Rochester MN Holiday Family Events

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rochester mn holiday family events

The holiday season will look different than any other holiday in Rochester.  Businesses have worked hard to change directions while also providing safe, responsible, and festive events for your family.  Click on the dates below to be taken to list of events for that week!

Have an event to add to our list?  Fill out the form at the bottom of this post!

Friday November 13th

Lights at Bluff Valley

This 1.5-mile drive-through light tour features exciting themed areas with over 450 light displays, over 200 animated displays. Wagon Rides and a Walk through Light Maze.

Address: 61297 390th Ave, Zumbro Falls, Minnesota
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: $20/car
Website

 

Saturday November 14th

Lights at Bluff Valley

This 1.5-mile drive-through light tour features exciting themed areas with over 450 light displays, over 200 animated displays. Wagon Rides and a Walk through Light Maze.

Address: 61297 390th Ave, Zumbro Falls, Minnesota
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: $20/car
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Sunday November 15th

Lights at Bluff Valley

This 1.5-mile drive-through light tour features exciting themed areas with over 450 light displays, over 200 animated displays. Wagon Rides and a Walk through Light Maze.

Address: 61297 390th Ave, Zumbro Falls, Minnesota
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: $20/car
Website

 

Wednesday November 18th

Seedy Scenes: Wee Wednesday | Sargents Inc.

Sargent’s on 2nd

Get a head start on next year’s garden. Learn about collecting seeds. Kids will enjoy creating a flower mosaic out of seeds.
Wee Wednesdays are gardening related classes for preschool and Kindergarten-aged children. Each Wee Wednesday class has a 9:30 and 10:30 session (April – December). All classes include hands-on activities, a story, and a tasty treat. A $8 class fee covers supplies and snack. Please plan to stay with your child. (SAVE $4 on each additional ticket for siblings) To enroll your child or grandchild in these fun-filled classes, please register online here or call (507) 289-0022 today. Pre-registration is required. Classes fill quickly.
Address: 7955 18th Ave NW, Rochester, Minnesota 55901
Time: 9:30am & 10:30am
Cost: $8
Website

 

Friday November 20th

Lights at Bluff Valley

This 1.5-mile drive-through light tour features exciting themed areas with over 450 light displays, over 200 animated displays. Wagon Rides and a Walk through Light Maze.

Address: 61297 390th Ave, Zumbro Falls, Minnesota
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: $20/car
Website

 

Saturday November 21st

Lights at Bluff Valley

This 1.5-mile drive-through light tour features exciting themed areas with over 450 light displays, over 200 animated displays. Wagon Rides and a Walk through Light Maze.

Address: 61297 390th Ave, Zumbro Falls, Minnesota
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: $20/car
Website

 

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Sunday November 22nd

Lights at Bluff Valley

This 1.5-mile drive-through light tour features exciting themed areas with over 450 light displays, over 200 animated displays. Wagon Rides and a Walk through Light Maze.

Address: 61297 390th Ave, Zumbro Falls, Minnesota
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: $20/car

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Tuesday November 24th

The Festival of Trees

What is the Festival of Trees || Simply said – it’s our favorite event of the year and we have our community to thank! This holiday themed fundraiser allows us to partner with the community to kick off the holiday season. Together, we continue to raise funds and awareness for our mission. To date, we have raised over $4 million!

What’s new this year || Well, like everyone else in the world, we are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Have no fear! It may not look the same as in years past, but the 2020 Festival of Trees planning committee (a.k.a. Santa’s elves) are hard at work creating another masterpiece that will celebrate the past, embrace the present, and dream of the future!

Address: 1820 Valkyrie Dr NW, Rochester, MN 55901 
Time: 8:00am – 7:00pm
Website

 

Thursday November 26th

Rochester Turkey Trot 5K

Join us at the Rochester Turkey Trot for a fun 5k race, including a Kid’s Division Fun Run! Burn off your turkey day calories and make room for more! 5K participants receive a comfy fleece pullover and delicious locally made donuts at the finish.

