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May 2-4, 2024

Thank you for joining us during our 11th year of celebrating lights in Ramsey Park! Twenty-six community businesses and organizations along with Event Sound & Lighting join Celebrate Redwood Falls to bring you a fun and unique event in Ramsey Park. The lights come on at 8:30pm to showcase the natural beauty of the woods and trails. Come enjoy the show!

EVENT SCHEDULE

Lighting of the park takes place at Ramsey Park.

Thursday - Saturday
May 2-4, 2024

8:30pm - 11pm

Roads closed to traffic at 7:00pm for final setup. Grove Street entrance opens when event starts at 8:30pm. Oak Street entrance remains closed during event.

NightFalls Events At Ramsey Park:

  • One-way traffic, enter on Grove St
  • Memorial display for Eldon "Butch" Fluck at entrance to zoo area
  • Drive-Thru Displays
  • Over 4 miles of lighted trails, over 375,000 lights on display
  • Light displays from local organizations and businesses
  • 2 lighted waterfalls (Ramsey Falls and Falls of the Redwood), 6 lighted bridges
  • Rubi's Kitchen and Sweet Kettle Madness Friday and Saturday nights

 

  • Radio broadcast: Tune in on your drive to 88.7 FM
  • Lower Sioux Indian Community drum group Friday night
  • RVHS Drumline Saturday night every 15 minutes between 9-10pm, near Ramsey Zoo
  • Hike special trails to spot dinosaurs, animals, fairies, and spooks!
  • Parking information provided below

Click on the map to enlarge.

To increase event safety and reduce the number of cars waiting along MN-19/US-71/Bridge Street, see the new vehicle waiting route below.

No parking along the waiting route will be implemented from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on May 2 - May 4.

Directions to Ramsey Park

in Redwood Falls, MN

OUR SPONSORS

Trailblazers

Illuminators

Sparklers

  • Chuck Lussenhop
  • Daktronics
  • Dan Schmid Photography
  • Dave & Corrine Gertsema
  • Glenn Tiffany
  • Henle Printing Company
  • Jason Garman
  • Jay Johanneck
  • Jesse Bell
  • Klabunde Electric
  • Lonny Leske
  • Mark and Brenda Dressen
  • MnDOT District 8
  • Redwood Falls Golf Club
  • Rick Morris
  • RVHS Drumline
  • S&S Rental
  • Scott Johanneck
  • Steve Medrud
  • Thrivent Financial
  • Tiffany Farms
  • West Central Sanitation

Light the Trails Donors $1,000+

AgCountry Logo
on behalf of Dave & Corrine Gertsema
Redwood Falls Lions
Everstrong Construction

Craig & Cindy LaBrie

$500 - $999

  • American Family Insurance
  • Dan & Pam Schmid
  • Everstrong Construction
  • HomeTown Bank
  • Kirby & Donalee Josephson
  • Minnesota Valley Snow Riders
  • Minnwest Bank
  • Orrin S. Estebo Foundation
  • Sward Kemp Drug, Inc.
  • Total Glass
  • Truly Home Real Estate
  • VFW Post 2553

$250 - $499

  • A&W Furniture
  • AgCountry Farm Credit Services
  • Bayer
  • Bob Schmidt
  • Bobby & Brenna Elwell
  • Clements Lumber
  • Dental Center
  • Olson Chevrolet
  • RE/MAX Realty Plus
  • Stephens Funeral Service
  • Teri & Michael Smith

NEWS & UPDATES

Brad Kley at Hawkeye Imagery took some very cool drone photos of the event last weekend. Check out his post! https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=pfbid0C9SYVsF61c8puBUujekVxMJqM9BuPAy1d8C7wadEmNTDranVpiYG16xoniERUjAtl&id=61558983226521

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We hope you took a lot of photos at NightFalls! What was your favorite display this year? #NightFalls #RedwoodArea #RamseyPark #CRWF

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TICK ALERT! If you attended NightFalls and walked around, be sure to check yourself and kids for those little ticks! We've been finding them 🤮 as we've been setting up and taking down so make sure they didn't come home with you! For more information, check out the UofM's site https://extension.umn.edu/yard-and-garden-insects/ticks

