There will be no Parade of Trees in Lake Park this coming week, and Vergas-area residents will likewise have to wait for 2021 to celebrate an Old-Fashioned Christmas.

These are just a couple of the most recent holiday event casualties of COVID-19, as a sharp rise in area cases of the virus have caused a new wave of cancellations.

"With the new orders from the governor, we just don’t dare (hold the event as scheduled)," said Abby Anderson, one of the organizers for the 2020 Parade of Trees.

"We'd hate to be the ones that spread it (the virus)," she added, noting that the decision to cancel was made on Thursday morning, Nov. 19.

The Parade of Trees was set to open on Thanksgiving night, Thursday, Nov. 26, and continue through Sunday, Nov. 29. Vergas's annual Old-Fashioned Christmas festivities were set to take place Saturday, Nov. 28.

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Also off the holiday calendar this year are two upcoming Detroit Lakes celebrations, Santa's Grand Parade of Lights and the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center's 5th Annual Festival of Trees, both of which would normally take place during the last week in November or early December.

LCRC Executive Director Anna Sellin said that they had been honoring past Festival of Trees supporters on their Facebook page this past week, especially on Thursday, which was Give to the Max Day throughout Minnesota.

Over at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes, two concerts that were set to take place during the Holmes Art Show this past weekend, a Killer Vees concert on Friday night and a DL Dixieland concert on Saturday, were both canceled because of COVID-19, and the only upcoming event on the theater's calendar is a virtual concert by world-renowned vocalist Vanessa Williams, which is set for Saturday, Dec. 5. Visit dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html for more information.

COVID-style Thanksgiving dinner set Thursday at Holy Rosary

There is one event still happening this week, although it will look a little different than years past in light of COVID-19 restrictions. Detroit Lakes' Holy Rosary Catholic Church will be hosting its annual Community Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday, Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — for takeout or delivery only.

There will be no in-house dining at Holy Rosary this year. Any residents of the Detroit Lakes area who may be alone, and/or otherwise unable to participate in holiday festivities are invited to enjoy a free holiday dinner.

Volunteers will deliver ordered meals to residents’ homes, or they may pick one up at the Holy Rosary Parish Center, 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. Pre-orders are necessary for delivered meals only; call 218-847-1393 to reserve your meal.

Serving for pick up will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m., or until the food runs out. Volunteers are still needed to assist with serving and delivery. If you would like to help, please contact the Parish office at 847-1393.

There is no cost for the meals, but if you wish to donate financially to help defray costs, send to the Holy Rosary Parish Office. Free will offering baskets will also be on site Thanksgiving Day.