Hometown Holiday

Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 2018

Hometown Holiday Activity Schedule

Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 2018

The 31st 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, November 30th.

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.  xplore 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.

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Note: Dates and Times may change - please check back as events get closer.

ON-GOING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

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On-Going Community Events

    • Custom Built Gingerbread House Displays: Nov. 30-Dec. 15
      Custom made gingerbread houses are displayed at various locations throughout Chelsea.  For a list of locations, or to participate with your own creation, click here.
    • Toys for Tots and Teens: Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at Palmer Auto Service (222 S. Main Street)  through December 15. The donations are then distributed locally through Faith In Action.
    • Santa's Direct Mail Box: Centrally located in the new "Palmer Lot" on Main Street, children are welcome to mail their Christmas wish list direct to Santa.  Letters must be received by Dec. 17 to receive a return letter, parents also need to include an envelope complete with their mailing address and postage. Sponsored by Schissler Certified Payments Consultants, Inc.
    • Presents for Pups:
      Nov. 24-Dec. 24, 200 W. Middle St.
      The Chelsea Area Fire Authority will be collecting donations (not tax deductible) for the Mikey & Me Foster Dog Rescue.
    • Dec. 1–30 @ Chelsea District Library Lobby, 221 S. Main St.
      Help homeless children and teens this December by donating hygiene supplies to benefit Chelsea Faith in Action and the Ozone House of Ann Arbor. Click here for more information.
    • 1000 Cranes for Peace: Friday Nov. 30, 6:30-8:30 at First Congregrational Church and Saturday, Dec. 1 12-3pm at First United Methodist Church.  First Congregrational PARABLES is sponsoring "fold zones" inviting all ages to write or draw a prayer/wish for peace on origami paper cranes.  Completed cranes can be placed in the box at Chelsea District Library, Chelsea District Library display to follow.  For details visit www.chelseafcc.com
    • Limited Edition Christmas Ornament:
      Nov. 26-Dec. 24.
      Get a 2018 collectible Chelsea Christmas ornament at select retailers.  Contact the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce for details.
    • Ballet Chelsea's 21st annual performance of The Nutcracker
      Dec. 1, 2 p.m. and Dec. 2, 2 p.m. at Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer Rd.
      Dec. 8, 7 p.m. and Dec. 9, 2 p.m. at The Potter Center, 2111 Emmons Rd., Jackson     Ballet Chelsea is commemorating their 21st annual performance of The Nutcracker with a collaboration with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra will provide live musical accompaniment to all four performances of this holiday classic. Visit balletchelsea.org for tickets.
    • Chelsea Area Players Jr. presents "Hotel Escargot" 

Dec. 7 and 8, 7 p.m. and Dec. 9, 3 p.m. at Washington Street Education Center Auditorium
A comedic play that takes the audience to the French Riviera, where the annual Kantz France International Film Festival is about to take place.  A hodgepodge of people come together at the elegant Hotel Escargot.  Though unbelievably silly, your and your family will  have one crazy time watching this play!

