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Holiday Open House

Join the merchants of Downtown Petoskey for Holiday Open House, the region's premier holiday season event!

Photo courtesy Peg Muzzall

Held the first Friday in December (December 6 in 2013), from 6 to 9 pm, Holiday Open House begins with an appearance by Santa Claus, who flies in to town to light our giant Christmas tree in Pennsylvania Park.  After the tree lighting Santa will sit by the tree and listen to children's holiday wishes. 

Merchants open their doors to offer warm holiday greetings and hospitality. The streets are filled with merry entertainment by carolers and the Petoskey High School Steel Drum Band. And don't forget to visit the bean pots and enjoy a cup of soup made by the Petoskey Snowmobile Club.

This year, cast members from the Little Traverse Civic Theatre's production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas - the Musical will be performing at 6 pm just prior to the tree lighting.  Kevin Dunaway from 9 & 10 News will be on hand to help with the live broadcast. 

Many Downtown businessess will be offering special in store events.  Some of these are listed below.  Watch this space for new additions. 

  • McLean and Eakin will welcome Glenn Wolff signing copies of his newly illustrated version of A Child's Christmas in New England.
    Customers can also pick up a child's book request for The Women's Resource Center's Giving Tree starting during Open House through Monday, December 23.
  • The annual Candy Cane Village event sponsored by the Friends of the Petoskey Public Library will take place during the Downtown Holiday Open House on Friday, December 6, at the Carnegie Building from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Every child and teen who comes is invited to choose a book to keep. Music will be provided by Dr. Goodhart’s Home Remedy and refreshments will be served.
  • The Michigan Northern Lights chorale will be caroling in the streets.
  • Cast members of the Little Traverse Civic Theater's production of "White Christmas" will be performing at Monarch Flowers and Gifts in their new location at 317 E. Mitchell Street 
  • Cross Law Firm/Petoskey Title 407 Michigan Street will be hosting an outdoor holiday movie with smores.  This will be held outdoors in our parking lot on the south side of Julienne Tomatoes.

Come downtown and enjoy the smiling faces and Christmas fun with your family with this evening that is a holiday tradition on the first Friday in December every year.



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