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Hometown Holiday Activity Schedule 2016

December 2 – 4, 2016

The 30th Annual Chelsea Hometown Holiday is a festive community celebration that kicks off the holiday season.   The activities start with the ceremonial lighting of the giant Christmas tree at Pierce Park on Friday, December 2nd.

Chelsea is decked out in holiday splendor to warm your hearts and get you in the holiday spirit.  Local merchants are on hand with great gift ideas and special pricing for everyone on your list.  Explore the annual gingerbread house displays, sip on hot chocolate, and enjoy the special events planned.

For more information and a detailed list of events and activities, please click on www.chelseamich.com or call 734-475-1145.

For a list of Churches and Religious Services, please click here.

Click section heading to show or hide activities for each day.  Click here for a 2015 Hometown Holiday Brochure  (2016 coming soon!)

On-going Events
  • Toys for Tots and Teens: Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at Palmer Auto Service (222 S. Main Street) or Allstate Insurance (1161 S. Main St.) through December 16. The donations are then distributed locally through Faith In Action.
  • Chelsea Area Historical Museum Extended HoursNov. 26 – Dec. 3.  Museum open all week 10am-3pm.  128 Jackson Street (across from the Train Depot).  Bid on their holiday silent auction fundraiser and purchase Holiday Homes Tour Tickets. handicap

 

Merchant  Events

  • Lights Up & Shop Local – There are numerous activities, presentations and holiday specials going on all weekend at participating merchants in Chelsea. Look for the beautifully lit businesses throughout Chelsea. Details are available on the Chelsea Community Calendar at www.ChelseaMich.com.
Friday | December 2, 2016

Community Events

  • Luminaries on Main Street
    6 – 8pm, Friday & Saturday night, lighting up Main Street.
    Presented by the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Cub Scouts of Chelsea. Sponsored by The Garden Mill.
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa Arrives
    6 – 6:30pm @ Pierce Park, Main Street.
    Santa makes his appearance on a fire engine and the 2016 Chelsea Community Fair Jr. Homemaker lights the NEW Holiday tree to start the festivities. Music from CHS choirs.  Meet the Chelsea
  • Visit with Santa & Santa’s Workshop
    6:30 – 8:30pm @ The Chelsea Historic Depot, 125 Jackson Street.
    Bring your camera to get a photo with Santa and make gifts in his workshop. Sponsored by Chelsea Children’s Co-op Preschool.
  • Live Nativity Scene: The Live Nativity will be on hiatus during the 2016 Hometown Holiday in preparation for an enriched return in 2017.  The cherished community event is a highlight of the Christmas season in Chelsea and we look forward to its return next year.
  • Common Chords Concert
    7 – 8:00pm @ Chelsea District Library McKune Room, 221 S. Main Street. Celebrate the start of the holiday season with a heartwarming performance by the Common Chords hand bell choir! Refreshments served.  handicap
  • Cookie Decorating
    6:30 – 8:30pm @ Chelsea ATA Martial Arts,  420 N. Main Street. Free cookies, icing, and sprinkles are ready for your decorating creativity.  Martial artists will demonstrate techniques with children participation.  Cookies provided by Chelsea Bakery.
  • Holiday Storytime
    6:30 – 8:30pm @ Chelsea’s Farmers Supply, 122 Jackson Street (across from The Depot)Enjoy songs and stories of the season with Miss Jackie from the Chelsea District Library.
  • Chelsea Area Historical Museum
    6:30 – 8:30pm @ Chelsea Area Historical Museum , 128 Jackson Street (across from The Depot) Explore 5 newly renovated museum rooms and exhibits showcasing vintage holiday decor.  handicap

Merchant Events

  • Merchant Events & Activities – There are numerous activities, presentations and holiday specials going on all weekend at participating merchants in Chelsea. Details are available on the Chelsea Community Calendar at www.ChelseaMich.com.
Saturday | December 3, 2016

Community Events

9am – 1pm @ Washington Street Education Center, 500 E. Washington Street. The winter farmers market will be celebrating Hometown Holidays with a kids cookie decorating and live music. handicap

  • Material Girls Christmas Bazaar
    10am – 4pm @ Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park Street.
    By appointment only, please register online on Nov 14.
    Kids from age 4 through 6th grade can shop for the holidays from the thousands of affordable handmade items available, all for $1- $5. A shopping signup link is posted here.   (This year, an early shopping session of the bazaar will be offered on December 1st for children who would benefit from a quieter shopping experience.  Several adults and teenagers will serve as greeters, wrapping helpers and cashiers, and we hope to make this a special evening for children and their families.  Your child can choose to have a shopping buddy or have a parent help them out with their shopping. Click here for more details.)  handicap

Student Volunteers (7th-12th Grade) and adults are needed to help at this event, please click here.