Address: Virtual
Time: Anytime
Cost: Varies
Website

 

Turkey Trot 5K Walk/Run and Channel One Food Drive

Welcome to our first Turkey Trot 5k! Do something active before having that big Thanksgiving meal. $30 per registration or $20 and 5 non-perishable food items! Check out ourSponsors: HealthyStart, ActivePT.

Address: Byron Anytime Fitness 827 High Point Drive NE, Byron, MN
Time: 8:00am – 10:00am
Cost: $20-30
Website

 

Gobble Wobble Virtual 5K

As sad as we are that we cannot spend Thanksgiving with you this year our Virtual 5K will run from Thanksgiving until November 30 and benefit the Salvation Army to help feed the hungry in our community. Get out and walk, jog, or run a road or trail 5K while supporting the SA Holiday Meal Program. Register today – shirt sales end November 4th! Gather with your loved ones and share your race times and photos with us any time between Thanksgiving and November 30. Only $15 to sign up (less for walk and kids!) and you will receive a custom GW sticker and medal.

Address: Virtual Event
Time: anytime
Cost: $15
Website

 

Friday November 27th

Lights at Bluff Valley

This 1.5-mile drive-through light tour features exciting themed areas with over 450 light displays, over 200 animated displays. Wagon Rides and a Walk through Light Maze.

Address: 61297 390th Ave, Zumbro Falls, Minnesota
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: $20/car
Website

 

The Festival of Trees

What is the Festival of Trees || Simply said – it’s our favorite event of the year and we have our community to thank! This holiday themed fundraiser allows us to partner with the community to kick off the holiday season. Together, we continue to raise funds and awareness for our mission. To date, we have raised over $4 million!

What’s new this year || Well, like everyone else in the world, we are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Have no fear! It may not look the same as in years past, but the 2020 Festival of Trees planning committee (a.k.a. Santa’s elves) are hard at work creating another masterpiece that will celebrate the past, embrace the present, and dream of the future!

Address: 1820 Valkyrie Dr NW, Rochester, MN 55901 
Time: 8:00am – 7:00pm
Website

 

Gobble Wobble Virtual 5K

As sad as we are that we cannot spend Thanksgiving with you this year our Virtual 5K will run from Thanksgiving until November 30 and benefit the Salvation Army to help feed the hungry in our community. Get out and walk, jog, or run a road or trail 5K while supporting the SA Holiday Meal Program. Register today – shirt sales end November 4th! Gather with your loved ones and share your race times and photos with us any time between Thanksgiving and November 30. Only $15 to sign up (less for walk and kids!) and you will receive a custom GW sticker and medal.

Address: Virtual Event
Time: anytime
Cost: $15
Website

Rochester Turkey Trot 5K

Join us at the Rochester Turkey Trot for a fun 5k race, including a Kid’s Division Fun Run! Burn off your turkey day calories and make room for more! 5K participants receive a comfy fleece pullover and delicious locally made donuts at the finish.

Address: Virtual
Time: Anytime
Cost: Varies
Website

 

Here Comes Santa Claus | Downtown Rochester

Santa Claus will come with a bound to (down)town Rochester for Here Comes Santa Claus presented by Altra Federal Credit Union (altra.org) November 27! This beloved holiday event, which typically includes in-person family-friendly activities, rescuing Santa Claus from the Old City Hall rooftop, and the Peace Plaza tree lighting, will get a magical makeover in 2020 to include a 12 Days of Magic downtown scavenger hunt and a drive-thru parade featuring lighted trees and an appearance by Santa.
Prior to the 12 Days of Magic, Santa will arrive in a surprise fashion to provide the scavenger hunt clues. Follow this jolly old elf’s journey with a few surprises along the way by staying tuned here!
Address: Downtown Rochester, 4 3rd St SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Saturday November 28th

Lights at Bluff Valley

This 1.5-mile drive-through light tour features exciting themed areas with over 450 light displays, over 200 animated displays. Wagon Rides and a Walk through Light Maze.

Address: 61297 390th Ave, Zumbro Falls, Minnesota
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: $20/car
Website

 

The Festival of Trees

What is the Festival of Trees || Simply said – it’s our favorite event of the year and we have our community to thank! This holiday themed fundraiser allows us to partner with the community to kick off the holiday season. Together, we continue to raise funds and awareness for our mission. To date, we have raised over $4 million!

