The magic of Christmas coming to Beulah

Children’s crafts at the Beulah Trailhead Building are just one of the many activities during Christmas Magic. (File photo)

Children’s crafts at the Beulah Trailhead Building are just one of the many activities during Christmas Magic. (File photo)

BEULAH — Santa Claus will be coming to the area, amid a variety of Christmas-themed activities in downtown Beulah.

Christmas Magic will be held this weekend. bringing with it a variety of events.

The Annual Christmas Magic Cookie & Book Sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Darcy Library will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 8 and Dec 9 at the Beulah Trailhead Building in downtown Beulah. Limited books and Saturday sale until the cookies are gone. Those in attendance can hand select cookies for $7 per pound.

Bakers and workers are needed and can sign up at the Darcy Library or call (231) 882-4037. This event helps support library events and their book fund.

Things start off with a special breakfast with Santa from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Hungry Tummy.

Later in the day, children’s activities will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Trailhead Building, such as coloring and Christmas ornament creation. Santa also will be making an appearance.

Activities also will be taking place outside, too, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Carolers will be walking through the streets, singing songs, horse drawn carriage rides through Beulah will be taking place and downtown businesses will be hosting special sales.

At 5:15 p.m., the lighted Christmas Magic Parade will be taking place on downtown Beulah’s newly paved streets.

According to Amanda McLaren, parade coordinator, the parade’s theme is “Merry and Bright.”

“We’re excited about the theme,” McLaren said. “People can interpret it however they want. It doesn’t limit people’s imagination.”

McLaren said area businesses, organizations and individuals can enter a lighted float or vehicle in the parade, and a prize for first place will be given, which includes a plaque and $100. Plaques will be given out for second and third places, as well.

“People can walk in the parade, too, if they don’t have the time or ability to put together a float,” she said. “People can just come out and be part of the community.”

Last year, people also walked their costumed pets during the parade.

There also will be a decoration contest between downtown Beulah businesses, which includes a few Benzonia businesses as well. Interested businesses can contact McLaren and create a light display. On Dec. 8, judges will visit the participating businesses and a winner will be selected and announced at the Christmas Magic Parade. Winners of the contest also will receive a plaque.

“It’s fun to drive around and look at these businesses,” McLaren said.

A list of participating businesses will be posted on the Crystal Lake Community Business Association website on Dec. 8.

McLaren can be contacted at (231) 871-0587.

Also the director of the Benzonia Public Library, McLaren said the library’s Holiday Party also will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 9. Participants can take part in singing Christmas carols, visit gift-making stations, wrap gifts, watch puppet shows and take family photos at the photo booth.

“It is a rollicking good time,” McLaren said.

Christmas Magic is sponsored by the CLCBA.

“It is a fun family event and it is free,” said Vicki Carpenter, a member of the CLCBA and the Beulah Boosters. “It’s beautiful. It kicks off the holiday season. It’s a place where you can make wonderful memories for your family and come back year after year. It’s the magic of Christmas.

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