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2021 Best Holiday River Town Winners

Red Wing has garnered a national honor as the River Travel Magazine 2021 Best Holiday River Town Contest.

Survey takers voted on the final results in the final voting round from November 12th through December 3rd. Over 80 river communities, based on population, throughout the US were voted on in the final round. Communities were ranked 1st place through 5th place for the Best Holiday River Towns in each category.

Red Wing finished 1st in the 15,001-30,000 population category. The magazine writes “ Holiday charm and cheerfulness lives at around every corner in Red Wing, Minnesota. They kick things off with a pancake breakfast at their Holiday Stroll event and roll right into parades, live animals, sleigh rides, and visits with Mr. and Mrs. Clause.”

Stockholm, Wisconsin won 2nd place in river communities below 500 people.

Lake City had made the final list of communities for their size as well but did not finish in the top 5.

La Crosse, Wisconsin finished 2nd overall to Missoula, Montana.

To see all the winners, go online to

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