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Christmas events planned this weekend

Daily Press file photo Santa Claus walks down a pathway along the U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association’s village at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in this file photo from 2019. Santa was visiting the village for the annual Christmas in the Village event. The event returns this weekend.

ESCANABA — Escanaba will be the site of two annual Christmas events this weekend — the Escanaba Christmas Parade in downtown Escanaba and Christmas in the Village at the U.P. State Fairgrounds.

After a one-year hiatus, the Escanaba Parade Committee will present the 2021 Downtown Escanaba Christmas Parade on December 3 starting at 7 p.m. “Santa Claus is coming back to Ludington Street,” said Tanya Ettenhofer, Escanaba Parade Committee chairperson. “We’re thrilled the marching bands, and bright, beautiful floats will return to downtown Escanaba.” There is no specific theme this year. To register your business and/or organization to participate in the parade visit the Facebook page Escanaba Christmas Parade or pick up and drop off registration at Premier Real Estate, 118 N 22nd Street, Escanaba.

The U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association’s Christmas in the Village will be held Friday and Saturday in the association’s antique village at the fairgrounds. The annual open house offers the old-fashioned holiday atmosphere the antique village, which is decked with lights and greenery. There are carols in community chapel, bonfires in the village square, and complimentary roasted chestnuts in the agricultural museum. There are also wagon rides, photo opportunities, cookie sale, popcorn, hot chocolate, and other food. Santa will be visiting the village as well.

There will also be a wide selection of handcrafted items from a variety of local artisans and craftsmen. All shops are open, with additional vendors in the community hall. There will also be a can raffle and a quilt raffle.

Hours are Friday, December 3, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, December 4, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is no admission fee for Christmas in the Village. Instead, organizers ask that you consider sharing the holiday spirit with others by donating non-perishable items to the association’s Holiday Food Drive. All donations go to a local food pantry.

Association events are subject to state and local masking ordinances. In the absence of such mandates, individual attendees should make their own decisions about the wearing of masks. “All we ask is that you do not ridicule or harass others for their masking choices,” organizers said.

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