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Hometown Holiday Activity Schedule 2014

The 27th 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 5th.  

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 2014 Hometown Holidays Brochure

Thursday | December 4, 2014

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 5, 2014

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: 7:30 and 8:00pm, next to the Chelsea First United Methodist church, 128 Park Street.
    Includes live animals and Christmas choir.
  • Common Chords Concert
    7 – 8:30pm @ 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.

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 6, 2014

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 Sponsored by Lake Trust Credit Union.
  • Children’s 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 and locally made items available, all for $5 or less.  Student Volunteers (7th-12th Grade) are needed to help at this event, please click here.
  • Christmas on the Farm
    Saturday, Dec. 6, 10am – 4pm; Sunday, Dec. 7, 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, counted cross-stitch, pastels, tiles, folk paintings, textiles, jewelry, antiques and collectibles, rug hooking, punch needle, stained glass, photography, bread boards and fresh Christmas greens. Free refreshments, free admission, and free parking.
  • 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.   Sponsored by Bill Ballagh State Farm Insurance.
  • Tour Historic Chelsea Homes
    2 – 5pm. Starts in front of the First Congrigational Church, 121 E. Middle Steet. $15 per person, proceeds go to Chelsea Area Historical Society.  Tour tickets are available at CACC and Chelsea Pharmacy.
    Visitors are welcome to join a docent led walkting tour of  the historic homes on East Middle Street. 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 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 17th annual presentation of The Nutcracker, a timeless holiday classic. Visit balletchelsea.org for tickets
  • 10th Annual Chelsea Light Parade
    6pm, along Main Street (street closed to thru traffic during the parade).
    10th 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 and ends at the Chelsea Teddy Bear Company for the free community afterglow party with refreshments.   To participate, fill out an application here.
  • 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.
  • Community Sing
    7 – 9pm @ Chelsea Teddy Bear Company, 400 N. Main Street.
    Warm up after watching the light parade, enjoy free refreshments and sing holiday carols with Counterpoint. Sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Sponsored by Chelsea Teddy Bear Company.
  • Bear Cub Run
    7:30pm @ Chelsea Teddy Bear Company, 400 N. Main Street.
    Now an annual event, share in the excitement as several local children are selected to run through the Chelsea Teddy Bear warehouse and grab as many bears as they can carry.

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 7, 2014

Community Events

  • Christmas on the Farm
    Sunday, Dec. 7, 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 17th annual presentation of The Nutcracker, a timeless holiday classic. Visit balletchelsea.org for tickets
  • Chelsea Chamber Players Holiday Concert (2 shows)
    3pm & 7pm @ Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park Street. (Note: address changed after brochure was printed.  The event will be at CFUMC)
    A special holiday performance featuring Sunrise Mass by Ola Gjeilo, works for string orchestra 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.

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.