(Alexandria, MN) The annual tradition of lighting up the downtown Alexandria Christmas lights will take place this Friday. ALP Utilities crews put the lights into place on Monday and Santa Claus himself will once again be in charge of turning them on. The Runestone Museum traditionally precedes the lighting ceremony with "Christmas in the Fort." COVID-19 restrictions have made that tradition an impossibility, but they have gone full force into making the lighting of the lights special. The "Light up Broadway" event will start around 5pm. The North Pole couple will be led by the Alexandria Police Department and Mrs. Claus will be seated in a convertible traveling north along Broadway. She will be followed by an ALP Utility truck with Santa Claus in the bucket closest to the the east sidewalk. As they pass through the intersections they will pause in a couple of areas to "light up" certain sections of the downtown region until they make it all the way down to 3rd Avenue near Big Ole.
As part of the fun of the escort, KXRA's Joe Korkowski will be broadcasting the event live on 1490am / 100.3fm as well as doing a Facebook LIVE event on their Voice of Alexandria page.