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Top 5 Holiday Events in St. Louis Park

Santa Claus and one-of-a-kind choir performances highlight this year's holiday season.

Regardless of where you live, when December rolls around there is never a short supply of events taking place to get you in the holiday spirit. St. Louis Park is no exception. This year, there are a bunch of festive, entertaining things going on that are sure to be a fun time for people of all ages. We here at St. Louis Park Patch tried to narrow it down to just five. Here's what we found (in no particular order). 

1. Are you still looking for gifts for a family member, spouse, friend or for the dirty Bingo pot at the in-laws' Christmas party? Look no further than the Christmas Gift Show at the , put on by Unique Shows. From now through Dec. 26, vendors will be located throughout the mall peddling Christmas ornaments and holiday decorations as well as jewelry, wellness products and much more. The show's hours coincide with the mall's, so please see Knollwood's website for more information. 

2. The Chesterton Academy Choir presents "A Christmas Concert" on Friday, Dec. 17, at 7pm at the . Christmas songs abound in this holiday performance directed by Dr. Robert Peterson, head of the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale. The public is more than welcome to join Chesterton friends and families to help spread holiday cheer.

3. Santa Claus may be a busy man this time of year, but not too busy to stop at . On Sunday, Dec. 19, from 11am - 3pm, kids are encouraged to bring Ol' St. Nick their Christmas lists as he gathers them in a box to take back to the North Pole. Following that, horse-drawn sleigh rides around the shopping district will be offered, along with free hot beverages. This event is free and open to the public.

4. One of the larger open expanses in St. Louis Park, Oak Hill Park is a year-round favorite for community members. During this holiday season, visitors will be delighted by the Northern Lights at Oak Hill Park display. Snow has been removed from the trails and a number of trees have been festively decorated with Christmas-colored lights, which are illuminated nightly. A quiet, peaceful walk through the park or a nice skate on the outdoor rink (when it officially opens on the 18th), both underneath the light display, are great ways to take in the season.

5. Sunday, Dec. 19, brings a Christmas-story themed choir concert to the . At 10am, the Spirit of Christ Cantata will begin with the choir singing familiar Christmas tunes. The narration of Pepper Choplin's story "Night of the Father's Love" will be interspersed throughout. Following the concert will be Christmas Tea, a Spirit of Christ-sponsored event that is sure to bring glad tidings to all who are in attendance. Both are free and open to the public. 

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There you have it. It may be difficult to take on all five of these this season, but you can bet that doing at least one will help boost your holiday cheer.

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