Annual Christmas event draws generations of residents to downtown Bay City

Though Mother Nature didn’t exactly cooperate with last week’s kick-off event for Sundays in the City, organizers are hoping that the next three Sundays will be that much more pleasant for visitors to the city’s downtown.

Sundays in the City takes place in December, continuing on Dec. 8, 15, and 22 in downtown Bay City. The event has been a downtown tradition for more than two decades, making it the longest-running community event organized by the city’s Downtown Development Authority.

The event offers shopping and dining specials from area businesses as well as free carriage rides and free holiday movies at the Bay City State Theatre.

"This is a great way to bring people downtown on a Sunday. Come see the Christmas lights and movies, take a carriage ride," says Susie Maxwell, Executive Director of the Downtown Management Board and DDA.

"A lot of people come downtown and they look at it as a way to create memories with their family and friends."

In addition to the carriage rides and holiday movies, there is also the opportunity to win the Sleigh of Gifts, an annual gift basket of sorts that includes approximately $2,000 worth of goods and gift certificates from participating businesses.

Most businesses will be participating in the Festival of Wreaths, where a business decorates a wreath to eventually be raffled off. Santa Bucks, $5 coupons to area businesses, are also available.

More than 20 area businesses are participating in this year’s Sundays in the City.

"Sundays in the City has been going on for well over 20 years. Now we have generations of guests that come," Maxwell says.

"It’s a great way to bring the community together."

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