Fifth annual Holly Days celebration takes over downtown Farmington this Saturday

Train rides. Choirs. Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Downtown Farmington is set to become a veritable holiday winter wonderland with the fifth annual Holly Days this Saturday, Dec. 1. Beginning at 10 a.m., the festivities stretch into the evening with events planned for children and adults alike.

At 10 a.m., Greens, Gifts & Giving will be featured at the Holly Days Market. The outdoor market at the Sundquist Pavilion runs through 6 p.m. and offers holiday shoppers the chance to purchase evergreen creations and gifts from local farmers and artisans.

The market also features warming beverages at the Holly Days Inn, train rides for the children, free gift wrapping, and a holiday photo booth.

Rock stars of the season Santa and Mrs. Claus will begin seeing children at 10 a.m. Santa will be listening to kids’ lists at Farmington Garage, and Mrs. Claus will be telling stories at Essential Family Chiropractic. Kids can get their hands on craft-making at the Elves Workshop at the Great Lakes Ace Hardware. Mr. and Mrs. Claus and their elves will be on hand until 4 p.m.

For those looking to get out of the cold for a couple of hours, the historic Farmington Civic Theater will be offering showings of the movies Polar Express and Shrek the Halls from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All that’s required for admission is a canned-good item.

Evening festivities include the Light Up the Grand Parade, which begins at 6 p.m. Local groups, businesses, and the Farmington-Farmington Hills fire trucks will be bedecked with holiday lights for a parade through the heart of downtown.

Follow the parade to the festively decorated historical Gov. Warner Mansion, where there will be a tree-lighting, visit from Santa, and sing-a-longs with the Farmington Community Choir. Cookies, milk, and hot cocoa will be provided.

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MJ Galbraith is a writer and musician living in Detroit. Follow him on Twitter @mikegalbraith.
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