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Holiday fun with little ones

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Connor Rice, 3 , wants a cowboy hat for Christmas. He was all smiles during his visit with Santa at the ECFE Holiday Fun Night in Park Rapids Monday night. He is the son of Derek and Krystina Rice of Park Rapids. Photos by Lorie Skarpness/Enterprise.

Holiday Fun Nights have been offered through the Early Childhood Family Education program in Park Rapids for many years. “Probably for decades,” early childhood manager Sally Kading said. “They are always well attended and the families look forward to them.”

This year, 38 children and 34 adults took part in the festivities.

“As the families arrive, one of the cutest things is to see the children peek in the room and get their first glimpse of Santa,” Kading said. “Such joy and so magical! Our Santa, Terry Morris, has been with us for more years than I can count. He does a fantastic job with the families and children. And our face painter, Alicia Memmo, is faithfully is there for us year after year.”

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Kaidence Silbernagel is the daughter of Kassie Boyd and Travis Silbernagel of Park Rapids. She is 4 and hopped right up on Santa’s lap for a chat about her Christmas wishes.

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Kaidence Silbernagel is the daughter of Kassie Boyd and Travis Silbernagel of Park Rapids. She is 4 and hopped right up on Santa’s lap for a chat about her Christmas wishes.

Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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