Bring on the holiday cheer

Jeffrey Hage / Union-Eagle Santa and Mrs. Claus, pictured in the 2012 Mini-Dazzle Parade, will make a return visit to Princeton on Saturday. Parade time is 5 p.m.

Jeffrey Hage / Union-Eagle
Santa and Mrs. Claus, pictured in the 2012 Mini-Dazzle Parade, will make a return visit to Princeton on Saturday. Parade time is 5 p.m.

Princeton goes into holiday mode starting Friday, Nov. 29, with a two-day model railroad train show followed by several events on Saturday, Nov. 30, that will include the annual Mini Dazzle parade.

The model train show will be at the Mille Lacs County Historical Society depot center at 10th Street and Rum River Drive, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is a $3 donation per person, except for children 12 and under, who get in free. Coffee and treats will be provided.

Saturday is billed as Small Business Saturday, and Mayor Paul Whitcomb is scheduled to make that proclamation at 10 a.m. that day next to the downtown clock tower.

A horse-drawn carriage ride will be set up outside Bremer Bank to operate noon to 4 p.m. Saturday with tickets at $1 each, capping at a maximum of $5 for a family.

If you spend $25 or more at participating businesses, according to the chamber of commerce, you can get a free carriage ride ticket.

The Mini Dazzle parade is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., starting at Eighth Avenue on First Street and heading east to Rum River Drive, where it will then go south to end up at the little chalet house next to the Berry Law Office. Santa is scheduled to be at the chalet house area, where the Princeton Ambassadors will take photos of kids with Santa for $6 each.

A local Cub Scout troop and the Firehouse BBQ concession will also be there. A bonfire and tent will also be set up for keeping warm.

Christ Our Light parish will host a craft and bake sale 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, and 9:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, Nov. 1.

Fliers will be at various local businesses showing the many planned business specials to coincide with the holidays.

Watch next week’s Union-Eagle community calendar for more upcoming holiday events this season.

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