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Yuletide Sampler, tree lighting Nov. 28

Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber exec Nicole Lalum will once again emcee the tree lighting event. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

By Anna Erickson

The annual Park Rapids

Community Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration, Yuletide Sampler and Live Nativity will officially kick off the holiday season Friday, Nov. 28 on Main.

This celebration is made possible through volunteers, merchants, Chamber board members, Chamber staff and families – and Santa, who is traveling down from the North Pole.

Park Rapids downtown merchants and area businesses are working to provide a delicious Yuletide Sampler from 5-8 p.m.

The Christmas tree lighting event will begin at 6 p.m.

Steve and Robin Walsh of Dick Walsh Forest Products are again donating their time and equipment to place the tree downtown.

It will be a magical evening filled with caroling, food, shopping and good cheer. Bundle up the family and head downtown to sing Christmas carols and meet Santa Claus.

Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce director Nicole Lalum will emcee the event.

The Community Tree Lighting is done in partnership with St. Joseph’s Area

Health Services Hospice “Light Up a Life” program.

Santa invites kids to share their Christmas wish lists when he visits and brings reindeer corn treats to Bella Caffé on Main this holiday season. He’ll be there after the tree lighting ceremony Friday, Nov. 28 and return from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 20. Remember to bring a camera.

The event is also the kickoff to Christmas shopping. Small Business Saturday is Saturday, Nov. 29. Many local businesses have specials. The Friends & Family Sale is Dec. 5 and 6 at participating area businesses.

Free Christmas matinees will be at Park Theatre Saturdays through December. “Earth to Echo” will be Nov. 28 and 29, “Lego Movie” is Dec. 6, “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is Dec. 13 and “Rio 2” is Dec. 20. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance Dec. 20. All movies start at 1 p.m. Donations of nonperishable food items for the Hubbard County Food Shelf are welcomed.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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