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Fennville's Downtown Holiday Celebration This Saturday (Dec. 2)


Fennville’s Downtown Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 2, has events for the entire family from reindeer and Santa to music, a parade and lights.

“This celebration is growing and draws a nice crowd of families from the surrounding area,” said Mark Schrock of the Fennville Downtown Development Authority. The group works with the Greater Fennville Chamber of Commerce to put on the holiday festivities. “Our mission is to make Fennville a comfortable, fun and welcoming place for residents and visitors alike.”

Family fun
Events start at the Fennville District Library, 400 W. Main St., with live reindeer from 10 a.m. to noon and a model train exhibit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Santa and Mrs. Claus make several appearances throughout the day. From 11 a.m. to noon, they are at Golden Orchards Assisted Living, 2464 55th St., for children and young adults with special needs. From 2-4 p.m., the Claus couple is at the Forever Curious Children’s Museum, 202 E. Main St., along with crafts for kids. At 6:45 p.m., they are under the Big Tent at Maple and Main streets with crafts for the children and refreshments.

New this year is the free puppet show presented by Saugatuck’s Village Puppeteers “Lost in Story Land” at 4 p.m. at the Forever Curious Children’s Museum.

“We want to continue to add activities that will fill the day with family fun,” said Mary Ann Krier, who helped organize the free event.

The puppet show is funded in part by the Michigan Humanities Council and the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs.

A food truck at Main and Maple streets will be serving barbeque to support the Fennville band boosters and Virtue Cider will be demonstrating its apple press.

Parade and lighting ceremony
The Holiday Lights Parade is 6 p.m. on Main Street. Lineup is 5:30 p.m. at Fennville Elementary School.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony is 6:45 p.m. at the corner of Maple and Main streets. The event features the Fennville High School Band, Fennville Elementary School Chorale and Holland Windmill Chorus. Winners of the best storefront decoration and parade participant winner as well as holiday wreath winners will be announced at 6:30 p.m. at the main stage.

Nonprofit groups have decorated wreaths that are now on display at local businesses. People can bid on displays. Nonprofits and their wreath locations are:
— Living Waters Community Church at Featherstone Antique Mall, 221 E. Main St.
— Fennville Elves at Hop N, 106 W. Main St.
— Girl Scouts at Root, 120 E. Main St.
— United Methodist Church at Dickinson True Value Hardware, 111 E. Main St.
— Wings of Hope Hospice at Salt of the Earth, 114 E. Main St.
— Fennville Friends at Fennville District Library, 400 W. Main St.
— Sylvia’s Place at Cris’ Hair Salon, 118 E. Main St.
— Ladders of Hope at Fenn Valley Winery, 6130 122nd Ave.
— Forever Curious at Forever Curious Children’s Museum, 202 E. Main St.
— Fennville Fire Department at Virtue Cider, 2170 62nd St.

After the lighting, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Big Tent along with crafts for the kids and refreshments. Horse-drawn carriage rides begin at 7 p.m. at Fennville and Maple streets.

Fennville’s Downtown Holiday Celebration This Saturday (Dec. 2)

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