There's no place like home for the holidays. View upcoming Holiday events!
Updated on: 11/22/2014
November 1-December 10
13th Annual Jingle Bells Sweepstakes
This holiday season’s Jingle Bells Sweepstakes kicks off Saturday, November 1. Shop locally at participating businesses and get a chance to win thousands of dollars. Shoppers will receive one ticket per $10 purchase up to a maximum of 10 tickets. Deposit half of each ticket at the store then or later; just be sure to turn them in by the close of business Wednesday, December 10. To see if you are one of the lucky winners right away, attend the Jingle Bells Drawing & Gala Celebration Thursday, December 11 at Century School in Park Rapids. (Prize winners do not have to be present to win.) Gala festivities start at 5 p.m. with food and entertainment. Santa will be on hand to take those last-minute requests and merchants will be giving away door prizes, too.
Main Street tree
Between 1 and 2 p.m. Sunday, November 23, a crew will put up the tree on Main Street. You can watch the activity on the Main Street webcam.
Community Band Fall Concert
Dr. Russell Pesola will direct the Park Rapids Area Community Band’s 24th annual Fall Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 23 at the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium. Guest soloist will be Dr. Jeremy Brekke, professor of trumpet at North Dakota State University. The program will include Concertpiece No. 1, Op. 11 for solo trumpet and symphonic band by Vassily Brandt, featuring Dr. Brekke, who also will be featured as a soloist in Concert Scherzo by Alexander Atutiunian. Another highlight of the fall concert will be Valse Triste, Alla Marcia and Finlandia, all by Jean Sibelius in celebration of Sibelius’ 150th anniversary. The program also includes The Melody Shop by Karl L. King; Spoon River, an American folk dance, by Percy Grainger; and some marches.
Yuletide Sampler/Tree Lighting Ceremony
Enjoy hot cider and other treats at participating businesses in Downtown Park Rapids, starting at 5 p.m. Friday, November 28. Free will offerings from the Yuletide Sampler will be donated to Hospice. Then gather at 6 p.m. for the CHI St. Joseph’s Hospice Care Light Up a Life Community Tree Lighting Ceremony on Main Street. The Park Rapids downtown tree lighting ceremony is a celebration of life and memories. By giving a gift in honor or in memory of a loved one, you are helping bring individualized care to Hospice Care patients facing limited life expectancy, and their families and loved ones. A Live Nativity, Christmas caroling, Santa’s arrival and the countdown to light the giant tree complete the celebration. Once the giant tree is lit, it stands as a symbol of small town cheer and good will, lighting the way to a New Year.
November 28-December 20
Santa invites kids to share their Christmas wish lists when he visits and brings reindeer corn treats to Bella Caffè this holiday season. He’ll be there after the tree lighting ceremony Friday, November 28 and return from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Saturdays, December 13 and 20. Remember to bring your camera!
PRDBA photo contest
The deadline for the summer/fall Park Rapids Downtown Business Association photo contest is Sunday, November 30. Max Bailey Photography sponsors the contest and awards a professionally finished, 11X14-inch print of the winning photograph in each of three categories: Park Rapids Area Lake Scenes, Recreation and Wildlife and Main Street Scenes. Amateur and professional photographers are welcome to participate. Contest rules, guidelines and the photo entry form are on our website. The contest is intended to capture and celebrate the beauty and unique character of Park Rapids and the surrounding area. Entry information is on our website under Photo Contest.
December 5 & 6
Friends & Family Sale
Celebrate the holidays and head to Park Rapids for the festivities, fun, food and shopping during the Friends & Family Sale Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6. Fourteen participating businesses are offering items at up to 25 percent off, other special discounts and rewards. Shoppers also will find refreshments, free gift wrapping, Jingle Bells tickets and friendly customer service. Some stores will be open late Friday, December 5. The Friends & Family Sale is sponsored by the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association and participating Downtown stores - Summerhill on Main, RiverBend Home Expressions, The Good Life Cafe, Trading Post, Wild Loon Outfitters, Wildwood Enchantment, 3rd Street Market, Fresh Catch, Max Bailey Photography, Smoky Hills Art, Amish Oak & Americana Furnishings and Moose Creek - as well as Smokey Hills Outdoor Store and Park Ace Hardware. Watch for details in the Park Rapids Enterprise Wednesday, December 3.
Christmas Sweets, Treats & Treasures
The second annual Christmas Sweets, Treats & Treasures will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 6 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church. Sponsored by CHI St. Joseph’s Health Auxiliary, this event will raise funds used to enhance patient comfort and healing. This event will include a Cookie Walk, featuring over 100 kinds of sweets and treats, a Holiday Décor Sale featuring gently used holiday surprises, and a Gift Boutique featuring handmade treasures. A Coffee Room will provide an opportunity for socializing during shopping. The Cookie Walk will include thousands of cookies, bars and candies! Treats will include holiday treats and Scandinavian specialties such as Lefse, Krumkake, Kringla, holiday breads, Biscotti, assorted cookie platters and fudge, just to mention a few. Door prizes will be drawn at 1 p.m.; guests do not have to be present to win.
December 12, 13 & 14
Amahl & the Night Visitors
The Northern Light Opera Company will present Amahl & the Night Visitors at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 12, and Saturday, December 13 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 14 at Armory Square in Downtown Park Rapids. Amahl, a poor boy who can walk only with a crutch, lives with his mother and tells tall tales. So of course she doesn't believe him when he tells her of a beautiful star in the east; when he tells of three Kings traveling through their small village, she loses all patience. But when these royal visitors choose her tiny hut as their resting place on their journey, the mother is tempted by all of their gold. Written by Gian Carlo Menotti, Amahl & the Night Visitors, has captivated audiences for more than 60 years. With its soaring lyricism and touching human story, Amahl is a perennial holiday favorite, and NLOC is happy to bring it to a Park Rapids stage for the third time in 2014. Tickets available at www.northernlightopera.org.
Check back for more details on these and other events
November 23 Park Rapids Area Community Band Fall Concert at the Area High School Auditorium
November 28 Yuletide Sampler
November 28 CHI St. Joseph's Health Hospice Care Light Up a Life Community Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 28 Visit with Santa at Bella Caffe
November 29 Small Business Saturday
November 30 PRDBA summer/fall photo contest deadline
December 5 & 6 Friends & Family Sale in Downtown Park Rapids
December 5 & 7 Park Rapids Classic Chorale Christmas Concert at St. Johns Lutheran Church
December 6 CHI St. Joseph’s Health Auxiliary Christmas Sweets, Treats & Treasures at
St. Peter the Apostle Church, Park Rapids
December 11 Jingle Bells Celebration & Drawing at Century School
December 12, 13 & 14 Northern Light Opera Company presents Amahl & the Night Visitors at Armory Square
December 13 Visit with Santa at Bella Caffe
December 20 Visit with Santa at Bella Caffe
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