we’re still enjoying the burst of fall colors, crisp air, and hot cider, it
won’t be long before we trade in the colors and crisp air for sweaters and hot
chocolate. The holidays are just around the corner; plan ahead with the City of
Fennville this year, and join the holiday celebration December 1, 2012!
Starting in November, downtown
businesses are encouraged to participate in the window-decorating contest.
Judging will take place December 1st, and will be done by the City
Council Members. First place will be awarded $50 in Fennville Dollars, and
second place $25 in Fennville dollars. All are welcome and encouraged to be as
creative as desired!
Starting the day off, stop by
the Fennville District Library and
visit the reindeer from 10a-12p! Share the mid-day with the Fennville Arts
Movement at Salt of the Earth from
noon-3p for the 2nd annual Holiday Art Hang. Enjoy pieces of art for
sale from local artists (some belonging to 89
Art Scene). See what Chef has up his sleeve for appetizers and drinks, and
enjoy music and overall holiday cheer at Salt of the Earth! If ugly sweaters
are your thing, stop by Steven’s Hotel
from 3-5p. With the ugly sweater contest being such a big hit last year, the holiday
committee decided to keep it a running tradition!
Celebrate with the Downtown
Development Authority as they host a ribbon cutting ceremony of the 220
Building! After a year of renovation, this community building is ready to host
a multitude of programs and provide a space in which our community will benefit
from (including hosting pictures with Santa later in the evening)!
Join the entire town at 5p for
the Holiday Parade, featuring Santa, his reindeer and sleigh, and various
community members (all are welcome to participate)! Line up at the upper level
of the parking lot at the Fennville Elementary School at 4:45. A “Best in Show”
prize will be awarded to the best float judged by an elected committee. The
tree lighting with carols performed by the Barber Shop Singers from Holland
will commence immediately after the parade, with Mayor Dan Rastall lighting the
tree. The Barber Shop Singers will also
carol at any local business still open, what a treat to hear!
Directly after the tree
lighting ceremony, all friends of Santa are encouraged to head to the 220
Building for pictures with Santa! Hot chocolate and small activities will be
provided as children (and adults!) wait their turn to chat with Santa. Free carriage rides will depart from this
location as well.
Remember to support local this
holiday season! If participating in the holiday celebration is not on your
calendar, stop by any one of our Chamber Members for great holiday gifts! Chose
a gift certificate for local art,
fantastic restaurants and wine, a weekend (or two!) away at a bed and breakfast, cut your tree at Baragar’s Farm! Whatever your holiday
needs, the Greater Fennville Chamber of
Commerce can help! For more information on local businesses, check out the
business directory at www.greaterfennville.com. Holiday celebration updates
will be posted as the date draws near, and as always, e-mail Annie at