Chelsea’s Hometown Holiday Packed with Community Celebrations | December 2-4
The 30th Annual Chelsea Hometown Holiday, presented by Golling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Chelsea, will take place Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 4 in downtown Chelsea (14 miles west of Ann Arbor). The historic City of Chelsea will be decked in holiday splendor to warm the hearts of visitors and to get the community in the holiday spirit.
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Friday, December 2nd
The event begins at 6 p.m. on Friday with a Tree Lighting Ceremony at the gazebo in Pierce Park. Santa makes a special appearance when he arrives in the Chelsea Area Fire Authority ladder truck. Next, Santa heads to the Chelsea Historic Depot where he will spend the evening listening to special wishes from Chelsea’s children during Santa’s Workshop. The Chelsea Children’s Co-op Preschool sponsors free craft projects for the children and parents are encouraged to bring their camera.
Across from the Depot, Chelsea Farmer’s Supply welcomes the community for Christmas story-telling led by Chelsea District Library from 6:30 p.m. till 8:30 p.m.
Chelsea ATA Martial Arts offers children a chance to decorate sugar cookies from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at their studio located 420 North Main St, suite 300. ATA Martial Arts instructors and students will be performing demonstrations throughout the event.
Also on Friday, stop by the Chelsea District Library from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and listen to the musical group, Common Chords.
Saturday, December 3rd
On Saturday, holiday festivities continue with various events planned in Chelsea’s shops. Look for holiday bargains, unique treasures and giveaways in the community calendar at www.chelseamich.com.
Saturday morning, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., you are invited to bring the children to Breakfast with Santa at Chelsea Comfort Inn and Village Conference Center, sponsored by Lake Trust Credit Union. Children enjoy a free pancake breakfast and a chance to sit with Santa.
The Pam Radcliffe Gingerbread House Workshop holds two sessions on Saturday this year, 11 a.m. to noon, and noon to 1 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 121 East Middle Street. Families work together to decorate a gingerbread house for the holidays. Only 100 houses are available, and must be reserved by calling the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce at (734) 475-1145. Sponsored by Bill Ballagh, State Farm Insurance Agent.
Returning this year, Chelsea Area Historical Society invites visitors to join a docent led walking tour of several historic starting at their new museum located at 128 Jackson Street. Tour tickets are $20 per person / $17 for museum members, and are available in advance at the museum or The Garden Mill. Proceeds benefit Chelsea Area Historical Society.
The Chelsea First United Methodist Church hosts the Material Girls Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Children ages 4 years through 6th grade can shop for the holiday from thousands of affordable items priced one to five dollars. Limited appointments are available and children must register in advance at www.chelseafestivals.com.
For tweens ages 10 to 17, the Chelsea District Library presents a craft workshop from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, where registered participants can make and wrap a personalized gift. Registration is required; call (734) 475-8732 for details.
Saturday evening the 12th Anniversary Holiday Light Parade begins at 6 p.m. with fabulous lighted floats and marching units. The parade has a new route this year, starting at Chelsea State Bank’s south lot on the corner of US 12 and Main Street, and travels north along Main Street to Jackson Street. The parade will not cross to the north side of the railroad tracks this year.
Sunday, December 4th
On Sunday, December 4th, Chelsea Chamber Players present free performances at the First United Methodist Church at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Also, the weekend brings The Nutcracker Ballet performed by Ballet Chelsea (formerly Youth Dance Theatre) at Chelsea High on December 3rd at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and again on December 4th at 2 p.m. On Sunday, the SugarPlum Tea is a festive event that takes place at 12:30 p.m. Guests are invited to dress for the occasion, for ticket information visit www.balletchelsea.org
Annual Toy Drive for Local Children
Hometown Holiday also helps collect gifts for local children in need through its annual toy drive, Toys for Tots and Teens. Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at Palmer Auto Service trough December 16. The donations are then distributed locally through Faith In Action.
Visit Chelsea, Michigan
Chelsea, Michigan is conveniently located off Interstate-94 at exit #159 and offers many charms of a small-town with big city sophistication. You will enjoy award winning restaurants and various shops which provide everything from handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry to antique home furnishings to unique clothing boutiques. You can catch the holiday spirit with a stop at one of the area tree farms and take in the festivities throughout the weekend.
For a complete schedule of events, phone the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce (734) 475-1145 or visit our event listings for December 4-6 on the Chelsea Community Calendar: chelseamich.com/calendar.