Hometown Holiday

December 1-3, 2017

Hometown Holiday Activity Schedule 2017

December 1 - 3, 2017

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, December 1st.

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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Community Events

  • Custom Built Gingerbread House Displays: Dec. 1 - 17.
    Custom made gingerbread homes 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) or Allstate Insurance (1161 S. Main St.) through December 16. The donations are then distributed locally through Faith In Action.
  • 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.
  • Limited Edition Christmas Ornament:
    Nov. 26-Dec. 24.
    Get a 2017 collectible Chelsea Christmas ornament at select retailers.  Contact the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce for details.
  • Ballet Chelsea's 20th annual performance of The Nutcracker
    Dec. 8, 7 p.m. at The Potter Center, 2111 Emmons Rd., Jackson
    Dec. 9, 7 p.m. at Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer Rd.
    Dec. 10, 2 p.m. at Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer Rd.
    Ballet Chelsea is commemorating their 20th annual performance of The Nutcracker with a collaboration with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra will provide live musical accompaniment to all three performances of this holiday classic. Visit balletchelsea.org for tickets.
  • SugarPlum Tea - SOLD OUT
    Dec. 9, 12:30 p.m. at Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer Road.
    The Sugar Plum Tea is a festive event before the 2 pm Sunday 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.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1

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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. 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 2017 Chelsea Community Fair Jr. Homemaker lights the Holiday tree to start the festivities. Sing-a-long with  Chelsea choirs. Presented by Chelsea Rotary.
  • 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. Drop-in visitors are welcome, however it is suggested to pre-register for times to see Santa by clicking here. Sponsored by Chelsea Children’s Co-op Preschool.
  • Live Nativity Scene: Two Shows:7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. New location: Clocktower Gazebo, behind the Clocktower Commons.
    The cherished outdoor community event is a highlight of the Christmas season and includes live animals and a 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.  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.
  • 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 and Santa's helper make the magic of the holidays come alive with stories and songs! Bring your camera for a photo with Mrs. Claus! Sponsored 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 30 and Friday, December 1 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 2

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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
    10am – 3pm @ Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park Street.
    By appointment only, please click here to register online. (This year, an early shopping session of the bazaar will be offered on Thursday, November 30 for children who would benefit from a quieter shopping experience. Special needs sign up here.)
    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, please contact Chelsea First United Methodist Church.

  • Christmas on the (Waterloo) Farm
    Saturday, Dec. 2, 10am – 4pm; Sunday, Dec. 3, 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, tiles, folk paintings, textiles, jewelry, antiques and collectibles, rug hooking, and fresh Christmas greens. Free refreshments, free admission, and free parking.  allthetrimmingsholidayshow.weebly.com
  • 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 call the FCC at 475-1844 or sign up online at www.chelseafcc.com   The event is named in honor of Pam Radclife, an active member of the Chelsea community. A 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. 
    Tour tickets are available at the museum, The Garden Mill, Chelsea Hometown Pharmacy, or online at ChelseaHistory.org. Five homeowners will share their historic and unique homes as a fundraiser to help pay for the purchase of the Museum.  Four turn-of-the-centre homes and one uniquely designed home built in the 1940s will been the tour. Beginning in November, featured homes can be viewed on the website at ChelseaHistory.org. Sponsor for the event are Chelsea Family Dentistry, Heydlauff's Appliances, and Merkel Furniture and Carpet One.
  • 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 our children make you a present. All supplies provided.  Register here or at Chelsea District Library.  handicap
  • 13th Annual Chelsea Light Parade
    6pm, along Main Street (street closed to thru traffic during the parade).    
    13th 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 application here.
  • 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 and Cub Scouts of Chelsea. Sponsored by The Garden Mill.
  • St. Barnabas 3rd Annual Quilt Show & Sale
    10am - 3pm, 20500 W Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea, MI 48118
    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.
  • 6pm - 8:30pm @ Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1330 N. Freer Rd, Chelsea 
    Come join us for a Christmas Creche Celebration called "O Come Let Us Adore Him". This free event is open to the public and will feature creche displays (nativity scenes) from around the world.
    (see  more details below)  handicap

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 3

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Community Events

  • Christmas on the (Waterloo) Farm
    Sunday, Dec.3, 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.
  • Robin Hills Holiday Extravaganza
    11 am-2pm at Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M52, just north of the City of Chelsea. 
    Begin your holiday season with a special day at Robin Hills Farm! Start with a delicious Sunday farm-to-table brunch in our Nest restaurant. Then, catch a horse drawn sleigh/carriage ride, take a guided tour along the trails of our amazing 129 acre eco-destination farm, shop the Marketplace for holiday gifts from local producers and artisans, and create beautiful felt ornaments to take home! Register for our wreath decorating classes with Jenny Bollinger of Chelsea Village Flowers (pre-registration necessary) and bring home your own hand-decorated holiday wreath. Wreaths are handmade locally! Plenty of festive fun and excitement for the whole family!
  • Chelsea Chamber Players Holiday Concert (2 shows)
    3pm & 7pm @ Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park Street.

    A special holiday performance featuring "Jubilate Deo" by Dan Forrest, "Serenade in G Minor" by Carl Reinecke,  and a Christmas Carol sing-a-long. Presented by the Chelsea Chamber Players along with students from the Chelsea High School Orchestra (Jed Fritzemeier, Conductor), the Chelsea High School Choirs (Steve Hinz, Conductor),  the Chelsea FUMC Chancel Choir (Mark Loring, Conductor), and the Detroit Renaissance High School Choirs (Patricia DeBose, Conductor). Please call Chelsea FUMC at 734-475-8119 for more information.  handicap
  • 1pm - 7pm @ Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1330 N. Freer Rd, Chelsea 
    Come join us for a Christmas Creche Celebration called "O Come Let Us Adore Him". This free event is open to the public and will feature creche displays (nativity scenes) from around the world.  See details about the special musical programs at 2 and 5 p.m. at www.ChelseaChristmasMusic.com
    2pm and 5pm @ Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1330 N. Freer Rd, Chelsea 
    Along with creche displays from around the world, two brief musical programs on Sunday, December 4th at 2PM and 5PM will feature classical and traditional Christmas music (2pm), with a more child friendly program at 5pm. The concerts showcase tenor Stanford Olsen, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera, and currently chair of the  Voice Department at the University of Michigan. For more information visit www.chelseachristmasmusic.com  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.

For More Information

If you have any questions about how to participate in Hometown Holiday events, activities or sponsorships, please contact the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce at (734) 475-1145 or info@chelseamichamber.org.