Festivals help celebrate the season


The star of the season, Santa Claus, will be kept busy presiding over special events throughout the Tri-City Times coverage area the next two weeks.

CAPAC — The Village of Capac invites everyone to join in on the fun at their Cranberry Christmas on Saturday, December 2 for Christmas activities and fun for all ages!

The Capac schedule for this weekend includes a Christmas craft show at the Conrad Community Center and St. Johns from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Other events in town include Decorating Christmas Ornaments, Christmas Music & Movement Rising Stars Dance Studio & Hayrides at Melody Park -Village of Capac all from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m.

12 p.m.-2 p.m. Coloring Letters to Santa – Malear DePage & Associates

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Reading by Ernest Wenth-Toward – Capac Library.

1 p.m.-4 p.m. Face Painting, Crafts, & Christmas Bingo – A Salon.

1 p.m.-2 p.m. Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest – WeWork Designs

1:30 p.m-2:30 p.m. Christmas Stories with Dog & Bear – Rising Stars Dance Studio.

2 p.m.-4 p.m. Meet Santa! – Capac Library.

2 p.m.-4 p.m. Smores with Choice One Bank – Melody Park – Cookie Decoration – 2 Mommas Donuts & Bakery & Hot Dogs – New Dogs in Town.

3 p.m.–4 p.m. Meet the Grinch at Harvey Chiropractic.

5 p.m. Line Up at the High School to be in the Parade.

5 p.m.-7 p.m. Hot Chocolate with the Grinch at Miller’s Place.

5:30 p.m. Parade Begins.

After the Parade, meet everyone at Melody Park for the Tree Lighting.

In Imlay City

Meanwhile, the following week–Saturday, December 9–Imlay City will be hosting their Winter Fest event.

Winterfest, formerly known as the Winter Playground will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A day of holiday events will cap off with a lighted parade through downtown at 6 p.m. and a tree lighting afterward at Lamb Steele Park.

The special guest of the season, Santa Claus will be made welcome to Imlay City when Imlay City Mayor Joi Kempf presents a key to the city. The jolly fellow and Mrs. Claus will be available for visits in the park gazebo until 8 p.m. after the tree-lighting ceremony.

Having worked to come up with a new lineup for Winterfest, organizers say there are many new events including Breakfast with Santa at El Ranchito’s restaurant from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (reservations required) and an emergency vehicle first responders display from noon to 4 p.m. in the parking area of Third and Main Streets.

Free horse-drawn wagon rides are always a hit and will cruise throughout the downtown area from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Other planned activities include pinata games at Third and Main Streets at 4 p.m., a live nativity at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the Kringle Winter Market inside the Old Fire Hall on Third Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food trucks will also be stationed outside the fire hall.

To help keep the young ones busy, families can stop by Kids Craft Stations from noon to 4 p.m. downtown and take part in activities including personalized Christmas stockings at The Happy Little Quilt Shop E. Third St., ornament-making at King & King CPAs on N. Almont Ave. and cookie decorating at The Balanced Chef on E. Third St.

There will also be warming stations throughout the downtown area, with hot cocoa and s’mores sponsored by Imlay City Parks and Recreation.

To enter the parade or to be a sponsor for Winterfest, you can contact Christiana Bishop, executive director of the Imlay City Chamber of Commerce, at 810-542-3256 or icchamberexedir@gmail.com.

Vendor spots are still available at the Kringle Market. For more information on Winterfest, visit icdda.com/winterfest-2023.

Home Decorating Contest in Imlay City

The Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding a Christmas Home Decorating Contest this holiday season. Any home in the City of Imlay City or surrounding townships area’s are welcome to participate. To enter nominate your home or a neighbor’s home with a picture sent to the Tri-City Times and or the Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page. All nominations must be received prior to December 20th, between 6pm and 9pm. when a panel of judges will visit each nominated location. Judges will meet at participating area restaurants to tour nominated homes, public is welcome to tour with the judges. The winner will be determined at one location to be named later. The winner will be determined by a 50% vote of Tri-City Times readers and Imlay City Chamber Of Commerce Facebook nominations, the judges vote will determine the winner with 50% of the remaining vote tally. For more information please call Editor Dave Fredrick at the Times (810) 724-2615 or Chamber Director Chris Bishop at (810)542-3256. Get your nominations in by posting a photo on the Chamber Facebook page or sending a photo to the Tri-City Times at editor@pageone-inc.com. Additional information will be available in next week’s newspaper and Chamber Facebook page.