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Holly Days sprinkles in tradition, holiday seasoning

December 4, 2013

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Attendees gather around the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion at Riley Park during a previous Holly Days celebration.
Mrs. Claus reads children a story.

FARMINGTON — From sitting on Santa’s lap with a Christmas wish list to finding the perfect gift and ornate wrapping paper, Christmas will descend upon Farmington during the annual Holly Days 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7.

“It brings people into downtown Farmington during the busy holiday shopping season,” said Kristin Curle, Downtown Development Authority events coordinator. “It is the perfect holiday tradition.”

Some of those traditions include Victorian carolers, holiday gifts, a tree-lighting celebration at the Warner Mansion, food, entertainment, gift-wrapping and more.

Specifically, the North Pole and Santa will be closer than one may think at the Sundquist Pavilion, 33113 Grand River Ave.

From noon-4 p.m., Santa will hear the wish lists of everyone who goes to see the jolly fellow; a free family photo with Santa is also available.

Included in Holly Days is a Tree of Wishes 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for parents and children to bring a new pair of socks and mittens when they visit the “North Pole.” 

According to a press release, socks and mittens collected will be donated to the Farmington Area Goodfellows. Children and adults can also write their Christmas wishes on ornament
s to hang on the Tree of Wishes.

DDA Executive Director Annette Knowles said the annual celebration of the winter season offers a lot of fun activities for families, including things to do in and around downtown.

“It is really just a fun day for people to become excited about the holiday season, and to visit the businesses in the downtown and perhaps find a special gift,” Knowles said.

Some activities around town include holiday movies at various times at the Farmington Civic Theater, 33332 Grand River Ave.

The Governor Warner Mansion, 33805 Grand River Ave., is hosting a holiday open house 5-7 p.m., which includes caroling and a visit from Santa in the Carriage House.  

Knowles said that although independent retailers are not always able to compete against big box stores, it is important to stay local to promote strong retail districts, especially for the holidays.

“People like to have healthy retail districts in their communities, and those districts will stay healthy as long as folks continue to patronize them,” she said.

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