Christmas comes to the Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published November 26, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Holiday happiness will bubble over this month with days of fun planned for children of all ages across the city.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at City Hall Dec. 6 as part of the St. Clair Shores Tree Lighting hosted by the Activities Committee.

The evening event will kick off at 6 p.m. with visits with live reindeer. Held on the grounds of City Hall at 11 Mile Road and Jefferson Avenue, the reindeer will be available for visits from 6-8 p.m. The sounds of the season will be playing for visitors during that time, as well, and the St. Clair Shores Optimists and the Miss St. Clair Shores Scholarship Program will host a warming station with free hot chocolate and doughnuts inside City Hall. Outside, kettle corn will be available for purchase from a local vendor.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Division will arive around 6:45 p.m. Also around 6:45 p.m., the program will begin on the outdoor stage with performances from the St. Clair Shores Community Chorus, Casali School of Dance, Rhythm-N-Jump Dance Academy, a song from Little Miss St. Clair Shores and music from the Lakeview High School band.

Santa Claus and his merry wife will arrive between 7:30-7:45 p.m. to light the tree, and then the couple will head on over to the Roe on In Café behind the St. Clair Shores Public Library, where they will meet with all the children of the city until the last one has sat on Santa’s lap. Visitors are welcome to bring their own cameras to capture the moment. Also at that time, behind City Hall, the Sweet Adelines will sing.

The café will be serving a limited menu of hot dogs, chips and drinks, and visitors are asked to bring an ornament to decorate the Christmas tree inside, which will be donated to a St. Clair Shores family. After visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus, visitors can head over to the Selinsky-Green Farmhouse Museum, which will be open until approximately 9 p.m. that night with refreshments, music and Victorian Christmas decorations.

Maureen Antushevich, chair of the Activities Committee, said the entire event is paid for with funds raised through sponsors.

“The doughnuts and hot chocolate is donated by the Optimists and the Miss St. Clair Shores (program). The performers all donate their time and … the Activities Committee, we fund it with whatever funds we’ve raised from our generous sponsors,” she said. “It’s a St. Clair Shores tradition.”

The following week, the St. Clair Shores Public Library will throw open its doors for “Holiday Happenings,” with bake sales, crafts and more.

The Friends of the Library will host its annual Holiday Gift, Book and Bake Sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 14. Library Director Rosemary Orlando said the public is welcome to bring donations in ahead of time; baked goods can be dropped off Dec. 13, and craft items can be donated anytime before the event.

In the Youth Services Room, the library will offer drop-in holiday crafts from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and again from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 14. Children will be able to make a Santa Claus and a Christmas tree, and there will also be a candy cane hunt during those times, as well.

“Everybody’s invited,” Orlando said. “Little people are encouraged to have an adult help them with the craft. They’re going to place little candy canes throughout the children’s room, and they’re encouraged to find those.”

After making the craft upstairs, visitors are encouraged to visit the Local History Center in the lower level of the library from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or from 1-4 p.m. for cookies, a historical puzzle and another craft.

Orlando said they try to offer a historically-themed craft to encourage children’s interest in local history and highlight what’s available in the center.

“It’s a really happy, pleasant day at the library,” she said.

And Santa Claus will return for visits at the Selinsky-Green Farmhouse Museum from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 14, as well. Orlando said the visit is sponsored by the St. Clair Shores Optimist Club and often includes live animals and “the Santa train.”

“Last year, over 700 people visited the museum that day,” she said.

Return to the museum Dec. 21 for gingerbread baking and decorating at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. Children can decorate their own cookie to be baked in the old-fashioned wood oven and enjoy music and Christmas stories in the parlor.

For more information, contact the St. Clair Shores Library at (586) 771-9020 or