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Skipping into the holiday season in DL

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Though a cool, brisk wind was blowing through Detroit Lakes Monday evening, the weather was much more cooperative for the official launch of Detroit Lakes' holiday season than it had been in previous years.

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With more than 20 entries (plus a few last-minute additions), Santa's Grand Parade of Lights was a hit.

"We had a good crowd out there this year," said Dave Hochhalter, president of the Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce. "There were a lot of really good displays... it was fun."

Arvig Communications Systems took the prize for brightest display this year, while the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center was honored for making the best use of this year's holiday theme, "Light Up The Lakes." Each was rewarded with $75 in Chamber bucks, Hochhalter said.

While there were several very creative entries from area churches and non-profit agencies, they were not eligible for the awards, which were open only to participating sponsors in the "Light Up The Lakes" holiday promotion, Hochhalter said.

"We may be rethinking that (award eligibility) in the future," he added.

Meanwhile, over at the Washington Square Mall, Monday evening also marked the official opening of the annual Festival of Wreaths, co-sponsored by the mall and St. Mary's Regional Health Center.

Dawn Olson, manager of the Washington Square Mall, noted that there were 53 wreaths entered in this year's festival, which was on a par with last year.

"It never ceases to amaze me, the creativity and uniqueness that goes into making these wreaths every year," Olson said, adding that she would also like to thank the participating wreath sponsors, which included individuals, businesses and non-profit agencies in the community.

Silent auction bidding on the wreaths opened Monday, and prospective bidders can come view the wreaths and place a bid any time between now and 7 p.m. on Dec. 12. Bidders need only write their name, phone number and bid amount on the sheet placed near each wreath.

"The winning bidders will be contacted on Dec. 13," Olson said.

Also kicking off its holiday season on Monday was Hospice of the Red River Valley's annual "Light Up A Life" campaign. The tree outside Detroit Lakes Public Library was lit in memory of loved ones who had passed on.

Detroit Lakes Mayor Larry Buboltz started out the festivities by noting that one sign of a truly caring community is "how it treats its most vulnerable people" -- including the sick and dying. By caring not only for those who are in the last stage of their lives, but for the families left behind, Buboltz said, Hospice "makes Detroit Lakes a better place to live."

Detroit Lakes' "Light Up The Lakes" festivities continue this weekend. Here is a brief schedule of upcoming events:

Friday, Dec. 1

• 7:30 p.m.: Country star Michelle Wright's holiday concert, Historic Holmes Theatre.

Saturday, Dec. 2

• Noon to 3 p.m.: Sleigh Rides, Washington Square Mall. (Sleigh rides also given on Dec. 9 and 16.)

• Noon to 4 p.m: Photos with Santa, Washington Square Mall.

Sunday, Dec. 3

• Noon to 4 p.m: Photos with Santa, Washington Square Mall.

• 4 p.m. World premiere, original choral composition by Belarussian composer Sergey Khvoshchinskiy, Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Monday, Dec. 4

• 5-9 p.m. Chamber Presents Customer Appreciation Night, Norby's Department Store. Fun food, holiday shopping and prizes.

Thursday, Dec. 7

• 4-7 p.m.: Chamber Business Expo, Washington Square Mall.

Saturday, Dec. 9

• 10 a.m. Free kids' movies at Cinema 5, Washington Square Mall.

• Noon to 4 p.m: Photos with Santa, Washington Square Mall.

Sunday, Dec. 10

• Noon to 4 p.m: Photos with Santa, Washington Square Mall.

• 1 p.m. Free kids' movies at Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom.

Thursday, Dec. 14

• 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Holiday Train, Holmes Street Crossing.

Saturday, Dec. 16

• 10 a.m. Free kids' movies at Cinema 5, Washington Square Mall.

• Noon to 4 p.m: Photos with Santa, Washington Square Mall.

Sunday, Dec. 17:

• Noon to 4 p.m: Photos with Santa, Washington Square Mall.

• 1 p.m. Free kids' movies at Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom.

• "The Messiah," performed by area churches at Historic Holmes Theatre.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
(218) 844-1454
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