Yuletide Sampler & Community Tree Lighting Ceremony

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November 13, 2023

2022 Tree Lighting Ceremony in downtown Park Rapids photographed by photographer, Debbie Center, capturing Christmas carol sing-along during community tree lighting.

PARK RAPIDS, MN (November 13, 2023) – The sights, sounds and even tastes of Christmas will be on full display the Friday after Thanksgiving in beautiful downtown Park Rapids. CHI St. Joseph’s Health is proud to join the community in sharing the spirit of the season in our small town celebration.

Enjoy Christmas carol sing-alongs, Santa’s arrival, shopping among the carriage lights and seeing local talent in classic holiday play. It all culminates in a breathtaking moment with the lighting of the beautifully decorated Main Street tree. Mark your calendar now for these joyous holiday events.

Yuletide Sampler

Friday, Nov. 24, 5-6 pm

Enjoy hot cider, hot chocolate & treats

Participating businesses host this annual event as a way to thank the community for their support all year. It’s also an opportunity to start your holiday shopping.

The Light of Hope for Hospice Care Ceremony

During the Heartland Lakes Community Tree Lighting

Friday, Nov. 24 at 6 pm

A celebration of life and memories, this year’s Light of Hope event will honor the memory of David “Larry” Johnson. By giving a gift in honor or in memory of a loved one, you are helping to bring individualized care to hospice patients in our area. All donations are used locally. To donate online, please go to https://chisjh.org/shine.

You can also get your photo with Santa & Mrs. Claus at Bella Caffe after the immediately following the tree lighting on Friday, November 25th. These great programs are in partnership with the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Park Rapids Downtown Business Association.

“A Very Good Christmas Carol”

Friday, Nov. 24 at 7 pm

and Saturday, Nov. 25 at 3 pm

Free to the public and fun for all ages!

The Friday premier of this two-person version of the classic “Christmas Carol” will be performed immediately after the downtown tree lighting ceremony. A repeat performance will also happen the following afternoon.

Christmas comes but once a year. Be sure to come out and enjoy these delightful holiday events. The giant tree will continue to brighten Main Street and serve as a symbol of small town cheer and goodwill through New Year’s Day.

About CHI St. Joseph’s Health

CHI St. Joseph’s Health is a 25-bed critical access hospital serving communities in Hubbard, Becker, Cass and Wadena Counties since 1946. In recent years, CHI St. Joseph’s Health’s award-winning teams received several national honors including: The Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures in surgery; Top 100 Critical Access Hospital, HealthStrong; WomenCertified’s America’s Best Hospitals Women’s Choice Award in obstetrics; and the Studer Group Fire Starter Healthcare Organization of the Month among other national, regional and state recognitions.

About CHI

Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation’s largest health systems, was formed in 1996 to strengthen the Catholic health ministry for the future. With deep roots in the tradition of expressing Christ’s love by caring for those in need, Catholic Health Initiatives serves more than four million people each year through acute care hospitals; long-term care, assisted and residential-living facilities; community-based health services; home care; research and development; and reference laboratory services.


Contact: Sonja Day
Communication/Marketing Manager
CHI St. Joseph’s Health
600 Pleasant Avenue
Park Rapids, MN  56470

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