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WATCH: Christmas in the Park lights Ellsworth aglow

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Santa Claus greeted children in East End Park in Ellsworth after being escorted into town by Ellsworth Fire Sunday, Dec. 2. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 14
(From left): Faith Battin, Macy Hugare, Liz Walz, Gwen Hale, Kay Kenall and Lowell Peterson staffed the Zion Covenant Church hot chocolate booth Sunday, Dec. 2 at Christmas in the Park. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 14
Kristi and Ben Erickson of Ellsworth help Ophelia with her sparkler Sunday, Dec. 2 at Ellsworth's inaugural Christmas in the Park event. Ophelia will turn 2 two days after Christmas. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 14
(Center): Ryan O'Neil and little Roarke O'Neil, of Ellsworth, roast s'mores with other Christmas in the Park attendees Sunday, Dec. 2 in Ellsworth. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 14
An official tree lighting ceremony was held at Ellsworth's Christmas in the Park Sunday, Dec. 2. Ellsworth FFA spent hours decorating the park. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 14
Jackie Schulte of Victory Fireworks battles the wind in Ellsworth's East End Park to light festive sparklers for Christmas in the Park attendees Sunday, Dec. 2. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 14
Christmas carolers brought the sounds of the season to the snow-covered walkways of Ellsworth's East End Park Sunday, Dec. 2. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia8 / 14
Maverick Benck, age 4, and Serenity Daleiden, 1.5, of Ellsworth, visit Santa Claus at Christmas in the Park in Ellsworth Sunday, Dec. 2. Santa arrived by firetruck. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia9 / 14
Santa Claus made a grand entrance at East End Park in Ellsworth Sunday, Dec. 2 on a fire truck. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia10 / 14
Victory Fireworks provided sparklers for the inaugural Christmas in the Park event in Ellsworth on Sunday, Dec. 2. The event was a collaboration between many groups. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia11 / 14
Victory Fireworks provided sparklers for the inaugural Christmas in the Park event in Ellsworth on Sunday, Dec. 2. The event was a collaboration between many groups. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia12 / 14
The Christmas in the Park event culminated Sunday, Dec. 2 with a grand tree lighting in East End Park. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia13 / 14
Members of English Lutheran Church brought the Christ Child's story to life Sunday, Dec. 2 with a live Nativity in East End Park. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia14 / 14

Santa Claus arrived in style Sunday, Dec. 2 when he rode into Ellsworth's Christmas in the Park event in a firetruck. The family-friendly inaugural event was put on by Zion Covenant Church, English Lutheran Church, the Ellsworth Lions Club, the Ellsworth FFA, and the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce and its members.

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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