Escanaba Christmas Parade, Christmas in Village coming

ESCANABA – A parade, a glimpse at Christmas past and craft shows are among upcoming holiday events.

The annual Escanaba Christmas Parade will be held on Ludington Street at 7 p.m. on Friday. This year’s theme is “Songs of Christmas.” Parade line up begins at 6 p.m. at the civic center. For more information, call Bonnie at 789-0900.

A Christmas Parade Prince and Princess have been selected. The Prince is Holy Name Grade School second-grader, Logan Valentino Fields. The 7-year-old son of Wayne and Monique Fields of Escanaba will be the official grand marshall prince of this Friday’s annual Christmas Parade. Lily Faith Niles, 6, a first-grader at Lemmer School in Escanaba, will serve as the Christmas Parade Princess. Lily is the daughter of Kimberly Niles Behling and Branden McMillan.

In conjunction with the parade, participating businesses downtown will be hosting holiday open houses on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7.

In spirit of the holiday season, area youth and adults from schools and organizations will be singing at local nursing homes.

The long-standing tradition of Christmas in the Village will continue. The Village will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday at the U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Village on the fairgrounds in Escanaba. Families and others are invited to experience an old fashion Christmas at the village shops. Father Christmas will also be on hand to hear Christmas wishes.

The Village will be open 1 to 7 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free, but donations of canned food for area food patries are being accepted.

For more information, call 786-5120.

Five craft sales will be open to the public in the community of Rapid River from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. Food will also be available for sale. Craft vendors will be set up at the American Legion Post 131, the Omni Community Center, the Rapid River Lions Club, the Swallow Inn, and St. Charles Catholic Church.