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Hometown Holiday Activity Schedule 2015

December 4 – 6, 2015

The 29th 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 4th.

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

Ongoing Events
  • Custom Built Gingerbread House Displays
  • Toys for Tots and Teens: Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at Palmer Auto Service and Chelsea Kidz Stop trough December 16. The donations are then distributed locally through Faith In Action.

 

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.
Friday | December 4, 2015

Community Events

  • 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.
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa Arrives
    6 – 6:30pm @ Pierce Park, Main Street.
    Santa makes his appearance on a fire engine and the 2014 Chelsea Community Fair Queen lights the Holiday tree to start the festivities. Music from CHS choirs.
  • 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.
  • Live Nativity Scene
    Two shows: 6:30 and 7:00pm, next to the Chelsea First United Methodist church, 128 Park Street.
    Includes live animals and Christmas choir.
  • Common Chords Concert
    7 – 8:00pm @ Chelsea District Library McKune Room, 221 S. Main Street. The Common Chords hand bell choir will perform a holiday concert with refreshments.
  • 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.
  • Story Telling
    6:30 – 8:30pm @ Chelsea’s Farmers Supply, 122 Jackson Street (across from The Depot)Children gather to hear favorite holiday stories  and to sing familiar Christmas carols.
  • Chelsea Area Historical Museum
    6:30 – 8:30pm @ Chelsea Area Historical Museum , 128 Jackson Street (across from The Depot) Explore Chelsea’s new museum showcasing vintage holiday decor.  

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 5, 2015

Community Events

  • FREE Breakfast with Santa
    8:30 – 10:30am @ Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center, 1645 Commerce Park Drive (off M-52).
    Sit with Santa and children enjoy a pancake breakfast with other goodies. Bring your camera for photo opportunities or get a photo with Santa by ChelseaUpdate.com (donations for photos greatly appreciated) Event Sponsored by Lake Trust Credit Union.
  • Material Girls Christmas Bazaar
    10am – 4pm @ Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park Street.
    By appointment only, please register online here.
    Kids from age 4 through 6th grade can shop for the holidays from the thousands of affordable handmade items available, all for $1- $5.  New this year: Parent’s corner and Bake Sale.     Student Volunteers (7th-12th Grade) are needed to help at this event, please click here.
  • Christmas on the Farm
    Saturday, Dec. 5, 10am – 4pm; Sunday, Dec. 6, 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.
  • Tour Historic Chelsea Homes
    1– 4pm. Starts at the Chelsea Area Historical Museum, 128 Jackson Street. $15 per person, proceeds go to Chelsea Area Historical Society.  Tour tickets are available at  the museum, Chelsea Pharmacy, or by calling 734-562-2008.
    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.  Holiday home tour poster
  • 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 your children make you a present. All supplies provided.
  • The Nutcracker Ballet
    2pm & 7pm @ Chelsea High School, Freer Rd.
    Ballet Chelsea will dazzle crowds of all ages with its 18th annual presentation of The Nutcracker, a timeless holiday classic. Visit balletchelsea.org for tickets
  • 11th Annual Chelsea Light Parade
    6pm, along Main Street (street closed to thru traffic during the parade). NEW ROUTE THIS YEAR
    11th 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 ParadeImmediately 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 live music, cookies and hot chocolate.  Take a picture in the Ugly Sweater Photo Booth!
  • 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.

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 6, 2015

Community Events

  • Christmas on the Farm
    Sunday, Dec.6, 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 178th annual presentation of The Nutcracker, a timeless holiday classic. Visit balletchelsea.org for tickets

    • 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 and in person at the Ballet Chelsea Studios.
  • Chelsea Chamber Players Holiday Concert (2 shows)
    3pm & 7pm @ Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park Street.
    A special holiday performance featuring “Gloria” from Mass in B Minor by J.s. Bach, “Magnificat” by Mark Hayes, and “Concerto Grosso” by Bloch and a Christmas Carol sing-a-long.  Presented by Chelsea’s talented Chamber Players with students from the Chelsea High School Orchestra (Jed Fritzemeier, Conductor), Chelsea First United Methodist Church Choir (Kyle Webber, Conductor) and Chelsea High School Choirs (Steve Hinz, Conductor). Free admission.
  • 2pm – 7pm @ Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1330 N. Freer Rd, Chelsea 
    Come join us during the Chelsea Hometown Christmas Celebration as we host a special event 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 at 3PM and 6PM will feature traditional Christmas hymns as well as a performance by 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 https://www.facebook.com/events/1642314092691482/

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.