The spirit of Christmas will shine brightly throughout the uptown area in Perry this year with the majority of businesses participating in the third annual Christmas Fantasy. This year’s event will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, beginning at the fire department with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Christmas carols will also fill the air throughout the evening, with roaming carolers provided by the Congregational Christian Church. The sweet voices of the Fenton Lakes Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will be strolling the uptown area from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Perry’s very own Sue Hammond will be at the Calkins-Macqueen House Museum playing the piano and leading the guests in popular Christmas songs and the Perry Library will get in the Christmas spirit with festive songs.
The festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the south end of the fire department (corner of Main and First streets), with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. The iconic duo will help with the lighting of the custom-made Christmas tree created and donated by the Michigan Laborers Training Center and Institute in Perry Township.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will then proceed to the Calkins-Macqueen House Museum, where they will visit children and the (live) reindeer from 6 to 8 p.m. In addition to Santa and live music, the Perry Historical Society will also be conducting its annual fundraiser featuring the sale of fresh balsam wreaths and other holiday decorations.
Dr. Dave Mika of Mika Orthodontics has agreed to sponsor the scavenger hunt again this year, and Dr. Tammy Mika of Perry Dental has agreed to sponsor the horses and wagon to escort Santa and Mrs. Claus and provide wagon rides during the event.
An ice sculptor will also be in town to create a special sculpture as a special thank you to the Michigan Laborers and Training Institute for contribution of the Christmas tree.
Several uptown businesses will be open to spread the Christmas spirit and provide goodies and activities for guests. A schedule will be provided at a later date.
Judging of the chili cook-off will be at 4:30 p.m. at the fire department. Pre-registration forms are currently available at Total Resale, 103 N. Main St., and Perry City Hall, 203 W. Polly Street. Prizes to use for the scavenger hunt, chili cook-off and large raffle are still needed.
For further information, please call Perry City Hall, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday, at (517) 625-6155, ext. 235, or via email at email@example.com.