140 Union St, River Falls WI 54022
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Holiday Happenings

Festive events & library hours during the holiday season

Closed for Thanksgiving
​Thursday, November 23 - Sunday, November 26

Santa and his Reindeer
Are not visiting the library this year.  Too much work to finish at the North Pole.

Gingerbread Contest
Entries due on Wednesday, December 6 by 7:45pm.
Judging will take place on Thursday, December 7 during the Holiday Open House
Click here for a pdf of the rules

Holiday Open House
Thursday, December 7 - All Day
This free community event will feature: live music in the library, face painting, games, popcorn, cookies, refreshments, crafts, & more.

Closed for Cleaning
Friday, December 8

Closed for Christmas
December 24 - December 26

Closing for New Years
Monday, January 1

2017 Gingerbread Creation Contest Rules

Entries must be delivered in completed form by 7:45pm on Wednesday, December 6

One entry per person/group

Prizes will be awarded for:
Adult  (Ages 17 and up)

  • 1st Place:  $50
  • 2nd Place: $25

Youth (Ages 16 and under)

  • 1st Place:  $50
  • 2nd Place: $25

Graham cracker house prizes (Grade 3 and younger only)

  • 1st place  $10
  • 2nd place $5


  • Best Architectural Design
    Buildings of any sort   (Adult & Youth categories)
  • Best Whimsical Design
    Non-building structures and scenes (Adult & Youth categories)
  • Graham Cracker House
    (Grade 3 and under only; Rule 3 below does not apply.)
  • People’s Choice 
    (One prize only determined by popular vote; one vote per person)


  1. Any architectural structure—real or imaginary—is eligible for entry in architectural category (e.g. house, barn, train station, castle)
  2. Entry must be original—no gingerbread kits allowed.
  3. Entry must have major components (such as walls and roofs) constructed of gingerbread (not graham cracker, cookies, etc, except the special cracker category for grades 3 and younger) 
  4. All components must be completely edible. Candies must be unwrapped; cardboard or plastic sucker sticks not allowed!
  5. Entries must have been constructed in 2017.
  6. Entries will be judged on Originality, Overall appearance, Use of gingerbread, Choice and use of other materials, and Difficulty of design.
  7. Entries must be no bigger than 24”x18” and must be freestanding.
  8. Entries must be delivered in completed form to River Falls Public Library by 7:45PM on Wednesday, December 6
  9. You may work in groups, but you may only be part of one entry.

Judging will take place on Thursday, December 7.
People’s Choice voting ends Wednesday, December 13
All winners will be announced December 14.

Creations will remain on display at the library through the end of the day on Wednesday, December 20, and must be picked up by 6PM on Friday, December 22.

Sponsored by River Falls Public Library & River Falls State Bank