What’s new this year || Well, like everyone else in the world, we are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Have no fear! It may not look the same as in years past, but the 2020 Festival of Trees planning committee (a.k.a. Santa’s elves) are hard at work creating another masterpiece that will celebrate the past, embrace the present, and dream of the future!

Address: 1820 Valkyrie Dr NW, Rochester, MN 55901 
Time: 8:00am – 7:00pm
Website

 

Gobble Wobble Virtual 5K

As sad as we are that we cannot spend Thanksgiving with you this year our Virtual 5K will run from Thanksgiving until November 30 and benefit the Salvation Army to help feed the hungry in our community. Get out and walk, jog, or run a road or trail 5K while supporting the SA Holiday Meal Program. Register today – shirt sales end November 4th! Gather with your loved ones and share your race times and photos with us any time between Thanksgiving and November 30. Only $15 to sign up (less for walk and kids!) and you will receive a custom GW sticker and medal.

Address: Virtual Event
Time: anytime
Cost: $15
Website

 

Rochester Turkey Trot 5K

Join us at the Rochester Turkey Trot for a fun 5k race, including a Kid’s Division Fun Run! Burn off your turkey day calories and make room for more! 5K participants receive a comfy fleece pullover and delicious locally made donuts at the finish.

Address: Virtual
Time: Anytime
Cost: Varies
Website

 

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Sunday November 29th

Lights at Bluff Valley

This 1.5-mile drive-through light tour features exciting themed areas with over 450 light displays, over 200 animated displays. Wagon Rides and a Walk through Light Maze.

Address: 61297 390th Ave, Zumbro Falls, Minnesota
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: $20/car
Website

 

The Festival of Trees

What is the Festival of Trees || Simply said – it’s our favorite event of the year and we have our community to thank! This holiday themed fundraiser allows us to partner with the community to kick off the holiday season. Together, we continue to raise funds and awareness for our mission. To date, we have raised over $4 million!

What’s new this year || Well, like everyone else in the world, we are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Have no fear! It may not look the same as in years past, but the 2020 Festival of Trees planning committee (a.k.a. Santa’s elves) are hard at work creating another masterpiece that will celebrate the past, embrace the present, and dream of the future!

Address: 1820 Valkyrie Dr NW, Rochester, MN 55901 
Time: 8:00am – 7:00pm
Website

 

Gobble Wobble Virtual 5K

As sad as we are that we cannot spend Thanksgiving with you this year our Virtual 5K will run from Thanksgiving until November 30 and benefit the Salvation Army to help feed the hungry in our community. Get out and walk, jog, or run a road or trail 5K while supporting the SA Holiday Meal Program. Register today – shirt sales end November 4th! Gather with your loved ones and share your race times and photos with us any time between Thanksgiving and November 30. Only $15 to sign up (less for walk and kids!) and you will receive a custom GW sticker and medal.

Address: Virtual Event
Time: anytime
Cost: $15
Website

 

Rochester Turkey Trot 5K

Join us at the Rochester Turkey Trot for a fun 5k race, including a Kid’s Division Fun Run! Burn off your turkey day calories and make room for more! 5K participants receive a comfy fleece pullover and delicious locally made donuts at the finish.

Address: Virtual
Time: Anytime
Cost: Varies
Website

 

Monday November 30th

Gobble Wobble Virtual 5K

As sad as we are that we cannot spend Thanksgiving with you this year our Virtual 5K will run from Thanksgiving until November 30 and benefit the Salvation Army to help feed the hungry in our community. Get out and walk, jog, or run a road or trail 5K while supporting the SA Holiday Meal Program. Register today – shirt sales end November 4th! Gather with your loved ones and share your race times and photos with us any time between Thanksgiving and November 30. Only $15 to sign up (less for walk and kids!) and you will receive a custom GW sticker and medal.

