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Christmas happenings Nov. 27-Dec. 3

Friday, Nov. 27

-The annual Park Rapids Community Christmas tree lighting celebration and yuletide sampler are planned for Friday, Nov. 27 on Main Avenue in downtown. The yuletide sampler will begin at 5 p.m. with refreshments at downtown retailers and the tree lighting will begin at 6 p.m. the evening will be filled with caroling, food, shopping and good cheer.

Park Rapids City Administrator Bill Smith and wife Sherry will emcee the event. Jack, Trisha and Jaime Brann and Scott and Carrie Parks are supplying this year's tree. Dr. Paul Dove will conduct the Calvary Lutheran Choir and lead the audience in carols. Sound will be provided by Joe Christianson.

This tree lighting is done in partnership with St. Joseph's Hospice "Light Up a Life" program. Each $5 donated in honor of a loved one, lights up a bulb on the community Christmas tree through New Year's. To sponsor a bulb, call 732-3311.

-Santa's House will be open following the tree lighting ceremony Friday, Nov. 27 at Jackpine Java. It will continue to be open every Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. Santa will also be at the movie matinee Saturday, Dec. 19 to walk kids from Park Theater to Jackpine Java. Additionally, Santa will be available after school from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23.

Saturday, Nov. 28

-The City of Wolf Lake will bring the Christmas season with a tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. Refreshments and a drawing will be held at the Lions Hall after the lighting. Mary and Gene Aho have donated a 20-foot tree for the event. Proceeds will be used for the new Nativity scene and lighting. Santa may make an appearance at this event.

Thursday, Dec. 3

-Long Lake Theater will present "Ole & Lena's Christmas Carol" that will feature Ole who works for a crummy boss and "da wife," Lena, who's mad at him again. Join Ole, Lena, Sven and others as they brave another Minnesota winter at Christmastime. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, and at 3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Dec. 3-13 at Long Lake Theater. For more information, call 732-0099 or visit Ticket holders to the opening performances are invited to a gala at the Jewel of the Northwoods Bed and Breakfast, located at 39050 Twin Lakes Rd., to meet the cast and enjoy light refreshments.