A ‘beautiful’ scene at Independence Park

Even with the snow, area residents spent Saturday evening taking in the Light Up the Night display

Photo by Mike Lamb Santa Claus talks with Mavin Stolp, 5, during the Light Up the Night event.

MARSHALL — Mavin Stolp was a little hesitant to talk when he approached Santa at Independence Park Saturday night.

“What do you want?” Santa asked Stolp.

“A girlfriend? Don’t tell me a Green Packer jersey,” Santa said.

“I won’t tell you,” Mavin answered.

Santa laughed and then got close to Mavin so he could whisper in his ear.

Mavin, and his dad, Dusty, were among those who braved the 30 degree, snowy weather to check out the Light Up the Night display of lights at Independence Park. The event hosted by Prairie Home Hospice kicked off Friday night with a parade down Main Street and fireworks at the park.

The park will be lit up with numerous lighting displays every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. in the month of December.

Dakota Caress was pulling a wagon through the park with his son, Bo, and daughter, Ellie, inside.

“This is beautiful,” Caress said. “This is our first time out there. We are from California.”

Larry Doom was acting as the king inside the lit up nativity scene setup at the entrance of the string of lighting displays.

“Everybody is really impressed,” he said of the people he talked with while standing at the nativity scene. “The little kids like to come up to little baby Jesus.”