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December 2016 – Silent nights ahead

geese-1Wrap up your Christmas wish list with plans for a week or weekend up north.

An early storm brought enough snow to give snowmobilers a chance to try out their sleds and the ice began to thicken. Warmer days diminished the snow depths, but the forecast promises more snow and cold days ahead for snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.

Itasca State Park continues celebrating its 125th anniversary with a Wildlife Tracking Hike Dec. 3 along the North Country Trail. The 22nd Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count at Itasca will take place Dec. 18.

Seasonal festivities continue. The Park Rapids Classic Chorale will present its 26th annual Christmas Concert, “One Savior,” Dec. 2 and 4. Or visit the 4th annual Sweets, Treats & Treasures event Dec. 10 and enjoy the holiday cookie walk, handcrafted items and gently used holiday decor, sponsored by CHI St. Joseph’s Health Auxiliary.

Downtown Park Rapids invites you to Love Local and find great service and friendly smiles at local stores as you fulfill those Christmas wish lists. On Saturdays, kids will find Santa at Bella Caffé before free children’s Christmas matinees at Park Theater. Adding to the joy of shopping, participate in the Stan the Shop Small Snowman Scavenger Hunt. Participating businesses will hide a Stan the Shop Small Snowman cutout and provide a passport to be signed when you find the little snowman. Once your passport is complete, turn it in to be eligible to win prizes. The scavenger hunt continues through Dec. 16.

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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