Address: Virtual Event
Time: anytime
Cost: $15
Website

 

Thursday December 3rd

It’s a Wonderful Life

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Address: Mayo Civic Center, Rochester MN
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $15-30
Website

 

Friday December 4th

Lights at Bluff Valley

This 1.5-mile drive-through light tour features exciting themed areas with over 450 light displays, over 200 animated displays. Wagon Rides and a Walk through Light Maze.

Address: 61297 390th Ave, Zumbro Falls, Minnesota
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: $20/car
Website

 

It’s a Wonderful Life

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Address: Mayo Civic Center, Rochester MN
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $15-30
Website

 

Natures Bounty Series: Wreath Making | Quarry Hill Nature Center

Using an assortment of locally sourced evergreens, participants will learn to build a beautiful wreath that will last throughout the season. An assortment of ribbon and natural adornments such as pinecones, berries, and feathers can be added to make the wreath a holiday show piece for you to hang

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Cost: $30 members/$35.00 non members. Preregistration required here.
Website

 

Saturday December 5th

Lights at Bluff Valley

This 1.5-mile drive-through light tour features exciting themed areas with over 450 light displays, over 200 animated displays. Wagon Rides and a Walk through Light Maze.

Address: 61297 390th Ave, Zumbro Falls, Minnesota
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: $20/car
Website

 

Natures Bounty Series: Wreath Making | Quarry Hill Nature Center

Using an assortment of locally sourced evergreens, participants will learn to build a beautiful wreath that will last throughout the season. An assortment of ribbon and natural adornments such as pinecones, berries, and feathers can be added to make the wreath a holiday show piece for you to hang

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 8:30am – 10:30am; Noon – 2:00pm, and 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Cost: $30 members/$35.00 non members. Preregistration required here.
Website

 

It’s a Wonderful Life

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Address: Mayo Civic Center, Rochester MN
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $15-30
Website

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Sunday December 6th

Lights at Bluff Valley

This 1.5-mile drive-through light tour features exciting themed areas with over 450 light displays, over 200 animated displays. Wagon Rides and a Walk through Light Maze.

Address: 61297 390th Ave, Zumbro Falls, Minnesota
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: $20/car
Website

 

Bird Banding | Quarry Hill Nature Center

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon ‘for the birds’! Experience the beauty of birds up close when you observe trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds. The banding of birds in the United States is controlled under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and requires a U.S. Federal Bird Banding and Marking Permit. Quarry Hill Nature Center holds this federal permit and band birds for educational and research purposes. Learn about bird characteristics, bird adaptations and the Federal Bird Banding Program during these monthly programs.

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Cost: Free for Members/$4-5 non members. Preregistration required here.
Website

 

It’s a Wonderful Life

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Address: Mayo Civic Center, Rochester MN
Time: 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Cost: $15-30
Website

 

Thursday December 10th

It’s a Wonderful Life

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Address: Mayo Civic Center, Rochester MN
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $15-30
Website

 

Friday December 11th

Lights at Bluff Valley

This 1.5-mile drive-through light tour features exciting themed areas with over 450 light displays, over 200 animated displays. Wagon Rides and a Walk through Light Maze.

Address: 61297 390th Ave, Zumbro Falls, Minnesota
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: $20/car
Website

 

It’s a Wonderful Life

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Address: Mayo Civic Center, Rochester MN
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $15-30
Website

 

Saturday December 12th

Lights at Bluff Valley

This 1.5-mile drive-through light tour features exciting themed areas with over 450 light displays, over 200 animated displays. Wagon Rides and a Walk through Light Maze.

Address: 61297 390th Ave, Zumbro Falls, Minnesota
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: $20/car
Website

 

It’s a Wonderful Life

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Address: Mayo Civic Center, Rochester MN
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $15-30
Website

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Sunday December 13th

Lights at Bluff Valley

This 1.5-mile drive-through light tour features exciting themed areas with over 450 light displays, over 200 animated displays. Wagon Rides and a Walk through Light Maze.

Address: 61297 390th Ave, Zumbro Falls, Minnesota
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: $20/car
Website

 

Hike with a Naturalist: Animal Signs | Quarry Hill Nature Center

Quarry Hill Park was formerly the grounds of the Rochester State Hospital. Learn about some of the Park’s historic structures before a short hike to tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. Space is limited for cave tours. Call ahead to register: 507-328-3950. The cave is a short ten minute hike from the Nature Center.

