The elves have been working hard in Saline this year, getting ready for a wonderful holiday season! Tuesday night, the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Saline and Saline Main Street kicked things off at the annual Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony.
The attendees gathered at the KeyBank corner of Michigan Ave and N. Ann Arbor Street to celebrate the lighting of the giant Christmas tree with cookies from Benny’s Bakery and Busch’s, hot cocoa and coffee from Carrigan Café, and festive music by Doug & Doug. Five year old Anna-Louise Bachman won the “Ride with Santa” coloring contest and will have the honor of riding with Santa in his carriage in the Parade and Debbie Miller of Ypsilanti will receive the Grand Prize of $1,000 for the final drawing of the “Pave It Forward” Raffle.
There was also a special Ribbon Cutting by Mayor Marl to officially reopen Michigan Avenue.
The holiday fun continues on Saturday, December 3 at 5:30 p.m. with the 41st Annual
Christmas Parade - “A Saline Christmas Carol.” The parade will make its way down Michigan Ave. from Davenport St. to Lewis St. with more than 1,400 participants, 40 floats and special vehicles including a hot air balloon, bands, twirlers, dancers, and animals followed by Santa arriving at the four corners to greet crowds of excited children of all ages.
Mayor Pro-Tem David Rhoads will serve as the Parade Grand Marshal.
Parking downtown will be limited due to closures so visitors are encouraged to use the free Saline school bus shuttle from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. between Busch’s Shopping Center and the W. Henry Street parking lot behind Mac’s Acadian Seafood Shack. Also during the Parade, the Chamber will announce the Busch’s Grocery Raffle prize winners with a Grand Prize of $1,000 worth of Busch’s Groceries. Grocery Raffle ticket sales help support the holiday activities.
Immediately following the Parade, children can Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Merchants Square Building at 131 E. Michigan Ave. until 8pm. Please enter from the parking lot off of N. Ann Arbor St. through the rear door and be sure to bring a camera for pictures.
The holiday fun continues on Saturday, December 10 from 10:00am to 1:30pm at the popular “Treasure Trail to Santa” event at Busch’s Shopping Center. Participants should start at Physical Therapy in Motion and follow the trail to Santa, finding treats along the way as well as horse-drawn carriage rides, a free photo booth, and fun for kids of all ages.