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Hometown Holiday marks its 25th year

The annual Chelsea Hometown Holiday event is a festive, fun-filled weekend celebration, which traditionally kicks off the holiday season in the city.

This year marks the 25th year for the event, which will take place the weekend of Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, and it’s sponsored in part by Key Bank, Chelsea Teddy Bear Company and Lake Trust Credit Union.

The many activities begin Friday night when Santa Claus arrives to light the giant Christmas tree at Pierce Park. Then youngsters can sit on the big fella’s lap and share their wish list at Santa’s workshop at The Depot on Jackson Street.

“Unlike some of the other big events in town, this event is really for the people of Chelsea,” says Bob Pierce, executive director of the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce said in a press release.

“This is a true local celebration and we don’t really market outside of the community for that reason,” he said in a press release.

Included in the festivities is the 8th annual Holiday Light Parade along Main Street, which will be lit with luminaries, and following the parade, there is a community sing and afterglow party at Chelsea Teddy Bear Company.

“The parade and sing-along afterward really represent the holiday spirit here in Chelsea,” Pierce says. “It doesn’t get much warmer or fuzzier than that event.”

The event is co-sponsored and planned by the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce. In-kind sponsors are Chelsea Update, Chelsea District Library, Chelsea Comfort Inn & Conference Center, The Chelsea Standard, City of Chelsea, Chelsea McDonald’s, Chelsea Rotary, Chelsea State Bank, Merkel Furniture & Carpet One, Chelsea First United Methodist Church, Chelsea Public Schools, and the Chelsea local Girl, Cub and Boy Scouts.

For more information about other events in Chelsea, click here. For a detailed list of events and activities for this Hometown Holiday, click here.

As seen inside the Teddy Bear Company.
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