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Annual holiday celebration to be held Friday on Main

The annual Park Rapids Community Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration, Yuletide Sampler and Live Nativity will officially kick off the holiday season Friday, Nov. 23 on Main.

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

This year's tree will once again be cut and delivered by Steve and Robin Walsh of Dick Walsh Forest Products. The Walsh brothers have donated their time and equipment for many years to make the annual community Christmas tree the holiday centerpiece.

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

The Christmas tree lighting event will begin at 6 p.m. It will be a magical evening filled with caroling, food, shopping and good cheer.

The Park Rapids Area Home School Group will present two performances of a Live Nativity complete with a stable and live animals at 5 and 5:30 p.m. on Main.

Lance Bagstad, Park Rapids school superintendent, will emcee the event.

This year is the 25th anninersary of St. Joseph's Hospice program. Zelda Little, wife of Guy Little, will light the tree.

Dr. Paul Dove will conduct the choir and lead the audience in carols. Sound will be provided by

Sherm Anderson of Anderson's Starlight Bay Resort.

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. 23 and return from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22. Remember to bring a camera.

The Community Tree Lighting is done in partnership with

St. Joseph's Area Health Services' Hospice "Light Up a Life" program.

The Community Tree will be lit by bulbs honoring the memory of a friend, loved one or for someone who's living.

A gift of $25 will light up a bulb on the Community Christmas Tree through New Year's. To sponsor a bulb contact St. Joseph's Hospice Light Up a Life at 732-4552.

Park Theatre will present free Saturday matinees at 11 a.m. and 1p.m. during the holiday season, sponsored by local businesses. Visit

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For more information, contact the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce at 732-4111 or 800-247-0054.