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Holiday season begins in downtown Austin with family friendly fun

AUSTIN, Minn. (FOX 47) – While you might still have Thanksgiving leftovers in the fridge, the Christmas season has officially begun in Austin.

The 31st annual Christmas in the City kickoff event is spreading holiday cheer throughout the area.

“Lots of activities for families to engage in tonight and celebrate as the holiday season kicks off,” said Elaine Hansen, Austin Area Chamber of Commerce president.

Downtown businesses hosted family friendly activities along with musical performances while lit up for the season. There were also train and wagon rides on Main Street and the arrival of a special guest.

“Santa obviously is a big hit. Santa and Mrs. Claus coming in,” said Hansen.

At the Spam Museum, people made Christmas lists for Santa, asking for an assortment of items from iPhones to guitars to Legos.

Hansen says its more than just Santa that brings people out every year.

“Just that sense of community. Being together and coming out and seeing all that Austin has to offer,” Hansen said. “Certainly in our downtown, we have lots of great things going on.”

The weather didn’t keep many people away either.

“We just go on no matter what. It’s Minnesota,” said Hansen. “We can’t stay inside and wait for the weather to get nice. We wouldn’t live much so we just press on.”

Today’s kickoff will be followed by more events at local businesses in Austin during December. A calendar can be found here.

Alex Tejada

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