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Where Beauty & Nature Intersect

December 2015, Head up north where trees are part of the landscape, not just a decoration


Community Tree Lighting 2015, click on the image for larger viewing.

If your Christmas wish list includes peace and quiet, the thrill of chasing through the pines, angling through the ice or all three, find them all on a visit here.

At the beginning of December, we have a dusting of snow and the ice is beginning to thicken. The weather forecast promises more snow and cold days ahead for snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.

Music and theater add to the season’s joy. The Park Rapids Classic Chorale will present concerts Dec. 4 and 6 and eight performances of Junie B. in “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” are planned at Long Lake Theater.

Or visit the 3rd annual Sweets, Treats & Treasures event Dec. 5 with more than 100 kinds of sweets and treats including Scandinavian specialties. Visitors are always welcome to share the culture of those who live here.

Park Rapids Downtown Business Association members are part of “Love Local,” a new way to show the spirit of the season and find discounts along with great service and friendly smiles at local stores. Love Local buttons are available at the Chamber Visitor Center and the service counters at Hugo’s and Coborn’s. The buttons also serve as your ticket to the Holly Ball the evening of Dec. 17 at Armory Square, a community evening of food, live entertainment, a visit from Santa grand prize give-aways and door prizes.

All season, Park Rapids’ giant tree brightens Main Street on winter nights and stands as a symbol of small town cheer and good will, lighting the way to a New Year.

Take time in December to immerse yourself in the season’s small town charm or celebrate the arrival of a New Year. If you need help planning a memorable time or if you have questions, call our friendly staff at 800-247-0054 to learn more.


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