Evergreen Festival kicks off Christmas season in Reed City
REED CITY — The community of Reed City will celebrate the Christmas season on Friday, Nov. 27, and Saturday, Nov. 28. for the annual Evergreen Festival.
Each year, hundreds make a point to enjoy what the free holiday kick-off event has to offer with friends and family members.
"I love seeing the number of people supporting community events, especially when they're geared toward families," said Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chastity Eads. "The Evergreen Festival is a fun community and family-oriented event."
The annual arts and crafts show will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days of the festival. More than 100 booths and vendors will line Reed City High School hallways, cafeteria and gymnasium, offering items and gifts for friends and family of all ages. Concessions also will be available during the event.
"It brings so many vendors from Michigan into one location," Eads said. "They travel to the Reed City area and everybody know them and the products they sell year after year. The high school layout tends to ease traffic flow and create a great set up for the booths."
Saturday will feature the Evergreen Festival Parade at 1 p.m., which will travel through downtown. Dozens of individuals, organizations and local groups can be seen walking the street or riding in a float. Making one of their first pre-Christmas stops in Michigan, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance, along with their reindeer.
This year's theme is "Winter Wonderland," and Eads invites everyone to embrace the "prettier" side of winter, including glistening snow — even if there's none on the ground at the time of the festival. Groups or individuals looking to take part can line up at 12:30 p.m. at the corners of Sears and Franklin streets. To register for the parade, visit reedcity.org for an entry form.
"I think everyone love to see the reindeer come through and I think the Winter Wonderland theme helps everyone be a little more creative with the parade," Eads said. "Increased participation brings more people out to see the parade, too."
Always a big hit, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a stop at the Reed City Depot following the parade, so children of all ages have the opportunity to sit on their laps and announce what they want left under the tree. Their reindeer also will be available for viewing, and after visiting with Santa, families can warm up inside the building and decorate Christmas cookies while sipping hot cocoa.
Saturday evening at 7 p.m., musicians Pam Bowman and Jeff Gardner will lead an Old Fashion Christmas Sing-Along activity at the Crossroads Theatre Guild's performing arts center, located on the corner of Park Street and Upton Avenue across from the Osceola County Courthouse.
"It'll be something fun and old fashioned to end the evening," Eads said. "I'm really looking forward to the festival and being able to offer it for families. I also encourage everyone to shop and eat at our local businesses, which will be open both days."