  • Christmas on the (Waterloo) Farm
    Saturday, Dec. 3, 10am – 4pm; Sunday, Dec. 4, noon – 4pm @ 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.
  • All The Trimmings Artisan’s Holiday Show
    10am – 4pm @ the Chelsea Fairgrounds service building, corner of Old US-12 and Old Manchester Road.
    A wonderful artisans’ show featuring unique local talent – woodcarvings, bears, tiles, folk paintings, textiles, jewelry, antiques and collectibles, rug hooking, and fresh Christmas greens. Free refreshments, free admission, and free parking.  http://allthetrimmingsholidayshow.weebly.com/
  • The Pam Radcliffe Gingerbread House Workshop (2 sessions)
    11am – noon, and noon-1pm @ First Congregational Church, 121 E. Middle Street.
    Create a family tradition and decorate a gingerbread house for the holidays (free).  Only 100 houses available, limit one per family – to reserve a house call the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce at  475-1145.   The event is named in honor of Pam Radclife, an active member of the Chelsea community. Sponsored by Bill Ballagh State Farm Insurance.  handicap
  • Tour Historic Chelsea Homes
    1– 4pm. Starts at the Chelsea Area Historical Museum, 128 Jackson Street. $20 per person / $17 for museum members, proceeds go to Chelsea Area Historical Society.  Tour tickets are available at  the museum, The Garden Mill, or online at www.ChelseaHistory.org
    Visitors are welcome to join a docent led walking tour of  the historic homes. Enjoy their splendid holiday decor while learning  about each homes unique history.
  • Homemade Tween & Teen Gifts for the Holidays  1:30 -3pm @ Chelsea District Library McKune Room (Registration Required, Ages 10-17).
    Need a present for a friend or family member? Who doesn’t like a homemade gift? Make your holiday presents here in the library! What we’ll be making is a surprise, but we’ll make it and wrap it that day! Parents, this is a great time for you to shop downtown, while our children make you a present. All supplies provided.  Register here or at Chelsea District Library.  handicap
  • The Nutcracker Ballet
    2pm & 7pm @ Chelsea High School, Freer Rd.
    Ballet Chelsea will dazzle crowds of all ages with its 19th annual performance of The Nutcracker, a timeless holiday classic on Dec 3-4 and 10-11, 2016. Visit balletchelsea.org for tickets. (There is also a second weekend of performances this year Dec. 10-11, 2016)
  • 12th Annual Chelsea Light Parade
    6pm, along Main Street (street closed to thru traffic during the parade). SAME ROUTE AS LAST YEAR
    12th annual parade featuring dozens of lighted floats and vehicles, marching bands, and the big guy himself, Santa! Parade starts at Chelsea State Bank’s south-end lot (corner of US12 and M52)  and travels North on Main Street to Jackson Street.  It does not cross the railroad tracks.   To participate, fill out an application here.
  • Lights Out After the Parade Immediately following the Light parade, approximately 6:30pm.  The Clocktower Commons 310 N. Main Street.
    The community is invited to warm up after the parade with music, photo booths, s’mores fire pits and hot chocolate. Brought to you by Main Street Church.
  • Luminaries on Main Street
    6 – 8pm, Friday & Saturday night, lighting up Main Street.
    Presented by the Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts of Chelsea. Sponsored by The Garden Mill.
  • St. Barnabas 3rd Annual Quilt Show & Sale
    10am – 3pm, 20500 W Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea, MI 48118
    Quilt Display, craft and bake sale, silent auction and free quilt giveaway. Proceeds to go to St Barnabas quilt guild for material to make charity quilts.
  • 6pm – 8:30pm @ Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1330 N. Freer Rd, Chelsea 
    Come join us for a Christmas Creche Celebration called “O Come Let Us Adore Him”. This free event is open to the public and will feature creche displays (nativity scenes) from around the world. Along with the displays, two brief musical programs on Sunday, December 4th at 2PM and 5PM will feature classical and traditional Christmas music, with a more child friendly program at 5pm.
    (see details below)  handicap

Merchant Events

  • Merchant Events & Activities – There are numerous activities, presentations and holiday specials going on all weekend at participating merchants in Chelsea. Details are available on the Chelsea Community Calendar at www.ChelseaMich.com.
Sunday | December 4, 2016

Community Events

  • Christmas on the (Waterloo) Farm
    Sunday, Dec.4, noon – 4pm @ 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.
  • The Nutcracker Ballet
    2pm @ Chelsea High School, Freer Road.
    Ballet Chelsea will dazzle crowds of all ages with its 19th annual presentation of The Nutcracker, a timeless holiday classic. Visit balletchelsea.org for tickets.  (There is also a second weekend of performances this year Dec. 10-11, 2016)

    • SugarPlum Tea 12:30pm @ Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer Road.  The Sugar Plum Tea is a festive event before the 2 pm Sunday matinee performance of The Nutcracker. Guests are invited to dress for the occasion and bring their young guests to this delightful addition to The Nutcracker. Tickets are available online at balletchelsea.org and in person at the Ballet Chelsea Studios located at 1050 S. Main Street, Chelsea.  There is a second tea on Dec. 11th.
  • Chelsea Chamber Players Holiday Concert (2 shows)
    3pm & 7pm @ Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park Street.
    A special holiday performance featuring “Magnificat” by Kim Andre Arnesen, “Little Suite for Strings, Op 1” by Carl Nielsen and a Christmas Carol sing-a-long.  Presented by the Chelsea Chamber Players along with students from the Chelsea High School Orchestra (Jed Fritzemeier, Conductor),  the Chelsea High School Choirs (Steve Hinz, Conductor) and Chelsea FUMC Chancel Choir (Mark Loring, Conductor). Please call the church at 734-475-8119 for more information.  handicap

  • 1pm – 7:00pm @ Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1330 N. Freer Rd, Chelsea 
    Come join us for a Christmas Creche Celebration called “O Come Let Us Adore Him”. This free event is open to the public and will feature creche displays (nativity scenes) from around the world.
    2pm and 5pm @ Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1330 N. Freer Rd, Chelsea 
    Along with creche displays from around the world, two brief musical programs on Sunday, December 4th at 2PM and 5PM will feature classical and traditional Christmas music, with a more child friendly program at 5pm. The concerts showcase Tenor Stanford Olsen, professor of voice at the University of Michigan. Professor Olsen is a frequent guest soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and, in the past, has been a regular performer at the New York Metropolitan Opera House. For more information visit www.chelseachristmasmusic.com  handicap

Merchant Events

  • Merchant Events & Activities – There are numerous activities, presentations and holiday specials going on all weekend at participating merchants in Chelsea.Details are available on the Chelsea Community Calendar at www.ChelseaMich.com.

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