Yuletide Sampler and tree lighting slated for Nov. 25

Downtown Park Rapids participating businesses will offer treats from 5-6 p.m., then gather for the tree-lighting, arrival of Santa, caroling and more.

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The much-anticipated arrival of Santa and the lighting of the community Christmas tree is set for Friday, Nov. 25.
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Fresh snow, cheery lights, evergreen wreaths and the towering pine on Main Street set the scene for the holidays in the Heartland Lakes Area.

To kick off the season, the Yuletide Sampler offers hot cider, hot chocolate and other treats from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25. Participating downtown Park Rapids businesses host this annual event as a way to thank the community for their support all year and to start your holiday shopping. Freewill offerings from the Yuletide Sampler will be donated to CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care.

Then gather at 6 p.m. for the Heartland Lakes community tree lighting. In the spirit of the season, a Christmas carol sing-along, Santa’s arrival and the countdown to light the beautifully decorated Main Street tree complete the celebration.

A partnership with the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care, this year’s tree-lighting ceremony honors the memory of Grant Nunn and Robert Pillsbury.

Nunn passed away from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in October 2020, and Pillsbury died of
colon cancer in April this year.


According to CHI St. Joseph’s Hospice Care, the program has provided compassionate, end-of-life care for Park Rapids area patients for 35 years.

Amy Pillsbury says knowing that hospice care was only a phone call away for her father, Grant, and her husband, Robert, helped comfort their family through difficult times.

This year's tree-lighting ceremony is in memory of hospice patients Grant Nunn and Robert Pillsbury.
Contributed/CHI St. Joseph's Health Hospice Care

“You have an invaluable service. They really are angels! The hospice team really is there to support the family and help you get through those two days and moments. The care team answered all our questions and provided compassionate guidance for the realizations we don’t always want answers to. We are grateful for the care the hospice staff provided for our family,” she said in a news release.

The tree-lighting ceremony can also be viewed online at or CHI St. Joseph Health’s Facebook page.

Attendees are encouraged to place an unbreakable ornament on the memory tree, which will be located in Pioneer Park on Main Street, in honor or in memory of a loved one this holiday season.

The annual event at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center is the unofficial kickoff to ice fishing season.

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