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PHOTOS: Clara City kicks off Christmas in style

Santa Claus makes a surprise visit to Clara City to help kick off the holiday season on Friday, November 25, 2022.

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Kendall Johnson, 5, shyly responds with what she wants for Christmas while visiting with Santa Claus at the Clara City Public Library during the Clara City Christmas Kickoff on Friday, November 25, 2022.
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CLARA CITY —The spirit of Christmas and the holiday season was overwhelmingly abundant in Clara City over the weekend, as the community came together to hold its annual Clara City Christmas Kickoff event downtown.

Festivities kicked off with a pancake and french toast supper by the Clara City Lion's Club at MACCRAY High School, followed by crafts, treats and Santa Claus at the Clara City Public Library.

Friends gathered for coffee and cookies at the Bethany Church Hub to warm up before heading out to the sidewalks running down Main Street for the Holiday Parade.

The weekend capped off with the Clara City Lion's Club tree sale at Almich's Market on Saturday.

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Father Justin Tammen, at right, and daughter Emarie Tammen, 2, view oversized illuminated snowflakes in downtown CLara City prior to the start of the parade during the Clara City Christmas Kickoff on Friday, November 25, 2022.
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Excited children anxiously await candy being tossed at them while watching the parade during the Clara City Christmas Kickoff on Friday, November 25, 2022.
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Robert Gerdes, 4, at left, and sister Heika Gerdes, 2, decorate paper ornaments while waiting for their turn to see Santa Claus at the Clara City Public Library during the Clara City Christmas Kickoff on Friday, November 25, 2022.
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People walk toward Main Street in downtown Clara City to view the parade during the Clara City Christmas Kickoff on Friday, November 25, 2022.
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John Donner, at left, pours a jug of apple cider into the pot while Bob Schwitters looks on at a sidewalk station serving cider and s'mores from the Clara City Area Community Foundation during the Clara City Christmas Kickoff on Friday, November 25, 2022.
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Youngsters and their parents look on as Santa Claus arrives on the back of a fire engine at the Clara City Public Library during the Clara City Christmas Kickoff on Friday, November 25, 2022.
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Parade attendees watch as fire engines cruise down Main Street during the Clara City Christmas Kickoff on Friday, November 25, 2022.
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People riding a float wave to the crowd gathered on Main Street during the Clara City Christmas Kickoff on Friday, November 25, 2022.
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Santa Claus waves to parade attendees during the Clara City Christmas Kickoff on Friday, November 25, 2022.
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