Saturday, Dec. 8 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 really lasts all week, kicking off Dec. 1 with "Shop Local Week." This is a great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping and have the opportunity to win a fabulous gift basket valued at more than $200! You can see this gift basket on display in the window of Gardner's Hardware on Pine River's main road, Barclay Avenue. Here's how you can win: Pick up a registration sheet and visit 14 of the listed businesses. Have them stamp or initial your paper and you'll be entered to win! The drawing will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Pine River's Dec. 8 events include, among many others, horse drawn wagon rides from noon to 2 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.
This year's Pine River Parade of Lights theme is Grumpy Old Men and Women, and there will be judging for the best of the theme at 2 p.m. at the Depot with free popcorn.
The main event, the parade, starts at 5 p.m. and goes right through downtown. After the parade, head over to the 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 kicks off at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 with a story time at the Cole Memorial Building. Santa and Mrs. Claus will read stories and you can also visit with Jingles the Elf and enjoy animal balloons and a magician!
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-live reindeer from Kendallville Farm!
At 4:15, The Hungry Loon will host a dinner for kids for just $4. You'll also have the opportunity to have your photos taken with Santa.
The parade starts at 6 p.m. on N. 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!