Pine City will celebrate the beginning of the holiday season during the annual Holiday Madness and Christmas Carol Parade scheduled for Friday, December 3. This year’s event schedule has some new and exciting additions once again!
The Pine City Chamber is hoping to encourage all of the Pine City residents to make a donation to the Pine Community Food Shelf or the Pine County Toys for Tots drive. In that effort we are asking that a food or toy donation be made on Friday, December 3rd to help deserving families in our community. Drop off your donation at one of the participating locations and you will be entered into the prize drawings. Northwoods Bank of Pine City, Cabin Coffees, Discover Serendipity, Voyageur Bottle Shop and Java Joe’s Bistro will accept donations from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Friday. The winners of the drawings will be announced in Robinson Park following the tree lighting.
The Pine Center for the Arts will partner with MINPACK again this year to provide photos with Santa. There is a new location and starting time for the photos this year, so start off your night with Santa from 3:00 – 5:00 PM at Cabin Coffees. This year the photos will be a 5×7 portrait for just $3 per photo. Photos will be available for pick up on Friday, December 10th.
Outdoor festivities will begin at 5:30 pm in Robinson Park. Enjoy the singing talents of Pine City’s finest as the high school choirs, led by Jennifer Krinke, will put us all in holiday spirits with their holiday sing-a-long.
The 9th Annual Christmas Carol Parade begins at 6:00 PM. There will be a new parade route this year beginning at the corner of 8th Avenue & Main Street next to Waxberg Clinic. The parade route will travel north on Hwy 61 to 3rd Ave SE, then go to Robinson Park in downtown Pine City. The parade features a variety of lighted floats with Christmas Carol themes; the Mayor of Pine City, Pine City Royalty, Heritage Players, Pine Riders ATV Club and Wings North are among this year’s entries.
The lighting of the Christmas tree in Robinson Park will take place immediately following the end of the Christmas Carol Parade, so hurry on down! A special presentation by the Elementary School choir, led by Jennifer Hansmann, had been added to this year’s line-up. Pastor Joel Preston from the Evangelical Free Church and Pine City Mayor Jane Robbins are scheduled to speak at the tree lighting ceremony. Pine Center for the Arts and the Pine City Heritage Players return this year with a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas to close out the evening in the park.
The Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the events, invites everyone in East Central Minnesota to enjoy this day of Christmas cheer by taking advantage of the many events. Throughout the evening we encourage members of the community to use this evening as an opportunity to shop or dine at one of our local businesses. Look for the Holiday Madness flyers at local businesses over the next week to find coupons for discounts at local retailers and restaurants that will only be valid on Friday, December 3rd.