Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights

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The 2019 Festival of Lights is Set for December 7, 2019. Check all the details below.

      Thfirsweekend in December will be our annual Festivaof Lights themed at Christmas in the GalaxyWe have breakfaswith Santa from 8:00 to 9:45 a.m. at the Grass Lake Charter Township Fire Department. That is followd by the Into the Galaxy Cookie Quest beginning at the Whistlestop Depot and then visiting participating businesses around town to gather tasty galaxy themed cookies and collect stamps from each place you visit!! Return your completed passport to the Depot for a chance to win a Grand Prize Basket.   Santa makes a visit tthDepot from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with a lunch with Santa takes place at the Grass Lake Senior Center at Township Hall from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch is $10.00 per person and includes a new toy for children from Santa with Live Musical Performances. Reservations are required so be sure to call Susan at 734-845-4586 for a reservation. Later in the evening we have Festival of Lights parade and lightinof thChristmas tree downtown.

     Crafting Time takes place at the Roaming Goat at 115 S. Lake Street and will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., for kids to make Christmas cards to send to Meals on Wheels participants on Chrismas morning!

     Raffles & Wreaths are offered at Whistlestop Depot to peruse along with the Raffle Baskets. The Baskets will be loaded with toys and goodies for various ages. There will also be a Wreath Silent Auction. The parade lines up on Lafayette Street and kicks off at 6:30 p.m. then  traveling through downtown and ending at Lake Street. Lighting of the Village Christmas Tree will be at roughly 7:15 p.m. with Christmas Carol singing, hot chocolate compliments of the Grass Lake Lions/Leos Clubs, with the Basket Raffle winners announced on site following the tree lighting.

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The Christmas Festival of Lights program drew and amazing number of people into town in its first year during the Christmas season of 2010. Searching out all of the cookies they could find, visitors turned out for a marvelous day to open the Christmas season as hundreds of kids visited with Santa at the Depot, while the Fire Department collected canned goods and toys for those less fortunate during this season of giving.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the day was the “Cookie Tour”. Each family picked up their passports for the cookie tour and set out collecting cookies at 25 different locations around town and throughout the community. Whether it was just walking through downtown, or taking the horse and wagon rides to the Coe House Museum, most shuttled throughout the area seeking the stamps on their passports for a chance at the Christmas basket prizes at the Depot. With the afternoon pretty much occupied by looking for cookies, listening to music at the Depot, or simply wandering the businesses downtown, most occupied their time at one end of town or the other until the parade got underway at 4:00 p.m.Rosequeen

The streets were lined with people at the start of the parade with a host of creative attempts at lighting up, and sounding up, their different approaches in parade floats, all of which culminated in the lighting of the tree on the grounds of Whistlestop Park at 5:00 p.m. Hundreds of cups of hot chocolate were consumed as everyone awaited the arrival of Santa for the lighting of the tree adorned with more than 8,400 lights. At the designated time, the Mayor started the countdown as Santa made the final connection to light up the tree to applause and oooh’s and aaahh’s. As the spirit and hot chocolate warmed the hearts, Grass Lake native and Jackson County’s Rose Queen Casey McKay autographed pictures for a line of little girls inside the Depot.Parade2

An overall enjoyable day throughout Grass Lake, the spirit of Christmas was well underway thanks to the key coordination of Jennifer Crouch and Sharon Coppernoll and the crew of people that they put together to pull off another fine community event. 

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