Tree lighting set for Dec. 1 in downtown

“Light It Up, Elk River,” a tree-lighting ceremony, will begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 1, at River’s Edge Commons Park in downtown Elk River.

A choir will perform and Mayor John Dietz will speak and light the tree. There also will be information about Elk River Municipal Utilities’ holiday lighting contest. Hot beverages and cookies will be served.

The event is sponsored by Downtown Elk River Rivers Edge Business Association

“Light It Up, Elk River”  also is an opportunity to drop off unwrapped toys or make a monetary donation for Gifts Anonymous. The goal is to wrap a ribbon around the downtown tree with the names of people making donations. Downtown businesses with Gifts Anonymous containers will also be taking donations until Dec. 15 and can continue adding donors’ names to the ribbon.