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, NOVEMBER 30

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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. Tea Lights provided  by The Garden Mill.  Thank you to the following sponsors for their donation toward new lamps: Chelsea Masonic Lodge Olive 156, Kiwanis Club of Chelsea, Rotary Club of Chelsea, SRSLY, Surface Dynamics and Vintage Barn Boutique
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa Arrives
    6 – 6:30pm @ Pierce Park, Main Street.
    Santa makes his appearance on a fire engine and the 2018 Chelsea Community Fair Queen Madison Brodeur lights the Holiday tree to start the festivities. Sing-a-long with  Chelsea choirs. Presented by Chelsea Rotary.
  • Visit with Santa & Santa’s Workshop (NEW LOCATION 2018)
    6:30 – 8:30pm @ First Congregational Church, 121 E. Middle St.
    Bring your camera to get a photo with Santa and make gifts in his workshop.  Register for times to see Santa by clicking here. Crafts Sponsored by Chelsea Children’s Co-op Preschool. Decorations provided by Vintage Barn Boutique. handicap
  • 1000 Cranes for Peace: 6:30-8:30 at First Congregrational Church during Santa's Workshop.  First Congregrational PARABLES is sponsoring "fold zones" inviting all ages to write or draw a prayer/wish for peace on origami paper cranes.  Chelsea District Library display to follow.  For details visit www.chelseafcc.com
  • Live Nativity Scene: Two Shows: 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Clocktower Gazebo, behind the Clocktower Commons.
    The cherished outdoor community event is a highlight of the Christmas season and includes live animals and a non-denominational community Christmas choir. handicap
  • 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. Presented by Chelsea District Library.  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 and ATA Martial Arts.
  • Make Hot Cocoa Mix Ornaments
    6:30 – 8:30pm @ Ink Frenzy, 420 N. Main Street, Suite 400.
    Ink Frenzy will provide free ornaments for visitors to decorate and fill with their favorite mix of goodies.
  • Storytime with Mrs. Claus
    6:30 – 8:30pm @ Chelsea’s Farmers Supply, 122 Jackson Street (across from The Depot).
    Mrs. Claus makes the magic of the holidays come alive with stories and songs! Bring your camera for a photo with Mrs. Claus! Presented by The Chelsea District Library.
  • Holiday Sweets at the Senior Center: Come to the Chelsea Senior Center and indulge your sweet tooth!  On Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 30 stop by the Chelsea Senior Center at WSEC between 11 am and 1 pm and indulge in a cookie or two just for you. Freshly baked sugar cookies will be waiting for you to decorate and enjoy in honor of Chelsea's Hometown Holiday weekend! Questions, call the Chelsea Senior Center at 734.475.9242.

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.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1

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Community Events

  • Bruce's 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 free pancake breakfast with other goodies. Bring your camera for photo opportunities with Santa. The breakfast's festivities celebrate Bruce Szcodronski and his impact on this cherished Hometown Holiday event. Event Sponsored by Lake Trust Credit Union.  handicap
  • Material Girls Christmas Bazaar - register online.
    10am – 3pm @ Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park Street.
    By appointment only, please check back November 19  to register online. *An early shopping session of the bazaar will be offered on Thursday, November 29 for children who would benefit from a quieter shopping experience.
    Kids from age 3 through 6th grade can shop for the holidays from the thousands of affordable handmade items available, all for $1- $5. A shopping signup link will be posted here when available. 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, click here or contact Chelsea First United Methodist Church.

  • 1000 Cranes for Peace:  12-3pm at First United Methodist Church.  First Congregrational PARABLES is sponsoring "fold zones" inviting all ages to write or draw a prayer/wish for peace on origami paper cranes.  Chelsea District Library display to follow.  For details visit www.chelseafcc.com
  • Christmas on the (Waterloo) Farm
    Saturday, Dec. 1, 10am – 4pm; Sunday, Dec. 2, 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.

    12th annual wonderful artisans’ show featuring unique local talent - woodcarvings, bears, pastels, signs, folk paintings, textiles, jewelry, antiques and collectibles, rug hooking, furniture restyled, honey and fresh Christmas greens. Free refreshments, free admission and plenty of free parking.

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  • St. Barnabas 3rd Annual Quilt Show & Sale
    10am - 3pm, 20500 W Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea, MI 48118 www.stbarnabaschelsea.org
    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.
  • The Pam Radcliffe Gingerbread House Workshop (3 sessions)
    11am - noon, noon-1pm and 1pm -2pm* @ 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 sign up here or call Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce at 734-475-1145.  The event is named in honor of Pam Radclife, an active member of the Chelsea community. *The 3rd session is open at 1pm for special needs families and adults. 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 Match Campaign.   The Chelsea Area Historical Society’s Holiday Home Tour returns on Saturday December 1st. We have half a dozen older downtown area homes for you to tour along with something special this year – an inside tour of the historic Welfare Building which sits alongside the Clock Tower.  Many of the homes have been recently rehabbed and all retain their historic appeal and will be decorated for the holidays.  Details can be found at the CAHS website (ChelseaHistory.org), by calling 734-476-2010, or  by email [email protected].
  • Homemade Tween & Teen Gifts for the Holidays
    1:30 -3:00pm @ 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.  Register here or at Chelsea District Library.  handicap
  • 14th Annual Chelsea Light Parade
    6pm, along Main Street (street closed to thru traffic during the parade).    

