Jingle Journey lands in Mount Clemens

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published November 30, 2018

MOUNT CLEMENS — Eat, sing, meet Santa, get creative and delight your love of trains during the Mount Clemens Jingle Journey this weekend.

This annual event, which will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 9, will have something for the entire family, said participant and organizer Kim Parr, director of the Crocker House Museum and the Macomb County Historical Society.

“We get a lot of grandparents who like to take their grandchildren every year,” said Parr. “And because parking is free and we have Dial-A-Ride offering free shuttle service to each location, it makes it less stressful.”

Jingle Journey activities will take place at the Crocker House Museum, the Anton Art Center, the Michigan Transit Museum and the Gratiot Valley Model Railroad Club.

Doug Kass, with the railroad club, said they will be offering tours of their showroom, where a HO scale train set will be running through 1,900 square feet of space. The entire setup, which Kass said took club members 20 years to complete, is about 80 percent scenic. He said there will be four or five trains running for visitors to see.

“We only meet four times a month to work on it,” Kass said. “Many people don’t realize we’re here. We’ve been at the same location in Mount Clemens since 1995. We hope being a part of the Jingle Journey will give us more exposure.”

The club will also have a “Polar Express” train on hand, and there will be plenty of train education for the family. Kass is a supporter of Operation Lifesaver, the rail safety organization founded by the Union Pacific Railroad.

“We’ll be handing out literature as well as candy canes,” Kass said. “We know children love trains, so we hope they come and enjoy this kind of hands-on experience and really appreciate trains and learn something.”

More train history and education, as well as trolleys, will be found at the Michigan Transit Museum.

At the Anton Art Center, Executive Director Phil Gilchrist said visitors are welcome inside for free during the event, and their popular Holiday Market will be open for business.

“We’ll have button making, cookie decorating and origami happening over here,” he said.

Parr said Santa Claus will be at the Crocker House Museum for photographs in the nursery.

“Everyone can take their own pictures, and it’s a really nice backdrop, like the 1880s,” Parr said. “It’s all much more intimate than going to a mall.”

In addition, an Elf on the Shelf will be telling her Christmas story, and carols will be played on the old pump organ.

Children in attendance can make their own scrap art cookies, and then enjoy coloring while eating cookies and watching old silent Christmas films from the turn of the century.

Entry to the Crocker House Museum during the Jingle Journey costs $4 for adults and $2 for children.

The Crocker House Museum is located at 15 Union St., the Anton Art Center is at 125 Macomb Place, the Michigan Transit Museum is at 200 Grand Ave., and the Gratiot Valley Model Railroad Club is located at 281 North Ave.