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Cost: Free for Members/$4-5 non-members. Preregistration required here.
Website

 

It’s a Wonderful Life

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Address: Mayo Civic Center, Rochester MN
Time: 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Cost: $15-30
Website

 

Wednesday December 16th

My Wee Christmas Tree: Wee Wednesday | Sargents Inc.

Sargent’s on 2nd

Decorate your very own “wee” Christmas tree with oodles of sparkly, bright trimmings. This Wee Wednesday tradition will include a reading of Mr. Willoby’s Christmas Tree and a tree that lives well beyond the holidays.

Wee Wednesdays are gardening related classes for preschool and Kindergarten-aged children. Each Wee Wednesday class has a 9:30 and 10:30 session (April – December). All classes include hands-on activities, a story, and a tasty treat. An $8 class fee covers supplies and snack. Please plan to stay with your child. (SAVE $4 on each additional ticket for siblings) To enroll your child or grandchild in these fun-filled classes, please register online here or call (507) 289-0022 today. Pre-registration is required. Classes fill quickly.

Address: 7955 18th Ave NW, Rochester, Minnesota 55901
Time: 9:30am & 10:30am
Cost: $8
Website

 

Friday December 18th

Lights at Bluff Valley

This 1.5-mile drive-through light tour features exciting themed areas with over 450 light displays, over 200 animated displays. Wagon Rides and a Walk through Light Maze.

Address: 61297 390th Ave, Zumbro Falls, Minnesota
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: $20/car
Website

 

It’s a Wonderful Life

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Address: Mayo Civic Center, Rochester MN
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $15-30
Website

 

Saturday December 19th

Lights at Bluff Valley

This 1.5-mile drive-through light tour features exciting themed areas with over 450 light displays, over 200 animated displays. Wagon Rides and a Walk through Light Maze.

Address: 61297 390th Ave, Zumbro Falls, Minnesota
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: $20/car
Website

 

It’s a Wonderful Life

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Address: Mayo Civic Center, Rochester MN
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $15-30
Website

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Sunday December 20th

Lights at Bluff Valley

This 1.5-mile drive-through light tour features exciting themed areas with over 450 light displays, over 200 animated displays. Wagon Rides and a Walk through Light Maze.

Address: 61297 390th Ave, Zumbro Falls, Minnesota
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: $20/car
Website

 

Critter Sunday: Creepy Crawlies | Quarry Hill Nature Center

Some crawl, some fly, hairy legs, googly eyes…what Creepy Crawlies are lurking about the Nature Center?

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, MN 55906
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Cost: Free for Members / $4-5 non-members. Pre-registration Required.
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Upcoming RMMB Events

Stay tuned for the upcoming Rochester MN Moms Blog Events! More details will be announced soon. Stay in the know about all things RMMB by subscribing to our newsletter here and liking our Facebook page here.

Sunday December 1st

Cookies with Santa | Rochester MN Moms Blog

Santa is BACK for a 3rd year! And of course, with Rochester’s favorite Santa…the REAL Santa! More details coming soon! For now you can expect holiday cheer, festive activities, music, entertainment, and-of course-an individual family photo opportunity with Santa! This year we’re adding a third session. Make sure to follow along…tickets will go on sale in early November!

Address:40 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, Minnesota 55904
Time: 12:30pm, 2:00pm, & 4:00pm
Cost: Ticket prices to be announced soon!
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    • Hi Kathryn! Everything we have come across is in the guide! There was a Mayo Clinic craft fair at the beginning of the month. If we see anything, we’ll be sure to add it!

  1. Thank you for this list! For the upcoming RMMB events, can you clarify the dates? The day of the week and the date don’t match so I’m curious which one is correct. I would love to attend some of the events and just want to be sure to put the correct day down. Thanks in advance!

    • Hi there! Can you clarify which blog post you are referring to? We double checked on the Holiday Family Events page and it looks like the dates are all matching up, but there are no upcoming RMMB events listed on that page, so we’re wondering if you mean a different page? Thank you!

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