Holiday celebrations in and around Ann Arbor

December 1, 2012 by  

Ann Arbor, Michigan, and nearby communities are getting into the holiday spirit, with many events designed to celebrate the season.

In Ypsilanti, eight miles from Ann Arbor, the Depot Towns Merchants’ Association kicked things off by lighting a Christmas tree last Saturday, November 24. This is the twelfth year of the ceremony, which not only lit up a 40-foot pine tree, but also featured appearances by Santa Claus and carols by the Ypsilanti Community Choir and the Boychoir of Ann Arbor.

Next Saturday, December 8, children can sit down for a full breakfast of pancakes and eggs at the Sidetrack Bar and Grill, according to owner Linda French. The jolly old elf himself will come to the restaurant to visit the children’s tables. After breakfast, Santa plans to go to the Enchanted Florist, where he will let well-behaved children sit on his lap, make their Christmas wishes known, and give each child a small gift.

The event starts at 9:00 am and reservations are required, though there is no admission charge. However, attendees are asked to bring canned goods to donate. Reservations can be made at the Enchanted Florist.

There will be late-night shopping on December 15, as Depot Town holds a ‘Midnight Madness’ sale. Several shops will be open until 10:00 pm, including One Love Culture Shop and Kim’s Resale Shop and several will offer 20% discounts.

Merchants gearing up for this event could have flyers printed by local printing companies to give details of their extended hours and the discounts they are offering.