A number of events are planned for this weekend throughout Hillsdale County to mark the official beginning of the Christmas season locally.
Festivities begin in Jonesville Friday night when the annual tree lighting takes place in G Carl Fast Park in the heart of downtown at 5:30 p.m. when Santa Clause arrives for a quick visit with area youth.
Carolers from the Sauk Theater will sing from 5:30 p.m. through 6:15 p.m.
Downtown businesses will be decorated and open throughout the weekend with special deals on local gifts.
Waldron’s Hometown Holiday Festival kicks off Saturday morning with a craft and vendor show at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall with community tree decorating happening in the library’s garden at 10 a.m.
The village will also have a light-up parade in the evening hours leaving from the Waldron High School at 5:30 p.m. and led by the Grinch.
In Hillsdale, Christmas at the Will Carleton Poorhouse returns throughout this weekend.
While COVID-19 rules will prevent the typical food-spread this year, the Poorhouse has been decorated for the season and the general store will be open and stocked with baked goods.
Later Saturday night, beginning at 5:30 p.m., the annual Light-up Parade through downtown Hillsdale returns to the downtown after doing a reverse light-up parade at the fairgrounds in 2020 due to COVID-19 shutdowns.
The historic Grosvenor House in Jonesville will also be available for tour by appointment only throughout the weekend.
This article originally appeared on Hillsdale Daily News: Annual Christmas events planned for Hillsdale County