Join us at Star Tribune headquarters this Thursday for a complimentary round of holiday cookies.

Our 13th annual Holiday Cookie Contest drew 225 recipes in 2015. We whittled it down to the usual five finalists. And now, for the first time, we're partnering with Rush City Bakery to provide free samples of our favorites.

At this free event, you can gather around Capella Tower's holiday tree while sampling the winners of our popular contest. Cast members from Chanhassen Dinner Theater's production of "Sister Act" will entertain the crowd with festive carols.

Here are the details:

Planning to come? RSVP for the event on Facebook, and be sure to bring your sweet tooth.

When: 11 a.m. Thu., Dec. 3 (while supplies last)

Where: #StribHQ, 650 3rd Av. S., Mpls. In the public atrium between the Star Tribune Building and Capella Tower.

Price: Free. Cookie-lovers are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to Second Harvest Heartland. 

Can't make the event? Check out the annual Holiday Cookie Contest feature in the Star Tribune's Taste section on Dec. 3. We'll publish mouth-watering photos as well as five winning recipes for 2015.