One year after being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York Mills Christmas Tree Festival was once again a big hit in town. Nearly 1,500 people attended the annual event, which raises money for the Santa Anonymous program. 

Volunteers for Santa Anonymous have said they are thankful for the support of the community and appreciate all of the people who decorated a tree for the event. 

The first place finisher was Lumber Depot, while Lund Boats placed second and the Overflow Creative display took third place. 

The displays raised over $2,500 for Santa Anonymous and the group also received nearly $1,000 from the proceeds of a quilt raffle sponsored by the Heinola Hustlers 4-H Club. 

Santa Anonymous volunteers said there are countless individuals and organizations to thank and they are thankful for everyone who helped to make the event a success this year.