Downtown Nisswa is aglow after the 40th annual Nisswa City of Lights Festival held Friday, Nov. 26.
The event featured annual shopping specials, bonfires, blinky lights and Christmas themed activities. As always, it culminated with a fireworks display that brought people out to the downtown streets to watch.
Children were able to write letters to Santa, as well as share their Christmas wishes with Santa in Nisswa Square and with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who arrived at the chamber gazebo via fire truck. Families were able to get holiday photos taken with reindeer as well.
Many businesses decorated in a gingerbread theme. And luminaries lined the sidewalks at the Pioneer Village, adding a nostalgic feel as that's how the event first started more than 40 years ago.
Our Lady of the Lakes parish youth staged a Live Nativity scene at the Pioneer Village.
1/7: Jaelyn Opatz, 5, and her brother, Jaxton Opatz, 4, of Pequot Lakes, share their Christmas lists with Santa on Friday, Nov. 26 in Nisswa Square as part of the Nisswa City of Lights Festival. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal
2/7: Kallin, 6, and Millie, 5 roast marshmallows with their parents, Keagan and Mariah Hines, of Breezy Point on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, at Up North Bike Rentals in Nisswa. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal
3/7: Fireworks explode in the crisp night sky Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, outside Ye Old Pickle Factory during the Nisswa City of Lights Festival. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal
4/7: Horse-drawn wagon rides are an annual tradition at the Nisswa City of Lights Festival, held this year on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal
5/7: The Totem Pole on Main Street in Nisswa is decorated in a gingerbread house theme Nov. 26, 2021. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal
6/7: Live reindeer were available for photo opportunities for families who attended the Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, Nisswa City of Lights Festival. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal
7/7: Downtown Nisswa is aglow in lights Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, during the Nisswa City of Lights Festival. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal
Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.
She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.
She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.
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