Chelsea’s Hometown Holiday Packed with Community Celebrations


The 33rd Annual Chelsea Hometown Holiday, presented by Rick Taylor Real Estate – Reinhart Realtors, will take place Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 8 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.

See schedule of all events on

Friday, December 6, 2019

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 First Congregational Church, 121 East Middle Street, 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.

Chelsea Farmer’s Supply welcomes the community for Christmas story-telling in partnership with 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. And next door at Ink Frenzy, visitors are welcome to make hot chocolate ornaments filled with their favorite goodies.

The Live Nativity Scene has two shows, 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at Palmer Commons on Main Street.   The cherished outdoor community event is a highlight of the Christmas season and includes live animals and a community Christmas choir.

250_HTH_breakfastSaturday, December 7th

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

Saturday morning, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., you are invited to bring the children to Bruce’s Breakfast with Santa at Chelsea Comfort Inn and Village Conference Center. Children enjoy a free pancake breakfast and a chance to sit with Santa.  Parents be sure to bring your camera!

The Pam Radcliffe Gingerbread House Workshop holds three sessions on Saturday this year, 11 a.m. to noon, noon to 1 p.m., and 1 p.m. to 2 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 FCC FCC at 475-1844 or sign up online at   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, The Garden Mill, Chelsea Hometown Pharmacy, or online at  Five homeowners will share their historic and unique homes as a fundraiser to help pay for the purchase of the Museum.  Four turn-of-the-centre homes and one uniquely designed home built in the 1940s will been the tour.   Beginning in November, featured homes can be viewed on the website at  Sponsor for the event are Chelsea Family Dentistry, Heydlauff’s Appliances, and Merkel Furniture and Carpet One.

The Chelsea First United Methodist Church hosts the Material Girls Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.  Children ages 3 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

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 15th Anniversary Holiday Light Parade begins at 6 p.m. with fabulous lighted floats and marching units. The parade route this year, starts 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. Click to showcase your business or group in the parade!

250_HTH_CommonCordsSunday, December 8th

On Sunday,  Chelsea Chamber Players present free performances at the First United Methodist Church at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Christmas on the (Waterloo) Farm takes place noon till 4pm at Waterloo Farm.This annual recreation of the holiday’s traditions includes tours of the ten-room farmhouse, the authentic log house, eight outbuildings, and the one-room Dewey School. Hand-crafted greens, homemade baked goods, and gift items will be available for purchase. Free refreshments and live music will be among the offerings for this homespun weekend.


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 (222 S. Main Street) through December 15. The donations are then distributed locally through Faith In Action.

The Chelsea Area Fire Authority’ “Presents for Pups”  will be collecting donations (not tax deductible) for the Mikey & Me Foster Dog Rescue.

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 on the Chelsea Community Calendar:

**Schedule subject to change without notice.




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