Chelsea Area Festivals & Events welcomes a garland of festive events during the 32nd Annual Chelsea Hometown Holiday weekend.
Sponsored by Rick Taylor Real Estate – Reinhart Realtors, the weekend includes a jam-packed calendar of joyful events including holiday music, visits with Santa, gift making and so much more. The city will be decked in holiday splendor to warm the hearts of visitors and to put us all in the holiday spirit.
Friday, Nov. 30
Festivities begin at 6 p.m. on Friday with a Tree Lighting Ceremony, presented by Chelsea Rotary, under the gazebo in Piece Park on Main Street. The 2018 Chelsea Community Fair Queen Madison Brodeur, will light the Holiday tree as Santa makes a special appearance when he arrives in the Chelsea Area Fire Authority ladder truck. Students from the Beach Middle School choir will lead the crowds with a community holiday sing-along.
At 6:30 p.m., Santa heads to First Congregational Church at 121 E. Middle St. (note new location this year) where he will spend the evening listening to special wishes from Chelsea’s children during Santa’s Workshop. The Chelsea Children’s Co-op Preschool sponsors free craft projects for the children – parents are encouraged to bring their camera for photo opportunities with Santa.
Just north of the First Congregational Church , and across from the train depot, Chelsea Farmer’s Supply welcomes the community for Mrs. Claus’ Christmas story-telling presented by Chelsea District Library from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mrs. Claus will make the magic of the holidays come alive with stories and songs. Bring your camera for a photo with Mrs. Claus.
The Live Nativity Scene at the Clocktower Gazebo has shows starting at 7 and 7:30 p.m. The cherished outdoor community event includes live animals and a community Christmas choir.
Chelsea ATA Martial Arts, located at 420 North Main St., provides a fun place to decorate free sugar cookies donated by Chelsea Bakery from 6:30-8:30 p.m. ATA Martial Arts instructors and students will be performing demonstrations throughout the event. Next door, Ink Frenzy invites visitors to warm-up inside with free hot chocolate.
Stop by the Chelsea District Library from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to listen to the musical group, Common Chords. The heartwarming holiday performance by the hand bell choir is accompanied by light refreshments. Presented by Chelsea District Library.
Also on Friday, all ages are invited to the Chelsea Senior Center at WSEC, 500 Washington St., between 11 am and 1 p.m. to indulge in a cookie or two. Freshly baked sugar cookies will be available to decorate and enjoy. Questions, call the Chelsea Senior Center at 734-475-9242.