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Deadline looms for Hometown Holiday light parade participants

File photo by Burrill Strong: Santa Claus is just one of the highlights of the annual Hometown Holiday Light Parade.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank D&B Strategic Marketing for the information in this story.)

Chelsea Area Festivals and Events is seeking participants for the annual Hometown Holiday Light Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7. The parade features a mix of motorized floats and walking units from Chelsea and the surrounding area.

Applications are available at the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce office at 222 S. Main Street, Suite B, or online at

The submission deadline is Monday, Dec. 2. 

Floats will stage in the parking lot of Chelsea State Bank (1010 S. Main St.) and must be in line by 5 p.m. The parade begins promptly at 6 p.m., proceeding north on Main Street. Continuing north, the parade ends at Jackson Street, just south of the railroad tracks. 

The community is invited to warm up at the “Lights Out After the Parade” party hosted by Main Street Church. Located inside the Clocktower Complex at 320 N. Main St., the free event includes music, s’mores and hot chocolate.

The Chelsea Hometown Holiday runs Friday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 8 and offers a variety of events appealing to all ages, including a Tree Lighting Ceremony, gingerbread house displays, a live Nativity scene, several classical music concerts, as well as many opportunities to visit with Santa.

Chelsea Hometown Holidays is organized by Chelsea Area Festivals and Events and is presented by Rick Taylor Real Estate – Reinhart Realtors.  Sponsors include Chelsea Retirement Community, Chelsea Comfort Inn & Conference Center, The Common Grill, Bill Ballagh State Farm Insurance, Harwood Solutions Inc., Key Bank, Lane Animal Hospital, Live In Balance Consulting, Olive Lodge, Print-Tech, Secret Crisis Comics and the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

For a complete schedule of events, please visit

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