? In these towns, residents still experience the holidays in this way; it’s not about spending, it’s about warmth and love.

The Mississippi River Valley, Lake Pepin area communities have banded together to form Mississippi Valley Partners (MVP). These communities along the Great River Road (just voted as the most beautiful drive in the U.S. by The Huffington Post) offer a winter adventure in one of nature’s remaining unspoiled regions. In the area along the river, visitors will tour the villages celebrating a good old country Christmas and welcome them to share the fun.

Discover the scenic winding roads bringing guests to the talented artists and craftspeople they’ll meet along the way. Also visit the great cafés, galleries, restaurants and inns in the area, presented in a low-key manner, typical of the Midwest, yet the quality is startlingly good. 

Some of the happenings this holiday season on the MVP’s 100 miles of Christmas Celebration are in Bay City and Maiden Rock, in Pierce County. Maiden Rock’s Old-Fashioned Country Christmas will include a village Christmas party, Saturday, Dec. 7, Maiden Rock/Stockholm/Plum City Ambulance Service Breakfast 7-11 a.m; Santa’s Elves at the bank, 9 a.m.-noon; Santa at McNay’s (Maiden Rock Creamery) for Christmas photos (refreshments will be served), 10 a.m.-noon, (; and horse-drawn wagon rides in the village park, 10 a.m.-noon.