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Perham Minnesota 222 2nd Avenue SE 56573

The season to be jolly is fast approaching, and the retail community of Perham is planning a jolly old time.

Festivities launch with the Perham Lions "Parade of Lights" Nov. 27, and continue right to Christmas Eve.

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Reporting on Christmas activities at the Nov. 10 Perham Area Chamber of Commerce "Power Hour" was Terrie Anderson, who is spearheading the annual "Christmas in Candyland" promotion for the Perham Events Committee. Delivering an update on the Parade of Lights was chairperson Faye Schwartzenberger, a Perham Lions member.

Shoppers can register for a $400 giveaway of Perham Bucks; free movies will play at Comet Theater; and a coloring contest for kids will be featured.

Synchronized holiday light display will be downtown Perham feature

New to downtown Perham this year will be the "Magic of Christmas" light display, created by Mike and Tammy Schmidt.

The display, with blinking lights that synchronize to holiday music, will be in NP Park, next to the Post Office. It will debut Nov. 27, for the "Parade of Lights." The computerized light show will repeat every half hour, from 5 to 9 p.m., through the Christmas season.

"We want it to be interactive. We'd like to see different groups get involved on different nights, such as the Lions or church groups, and serve hot chocolate, pass out goodies, or offer photos with Santa," said Mike Schmidt, a national award winner for his fireworks displays.

The lighting display in downtown Perham will be choreographed to as many as a dozen different holiday songs, said Schmidt. The sequence and choreography will vary, as he may create as many as seven different sequences.

Schmidt has an arrangement with Boedy's Appliance, right next to the park, for housing the computer equipment and control center.

The holiday light show was inspired, in part, after a visit to Denver-which had a very impressive downtown light display.

Light display will be creation of Perham's

Mike Schmidt, a national pyrotechnics award-winner

In August, Mike and Tammy Schmidt competed at a national pyrotechnics competition in Iowa, where Schmidt won an award in the "judge's challenge" category. Each year, a special assignment is made-and this year, it was to create a "pyro peacock."

"We created a peacock with lights and some animation and movement...and a fireworks sequence that goes with it," said Schmidt, of his national award-winning entry.

Perham businesses invited to compete in holiday decorating contest

The Chamber and Events Committee will be conducting a holiday decorating contest for businesses, reported Anderson. Also, Santa will visit downtown Perham every Saturday.

For the second year, Perham shoppers will have an opportunity to contribute to The Salvation Army-in the familiar red kettles.

The "Giving Tree," a program that provides gifts for deserving, but underprivileged, children will be located at Anderson's Ghost Runner business offices.

Perham Holiday Dollars now available

Holiday Dollars are now being distributed through the Perham Area Chamber of Commerce offices.

Participants purchase Holiday Dollars at a rate of $80 for $100 in holiday dollars, which is essentially an automatic 20 percent discount.

They come in denominations of $5 and $20. The color for the 5's is green and the 20's are white and blue.

Holiday Dollars are sold until around Nov. 25, or until they run out. They must be spent by Dec. 24, and must all be spent as no change or refunds are given on the Holiday Dollars.

The Holiday Dollars can be spent at dozens of participating Perham area businesses. For a list of the businesses honoring holiday dollars, contact the Perham Chamber of Commerce.

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