Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Putting the sparkle in the holiday season

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire at last year's event in Glenn.
Glenn, Saugatuck celebrate season with lighting ceremonies:

Glenn: The Circle of Lights holiday celebration starts at 5 p.m. Friday at the Glenn Square, the corner of Blue Star Highway and 114th Avenue. The tree lighting and community sing-a-long starts at 5 p.m. with Santa arriving in a horse drawn surrey at the at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in Glenn last season.
Following the tree-lighting, St. Nicholas will lead the procession through Candy Cane Lane to the Glenn United Methodist Church where home-baked cookies and hot chocolate will be served. Children will also have the opportunity to visit with Santa. Other events include free family photos in an old-fashioned sleigh from 5-8 p.m., a Holiday Walk of local businesses and a Bake Sale at the Glenn School.

The Glenn Community Center will be hosting a Holiday Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the community center, 6953 114th Ave. More than 18 vendors bringing local, handcrafted and homemade products to the event.

Saugatuck: The tree-lighting ceremony is 5-7 p.m. Friday at Wicks Park on Water Street. The city’s lights will be turned on. The event includes music, refreshments, crafts and a visit from Santa Claus. Carriage rides will also be available from 4-6 p.m. throughout downtown.

Coming up:

• Saugatuck’s Christmas parade is 1 p.m. Dec. 1 through downtown.

• Fennville’s holiday events are Dec. 1 and include a holiday parade at 5 p.m. and tree-lighting ceremony.

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