Parades, Santa visits and more planned
CAPAC/ALMONT — The communities of Capac and Almont will officially welcome the season this weekend when they host holiday events this Saturday, Dec. 4. The Capac Chamber of Commerce presents their annual Cranberry Christmas and the Almont Downtown Development Authority presents their annual Holly Day Light Parade.
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In Capac, the day starts with a Christmas storytelling event at 11 a.m. at Rooted Yoga, 122 N. Main St. with Ernest Werth-Toward, who’s been a favorite of past holiday event attendees. Werth-Toward’s visit is sponsored by Joe and Carol Nemecek.
Starting at 12 p.m. kids’ crafts, snacks and face painting can be found at the Capac Fitness Building on Main Street. Hot dogs and chips will be served and youngsters can decorate a cookie or pose for a special photo.
Santa Claus will arrive in town at 1 p.m. and be available to hear kids’ wishes and pose for photos at Rooted Yoga. Guests are asked to enter through the back entrance. He’ll be available until 4 p.m.
Between 3-5 p.m. streetside s’mores will be served up in front of the Capac Do It Best Hardware store on Main Street. The treats are sponsored by ChoiceOne Bank.
At 3:30 p.m. children ages 5-12 are invited to take part in a holiday scavenger hunt starting at the Capac Fitness Building.
Lineup for the Cranberry Christmas Parade starts at 5 p.m. in the high school parking lot. Local businesses, churches, community groups and individuals are invited to participate in the annual event. Anyone wanting to participate is encouraged to contact Mary Rilley at 810-650-9744.
The parade will then travel down Main Street south through downtown starting at 5:30 p.m.
The parade is then followed by the annual tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at the corner of Main and Mill streets.
For more information, see the Capac Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page.
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Saturday will mark the Almont DDA’s twenty-third time hosting the Annual Holly Day Light Parade.
The day’s events begin with Santa visits at Yarbrough Insurance Group LLC., located at 126 S. Main St., from 4-6 p.m. Santa’s guests will be given a gift bag and refreshments. All are welcome to bring a camera for photos with the big guy in red.
The Almont Historical Museum will once again be opening up for children’s crafts from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Santa’s mailbox will also be available at the museum for children to mail their letters to Santa. Guests are welcome to stop by the museum, located at 149 S. Main St., on Saturday between 1-9 p.m.
Downtown visitors can enjoy a bonfire in Fountain Park from 6-8 p.m. At 6:30 p.m, the Almont High School Varsity Singers will share the music of Christmas with a Community Sing. The parade will begin at 7 p.m. At the end of the parade, Santa will light the Memorial Tree on the northwest corner of St. Clair and Main streets.
Cash prizes will be awarded for the ‘Best of Parade’ entrants, as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for business, community organization and student group.
Event sponsors and volunteers are also being sought.
For more information and to register for the parade or access a sponsorship form, visit www.almontdda.com or contact the Almont DDA at 810-798-8125.