Plan a visit for a fall like no other
No way to measure such a thing, but it seems fall has given us the most spectacular
leaf colors ever and, unlike most years at this time, the gold and scarlet leaves still
hang on continuing the show. The pace has slowed as we anticipate the approaching
holidays with cattle grazing in recently harvested fields and geese still making their
noisy overhead passage to warmer places.
It is our tradition to celebrate four major holidays: the Firearms Deer Hunting Opener,
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. You’re invited to share all of them with us.
Hunters are occupied with siting in their rifles, airing their blaze orange gear and
checking the weather forecast for Nov. 6. Nowadays, many women hunt, too, but
traditional “hunting widows” begin shopping for home and the holidays.
Explore our shops and stores for holiday decor and gifts with no standing in line, great
service and friendly smiles. They’ll help you find what you need and it’s likely you will
find something you want. Then treat yourself to lunch or dinner, a snack or a great
cup of coffee. Downtown Park Rapids has several new businesses opening later this
fall so you can expect the unexpected. Show your extra love for local, independent
businesses on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 27.
On Thanksgiving Day, burn off those calories before the feast at the Annual Turkey
Trot 5K/Fun Run and Walk sponsored by Heartland Homes. The walk/run starts at 9
a.m. with registration beforehand in the lobby of Essentia Health/CHI St. Joseph’s
The tree lighting on Main Street the Friday after Thanksgiving offers a greeting card
moment to share with friends and family. Festivities begin with a Yuletide Sampler at
participating Downtown stores from 5 to 6 p.m. and the Heartland Lakes Community
Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6. Join in singing Christmas carols, roasting
marshmallows over fire pits, welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus and a celebration of life
and memories, sponsored by CHI St. Joseph’s Hospice. Once lit, the giant tree
stands as a symbol of small town cheer and good will, lighting the way to a New Year.
Kids are invited to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus that night until 8 at Bella Caffè.
Beginning Saturday, Nov. 27 and continuing through Dec. 18 children can visit Mr.
and Mrs. Claus Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bella Caffè and attend free
children’s movie matinees at 1 p.m. at Park Theater.
It’s the season to visit whether it’s enjoying the outdoors, relaxing or joining in some
local traditions. The Chamber Website has all the information you need to put
together a memorable stay or weekend visit. If you want help or have questions, call
our friendly staff at 800-247-0054 to learn more.