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Catch the holiday spirit in Alexandria on Friday, Nov. 25

The Runestone Museum and the Legacy of the Lakes Museum will host a series of events from 3 to 6 p.m. that day, followed by the first-ever “Lights on Broadway Holiday Parade.”

While families wait in line to take photos with Santa Claus, they look over the brightly decorated "Parade of Trees" in Fort Alexandria.
In this Echo Press file photo, families wait in line to take photos with Santa Claus and look over the brightly decorated "Parade of Trees" in Fort Alexandria.
Alexandria Echo Press file photo
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ALEXANDRIA — Favorite Alexandria traditions – and a few new twists – will kick of the Christmas season this Friday, Nov. 25.

The Runestone Museum and the Legacy of the Lakes Museum will host a series of events from 3 to 6 p.m. that day, followed by the first-ever “Lights on Broadway Holiday Parade.”

Here’s how to get into the spirit of the holidays.

At Fort Alexandria, next to the Runestone Museum:

Visit Santa and Mrs. Clause.

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Sip apple cider and nibble on cookies.

See live animals.

Take part in the Douglas County Historical Society’s Book Giveaway.

Listen to Christmas choirs.

At the Legacy of the Lakes Museum Boathouse:

Browse the Parade of Trees. (The Christmas in the Fort/Parade of Trees continue to grow with additional supporters and involvement, including students in the National Honor Society and the student business organization, DECA.)

Stop by the Hot Cocoa Bar.

Enjoy S’mores.

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Light up Broadway at 5:15 p.m.

Be dazzled as organizers flip the switch to turn on the Christmas lights on Broadway.

Community member, LaVina Larson, is celebrating her 100th Christmas and she has the honor of flipping the switch this year, thanks to ALP Utilities. Larson is a retired school teacher who grew up in the Glenwood area and raised a family in Alexandria.

Cool 94.3 FM will be broadcasting live during the event and will make the switch to Christmas music at the same time.

Chelsea Lee from KIKV is taking over emcee duties this year from Joe Korkowski (formerly KXRA), which has been seen by some as a “passing of the torch” of sorts. Lee joined the Runestone Museum staff this summer as part-time communications manager.

New holiday parade

The “Lights on Broadway Holiday Parade” will take place at 6 p.m. and will run south on Broadway from Fourth Avenue to Eighth Avenue. Judging by Explore Alexandria, KXRA and ALP Utilities will take place by the marquee in front of the Andria Theatre.

All are welcome to enter or watch the parade. There is no entry fee. Businesses, families and friends are encouraged to get creative. Prizes will be given to the float with the "Most Christmas Spirit" and "Brightest Lights."

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Parade participants should email their intent and contact info to: info@alexandriamn.org. More event details are on Facebook (search for Lights on Broadway Holiday Light Parade) or contact the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce at 320-763-3161.

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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