Decorating the Holiday tree at Gazebo park will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 27.

Downtown Marine celebrates Small Business Saturday, holiday tree decorating and Santa

On Saturday, Nov. 27 Marine on Saint Croix will be hosting the “Enchanting Forest.” The community-based event is held on Small Business Saturday. Marine-area businesses, organizations, clubs and families are invited to decorate an outdoor holiday tree at Gazebo Park. 

Decorating begins at 10 a.m. This year the Scandia-Marine Lions Club and St. Croix Valley Trees are providing trees for the Enchanting Forest. The Scandia-Marine Lions Club will also be on-site selling food and hot drinks during decorating hours. Santa will be in town to greet residents and pose for photos from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

In celebration of Small Business Saturday, visitors can enjoy complementary “Shop Small” prizes and specials from some of the local businesses.

The tradition was created by Robyn Dochterman, owner of St. Croix Chocolate Company. “We started in 2018. I was inspired by Victor Guzman, who put up an outdoor tree for Toni Poletes, former owner of the gas station in town, when she had cancer. I was touched by that gesture, and thought it would be very cool to have lots of outdoor trees decorated. The first year, the St. Croix Chocolate Company bought the first trees and donated them. It was great fun to see it come together and how different groups expressed their creativity with their own tree. And it was fun to see people pull off the highway and wander through the trees, exploring them, too.” 

Dochterman’s favorite part about the experience 

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