Holdrege for the Holidays | Winter Fest

The Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce cultivates a positive, optimistic culture through leadership-developing initiatives that bring businesses and citizens together to embrace the greater Holdrege area, its traditions, and growth opportunities.

Holdrege for the Holidays | Winter Fest is our area’s version of a Hallmark movie. Shop locally for holiday gifts for your friends and family throughout the season  with the bonus of a chance to win thousands in Chamber Checks.  Walk amongst the Christmas decorations on the courthouse lawn.  Spread goodwill while sipping cocoa at the Jingle Mingle open houses, then watch the parade of lights.  

2023 Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events
November 2Holdrege Chamber Birthday Celebration at the Holdrege Sun Theater & Events Center 4-6pm
November 9

Holiday open houses, stamping begins (Nov. 9-12)

November 17

Bertrand Hollidazzle, business open houses 5-8pm

Pink Friday, shop small first

November 1812th Annual Holdrege Craft Show at the Ag Center 9am-3pm
November 24Black Friday
November 25Small Business Saturday
December 1

Let it Glow Competition, presented by NebraskaLand Aviation begins 

Santa letter drop off opens at Chamber Office, 504 4th Ave.

December 2

Ambassadors' Fire truck rides with Santa at the Holdrege Sun Theater 2-4pm 

YMCA Christmas Blitzen Craft Show 9am-2pm

December 3

Phelps Memorial Health Center - Service League Festival of Trees at the Nebraska Prairie Museum 1-5pm

Nutcracker Performance by Momentum Dance Academy at The Tassel 2pm

December 9
Holdrege Chamber's "Winter Festival"

YMCA Santa's Sleigh 5K at the Lost Way Brewery 

Winter Playland, presented by Phelps Memorial Health Center at the Phelps County Courthouse featuring Freeze the day! Sledding Hill, Snowman Makers' Space & Holiday Dazzle Walking Tour (Sat.-Sun.) **Weather permitting

1-4pm"Jax Finds His Talent" book signing & book reading (2pm) at Gifts and Things 1-4pm
2-4pmAmbassadors' Fire truck rides with Santa at the Holdrege Sun Theater & Events Center
5-6:30pmYMCA Photos with Santa
5-6:30pmGingerbread house decorating at the YMCA
6:30pmLight up the "Y", lighting ceremony

2nd Annual Jingle Mingle presented by Phil Hinrichs, Farm Bureau Financial Services

Participating Locations:

  • Abramson Appliance
  • Catrinas Mexican Cuisine
  • Dewald, Deaver & L'Heureaux Law Firm
  • Gifts & Things
  • Holdrege Sun Theater & Events Center 
  • Lost Way Brewery 
  • Mammoth Burger Bar & Grill
  • My Fair Lady's Fashions & Frills
  • The 308 Boutique 
  • The Drive 

Holdrege for the Holidays Parade of Lights presented by Ag Service Associates, downtown Holdrege

December 10

Free turkey dinner at First Presbyterian Church 5-7pm

1103 Sheridan Street, Holdrege

December 16Ambassadors' Fire truck rides with Santa at the Holdrege Sun Theater 2-4pm
December 17

Holdrege for the Holiday's card stamping ends 

Let it Glow competition ends 

December 19

Holdrege for the Holidays drawing & Let it Glow winners announced at the YMCA 9-10:30am

YMCA cookie swap 9am

December 21YMCA Polar Express 6pm, 7pm, & 8pm
December 22YMCA Polar Express 6pm, 7pm, & 8pm
December 23YMCA Polar Express 6pm, 7pm, & 8pm
December 30New Year's Baby, Guess the date contest ends. Submit predictions on our app!

2023 Holdrege for the Holidays Drawing Winners


Jessica Russell


Christine Kipp

Dana Killough

Iris Smith


Cynthia A. 

