Holiday fun abounds in Pine City this weekend

The Holiday Madness parade starts at 5:30 p.m. this Saturday in downtown Pine City, but that is only part of the fun to be had this weekend.

“Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” will hold a “Sip N’ Shop” wine tasting and shopping event at the Floppie Crappie Lakeside Pub from 5-9 p.m. Friday night to raise money to support veterans’ causes.

Saturday is a full day of sales and other events. For more, see the “Out & About” calendar on Page 3 of the Pioneer.

As local families get into the Christmas spirit, the Pine City Chamber of Commerce is urging them to consider local options for gift-giving.

“One of the things that we offer at the Chamber is our Chamber Bucks program, where you can purchase gift certificates from us that are $5 increments and then they can be spent at any Chamber member business,” said Becky Schueller of the Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce. “So, someone that’s super hard to shop for on your list, and you don’t know if they’re a coffee drinker or a lunch kind of person, you can buy Chamber Bucks and then they have a choice for how they want to use that gift.”

Schueller noted that the Chamber will be giving out  nearly $1,000 in Chamber Bucks this year through prizes, parade winners and the “But first let me take a sELFie” contest.

In that contest, which runs through Dec. 12, participants will head to different locations and take a selfie with an elf they will find there. Once they post that photo on social media, they will be entered in the contest.

“That was something we started last year and it was super fun,” Schueller said. “So every day we’ll just randomly choose a winner that submits their selfie photo and they’ll win $25 in Chamber Bucks.”

The holidays can be a magical time, but Schueller noted that putting together the parade and a day of activities takes a lot of hard work.

“Holiday Madness doesn’t just happen by magic,” Schueller said. “There are a lot of volunteers that have been working a long time on trying to prepare this stuff. We’ve got local churches involved and local organizations just wanting to do some kind of program where they’re giving back to the community. The Pine City Heritage Players will be doing ‘A Holly Jolly Christmas,’ Sunday afternoon. The last few years they’ve done it on Saturday night. They’re trying something new, and new is always good.

That “Songs of the Stage” event is set for Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. at the Pine City Pizza Pub.  The theme for this event “Holly Jolly Christmas” will showcase a variety of talented singers to share many of the favorite Christmas songs from throughout the decades.

In previous years the Heritage Players have hosted the December event on the same day as Holiday Madness.  Changes were made this year for a more family-friendly event to take place the day after Holiday Madness.  

“The hustle and bustle of the Holiday Madness activities made for a very full day of shopping, parade watching, and performing,” said last year’s coordinator Cassandra Olson. “This year we hope that a Sunday afternoon event will allow more performers to take part in the event as well as see more families coming out to enjoy an afternoon together.”

The ‘Holly Jolly Christmas’ event will include a number of new features this year in addition to the traditional music.  “We will be adding activities for kids, a Christmas photo booth and we are also excited to have a special guest joining us all the way from the North Pole, Santa Claus,” said Nick Basta, one of the coordinators of this year’s event. “We are excited to be hosting an event that the whole family will enjoy coming to.”

Tickets are on sale now at Cabin Coffee’s and Three Twenty Brewing Co.

The “Songs of the Stage” performances are held 2-3 times per year as a fundraising event for the enrichment and senior scholarship program started in 2018 to honor former board member, Harvey Lindstrom.

The Pine City Heritage Players’ mission is to enrich, educate, and entertain our community by providing a superior theater experience. 

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