Allegan: Festive Fridays
ALLEGAN—Festive Fridays kicks off Dec. 1 in downtown Allegan with extended shopping hours, free horse drawn wagon rides, free hot chocolate and a Christmas parade at 7 p.m.
The parade marks the arrival of Santa Claus with an Allegan High School marching band escort, floats, vehicles and more entrants. The route winds through downtown and ends at the Riverfront for a tree lighting ceremony, followed by visits with Santa at Riverfront stage.
After Dec. 1, Santa visits are at City Hall. Wagon ride boarding is at Country House Furniture on Trowbridge Street.
On Dec. 8, is Art Hop, from 5 to 9 p.m. Participating downtown venues will feature talented artists hosted by the Allegan Area Arts Council. The Old Jail Museum will also be open for a Victorian Christmas from 5 to 8 p.m. Tours will be offered along with a featured artist, cookies and cider.
On Dec. 15, is the Stocking Hop when children can stuff an oversized sock with candy by going door-to-door to participating businesses. Stocking decorating will be at the Welcome Center on Brady Street. Children are also encouraged to bring their own stocking from home, although stockings are not required.
On Dec. 22, from 5 p.m. to midnight, is the new celebration “Home For the Holidays” with individual specials at participating bars and restaurants.
The Regent Theatre is also joining the fun with “Fa La La Fridays offering free Christmas movies at 4 p.m. Dec. 1 is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas;” Dec. 8 is “Frosty the Snowman;” Dec. 15 is “A Charlie Brown Christmas;” and Dec. 22 is “White Christmas.”