Merchant open houses, carolers, ice sculptures, horse drawn wagon rides, Santa and Mrs. Claus, a parade, raffles, free ornaments, snowman making... it will be a winter wonderland in downtown!
Join us on Saturday, December 14, for a most wonderful time in downtown! The festivities begin at 11am with merchants hosting open houses, carolers from First Congregational United Church of Christ singing along the sidewalks and the roaming reindeer surprising you with presents! Thank you Vintech Industries for sponsoring the roaming reindeer.
Visit the Snowflake Lounge for some cheer! Hot cocoa and cookies will be served courtesy of Lapeer County Bank & Trust Co. at the Warming Station. Kids will love to create a free craft, sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Mid-Michigan, and enter the coloring contest, sponsored by Trendsetters Salon, Jet's Pizza, Lagarda Security and Tri-County Bank. A face painter and local crafters will be located in the Snowflake Lounge, too. (A nominal fee will be charged for face painting.) The Snowflake Lounge will be located at 200 East Third Street.
At the Snowflake Lounge you can also pick up your "Meet your Merchant" card. Answer a few simple questions about our local merchants and receive a free Christmas ornament courtesy of the Chamber and DDA.
The parade will stroll through downtown beginning at noon. Don't miss our guests of honor: Santa and Mrs. Claus! Santa will head towards the Historical Museum after the parade and greet children until 2pm. Mrs. Claus will be at the Ruth Hughes Memorial Library reading stories to kids. Thank you Tri-County Bank and Kelly's Pet Salon for sponsoring Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Take a tour through our beautiful downtown on a horse-drawn wagon which begin and end at the Farmers' Market, located at the corner of Main Street and Third Street. Rides are complimentary, thanks to Frontier Communications.
Also a the Farmers' Market will be a wood carving demonstration sponsored by Hickory Square Apartments and the Ruth Hughes Memorial Library.
Hungry? Stop by one of our many local restaurants or grab a quick snack from one of the vendors at the Farmers' Market.
At 2:30pm in the Snowflake Lounge you are invited to enjoy the movie "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" featuring Jim Carry. There is no charge to attend the movie. Thank you Pinnacle Foods for sponsoring this event.
Don't forget to visit our merchants and get all of your holiday shopping completed!
If you are interested in participating in the Polar Express Parade, please click on the application found below.