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It was such a great weekend--we're glad you came and hope you enjoyed your visit to NightFalls and to see you at Summer Splash next! #NightFalls #SummerSplash #RedwoodArea #CRWF

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Be sure to check out Ramsey Falls and the Falls of the Redwood on your visit tonight! The water is roaring over both falls and Event Sound & Lighting lights them beautifully to create quite a show! #NightFalls #RamseyPark #RedwoodArea #CRWF

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Kids love to spot the special visitors along the trails that only come out for NightFalls! Who will you find??? #NightFalls #RamseyPark #RedwoodArea #CRWF

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Looks like a picture perfect evening for NightFalls! Be sure to stop at the zoo area to catch dancers and a drum group from the Lower Sioux between 9-10! The park closes for traffic at 7:00pm and re-opens at 8:30pm for the show! Traffic staging area is new this year--after entering Grove St, turn left on W River to Baker Dr, then turn right on W Middle until you arrive back to turn left on Grove St to enter the park. Please be sure to keep driveways and alleys clear for residents! Check out our website for full details and this year's program! #NightFalls #RamseyPark #RedwoodArea #CRWF

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Great food and sweet treats coming to NightFalls tonight and tomorrow! Sweet Kettle Madness LLC and Rubi's Kitchen Farm to Table are back this year--fuel up for your hike around Ramsey Park! #NightFalls #RedwoodArea #RamseyPark #CRWF

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FUN FACTS

The History of NightFalls

What began in 2014 as Founders’ Day celebrating the arrival of a small group of settlers establishing the future town of Redwood Falls has evolved into the NightFalls event you get to experience today. After several years in the area around Ramsey Falls, the event now encompasses the entire park. We’ve added more lights, new areas, and new displays to make it better than ever!

We hope you can help keep NightFalls growing with a donation to our Light The Trails fundraiser. Donate at one of the barrels in the park, send a check, or donate online. Thanks to all who have contributed so far – so far we've raised nearly $18,000 of our $30,000 goal!

We couldn’t do this without the support of all of the volunteers, illuminators, sponsors and donations – a very special thank you to everyone who has helped make this event possible. On behalf of the Celebrate Redwood Falls board, thank you for coming to explore the park in the dark at NightFalls!

Craig LaBrie, President

NightFalls Fun Facts

  • Walking on bridge during NightfallsNumber of lights used: 375,000
  • Miles of trails illuminated: 4
  • Number of lighted bridges: 7
  • Number of lighted waterfalls: 2
  • Number of business & organizations decorating areas: 26
  • Number of creatures hidden along the designated trails:
    Spooks 10, Animals 24+, Dinos 15+, & Fairies 16+
  • Past attendance: 8,426 attendees in 2023 including 1,416 vehicles & 4,474 walkers
  • NightFalls began as Founders Day in 2014 during Redwood Falls Sesquicentennial
  • The 2014-2019 events were entirely at Ramsey Falls, 2020 had 4 drive-thru displays installed by Celebrate Redwood Falls & a Home Edition contest, 2021 expanded drive-thru displays with 21 groups participating & lighting on some trails, 2022 had 22 groups & all trails lighted to include the entire park, 2023 had 26 groups
  • Future goals for the event: Add more lighting along trails by decorating trees & ground areas, increase local participation, & bring more tourism to Redwood Falls

Ramsey Park Fun Facts

  • Ramsey Park is 256+ acres which makes the largest municipal park in the state
  • The unique swayback bridge built in 1938 is on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Home to 2 waterways – Redwood River which creates the Falls of the Redwood & Ramsey Creek which creates Ramsey Falls
  • 5 Bridges cross Ramsey Creek & 2 cross the Redwood River

SUPPORT NIGHTFALLS

What Can My Donation Help Light Up?

$40 - Small Tree
$60 - Medium Tree
$75 - Large Tree
$240 - Trail Crossing Canopy
$480 - Swayback Bridge
$600 - Trail per 10th of a Mile
$1,000 - Decorated Area or Walk Bridge

Light the Trails Fundraiser Goal
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