Christmas returns to the Antique Village

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Santa Claus tells the history of his walking stick to a group of Lemmer Elementary students in the schoolhouse located at the Antique Village at the U.P. State Fairgrounds Friday afternoon. Santa visited the village during the U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association’s Christmas in the Village Friday and Saturday.

ESCANABA — The U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association will get guests into the holiday spirit during its annual Christmas in the Village event held on Dec. 1-2. The Antique Village is located at the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Escanaba.

According to manager of the general store at the village, Ann Jousma-Miller, the event will kick off on Friday Dec. 1 from 1-7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is no admission fee for the event.

During Christmas in the Village, all stores in the village will be open to the public and Santa Claus will be on hand to visit with all the good little girls and boys of all ages. Horse-drawn carriage rides will also be provided, said Jousma-Miller, along with hot chocolate and cookies in the cook house. Additional crafters and vendors will be in the Community Hall building.

Guests will also be able to register to win a quilt in a quilt raffle, and can also cozy up to a campfire in the village square.

Jousma-Miller said everyone who attends Christmas in the Village is asked to bring a canned good or unwrapped toy to donate to the Salvation Army, which will later distribute the canned goods to a local food pantry.

“It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season,” she said.

Jousma-Miller explained after the Thanksgiving holiday, people look forward to kicking off the holiday season.

“After Thanksgiving, they really look forward to the Christmas holiday,” she said, adding she anticipates another successful Christmas in the Village.