Saturday, Dec. 14 is a fun-filled day around Minnesota's Whitefish Chain, packed with holiday cheer and events that you and your family won't want to miss. This weekend Pequot Lakes will host its annual Santa's Bobbin Into Town parade and festival, while Pine River will also hold its Parade of Lights.
Pine River's Parade of Lights celebration includes "Shop Local Day" the day of the parade. This is a great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping and have the opportunity to win one of three fabulous gift baskets, one of which is valued at more than $200! Here's how you can win: Pick up a registration sheet at any of many local businesses. As you shop, have each business stamp or initial your paper. The drawing you're entered to win depends on how many businesses you visit. Visit at least five to be entered into the third place drawing, visit 10 to be entered into the second prize drawing, and visit at least 14 to be entered into the first place drawing for the basket valued at more than $200. The drawing will be held on Saturday evening, Dec. 14.
Pine River's Dec. 14 events include, among many others, ornament making and a bake sale at the library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., an indoor farmer's market at the Warehouse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and lunch with Santa at the Pine River American Legion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Faith Assembly of God will host family events at Lifehouse Coffee downtown, including games, crafts and free chili.
This year's Pine River Parade of Lights theme is A Christmas Story, and the parade begins at 5 p.m. downtown. After the parade, head over to the Chamber of Commerce welcome center for a bonfire and free hot cider, hot cocoa and cookies. First Lutheran Church will also sell hot dogs and chips. Christmas fireworks will light up the sky at 6:15 p.m. (See a full list of events on the flyer below!)
Pequot Lakes' Santa's Bobbin' Into Town also includes a day of fun events Dec. 14 with a magician at the Cole Memorial Building beginning at 3 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will read stories and you can also visit with Jingles the Elf and enjoy animal balloons! The Cole Memorial Building will open early, at 1 p.m. with an open house in the lower level museum with cider and cookies.
The bonfire will be lit in Trailside Park at 4 p.m. with cocoa, s'mores and caroling. Enjoy free horse-drawn wagon rides and a kids' bobber hunt. Plus, see real reindeer from Kendallville Farm!
The Pequot Lakes American Legion will host dinner for kids for just $5 from 4:15-5:30. There will also be photos with Santa and candy canes.
The parade starts at 6 p.m. travelling north on Government Drive before turning left onto Main Street. Parade floats will be competing for a travelling trophy and cash prizes.
We recommend visiting some of both of these fabulous holiday events this weekend, as each has a lot of fun to offer the community!