The first weekend in December brings the Hometown Holiday event in Chelsea. It’s returning for its 29th year, Dec. 4-6, 2015, and the festivities are the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.
Aiming to warm hearts and lift spirits, the three-day celebration features the annual gingerbread house displays and many more special events.
Start the weekend celebration on Friday with the ceremonial lighting of the giant Christmas tree, introduced by the Chelsea High School Choir’s singing – plus the re-dedication of the Pierce Park Gazebo, all happening 6-6:30 p.m. If you see a fire truck approaching around this time, chances are it’s Santa’s arrival! After the ceremony, meet him at his workshop for a picture or two.
As a tradition at the event, families can watch the wise men bring gifts for Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus in the manger. The 30-minute show starts at 6:30 and 7 p.m. Friday.
Want to hear a good holiday story? Listen to a few favorite stories and sing Christmas carols at Chelsea’s Farmers Supply, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday.
Santa returns Saturday morning for a free breakfast (8:30-10:30 a.m.) at the Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center. This is perfect opportunity for another photo with St. Nick (and to eat some delicious pancakes, too!)
Enjoy various activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday including the Artisan’s Holiday Show, a tour of historic Chelsea homes and the Pam Radcliffe Gingerbread House Workshop. The evening ends with the 11th annual Hometown Holiday Chelsea Light Parade, taking a new route this year. Starting at the Chelsea State Bank, the parade travels on Main Street to Jackson Street.
The 18th annual performance of The Nutcraker ballet graces the stage at Chelsea High School (2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday). Ticket prices range $10-$20. Before the Sunday performance, dress to impress for the Sugar Plum Tea. The festive event takes place at12:30 p.m. and includes fancy desserts and dancers in costume. Tickets for The Nutcracker and the Sugar Plum Tea are available through Ballet Chelsea.
Sunday brings more fun with events like the Chelsea Creche Celebration from 2 to 7 p.m., and Chelsea Chamber Players Holiday Concert. The concert, with two shows – one at 3 p.m. and another at 7 p.m. – features musical performances, including the Chelsea High School Orchestra, the Chelsea Chamber Players and a Christmas carol singalong.
For more details on the 2015 Hometown Holiday event in Chelsea – and even more holiday family fun in southeast Michigan – visit the Metro Parent calendar.