Amy Rademaker

Melanie deFreese

Cerissa Scott

Troy Seyboel


Gary Bauch

Frank Daily 

Tiffany Warning

Lance Earhart

Megan Delka

Ashley Wehart

Brenda Smith


Connie Bungeson

Deb Potter

Bruce Felty

Shirley Lavene

Michael Billeter

Shelby Christensen

Pat Roach

Diane Urbom

Judy Gibbons

Wanda Dodson

Robyn Sanders

2023 Let it Glow! Lighting Contest Winners

People's Choice | Tyler Ehlers on Sheridan Avenue (Holdrege)

Best Inflatables | Chris Swanson on Gustin Street (Holdrege)

Best Nativity Scene | Casey Vrbka on 9th Avenue (Holdrege)

Best Business | Screen Machine (Holdrege)

Best of Holdrege | Sam Brown on East Avenue (Holdrege)

Best of Loomis | Tracy Thorell on Clifton (Loomis)

Best of Bertrand | no entries

Best of Atlanta | no entries

Best of Funk | no entries

Holdrege Holidays Sponsors

Listed Sponsors

City of Holdrege, Phelps County

All Saints Catholic Church, Bosselman Energy, Bruning Bank, Central Community College, Cobblestone Inn,

DeWald, Deaver & LeHeureux Law Office, Edward Jones - Holli Rich, Edward Jones - Kayla Rehnberg,

Edward Jones - Matt Simpson, F. Johnson Building, First State Bank - Holdrege, FirsTier Bank,

Glenwood Telecommunications, Grandpa's Pumpkin Berry Patch, Graphic Arts Shop, Holdrege Daily Citizen,

Holdrege Family Dental, Holdrege Family Vision, Holdrege Memorial Homes, Home Federal Bank,

HomeTown Builders of Holdrege, Husker Irrigation, Inspire Rehab, KRJPR, Lundeen-Isaacson Insurance Agency,

Phelps County Community Foundation, Phelps County Development Corporation, Phelps County Visitors Committee, Phelps Memorial Health Center - Service League, Real Estate Connection, Sargent Irrigation,

Scooters, Screen Machine, The S.A.F.E. Center, WenConn Building

Stamping Locations

  • Abramson Appliance
  • Bruce Furniture & Floor Covering
  • C Plus - Bertrand
  • Country Cookin'
  • Catrinas Mexican Cuisine
  • Dairy Queen
  • Family Fare
  • Fritz's Meat
  • Gifts & Things
  • Heather's Clips & Tips
  • Holdrege Day Spa
  • Holdrege Sun Theater & Events Center 
  • Holdrege Pharmacy 
  • Hy-Vee
  • JB's Sports Bar & Grill
  • Livestock Feeders
  • LeVanders Body Shop

Stamping Locations

  • Lost Way Brewery 
  • Mammoth Burger Bar & Grill
  • Mission Avenue Thrift
  • My Fair Lady's Fashions and Frills
  • Pampered Soles
  • Pretty and Fabulous
  • Rudy's Tires
  • Runza
  • S & W Auto Parts
  • Stephanie's 
  • Svoboda's Ace Hardware
  • The 308 Boutique
  • The Cutting Room
  • The Don Sjogren Community YMCA
  • The Drive
  • The Drawer
  • Tractor Supply Co.
  • Turner Body Shop

“The [Holdrege Area] Chamber has offered me business ideas and solutions, including going above and beyond to help me plan my 20th anniversary event.”

“We appreciate the marketing opportunities available to us through the [Holdrege Area] Chamber… to keep the community informed of happenings.”

“Being a member of the Chamber links you to the community and helps outside businesses get connected.”

“[embecta] brings people into town from a wide area and it helps bring money into the community. [The Holdrege Area Chamber] gives back to us just as much as we give back to them.”

“I’ve met a lot of people at Chamber events and have received a lot of great contacts that we’ve been able to do partnered events with later on.”

“[The Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce] definitely works hard to make sure their members are successful in their business ventures.”

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