ST. CLOUD (WJON News) -- Two holiday events are planned for downtown St. Cloud this Thursday.

The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 5:00 p.m. in front of the River's Edge Convention Center.

We have the Minnesota Center Chorale out there singing a number of Christmas songs, and I'll do the traditional lighting of the tree.

(Sarah Mueller, WJON)
(Sarah Mueller, WJON)

St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis says the 10th annual Weihnachtsmarkt also starts at 5:00 p.m. in the parking ramp next to the convention center.

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They'll have food, beer, and Gluhwein available for you to buy.

And that's actually imported from Germany and that is a warm spiced red wine.  And of course some food and lots of crafts.

This is the 10th annual St. Cloud Weihnactsmarkt which is modeled after a traditional European holiday market.

Also, while you are downtown the weekly Thursday Night Market will also be going on from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The businesses will be open for holiday shopping, dining, and deals.

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