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City of Fennville Holiday Celebration December 1, 2012
Posted: Oct 30, 2012

Although 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 Holiday celebration updates will be posted as the date draws near, and as always, e-mail Annie at

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