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Tuscola kicks off Christmas with events last weekend

Top: Rachel Ray, Bottom: Submitted Photo
Santa visited Tuscola with the help of the Tuscola Fire Department on December 5 to bring Christmas cheer to the town. Pictured above is Gage dropping off his letter to Santa at Candy Cane Lane.

Photo: Rachel Ray
The Tuscola Area Ministerial Alliance held a drive-thru Nativity Scene on Sunday, December 6 at Ervin Park in Tuscola.

By Kendra Hennis 
This past weekend was filled with events sure to bring Christmas cheer for Tuscola residents of all ages. Although this year has been very different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Tuscola still found fun and safe ways for residents to get into the holiday spirit. 

Coronavirus stood no match for Santa. Who, with the help of the Tuscola Fire Department, was able to make his way around the town of Tuscola on Saturday afternoon to visit almost every house and wave to residents from the fire truck. 

Also new this year, Downtown Design Studio created Candy Cane Lane for kids to drop off their letters to Santa. They thanked Allied Capital Title, First State Bank, Bill Hill, Dillon Hoel, and Phillip Meyer for their assistance in making it possible. Candy Cane Lane will be available a little longer to send Santa your letters. Downtown Tuscola also received a Christmas makeover from the Tuscola Arts Alliance and the Tuscola Public Works Department, so there is lots to check out and get pictures with when you drop off your letters! 

On Sunday night, The Tuscola Area Ministerial Alliance welcomed all to a drive-thru live nativity at Ervin Park. Community members enjoyed the event, and it was visited by over 350 cars. 

Additionally, some holiday favorites still happened, just a little differently this year. The Santa Chase 5K was held virtually this year to allow participants to social distance and finish the race at their own pace. The yearly Christmastown vendor event also happened virtually this year, allowing shoppers to see all Tuscola vendors had to offer from the comfort of their couches.

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