Yuletide Sampler & Community Tree Lighting Ceremony

The sights, sounds and even tastes of Christmas will be on full display the Friday after Thanksgiving in beautiful downtown Park Rapids. CHI St. Joseph’s Health is proud to join the community in sharing the spirit of the season in our small town celebration.

Enjoy Christmas carol sing-alongs, Santa’s arrival, shopping among the carriage lights and seeing local talent in a classic holiday play. It all culminates in a breathtaking moment with the lighting of the beautifully decorated Main Street tree. Mark your calendar now for these joyous holiday events.

Yuletide Sampler

Friday, Nov. 24, 5-6 p.m. Enjoy hot cider, hot chocolate and treats. Participating businesses host this annual event as a way to thank the community for their support all year. It’s also an opportunity to start your holiday shopping.

Light of Hope for Hospice Care Ceremony

Friday, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. A celebration of life and memories, this year’s Light of Hope event will honor the memory of David “Larry” Johnson. By giving a gift in honor or in memory of a loved one, you are helping to bring individualized care to hospice patients in our area. All donations are used locally. To donate online, please go to http://chisjh.org/shine.

Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus

You can also get your photo with Santa & Mrs. Claus at Bella Caffè immediately following the tree lighting. These great programs are in partnership with the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Park Rapids Downtown Business Association.

“A Very Good Christmas Carol”

Friday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 25 at 3 p.m. Free to the public and fun for all ages! Northern Light Opera Company will present the Friday premier of this two-person version of the classic, “A Very Good Christmas Carol” will be performed immediately after the downtown tree lighting ceremony at the Armory Arts & Events Center. A repeat performance will be given at 2 p.m. the following afternoon.

Christmas comes but once a year. Be sure to come out and enjoy these delightful holiday events. The giant tree will continue to brighten Main Street and serve as a symbol of small town cheer and good will through New Year’s Day.