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EUP Communities To Host Christmas Season Events

St. Ignace Holiday Parade Set for Friday

AHome for the Holidays Parade is planned for 6 p.m. Friday, December 1, in St. Ignace, followed by the downtown Christmas Tree Lighting, Santa Land at The Pavillion, and Christmas caroling. The parade begins across from City Hall, and proceeds down State Street to Dock 1. Weather permitting, the parade may continue to the Marina before turning around and coming back to Dock 1, said Janet Peterson of the Chamber of Commerce.

Holiday treats and music will be offered along the parade route on State Street.

Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be taken at Santa Land at The Pavillion Saturday, December 2, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Photographs with pets visiting Santa will be offered from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Mackinac Island To Light Tree Thursday

The Mackinac Island community Christmas tree lighting ceremony and carol singing will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, November 30. The event will take place around the tree, which will be in the center of Main Street near the Tourism Bureau office.

One child will be selected from the crowd to turn on the tree lights while carols are sung.

Cedarville To Host Christmas Party Sun.

The 17th Annual Community Christmas Party will be held Sunday, December 3, at 3 p.m. at the Community Center in Cedarville.

Cedarville and Hessel residents are invited to attend the event, which will include a community sing-along, entertainment, homemade cookies, and gifts for children. Santa Claus will be the guest of honor, and is expected to arrive at the end of the entertainment and gift program drawings.

Children will receive door prize tickets for gift drawings throughout the afternoon. Adult names will be drawn throughout the afternoon for a turkey give-away.

Anyone who wants to donate new children's gifts or cash to the party can do so by calling Clark Township Hall in Cedarville at (906) 484- 2672, or by mailing them to Clark Township Community Christmas Party, P.O. Box 367, Cedarville Michigan 49719.

Les Cheneaux Tree Lighting Planned

Les Cheneaux Chamber of Commerce will host a tree lighting event Wednesday, December 6, at 7 p.m. in front of the Les Cheneaux Welcome Center on M-134 in Cedarville.

Reviving a community tradition, the event will include warm refreshments and cookies. The tree will be decorated with ornaments made by Les Cheneaux Community Schools students.

Everyone is welcome to attend, and should gather in front of the Welcome Center building on the highway side.

Public Invited to Moran Tree Lighting

The public is invited to the Brevort Township Christmas tree lighting in Moran Saturday, December 2, at 4 p.m. The tree is between the Moran post office and True Value Hardware on M-123. Free hot chocolate, apple cider, and cookies will be provided by Glen's Market.

Children will have the opportunity to take a 15- to 20-minute hay ride shortly after Santa Claus arrives. Later, at about 5 p.m., Santa will be at the tree, ready to discuss childrens' gift lists. The Zion Lutheran Church of Allenville Choir will perform, also.

The event is sponsored by the Brevort Township Community Foundation. The group will turn on the lights at dusk, said Foundation member Julie Lipnitz.

The event is expected to be bigger than in past years, she added. To pay for it, the Foundation has conducted bake sales and returnable can drives. The group is also sponsoring Christmas gifts for 10 area children.

The Foundation raised $540 at a bake sale Thursday, November 16. The can drive is ongoing. Returnables can be dropped off at True Value Hardware in Moran until Monday, December 11.

DeTour To Host Village Christmas Sat.

Mrs. Santa Claus will be on hand to read Christmas stories to children during a fundraiser event in the Sacred Heart Community Hall at DeTour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 2. It is one of many new events during a fundraiser that will help a local organization raise money to renovate the community hall into an arts center.

Mrs. Santa Claus will also be on hand for breakfast at Dockside Cafe in DeTour from 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. that day. She will read Christmas stories to children at the church hall at the top of each hour until 4 p.m.

The event, sponsored by the Eastern Upper Peninsula Arts Council, will include a craft show, characters in period fishing village costumes, and horse carriage rides, Christmas caroling, and roasting chestnuts on DeTour's main street.

AChristmas bazaar will be held during the event at DeTour's Presbyterian Church. The bazaar will include homemade soup, sandwiches, and dessert. Hot cider will be offered at the Catholic Church.

Also on hand at the hall will be DeTour resident Dawn Hamelink's large collection of miniature Dickens Village porcelain collectibles, which she will set up on the church's stage. The collection depicts scenes from author Charles Dickens' 1843 classic short story "A Christmas Carol."

Donation baskets will be passed around throughout the event to encourage people to donate to the art council's project. The art council hopes to raise $150,000 in an attempt to renovate Sacred Heart Hall into a community arts center.

Once renovations are complete, the organization hopes to continue using the building for a theater, and to host summer art classes, adult enrichment courses, and possibly revive showing movies there, while continuing to make it available for community use, receptions, and meetings.

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