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A community favorite returns Friday when the third annual Lights of the Northwoods event begins at Rhinelander’s Hodag Park. In addition to free photos with Santa Claus, visitors can enjoy hot beverages and food. A bonfire is also planned. The mission of the event is to provide a community holiday lighting festival, feed the hungry of the Northwoods, enhance the health and quality of life for Northwoods residents of all ages, benefit area programs, fellow non-profits and businesses, and improve Rhinelander area parks, organizers said in a press release.
12/12/2019 7:30:00 AM Lights of the Northwoods on display at Hodag Park
For the third year in a row Rhinelander residents and visitors are invited to visit Hodag Park to take in the special holiday light display.
Hours for this year's Lights of the Northwoods display are 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13-15 and Dec. 20-22.
The mission of the event is to provide a community holiday lighting festival, feed the hungry of the Northwoods, enhance the health and quality of life for Northwoods residents of all ages, benefit area programs, fellow non-profits and businesses, and improve Rhinelander area parks, organizers said in a press release.
Santa Claus will be available all six days and he will pose for free photos to be taken by Flintography.
Concessions, including hot beverages and food, will be available from the RHS Band Parent Organization and a bonfire will manned by Rhinelander Fire Department volunteers.
A free shuttle bus will leave and return from the CT's Deli parking lot from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night running continuous loops to and from the park.
"Ride down beautiful Brown Street and take in the decoration of downtown on your way to the activity area," the release states. "From there the walking path is available to enjoy through the park."
Weather permitting, there will also be a park trolley leaving and returning to the activity area throughout the evening. This is courtesy of The Oneida County Fair, the release states.
Friday, Dec. 13 is Lions Club Night. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony and the formal opening of the park at 5 p.m. The Rhinelander Area Ambassadors will serve as Santa's elves and the RHS choir will perform.
Saturday, Dec. 14 is Elcho Food pantry night with food donations going to the Elcho Food Pantry.
The Rhinelander Area Ambassadors will once again serve as Santa's elves. Musical performances from the Lakeland Barbershop Chorus and the Elcho Music Department are planned.
Sunday Dec. 15 is Northern Edge Figure Skating Team Night.
Food donations will go to the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry.
Friday, Dec. 20 is Special Olympics/ Masons Night.
Food donations will go to Rhinelander Area Food Pantry
Saturday Dec. 21 is Rhinelander Robotics Club Night, with food donations going to the Tomahawk Food Pantry.
The event will wrap up on Dec. 22 with donations going to the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry and a performance from the Choraliers.
For more information, and to see the full schedule of events, visit www.lightsofthenorthwoods.com.
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