Your downtown Farmington Holly Day guide

Santa comes to downtown Farmington on Saturday, Dec. 2 for Holly Day, an event that begins with a special farmers market and ends with a lighted parade and tree lighting at the Governor Warner Mansion.

There are other activities going on downtown; here’s your guide to the full day:

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Greens, Gifts and Giving market

11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Walter Sundquist Farmington Pavilion, Riley Park, and Grove Street. Shop for fresh wreaths, roping, centerpieces and more from Michigan farms, firewood, gifts and gourmet specialties. The market will feature strolling carolers, hot chocolate, a holiday train for the kids, and free gift wrapping. Page’s Food & Spirits will sell hot chili with proceeds benefitting Neighborhood House. Starting at noon, adults can enjoy a warm, spirited beverage at the Holly Days Inn.

Holly Day Larry Kliner
Volunteer Larry Kilner hung a wreath inside the Walter Sundquist Farmington Pavilion Wednesday.

Free movies

Starting at 10 a.m., Farmington Civic Theater, 33332 Grand River. Admission to “The Polar Express” or “Shrek the Halls” is free with the donation of a new toy, batteries, new book, non-perishable boxed or canned food items (expiration 2018) or a cash donation to the Farmington Area Goodfellows. Fifty percent of all concessions sales during the free movies will also go to the Goodfellows.

Farmington Winter Artisans Market

10 a.m-2 p.m., Masonic Hall, 23715 Farmington Rd. Benny Jet, of Benny and the Jets, will perform as vendors offer Michigan produce and gift ideas. The market is open Saturdays through December 23.

Santa visited last year with children at The Farmington Garage.

Santa Visits and Photos

1 p.m.-4 p.m., Great Lakes Ace Hardware, 33021 Grand River. Stop by to share your Christmas list with Santa and receive a free photo taken by the staff at Focal Point Studio.

Stories with Mrs. Claus and Elves’ Workshop

1 p.m.-4 p.m., The Farmington Garage 33021 Grand River. Gather around Mrs. Claus as she shares some heart-warming holiday stories.

Cookie Decorating and Crafts

1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, 33021 Grand River. Kids can decorate a sugar cookie and make holiday-themed crafts.

Shamrock Shore concert

2 p.m., Farmington Community Library Farmington branch, 23500 Liberty St. Hear the finest traditional Irish pub music and other classics in the library’s meeting room.

Riley Park float Light Up the Grand
Riley Park Ice Rink volunteers entered a float in the 2016 Light Up the Grand parade.

Light Up the Grand/Tree Lighting

6 p.m. The lighted holiday parade begins at School Street and Grand River and ends at the Governor Warner Mansion, 33805 Grand River. At the mansion, there will be a tree lighting and more opportunities to visit with Santa. Free tours of the museum with a donation to the Salvation Army.

Light Up the Grand
Parade-goers follow Santa to the Governor Warner Mansion.

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