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Holiday events aplenty in the DL area

Luminate the lakes kicks off the larger Light Up the Lakes, which starts at the beginning of November and goes through the holiday season. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

Now that the Christmas season is in full swing, there are a plethora of holiday happenings set for the lakes area this coming weekend.

The festivities start on Thursday, Dec. 5, as The Refuge Christian Outreach Center hosts its third annual winter fundraiser, “There’s Somebody Out There,” at the Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom.

The evening gets underway with a 5 p.m. social, followed by a 5:30 p.m. dinner catered by St. Mary’s of the Lakes. The evening will be filled with spoken testimonies, music and fellowship. The cost is $25 per plate, or $250 per table, with place settings for 10 people. RSVP by calling The Refuge at 218-847-1982, or sending e-mail to

On Friday, Dec. 6, the Humane Society of the Lakes will host its annual Tuxes and Tails fundraiser.

Billed as “an evening of formal fashion, fabulous food, fun and funds for our furry friends,” the evening begins with a 7 p.m. social hour.

Starting at 7 p.m., the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes will be taken over by a group of four-legged, tail-wagging cuties and their handlers.

“The program will showcase 20 people in tuxes, who will each be walking an animal that they have either adopted or rescued, or a dog that is available for adoption through the Humane Society,” said Cassandra Disse, manager of the HSOL shelter in Detroit Lakes.

A delicious dinner will also be served, and the evening will include a live auction that features an eight-day vacation at an exclusive resort in Cabo San Lucas; a “Winter Wonderland” sleigh ride for eight; a set of Christmas dishes and a holiday meal prepared for eight people; a Harley Davidson rocking horse; and “an incredible, life-sized playhouse, fully finished and waterproofed,” said Disse.

“We will also have close to 100 silent auction items,” she added. “It’s a chance for people to be part of elegant evening celebrating the success of the Humane Society of the Lakes, and to raise the critical dollars which feed and house our animals while they await their forever homes.”

Tickets are $50, and a limited number are still available. To reserve your spot, please contact an HSOL board member, call Mosaic Consulting at 218- 847-4257 or visit the shelter at 19665 U.S. Highway 59, Detroit Lakes.

Also on Friday, the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes will be hosting a holiday show featuring two world-class guitarists, Tim Sparks and Greg Herriges.

“A Winter Wandering: A Guitar Celebration of Music from Around the World” will take you on a musical journey from the Mississippi Delta Blues to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite with exotic flavors from Brazil, Eastern Europe and India.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and are available at the Holmes Theatre Box Office, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes; by calling 218-844-7469; or online at

In honor of its first anniversary, the Hostel Hornet in Frazee will be hosting a mechanical bull riding event, to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. The bull riding contest will be open from 8 p.m. to midnight, and there will also be a bra decorating contest, with 100 percent of the decorating proceeds going toward breast cancer research. The evening will also include a silent auction, drink specials and jello shots.

Saturday’s festivities begin with Holy Rosary Church’s 23rd annual Cookie Walk. Church members will be serving up their homemade Christmas goodies from 8 a.m. until they are gone.

At least 70 different kinds of cookies and candies will be set up and ready to tempt as buyers take little boxes from table to table, choosing from huge trays full of almost every kind of holiday treat one can think of — homemade candy, sugar cookies, peanut brittle, caramels, chocolate covered cherries, divinity, lots of fudge, dipped pretzels and an array of Scandinavian delicacies, just to name a few. The holiday treats are sold by the pound.

In addition, the annual event includes fresh-baked cinnamon buns for breakfast and a silent auction, featuring handmade quilts, Christmas decorations and a variety of baskets.

Proceeds go toward the church’s general fund, which is usually used for any projects or repairs that need to be done around the church.

To find out more on the event, contact Holy Rosary at 218-847-1393.

Also on Saturday, the Frazee Communitiy Club will be hosting its second annual Snowplow Parade, starting at 6 p.m.

“We had 87 snowplows in our parade last year,” said Roger Boe, one of the event organizers, adding that they hope for an even better turnout this year.

“You don’t have to register — just go there (to Daggett Trucking, where the parade lineup starts at 5 p.m.).

“Our police will lead off the parade, and they can just play ‘follow the leader.’”

Any walkers in the parade are asked to gather at the Frazee city offices before joining the lineup, Boe added.

Before the parade starts, there will be a live Nativity play held at the Little Turkey Park on Frazee’s Main Avenue, starting at 5 p.m.

The parade route along Main Street will be lit by “candle logs” and more than 20 fire pits, and plow drivers are encouraged to park along Main Street after completing the parade route.

Many downtown retailers in Frazee will be staying open until 7:30 p.m. Saturday, offering a wide range of shopping specials (on both Friday and Saturday), and local restaurants will be offering food and drink specials as well.

“The Community Club will be having a fundraiser all day Saturday, selling 8-inch poinsettias for $15,” Boe added. “And there will be a craft sale at the Event Center from 1 to 7 p.m.”

Also on Saturday, the Lakes Area Community Concert Band will be hosting its Holiday Concert at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. There is no admission fee, but free will donations will be gratefully accepted.

Now in its eighth year, the 40-member band will delight audiences with classic Christmas music.  These talented musicians will perform classic wind band compositions, spirited marches, expressive renditions of old hymn tunes, music from Broadway musicals, movies and more.

The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce will be hosting free sleigh rides through downtown Detroit Lakes on Saturday as well, with rides being offered every 15 to 20 minutes from noon to 3 p.m., free of charge. Pickup is at the west entrance of the Washington Square Mall.

Inside the mall, Santa Claus himself will be on hand both Saturday and Sunday, for the annual “Photos & Wishes with Santa” hosted by the Mt. Tabor Masonic Lodge. Santa will be at the mall from 12 to 4 p.m. on both days.

On Sunday, the mall will be hosting its annual Holiday Magic event from 5 to 7 p.m. The mall will be open to ticketed attendees only, with a wide range of unique holiday shopping specials on offer. Call the Washington Square Mall at 218-847-1679 for ticket information.

Follow Detroit Lakes Newspapers reporter Vicki Gerdes on Twitter at @VickiLGerdes.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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