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IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

20-month-old Ellie Eischens wasn't sure what to think of Santa Claus at the annual Park Rapids Community Christmas Tree Lighting celebration Friday night. Santa arrived in style on a Park Rapids fire truck. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)1 / 4
Dr. Paul Dove leads the audience in Christmas carols as the crowd waits for Santa Claus to arrive for the tree lighting. The annual event also featured a yuletide sampler and live nativity. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)2 / 4
A live nativity was presented by the Tate family and friends. The youngsters braved the cold with performances on the hour throughout the evening. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)3 / 4
Santa Claus greets the crowd gathered on Main Avenue in downtown Park Rapids at the annual Christmas tree lighting celebration with emcee Bob Seifert. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)4 / 4

This year's tree was donated by Mike and Helen Sheeran. Steve and Robin Walsh and Paul Utke helped get the tree cut and placed on Main.

St. Joseph's Light Up a Life event features bulbs honoring the memory of a friend, loved one or for someone living.

Downtown merchants had food and drink samples for event-goers throughout the evening.

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