How Minden Became Nebraska's Christmas City


It's easy to see why Minden is Nebraska's Christmas City. Upon entering the town, you hear the chiming of bells and see holiday lights strung for blocks.

But what really makes Minden Nebraska's Christmas City, is the people.

Matthew Cederburg, Minden City Administrator says, "The residents cling to the fact that we are known as Nebraska's Christmas City. We get calls starting in November wondering when the lights are going to get turned on so they can drive up and be the first ones to see it for the year."

Those famous holiday lights have been strung throughout Minden's downtown area for almost a Century. It all started in 1915, when the City of Minden was selected as the host sight for the Grand Army of the Republic encampment.

Cederburg says, "To commemorate, inspire and recognize these veterans, City Light Commissioner, Jack Haws decided to string the courthouse and the square with lights all the way down to the railroad."

And what started as a memorial for vets turned into a holiday tradition that's been lighting up Minden for 98 years.

Every year city crews string over 12,000 lights throughout the downtown and on the County Courthouse, drawing in spectators with the Christmas Spirit from all over Nebraska.

And for those Minden residents who live and work in The Christmas City, the excitement of the holiday season is something they look forward to.

Deb Granger, Anderson Jewelery Owner says, "It never loses its charm. It's so exciting every year to see it come on. We all look forward to it. It's really special. We love it."

Minden was officially declared The Christmas City in 1941, and adding to its title, the people of Minden put on "The Light of the World" Christmas Pageant every December on the sides of The Courthouse Square.

Minden's holiday lights can be seen from November through mid-January.


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