Santa visits downtown Marquette

North Central UP

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WJMN) – Santa was in in the Marquette Commons on December 3 waving to community members in a drive-thru visit.

Tara Laase-McKinney, promotions and events coordinator for the DDA, says they wanted to kick off the holiday season in a COVID safe way.

“Usually this is the night we would have our holiday parade and we just thought you know having big groups of people this year really wouldn’t be COVID compliant and wouldn’t be very safe,” said Laase-McKinney. “So we thought well what can we do that would still bring a lot of cheer to people but something that we could do in a safe way and we thought oh maybe a drive-thru with Santa so basically we have a stationary parade tonight.”

Marquette Postal workers help collect letters to Santa.

The Marquette DDA is also holding a holiday decoration contest for downtown businesses. Voting will be done on the Marquette DDA website between the evening of December 3 until December 18.

“We also have our kick off to our Light Up Downtown Marquette holiday contest,” said Laase McKinney. “We have 21 businesses throughout downtown that are competing with their really great festive holiday displays on the fronts of their buildings.”

The decorating contest is a part of the DDA’s new event, Light Up Downtown Marquette. The events replace the typical annual Winter Snow Fun Holiday Parade and annual City Tree Lighting.

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