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Community ushers in Christmas with Holiday Celebration and Candlewalk
The Frankenmuth community will officially begin the Christmas 2014 season as it has for the past 40 years – the day after Thanksgiving with a special celebration.
The 41st annual Holiday Celebration and Candlewalk will take place Friday, November 28. The event is organized by the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau.
“Tradition and deep-rooted beliefs bring us together in Frankenmuth to celebrate family and friends, support one another and thank God for His promises,” Chamber spokesperson Ashley Hopp said. 𠇋y reminding ourselves that Christmas is truly about the birth of Christ, we will add warmth to the air and to our hearts.”
Chamber officials expect approximately 2,000 persons to take part in the celebration.
The Frankenmuth River Place will host the beginning of the celebration at its outdoor Festival Platz. The Frankenmuth Gemuetlichkeit Club will open by singing traditional Christmas carols in German and in English while free hot chocolate and cookies will be provided by McDonald’s of Frankenmuth, Kern’s Sausages and Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth.
Hand-held luminary candles will be sold from 6-7pm near the Fest Platz, in preparation for the ensuing Candlewalk. The candles, which are also available now through November 28 at the Chamber of Commerce, are $2 each or three for $5.
At 6:30pm, the Biblical account of the Christmas story will be told by members of the Frankenmuth-area clergy, accompanied by music from the St. Lorenz Lutheran Church Choir.
The Frankenmuth Girl Scouts, carrying a lit Star of Bethlehem, will lead the candle walk out of the Festival Platz, heading north through the shopping complex, over the pedestrian bridge that spans the Cass River, down Main Street to the Chamber Visitor Center.
The Frankenmuth Morning Rotary Club will sponsor a program honoring military heroes. The celebration will end with the official lighting of the Community Tannenbaum (Christmas tree), sponsored by the Frankenmuth Jaycees. The 35-foot tall pine tree was donated by the Dietzel family on Busch Road.
The crowd will be led in the singing of “God Bless America” by the Gemuetlichkeit Club to conclude the program.
Santa Claus will also be on hand at the Visitors Center to greet the children, 6:30-8:30pm. Visitors will be able to shop late into the evening as many downtown shops and stores will have extended hours and specials.
The Frankenmuth Farmers Market Christkindlmarkt will be held in downtown Frankenmuth. The Christkindlmarkt will be open 10am until 8pm on Friday, November 28, from 10am until 6pm on Saturday, November 29 and on Sunday, November 30, from 11am until 5pm. The markt will also be open the following weekend, December 5-7.