A giant Christmas tree will bedazzle Main Ave., but due to COVID-19 and public safety, Park Rapids businesses will not be offering a Yuletide Sampler and the tree-lighting ceremony will be held virtually.

The community Christmas tree has been a partnership between the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association and CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care for more than three decades.

There will not be a live choir nor fire pits this year, “but our community spirit will still be strong as we get through this pandemic and keep our community safe,” said a CHI St. Joseph’s Health news release.

The tree-lighting event may be viewed online at 6 p.m. Friday. Nov. 27 on CHI St. Joseph’s Health Facebook page, Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page or www.ParkRapids.com.

This year’s Light Up A Life for Hospice Care celebration will honor all individuals and families that CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care has cared for.

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The public is invited to give a donation in honor or in memory of a loved one. Gifts of $25 or more help to bring individualized care to those in need of pain and symptom management, counseling, spiritual care and respite services. One hundred percent of the proceeds remain local. Donations can be made mailed to CHI St. Joseph’s Health Foundation at 600 Pleasant Avenue, Park Rapids, MN 56470 or online at www.CHISJH.org.

In the spirit of the season, Santa will arrive and pull the switch to light the beautifully decorated tree.

Kids can write letters to Santa and drop them off in the mailbox on Main Avenue. Children may get a glimpse of Santa and Mrs. Claus at 1 p.m each Saturday in December as he collects the letters – but remember, social distance so that Santa can stay safe and get those gifts ready for Christmas.