Fowlerville to celebrate ‘Christmas in the Ville’ on Saturday, Dec. 2
All sorts of activities are planned this coming Saturday, Dec. 2, when Fowlerville once again celebrates ‘Christmas in the Ville’. Those activities, organized by the Fowlerville Business Association, range from hot air balloons to a pet parade to the firemen’s chili dinner and are highlighted by the arrival of Santa Claus, the parade through the downtown, and the lighting of the town’s holiday tree.
The Downtown will be closed to traffic on Grand River and North & South Grand Avenue from 2 to 8 p.m.
The ‘Balloons Over the Ville’ is expected to feature around 50 participants. Weather permitting, they’ll launch at 8 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. In addition, balloonists will maintain several warming stations in the downtown during the late afternoon and will be a key part of the evening parade.
‘Breakfast with St. Nick’ will help kick things off. This event will be held at St. Agnes Catholic Church (855 E. Grand River) from 10 a.m. to noon. A Scavenger Hunt takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., while at 10 a.m. M.R. Drucker’s General Store (108 E. Grand River) will offer ‘Cookie Decorating’. In addition, starting at 9 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m. is the Winter Wonderland Craft Show at the Place of Refuge Church, (6909 E. Grand River).
St. John’s Lutheran Church (132 S. Benjamin St.) will host a Soup Lunch and Cookie Walk from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aleta’s Flower Shop (111 S. Grand Avenue) will have a Coloring Contest at its store from noon to 5 p.m., White Barn Designs (141 S. Grand Avenue) will host Cookie Decorating and have a Christmas Photo Booth from noon to 3 p.m., while Brideau’s Apparel & Gifts (130 E. Grand River) will offer Face Painting from 1 to 3 p.m.
The Warming Hut will be at the First Baptist Church (214 S. Grand) from noon to 6 p.m. with hot drinks, cookies, doors prizes, and much more.
Starting at 2 p.m., the Fowlerville Police Dept. will seek donations of food and household products with its ‘Stuff the Cop Cars for the Family Impact Center’ at the Main 4 corners.
A number of events get underway at 3 p.m. in the downtown area. A ‘Pilot Meet & Greet’ will be held in the Downtown from 3 to 4 p.m. Ornament Making takes place at Kodet’s Hardware (111 W. Grand River) from 3 to 6 p.m. ‘Sleigh Rides & Hay Rides’ will run from 3 to 5 p.m. at the DDA lot on West Grand River. The Pet Parade starts at 3 p.m. in the Centennial Park. The Firemen’s Association, meanwhile, will serve its chili dinner at the fire hall from 3 to 6 p.m.
‘Reading in the Window,’ a story time for young children, takes place at the Chase Bank lobby from 3 to 5 p.m. A Popcorn Booth will be operating at Harmon Real Estate (100 W. Grand River) from 3 to 6 p.m. Family & Kids Games will take place at State Farm Insurance (205 E. Grand River) from 3 to 5 p.m.
Also starting at 3 p.m., Boy Scout Troop 336 will operate a Hot Chocolate Stand at 124 E. Grand River and an Ice Sculptor, sponsored by Edward Jones, will be at work in front of that business (109 E. Grand River).
The ‘Dashing Through the Snow’ 5K Run/Walk starts at 3:30 p.m. at the Main Four.
Area youngsters can also visit with Santa from 3 to 5 p.m. and again from 7 to 8 p.m. at the fire hall.
The First United Methodist Church (201 S. Second Street) will serve its chicken dinner from 4 to 6 p.m., while Santa’s Reindeer will be on view near the Christmas Tree from 4 to 7 p.m.
New this year will be the Monarch Hoop Troop performing at the Main 4 from 4:30 to 5:20 p.m., while the Livingston Lamplighters will be singing from 5 to 6 p.m.
The traditional lighting of the town’s Christmas Tree at the Main 4 Corners also will occur at 6 p.m.
The annual Christmas Parade steps off at 6 p.m. from the school parking lot on North Hibbard and proceeds to Grand River and then west to Veterans Drive. The Grand Marshals are Steve and Dawn Horton, publishers of the Fowlerville News & Views. The Hortons have owned and operated the area weekly newspaper since January of 1985. Dawn, who was the first woman invited to join the Fowlerville Rotary, recently observed her 30th year as a member of the local club.
The parade, which is sponsored by the Christmas in the Ville Committee with the support of the Fowlerville Rotary and the Fowlerville Business Association, has over 70 entries this year. A shuttle service will be in operation, starting at 4:30 p.m. and continuing until 7:30 p.m. from these locations on the outskirts of town—the Fowlerville Fairgrounds (west), Fowlerville High School (north), Park & Ride Lot (south) and Masonic Temple (east).
Another special attraction—new this year—is a ‘Drive Through LIVE NATIVITY’ at the Fowlerville United Brethren Church, located west of town on Grand River.
For more information and up-to-date reports of the event, visit the web site: www.christmasintheville.com or check out the Facebook page.