The merchants and Chamber of Commerce of Caledonia, Michigan are gearing up for several Christmas events in this farming community located just a few minutes south of Grand Rapids.
On Friday, December 3, 2010, the Caledonia Main Street Merchants’ Western Week Committee will host “A Main Street Christmas” in downtown Caledonia. This event will begin at 7 p.m. and run until 9 p.m.
According to committee member Terry Muller, there will be camp fires in several different locations to warm those who participate in the festivities. There will be a Main Street Business Trivia game, an opportunity for families to make ornaments for their own Christmas tree, music from a brass band, and a street performance by the students from the Caledonia Dance Center. At 7:30 p.m. there will be a Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Downtown businesses will be open and will have delicious treats available for everyone. Santa will be on the scene with one of his reindeer as well, and kids can get their picture taken with him.
On Saturday, December 4, the Caledonia Chamber of Commerce has several activities planned for “Christmas in Caledonia.” One such event, which was begun several years ago by local restaurant owners Bruce and Kerri Higgins, is the Food and Toy Drive, which collects food, toys, and also clothing items to be distributed to local needy families. This annual drive has already begun collecting items, which will be distributed the week before Christmas.
There will also be an art auction and a holiday wreath auction, the proceeds from which will also go toward helping needy families. Donated wreaths are being collected at the United Bank in Caledonia.
The “Christmas in Caledonia” event kicks off at 2 p.m. with a parade through downtown Caledonia. A contest will be held for the best decorated float.
From 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Brightside Church will be hosting several activities at the church site including family-friendly Christmas movies, crafts, and a cake walk. For those who prefer outdoor activities, sledding and ice skating will also be available, weather permitting. At 4:30, the Brightside Praise Band will lead a time of Christmas caroling.
From 2:30 to 5:00, the art auction items will be on display at Brightside Church; at 5:00 final bids will be taken, and a reception will be held.
At 6:00 there will be a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the site of the new Caledonia Library. Former librarian Jane Heiss will be honored for her years of service at the library. There will also be opportunity for pictures to be taken with Santa Claus.
If you like Christmas events with a small-town atmosphere, Caledonia offers many enjoyable activities for the family.
Resources: The Sun and News, November 20, 2010, page 3; The Sun and News, November 27, 2010, page 10; personal knowledge.