Santa Claus is coming to town on Saturdays

Santa and the Mrs. collect letters from Santa, then mosey to Bella Caffe for photo opps.

Santa and Mrs. Claus weren’t pulled by eight tiny reindeer on this particular occasion, rather they were assisted by an ATV driven by Bella Caffe owner Thom Peterson.
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Children may drop off their wish lists to Santa. A bright red mailbox is stationed at Pioneer Park.

Jolly Ol’ St. Nick sweeps through downtown Park Rapids on a festive sleigh, exclaiming “ho, ho, ho” and “Merry Christmas!” on Saturday afternoons to collect the letters.

Theodore Butler, 2, chats with Mr. and Mrs. Claus on Nov. 26, accompanied by mom Treal Butler, April Weiss and 4-month-old Grace Weiss.
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Santa (a.k.a. Bud Gates) and the Mrs. (a.k.a. Deb Gates) will return around 10:45 a.m. on Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17 to retrieve more letters.

Jacob Abseliamov seemed a bit taken aback to encounter Mr. and Mrs. Claus at Pioneer Park on Saturday. He was strolling downtown with parents Candice and Timur.
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Children can visit and take photos with the Clauses from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Bella Caffe.

Park Rapids Area High School took a break for school spirit-inspired fun on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 1.

Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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