Christmas Magic slated for Saturday in Benzie County

Benzie Central choir students sing Christmas carols at a past Christmas Magic. (File photo)

Benzie Central choir students sing Christmas carols at a past Christmas Magic. (File photo)

By Robert Myers
Pioneer News Network

BENZIE COUNTY — The local community is looking forward to another exciting celebration of Christmas Magic on Saturday.

Christmas Magic will kick off its day of fun at 9 a.m. with Breakfast with Santa at the Hungry Tummy in Beulah. The breakfast will also feature Neil Sauter, a stilt walker and balloon maker who will be back for his second year at Christmas Magic.

Following this traditional event, a new tradition will start at Darcy Library in Beulah, where community members will be able to drop by to wrap their Christmas presents between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All wrapping supplies will be donated by Friends of the Darcy Library.

The Friends of the Darcy Library will also be conducting their annual Christmas Cookie Sale from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8, while the cookies last.

Also, on Dec. 8 Benzonia Public Library in Benzonia will host its annual party. This year’s party will feature a plethora of fun experiences, including gift making and holiday crafting, balloon animals and stories with Sauter, delicious holiday treats, a puppet show, a photo show and much more holiday fun for the kids.

The fun returns to downtown Beulah from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, where the community can enjoy wagon rides and caroling by the Benzie Central choir. They can stop by to visit Santa and Frosty. Sauter will also be there with balloons and face painting.

While downtown, visitors should be sure to check out all of the decorated storefronts, decorated with the assistance of local Boy Scouts.

One of the highlights of every Christmas Magic celebration is the parade, which takes place at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday in Beulah.

This year, the Christmas Magic parade will feature an exciting new twist.

Traditionally, local businesses decorate floats in accordance with the year’s theme. Emergency vehicles will also participate with festive decorations, however, Amanda McLaren wants this year’s parade to be open to everyone. She invites individuals and families from around the community to dress up themselves, their children or even their pets and walk in the parade.

“We would love to have folks do that so they can join in the holiday fun. Any pet — dogs or goats or whatever — if they want to dress them up and bring them to the parade, we would love to have them for that,” McLaren said. “This is something I would love to expand on, because we want to involve the community. You get a lot of businesses that enter, but not a lot of community members who just want to be part of something like that. This is a fun way to bring them in. If they don’t have pets and want to dress up their kids (or themselves) and put them in the parade, they can do that too. We would love to have as much community involvement as possible.”

Local businesses can register their floats online at the Christmas Magic website, http://clcba.org/event/christmas-magic/. Individuals and families walking in the parade (with or without pets) do not need to register. They should simply show up at the parade staging area behind Cold Creek Inn.

The theme for the parade is “Christmas Carols.”

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