Pine City celebrates Holiday Madness

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 at 6:49 am

HolidayMadnessPine City will celebrate the beginning of the holiday season during the annual Holiday Madness and Christmas Carol Parade scheduled for Friday, December 4.  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 4th 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, Sprouts Hometown Market & Gifts and Java Joe’s Bistro will accept donations from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Friday.  Donations will also be accepted in the lobby of City Hall from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Friday as well.  The winners of the drawings will be announced in Robinson Park following the tree lighting.

Start off your night with Santa pictures from 4:00 – 5:30 PM at the City Hall Community Room.  The Pine Center for the Arts and MINPACK, Inc. are joining as partners this year to make your holiday picture extra special.  For just $3 per photo, you will receive an 8×10 portrait with Santa.  Photos will be printed and available for pick-up following the Christmas Carol Parade.

Warm-up in Robinson Park by the campfire and enjoy the singing talents of Pine City’s finest.  The high school choirs, led by Jennifer Krinke, will put us all in holiday spirits from 5:00 – 6:00 pm with their holiday sing-a-long.

The 8th Annual Christmas Carol Parade begins at 6:00 PM.  Entries will travel from Pine Technical College, 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, Wings North and Pine Technical College 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! Chamber President Mike Anderson and Pine City Mayor Jane Robbins are scheduled to speak at the tree lighting ceremony.  A new edition in 2009 will be the community reading of  ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.  The reading is sponsored by the Pine Center for the Arts.

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.

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