RING IN THE HOLIDAYS! Santa has made his way to Owatonna! The annual lighted holiday parade and 'lighting of the lights' in Central Park took place Thursday.

A great crowd turned out, despite the chilly weather to welcome St. Nick to Owatonna during the annual lighting of the lights. The OHS Carolers performed and downtown businesses were open until 8:00 to kick off the holiday season.

Link to video of Thursday's holiday parade.

Holiday Happenings include:

Shop Owatonna for a chance at $1,000 dollars in Chamber gift certificates.

Festival of Trees. Opening night gala Friday November 21. Festival runs through November 29 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites. Event benefits Advocates for Developmental Disabilities.

Toys for Tots cookie auction at the American Legion Sunday Novermber 23 at noon.

Hometown Holiday Weekend December 4-7.