The Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a holiday season kick-off on Saturday, December 1 that includes visits with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, free movies at the Farmington Civic Theater, and a lighted holiday parade.
Holly Days, a long-standing community tradition, runs from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., rain or shine, and includes these activities along Grand River, from Grove Street to the Governor Warner Mansion:
Greens, Gifts, and Giving Market 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Enjoy free trackless train rides in the park, sponsored by the Annette Compo Keller Williams Home Team, free onsite photos with Livonia Photo Booth, courtesy Ignition Point Workshop of Farmington, free gift wrapping, hosted by the Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimists, kids ornament crafts with the Farmington Area Jaycees, and more. GIFTS, GREENS, TRAIN RIDES AND MORE AT FARMINGTON HOLLY DAYS MARKET
Free movies at the Farmington Civic Theater 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
See “The Polar Express” (10 a.m. and 12 p.m.) and “Shrek the Halls” (10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 1:15 p.m.) with a donation of canned goods for the Farmington Area Goodfellows holiday drive.
Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Children may share their Christmas wishes with Santa at the Farmington Garage at Grand River and Grove Street, and have a free photo taken courtesy Focal Point Photography. Sponsored by Perfect Eyebrow Threading and Spa, Mrs. Claus will tell stories at Essential Family Chiropractic, located next door to the U.S. Post Office in the Downtown Farmington Center. Elves will be working overtime at Great Lakes Ace Hardware in The Groves shopping center.
Light Up the Grand parade 6 p.m.
Grand River will close from 5:55 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. from Shiawassee to Power Road for the parade. Units line up on Warner Street and move onto Grand River from there. Units lineThe parade is presented by Paulsons Audio & Video.
Tree lighting at the Governor Warner Mansion 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Follow the crowd from the parade west on Grand River to the Mansion, where Consumers Energy sponsors the lighting of the tree in the gazebo. Sing carols along with the Farmington Community Chorus, visit with Santa on the porch, enjoy the Mansion’s festive, Victorian holiday decor, and have cocoa and cookies provided by Fresh Thyme Farmers Market.