GRAYLING – Another holiday season is approaching, which means that planning for the Annual Grayling Christmas Walk is in full swing! Don’t miss your opportunity to take part in making Downtown Grayling shine.
Christmas Walk is a wonderful time to showcase your business, products, and services to the community. The ‘Walk’ is a 39-year old Grayling event promoted through the collaborative efforts of the Grayling Main Street Program and the Grayling Promotional Association.
‘Each organization has explored ways to work cooperatively to bring you a bigger and better event that will serve as a benchmark for these efforts,’ said Chairperson Erica Blair. ‘We want to continue the tradition of this great community event and to keep growing this event in years to come.’
Blair said a tree lighting ceremony will be held in front of Josie’ this year. You can be part of the event by participating in one of several events including: the parade with a float competition, the ‘Clark Griswold Decorating Challenge,’ and the second annual Snowball Drop.
‘We’re looking forward to a great turnout again this year,’ Blair said. ‘The committee appreciates the help of everyone in the community. We’re looking forward to an amazing event again this year. If anyone is looking to get involved they can always contact me directly as it really does take many hands to put on an event of this scale.’
Calendar of events: Saturday, Nov. 19
(Times are subject to change.)
9-11:30 a.m. – Breakfast with Santa at the American Legion
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Shopper’ Showcase Michelson Church
Noon – Free Children’ Movie at Michelson Church
2:30 p.m. – Snowball Drop on the First Merit Bank Lawn
3-6 p.m. – Q100 X-Box Challenge at Michelson Church
3-7 p.m. Kid’ Activities- Pictures with Santa, Pony Rides, Live Reindeer, Bounce House
3-8 p.m. – Free Trolley Rides to participating local businesses and the Festival of Trees
3-8 p.m. – Loads of local vendors promoting their commercial and non-profit groups
7 p.m. – Christmas Walk Parade with Float Competition to follow on Norway Street
Float Winner, Clark Griswold Decorating Challenge Results
7:45 p.m. – Tree Lighting Ceremony and Caroling with the Grayling Community Choir
Explanation of Events:
‘Clark Griswold Decorating Challenge’ – All participating businesses are encouraged to decorate their businesses inside and out to capture the spirit of the holiday. Participants are encouraged to ‘GO BIG’ as the winning business will be awarded a very special traveling trophy to commemorate their greatness. Winner will be announced after the Christmas Walk Parade.
‘Snowball Drop’ – 3 p.m. – Watch as 1,000 snowballs drop from the sky and drive customers directly into your business. Snowballs will be redeemable for a prize or discount of your choice. Reward one special shopper with a ‘Grand Prize’ by collecting names and contact information, that can be used for future marketing and advertising campaigns.
Q100′ X-Box Challenge 3-6 p.m. – Calling all teens, calling all teens!!! Between the ages of 12-18GÇª the 5th annual X-Box Challenge is coming again this holiday season at Michaelson Memorial Church. Kick of this season and come play to win. Gift certificates and prizes go to the winner. Register the day of, November 19th between 3-4 pm at Michaelson Memorial Church, or call q100 at 989-348-6171, or go to q100-fm.com to pre-register, Competition begins at 4 pm.
Float Competition on Norway Street: Don’t let the parade fun end at the light! Stick around so that your work of art can be admired up close and entered in a juried competition for the, ‘Best Float Competition.’
Tree Lighting Ceremony: Come join the Grayling Community Choir as it lights up the tree in front of Josie’ and sing Christmas carols to ring in the season.
Contact Rae at the Main Street office or go to their website for entry forms and details. *Christmas Walk Booth Holder Agreement
*Christmas Walk Parade Letter
*Trolley Stop/Mention Form
*Snowball Drop Participation Form