The Detroit Lakes Tribune accepts community calendar items, for publication online and in our Wednesday and Sunday print editions, space permitting.

Submissions must be made at least a week in advance of the event date, in writing, to either or

Each submission must include the following: Date, time and location of event, whether it is recurring or a one-time happening, and where to go for more information (phone, email and/or website). Also include whether the event is free or paid admission, and how much it costs when applicable.

Saturday, December 19

DLCCC Reopening: The Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center will reopen its doors to the public at 7 a.m. and resume its normal schedule going forward. Operating hours will be 7 a.m. -5 p.m. Saturdays; 12-5 p.m. Sundays; 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday. Key fob access for 24/7 Center customers will reactivate at 5 p.m. today as well. Visit for more information.

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Wreaths Across America: Detroit Lakes' annual Wreaths Across America celebration will take place starting at 11 a.m. in Veterans Memorial Park and continuing at the Grand Army of the Republic Park, Boys & Girls Club (aka Lyle Crovisier Memorial Park), Oak Grove Cemetery and Holy Rosary Cemetery, wrapping up around noon. Social distancing guidelines will be maintained to ensure a safe yet festive celebration.

A Dickens Holiday Classic: One of Charles Dickens’ favorite ways to spread holiday cheer was to perform dramatic readings of his beloved ghost story, "A Christmas Carol," for audiences near and far. Drawing inspiration from this centuries-old tradition, Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre and Minnesota's renowned Guthrie Theater are teaming up to present a special virtual event featuring a cast of four beloved A Christmas Carol veterans who will reimagine Dickens’ hand-curated chapters for a global audience to enjoy. "Dickens’ Holiday Classic" is not a recording of the Guthrie's stage production of "A Christmas Carol." It is a newly conceived offering that will be filmed and available to stream starting at 11 a.m. and ending at midnight on Dec. 31. Dec. 19–31. Order your ticket for access to this special livestreamed event at

Sounds of Blackness: The Ordway and Detroit Lakes' own Historic Holmes Theatre are teaming up to present Minnesota’s three-time Grammy Award-winning, international music sensation Sounds of Blackness, who will perform starting at 3 p.m. "The Night Before Christmas: In Concert" brings Soulful Santa, Mrs. Claus, Santa’s Fine Reindeer, and the famous Dancing Chitlins to life with show-stopping, roof-raising music, in styles ranging from R&B and hip hop, to jazz, blues, and gospel, in a contemporary adaptation of the beloved holiday classic poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Order your virtual ticket at and enjoy the show from the comfort of your own home. Available to stream through Dec. 31.

Heartland Symphony Orchestra Virtual Concert: A virtual production of Heartland Symphony Orchestra’s 2020 Winter Concert will premiere online today at 2 p.m. HSO Music Director Ryan Webber has created a compilation of previous concert footage; former HSO Music Director, Alexander Corbett will be included in the program as a special guest. The program will also include footage from past holiday concerts, a few NEW favorites from HSO’s “Music Monday” series, as well as the Christmas Sing-Along Finale, a favorite tradition at our holiday concerts. Heartland Symphony Orchestra’s Virtual Winter Concert “Holidays Around the (Virtual) World” will be available to watch at your convenience on HSO’s website,, as well as its YouTube channel.

Monday, December 21

Longest Night Outdoor Event: From 5 to 6:30 p.m., area residents are invited to the New York Mills Sculpture Park to enjoy a self-paced luminary walk around the sculpture park. There will be hot cocoa and music playing. NYM students are in the process of decorating luminary bags that will be lit and placed throughout the Sculpture Park. Families are encouraged to come and find their child’s luminary during the walk. There is no charge to attend. This event and the following virtual concert are being held in lieu of the Center's annual Longest Night Music Festival, which has been cancelled for 2020 due to pandemic safety concerns. While this is an outdoor, non-structured event, COVID-19 safety guidelines including physical distancing and masks will be observed by staff and encouraged for attendees. If you are not well, please do not attend. Thank you for helping to keep our communities safe. Please contact the Center with any questions at 218-385-3339.

Longest Night (Virtual) Concert: Join the New York Mills Cultural Center for a special online Longest Night Concert event, featuring regional musician including Corey Medina & Brothers, Survivor Girl Ukulele Band, Ben Ranson, Dave Virnala, Kevin Mastel, Crystal Clear Resonation, Day Gun and Good Morning Bedlam, starting at 7 p.m. To find more details on the virtual concert, head to the Cultural Center’s Facebook page,, or their website, This concert is free and open to the public. Please contact the Center with any questions at 218-385-3339.

Thursday, December 31

New Year's Eve with the Minnesota Orchestra: Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre and the Minnesota Orchestra are teaming up to offer a live-streamed, virtual New Year's Eve celebration, starting at 8 p.m. Order your virtual ticket at and enjoy this 90-minute show from the comfort of your own home.

Holiday closures

Food Pantry: The Becker County Food Pantry will be closed Thursday, Dec. 24 in observance of Christmas Eve. It is normally open on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center: The Center will close at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24, and remain closed on Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25. Normal hours will resume on Saturday, Dec. 26.

Detroit Lakes Public Library: All branches and LINK sites of Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL), including Detroit Lakes Public Library, will close at or before noon on Thursday, Dec. 24 and remain closed until Saturday morning, Dec. 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday. LARL sites will also close at or before 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31 and remain closed until Saturday morning, Jan. 2, in observance of New Year's Day. Visit for more information.