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Santa, Shoppers Welcome In Holiday Season
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Umbrellas in hand, many people turned out to brave the elements and enjoy the annual holiday tree lighting at Wood Park in Oakdale on Friday evening, co-hosted by the City of Oakdale and the Oakdale Garden Club. Photo By Jeremy Center

A Friday night Christmas tree lighting, vendors offering their wares, a mural dedication and the arrival of Cowboy Santa on Saturday were all part of a busy, festive start-of-the-holiday-season weekend in Oakdale.

Photos with Santa were part of the fun, along with holiday music, the sharing of stories and the making of new memories. Not to mention, checking off some names on the holiday gift list with unique finds at the Cowboy Christmas event. 

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He had a captive audience on Saturday as Ryan, 4 and Mila, 6, Dahlgren of Oakdale intently listen to the words of Cowboy Santa. The Oakdale youngsters were among many who lined up for the tradition and the unique experience of visiting with Cowboy Santa at Cowboy Christmas this past weekend. Teresa Hammond/The Leader
Though not a ‘holiday’ icon, the famous bull Bushwacker now has his own mural in Oakdale and it was officially dedicated on Friday evening as Cowboy Christmas also was hosted in the adjacent Oakdale Town Plaza and Community Center. Here, Oakdale City Council member Cherilyn Bairos offers a few words at the ceremony. Photo By Jeremy Center