CHELSEA, MI – Chelsea’s upcoming Hometown holiday brings a month full of holiday celebrations this December.
“You can feel the energy and excitement during the holiday season,” said Terris Ahrens, executive director of the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce. “I think running it all month is a little better way to get into the holiday spirit.”
Hometown Holiday lists events hosted by the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce or other city organizations.
“I think most towns probably have different events during the holiday season, (but) they don’t have an organization that takes the time to put together a list for everyone so it’s easier for people to keep track,” Ahrens said.
Here are some events that will take place in December. To find a complete list and learn more about these events, visit the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce website.
December 1, Thursday
Special Needs Christmas Bazaar
Chelsea First United Methodist Church is hosting its Special Needs Christmas Bazaar at 4:30pm at 128 Park St.
The event is aimed at people who need a more relaxed shopping experience when purchasing holiday gifts. To register to participate, register here.
December 2, Friday
Chelsea Tree Lighting Ceremony
Chelsea hosts its annual tree lighting event at Pierce Park, 851 S. Main St., from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Santa will be there ready to kick off the holiday season, and there’s free Jet’s Pizza and free Lakehouse Bakery hot cocoa while supplies last. last.
December 3, Saturday
All Holiday Craft Shows
This free craft show takes place from 10am to 3pm at the Chelsea Community Fairgrounds Service Building, 20501 Old US 12.
Featuring Christmas ornaments, collectibles, handmade stuffed animals, jewelry, wood carvings, stationery and more.
Another bazaar is happening from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chelsea First United Methodist Church. The 14th annual event is designed to give kids ages 4 to 12 the opportunity to shop for holiday gifts.
The bazaar will feature handmade items for sale ranging from $1 to $5. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Faith In Action to support families during the holiday season. Visit here to book a 30 minute shopping appointment.
Tween and Teen Homemade Gifts for the Holidays
Chelsea District Library, 221 S Main St., is hosting its annual event where teens ages 10 to 17 can make their own homemade gifts from 1 to 3 p.m. To register for this event, visit the Chelsea District Library website.
Parade of lights
The annual Hometown Holiday Light Parade begins at 6:00 pm and travels along Main Street from Old US 12 to Jackson Street. All organizations, businesses or groups that want to participate in the parade can apply here.
December 4, Sunday
Public Shopping Bazaar
Chelsea First United Methodist Church is hosting another shopping bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., but this one is open to everyone.
December 9, Friday
Hometown holiday concert for three men and a tenor
Hometown Holiday is presenting Three Men and a Tenor starting at 7:00pm in the Chelsea High School auditorium, 740 N. Freer Road. General admission tickets are $25 and proceeds from the event will benefit the Chelsea Rotary Club’s Chelsea High School Scholarship fund.
Anyone interested can click here to order tickets for the concert online.
Chelsea Robotics Wrap-A-Palooza
Need help wrapping Christmas presents? Chelsea Robotics Wrap-A-Palooza is the place to be. Gifts will be collected for free from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 9 at the Chelsea Robotics Center, 500 Washington St.
The group is also collecting gifts from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm on Saturday 10th December and Sunday 11th December.
December 10, Saturday
Donuts and Selfies with Santa
Take a selfie and enjoy a free donut with Santa from 10 a.m. to noon at Smokehouse 52 BBQ, 125 S. Main St.
Santa is visiting the distillery
All ages are welcome to come take pictures with Santa from 4-7pm at the Ugly Dog Distillery, 218 S. Main St.
Some events take place throughout the month
Gingerbread House Exhibition
The custom-made gingerbread houses are being displayed in various downtown merchant windows from December 1st to the 30th. Anyone interested in registering their gingerbread house for the show can apply here.
Main Street Light Poles
View and vote for the decorated light poles in the city center from December 2nd to 29th. Companies, organizations or groups interested in creating their own polo shirts must register before Monday, November 21. To register for the event, visit the website.
Children can send their Christmas wish lists to Santa at the Chelsea Santa mailbox from November 25th to December 16th. Palmer Commons’ Main Street mailbox is across the street from Chelsea’s city offices and police department.
All letters must be received by December 16, and parents are asked to include a self-addressed envelope in the return letter.
Toys for Kids and Teens at Palmer Auto Service
Drop off gift cards or new unwrapped toys by noon Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Palmer Auto Service, 222 S. Main St., during its regular business hours or at the after-hours drop-off. All donated items will be distributed locally through Faith In Action.
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