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Holiday Season Underway In Detroit Lakes With "Light Up the Lakes"

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Detroit Lakes, M.N. (WDAY-TV) - The holidays are now officially underway in Detroit Lakes.

One of the sure signs of the season is the Light Up the Lakes Grand Parade, and the event was one for the record books.

It’s not quite Christmas Eve, but Rudolph was guiding Santa’s sleigh through lakes country.

Rudolph says, “This is just a fun trip for us. Santa's giving us a break for right now.”

He joined in on the reindeer games, and they and danced their way around downtown Detroit Lakes for the Light Up the Lakes Grand Parade.

Rudolph says, “We won a couple times as the entry for the parade.”

It’s an evening where families line the street, bundled in snow and braving the cold for warm memories.

Carrie Johnston with the Detroit Lakes Chamber says, “It is cold but we've had colder. The sun was shiny, there's not much snow, so maybe just enjoy a little more hot cocoa.”

Johnston says the event started as a way to bring tourists back to the lake in the off season… and it’s worked. This year, over 30 floats participated.

“We are full this year, more than we've ever had,” says Johnston.

Now the holiday season is officially underway in Detroit Lakes, it’s time to celebrate, and for the reindeer to head back to the North Pole and prep for the big day.

Rudolph says, “We have to polish our hooves, polish our antlers and make sure our coats and nice and shiny. That's all we have to do. The elves do the rest.”

There are many other events going on in Detroit Lakes over the coming weeks as part of this over month long celebration.

Check out this link for all the Light Up the Lakes information: https://www.visitdetroitlakes.com/events/light-up-the-lakes

Amy Unrau

Amy is proud to be a Red River Valley native and cover stories that matter to her community. She was raised in Hallock, Minnesota and received her degree at the University of North Dakota where she participated in the student run TV show Studio One. In college, Amy met her husband, WDAY’s Jody Norstedt, while interning at WDAZ in Grand Forks. She started at WDAY in April 2014 and is currently WDAY'Z Xtra News at Nine's anchor and producer. Have a news idea? Amy would love to share your story or investigate an issue you’re concerned about.

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