The first Friday evening each December is a special evening in downtown Osseo. Discover Osseo by joining the festivities for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 6, in Boerboom Veterans Park across from Osseo City Hall.
Festivities begin at 6 p.m. and continue to 8 p.m. At 6 p.m., Central Avenue comes alive with all the dazzling lights. The festive parade begins at 1st Street NE and travels Central Avenue to the Civic Plaza at 5th Street. The parade includes the American Legion Color Guard, area fire trucks decorated for the holiday season, police squad cars, and sheriff cars. Santa Claus is escorted into town on a fire truck and available to visit with children in his regal chair at the Park. Bring your camera for a photo with Santa. Goody bags are distributed to the kids by Santa’s elves. Rides will be offered on fire trucks, also.
Toys for Tots items are collected in the Park that evening by the Marines, as well as at local participating businesses during the holiday season. The Osseo Police Department coordinates the annual Toys for Tots program. Drop off locations: Dean’s Supermarket at 312 Central Avenue, Dick’s Bar at 205 Central Avenue, Duffy’s Bar at 337 Central Avenue, Holiday Gas Station at 124 Central Avenue, Lawinger Consulting, Inc. at 106 Central Avenue, Lynde’s Restaurant at 209 County Road 81, Olympia Café at 247 Central Avenue, Osseo City Hall at 415 Central Avenue, Osseo Meat Market at 344 Co Rd 81, Osseo Police Dept at 408 1st Avenue NW, Premier Bank at 301 Central Avenue, and State Farm Insurance at 530 Central Avenue.
The Osseo Senior High Motet Choir performs in the Park. The bonfire is a hit with young and old alike. Enjoy hot dogs, cookies, and cocoa around the bonfire on 5th Street next to the Park.
The Osseo Community Center features an indoor holiday movie between 6 and 8 p.m. The business Osseo Sports, next to Boerboom Park, features its holiday display of moving model trains in its windows.
Lunch with Santa
If you miss out on the Minidazzle celebration Friday night, join Santa Claus for lunch Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Osseo Community Center, 415 Central Avenue. The Osseo Lions Club sponsors Lunch with Santa, serving free lunch for all kids. Lunch is also available to grownups for $8. Free photos will be provided. Sit on Santa’s lap, and a professional photographer will present you with a photo.