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Anoka Hometown Holiday

Historic Anoka Brings the Holidays Home with Its Annual Tree Lighting Event

Saturday, December 3rd, 2022

Bring your family, friends, and holiday spirit to this fun and festive holiday event. Join in on the countdown to light up the official city Christmas tree. It all takes place at Anoka City Hall River Plaza in historic downtown Anoka. Festivities take place from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Enjoy complimentary horse-drawn trolley rides along 2 nd Avenue, merry holiday music, bonfires to keep you warm and toasty, listen for the Anoka High School Seventh Avenue Carolers strolling the area in the early evening, enjoy the beautiful holiday décor, and more. Food vendors will be selling tasty treats.

Come early and take a walk along the Rum River, do some holiday shopping at local small businesses, and enjoy a dinner at one of the many downtown restaurants.

Toys for Joy Anoka County will be accepting new, unwrapped holiday gifts for those in need, just look for their booth. They will also be selling s’more kits to use at the firepits!

Help us stuff the bus! First Student will have a bus parked on 1 st Avenue near City Hall and will be collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for ACBC Food Shelf. Let’s help ensure those in need have food for the holidays.

Anoka City Hall River Plaza is located at 2015 First Avenue North in downtown Anoka, along the Rum

Schedule of Events

3:00 pm Lighting of the Bonfires3:00 pm Festive holiday music sets the scene
3:00-7:00 pm Food vendors serving up goodies!
3:00-7:00 pm Visit Mr. & Mrs. Claus in the Santa Shack (FREE)
3:00-7:00 pm Horse-drawn trolley rides (FREE)
5:55 pm Welcome from Anoka Mayor-Phil Rice
5:59 pm C-O-U-N-T-D-O-W-N to the Tree Lighting
6:00 pm Tree Lighting
Until 7:00 pm Bonfires and music continue along with a horse-drawn trolley rides.

Participating Merchants

Eve & Me Boutique | The White Owl | Truffles & Tortes | Amore Antiques | Two Scoops | Random Hippie | Anoka Clothing Company | Lyric Arts Main Street Stage | Peterson Shoes | MN Girl | Antiques on Main | Pineapple Girl | A Bushel & A Peck | Jenson’s/I.Appeal | Dan Gould Jewelers | House of Oilworx | Ambi Wine Bar | Avant Garden | Sassy Squirrel | Selah Salon | Sticky Cheeks Cake | a happy bird | Three Pesky Penguins

Questions? Call the Anoka Area Chamber at 763-421-7130 or Anoka City Hall at 763-576-2700


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