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PHOTOS: Willmar lights up for annual Holidaze festivities

Children and their families bundled up tight and headed to downtown Willmar Saturday afternoon to take part in annual festivities at Holidaze.

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Maya Hersi, 8, points to her red nose while posing for a photo while looking through an illuminated cutout of a reindeer at the Barn Theatre during Holidaze in downtown Willmar on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.
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WILLMAR — Frigid temperatures couldn't keep youngsters and their families away from venturing to the downtown streets of Willmar Saturday evening as annual Holidaze festivities brought a wealth of fun and activities for folks of all ages to enjoy while kicking off the season.

Early in the day, the Barn Theatre welcomed folks in for a viewing of "The Grinch," before a period of arts, crafts, cookies and perusing the festival of the trees commenced later in the afternoon.

Outside, Fourth Street Southwest was illuminated with the flashing lights of emergency vehicles during a holiday-themed "Touch a Truck" event. Some families huddled together in area businesses to keep warm while waiting for civil twilight to arrive. Over at The Goodness Coffee House, children had their opportunity to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and pose for a quick portrait together. As darkness fell, folks lined the downtown streets as temperatures dipped to a brisk 10 degrees to watch the annual parade.

After the parade, First Presbyterian Church welcomed folks in for cookies and hot chocolate, while Spurs hosted a Super Smash Bros event to close out the evening.

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Brightly-colored floats make their way down Fourth Street for the annual parade during Holidaze in downtown Willmar on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.
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Skylar Klein, 17, walks through a tunnel of uniquely-decorated Christmas trees while viewing the festival of trees at the Barn Theatre during Holidaze in downtown Willmar on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.
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Grace Hatzinger, 3, tosses toys into a Toys for Tots donation bin at the Barn Theatre during Holidaze in downtown Willmar on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.
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Alex Leindecker, 3, smiles up at Santa moments after meeting him for the first time ever at The Goodness Coffee House during Holidaze in downtown Willmar on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.
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A festively-decorated school bus passenger waits for the parade to start during Holidaze in downtown Willmar on Saturday, Nov.19, 2022.
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Toys for Tots coordinator Steve Gralish sets up a toy collection location at the Barn Theatre during Holidaze in downtown Willmar on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.
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Seyward Ask of United Way of West Central Minnesota decorates a tree in the festival of trees area at the Barn Theatre during Holidaze in downtown Willmar on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.
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Attendees brave 13-degree temperatures while exploring Holidaze in downtown Willmar on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.
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Father Aaron Reich, at right and daughter Savannah Reich, 2, check out “Touch a Truck” on Fourth Street Southwest during Holidaze in downtown Willmar on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.
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Danica Preslicka, 6, keeps warm in 13-degree weather with a cup of hot cocoa during Holidaze in downtown Willmar on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.
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Peggy Karsten, from left, Logan Anderson, 6, Aileen Contreres, 6, Meghan Contreres, 3, and Sandra Contreres do arts and crafts during Holidaze in downtown Willmar on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.
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People meander around during Holidaze in downtown Willmar on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.
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Michelle Gralish puts Toys for Tots goodie bags out for children during Holidaze in downtown Willmar on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.
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Wilmar Fests royalty waves to the crowd while passing on a float during Holidaze in downtown Willmar on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.
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A child riding a mechanical reindeer in the parade waves to the crowd during Holidaze in downtown Willmar on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.
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Children watch the parade cruise down Fourth Street Southwest during Holidaze in downtown Willmar on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.
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A float cruises down Fourth Street Southwest in the parade during Holidaze in downtown Willmar on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.
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Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus wave to parade watchers during Holidaze in downtown Willmar on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.
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