Santa to stop in Anoka for tree lighting

Santa Claus will be making a stop in downtown Anoka Saturday, Dec. 1.

Santa Claus will be making a stop in downtown Anoka Saturday, Dec. 1.

Santa Claus will be making a stop in downtown Anoka Saturday, Dec. 1.

The city will celebrate the annual lighting of the community tree, kicking off the holiday season.

The event will run from 5 to 7 p.m in the plaza outside city hall.

The bonfires will be roaring by 5 p.m. to keep you warm while you wait for the arrival of Santa at 5:15 p.m.

For the first time Santa will have his own shack for visiting with girls and boys to hear their Christmas wish lists. Parents are welcome to take photos.

Crowds will be able countdown to the tree lighting, which will take place at 6 p.m.

The celebration will also include horse-drawn trolley rides, holiday music and bonfires.

This well attended event has continued to grow in popularity over the last several years.

The recent reconstruction of the parking lot at city hall to create a plaza to be used for celebrations also includes a spot for the Christmas tree, which will go where the fountain is operated during the warmer months.

People are also encouraged to visit downtown Anoka before the tree lighting event to stop by one of the many downtown restaurants or do some holiday shopping, said Pete Turok, executive director of the Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce.

Anoka City Hall is located at 2013 First Ave. N. in downtown Anoka.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at editor.anokaunion@ecm-inc.com

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