The Light Parade is ON for tonight!  Put on your lights and grab an umbrella and Santa will see you as he parades down Main Street!

After, head to Main St. Church in the Clocktower Commons for hot chocolate and fun!

14th 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 online application or print and mail application 2018 Parade Application

  • Presents with a Presence: Organized by the Chelsea Area Girl Scouts.  Chamber Businesses can advertise on a walking decorated “Present” that is walked by a Chelsea Girl Scout volunteer in the Lighted Parade!  Your donation will not only support Chelsea Girl Scouts, but a portion will go towards a charity cause like Faith in Action’s Sponsor a Family for Christmas!!  New this year is an online signup https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F094BADA78-20185
    • Business decorates box:   $25 donation to the troop.   If the business needs a blank box, the Chamber of Commerce will supply or the business can supply, but must not be any bigger than 3 feet square, must be lighted, holes for arms and head (try it out first). Business can pick up the blank box from the Chamber of Commerce.  Troop will pick up and walk the decorated box
    • Troop decorates box:  $75 donation to the troop.  Troop will decorate. Troops buys lights, batteries and supplies (unless business wants to donate supplies also).  Business can supply business Logo.  Troop will pick up blank box from Chamber. 
    November 21 deadline - spots are limited so please sign up early to have the best chance of being matched with a Girl Scout volunteer
  • Lights Out After the Parade - FREE  Immediately following the Light parade, approximately 6:30pm.  The Clocktower Commons 320 N. Main Street.
    The community is invited to warm up after the parade with music, 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, Boy Scouts, and Cub Scouts of Chelsea. Tea Lights provided  by The Garden Mill.  Thank you to the following sponsors for their donation toward new lamps: Chelsea Masonic Lodge Olive 156, Kiwanis Club of Chelsea, Rotary Club of Chelsea, SRSLY, Surface Dynamics and Vintage Barn Boutique
  • Ballet Chelsea's 21st annual performance of The Nutcracker
    Dec. 1, 2 p.m. at Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer Rd.

Ballet Chelsea is celebrating their 21st annual performance of The Nutcracker in a collaboration with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra will provide live musical accompaniment to all four performances of this holiday classic. Visit balletchelsea.org for tickets.

  • SugarPlum Tea
    Dec. 1, 12:30 p.m. at Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer Road.
    The Sugar Plum Tea is a festive event before the 2 pm  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.

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.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2

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Community Events

  • Christmas on the (Waterloo) Farm
    Sunday, Dec. 2, 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.
  • Ballet Chelsea's 21st annual performance of The Nutcracker
    Dec. 2, 2 p.m. at Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer Rd.

    • Ballet Chelsea is celebrating their 21st annual performance of The Nutcracker in a collaboration with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra will provide live musical accompaniment to all four performances of this holiday classic. Visit balletchelsea.org for tickets.
    • SugarPlum Tea
      Dec. 2, 12:30 p.m. at Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer Road.
      The Sugar Plum Tea is a festive event before the 2 pm 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.
  • Chelsea Chamber Players Holiday Concert (2 shows)
    3pm & 7pm @ Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park Street.

    A special holiday performance featuring "American Rhapsody," set by Z. Randall Stroope, 2 Arab pieces -  "Nasam Alayna il-Hawa" and "Zuruni," "Holberg Suite" by Grieg,  and a Christmas Carol sing-a-long. Presented by the Chelsea Chamber Players along with students from the Chelsea High School Orchestra (Jed Fritzemeier and Nathan Peters, director), the Chelsea High School Choirs (Steve Hinz and Kristin Berger, directors),  the Chelsea FUMC Chancel Choir (Mark Loring, director), and the Dearborn Fordson High School Choirs (Matt Laura, director), and select musicians from the National Arab Orchestra. Please call Chelsea FUMC at 734-475-8119 for more information.   handicap
  • Christmas Concert
    5pm - 6pm @ Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1330 N. Freer Rd, Chelsea 
    Bring the whole family out to join us for an interfaith musical program featuring beloved Christmas music performed by congregational and children’s choirs. Refreshments to follow the performance. 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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For More Information

If you have any questions about how to participate in Hometown Holiday events, activities or sponsorships, please contact the Chelsea Area Festivals & Events at (734) 474-9178  or [email protected]

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