25th Annual Hometown Holiday: Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.
Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Family activities, including Santa visits and crafts. Gingerbread house displays in shop windows, and luminaria along Main St. in the evening. Merchant sales with entertainment and refreshments at many stores.
Nov. 30: tree lighting ceremony and Santa’s arrival (6-6:30 p.m., Pierce Park), Santa’s Workshop with storytelling and children’s crafts (6:30–8:30 p.m., Chelsea Depot), a Living Nativity with live animals and a Christmas choir (6:30-7:30 p.m., First Methodist Church), cookie decorating (6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea Teddy Bear Company), Common Chords handbell choir holiday concert (7–8 p.m., Chelsea District Library McKune Room ), and more.
Dec. 1: Free breakfast with Santa (8:30-10:30 a.m., Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center), Gingerbread House decorating for families (11 a.m.-noon & noon-1 p.m., First Methodist Church; space limited; preregistration required), Holiday Parade (6 p.m., Main St.), After-Parade Party & Community Sing led by the all-female vocal ensemble Counterpoint (7–9 p.m., Chelsea Teddy Bear Factory), the “Great Bear Cub Run” for kids (7 p.m., Chelsea Teddy Bear Factory), and more.
Dec. 2: Hometown Holiday Concert (3 & 7 p.m., First Methodist Church) by the Chelsea Chamber Players, the First Methodist Mosaic Choir and church organist Kyle Webber, and 18-20 Chelsea High musicians. The program features Schubert’s Mass in G, Rutter’s Suite for Strings, and Elgar’s Sospiri. Also, the Holiday Festival of Lessons and Carols (6:30 p.m., Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel) and more.
9 a.m.–10 p.m. (Nov. 30 & Dec. 1) & noon–7 p.m. (Dec. 2), downtown Chelsea. Free. 475–1145.