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Holidays are here!

Events planned in Tri-City area towns

Zeke Kustowski gives Santa a high-five during his visit to Imlay City as part of last year’s holiday parade and festivities.

December 02, 2009
TRI-CITY AREA — Here's your chance to get in the holiday spirit if you aren't already. The communities of Almont, Capac, Dryden and Imlay City will each host special Christmas-related events this weekend. From lighted parades to cookie sales, everyone will get a chance to indulge in some holiday cheer.

In Almont, the Holly Day Light Parade will brighten the streets of Almont this Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

The Almont Downtown Development Authority welcomes people of all ages to participate in the fun which includes a performance by the Almont High School vocal music program at 6:30 p.m. at Fountain Park, followed by a Community Christmas Sing and tree-lighting ceremony also at the park.

The parade will start to travel down Main Street at 7 p.m. Look for local businesses, the Almont High School band and of course, Santa Claus, in the line-up.

For more information or to register for the parade, contact Nancy Boxey, DDA Director, at 798-8125 or go to

In Capac, the Capac Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to the Mussey Twp. Fire Hall on Sunday, Dec. 6, where Santa Claus will be taking youngsters' wishes and posing for photos from 3-5 p.m.. Complimentary hot dogs, hot chocolate and desserts will be served up as well.

At 5:30 p.m. the annual lighted parade will travel south down Main St from Park St. and stop at Main and Mill streets for a tree lighting ceremony.

Anyone interested in participating in the parade can contact Sally Cornell at (810) 338-5383. There is no entry fee.

In Dryden, the Dryden Historical Society will host its annual Holiday Cookie Sale this Saturday, Dec. 5. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., stop by the Dryden Historical Museum to select your homemade treats. Cost is only $5 for two dozen cookies. Proceeds from the event will benefit the museum and historical society.

Also on Saturday, children can have their photo taken with Santa Claus at the Dryden Fire hall from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. or at the Dryden Elementary School's North Pole Mall Vendor and Craft show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In Imlay City, the Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Authority will impart lots of holiday cheer this Friday, Dec. 4.

It all begins with the Snowball Drop at 5:30 p.m. at a new location—Third and Bancroft streets—where shoppers can gather 'snowballs' with discounts and special offers from area merchants. There will be a drop for adult and one for children.

Immediately following, Santa Claus will hold court at the Imlay City Historical Museum.

From there, Santa will hitch a ride in the 'Light Up Imlay City Christmas' Parade which will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Third and Main streets, circling downtown.

Shoppers are encouraged to take advantage of special discounts, promotions and even refreshments from Imlay City merchants throughout the day in conjunction with Customer Appreciation Day.

For more information, contact Chamber Director Kim Marrone at 724-1361.

Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she now resides north of Capac where she enjoys working on the farm, gardening and reading.
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