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Christmas in the Village

November 27, 2013 - Ortonville- Kick off the magic of the holiday season with Christmas in the Village.

The annual event will be held Dec. 7, with most events taking place between 1-5 p.m. with more participants than ever.

"This is a memory-making event," said DDA Executive Director Molly LaLone. "Bring your kids for old-fashioned charm in an old-fashioned village."

The centerpiece of the event is the parade, which begins at 3 p.m. downtown and features Santa Claus, who will ride in a beautiful carriage sponsored by Thompson's Hardware and Hamilton's Feed & Fuel. Also in the parade will be vintage tractors decorated for Christmas. Following the parade, the Yesteryear Tractor Club will offer hayrides at the fire hall on Pond Street. Rides in Santa's carriage will also be available, although if you want to see Santa, you will need to go to the Old Town Hall, where he will be hearing children's Christmas wishes and posing for photos.

Joining Santa at the Old Town Hall will be Mrs. Claus, reading stories. Besides visiting Santa, children will also want to visit Fire Station #1 on South Street, where they can do kids crafts from 3-5 p.m. At Hamilton's on Mill St., get a free peanut butter pinecone birdfeeder craft and check out Two Pine Forge Blacksmithing there for a demonstration and purchase a commemorative ornament for $1. Drop by The Local Relic for a free upcycling make and take.

Free raffles for goodies are available at both South Street Consignment and First Impressions Hair Salon, and for every purchase made at any of the shops in the village, or at Santa's Shop at the fire station (various craft vendors from 1-5 p.m.), you can receive a ticket for a prize drawing at the tree lighting ceremony. Must be present to win.

Check out the St. Dominic's Chapel Girls Choir at 2:30 p.m. at the Old Town Hall, where you can also find alpacas and reindeer. Music will also be heard in a dulcimer concert at the Old Mill at 11 a.m., and in a classic winds concert at 1 p.m. at the library community room, 304 South St.

There will also be plenty to eat at Christmas in the Village, with breakfast and lunch options at the Old Mill (along with tours of the museum), as well as the traditional ham dinner sponsored by the Ortonville United Methodist Men at the church located at 93 Church St. Pick up free cookies and cocoa at J&N Supplies. A cookie walk is planned at the Masonic Temple from 2-4 p.m., and bake sales will also be from 2-7 p.m. at the Ortonville United Methodist Church, as well as at the Edna Burton Senior Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

"Reindeer, Santa, carriages—this community goes all out to provide great memories for everyone," said LaLone.

Susan covers Brandon Township and Ortonville
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