Holly Days: Gifts and Greens Market, Santa, movies and more

Santa arrives in downtown Farmington December 3, during the annual Holly Days celebration hosted by the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce. Here’s what you’ll find during this holiday season kick-off:

Santa Claus
Santa heard Christmas wishes last year from Levi Nelson, 6, of Farmington Hills.
Gifts & Greens Market

The day begins with a special holiday farmers market, open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion. Michigan farmers will offer fresh made wreaths, greens, roping, holiday centerpieces and firewood bundles, and local artisans will offer Michigan-made products. A donation to Farmington/Farmington Hills Neighborhood House will get you a free cup of fresh house-made chili from Page’s Food & Spirits.

Free movies

Support the Farmington Area Goodfellows’ drive to ensure no child or senior in our community goes without a Christmas when you attend a free moving showing at the Farmington Civic Theater. “Miracle on 34th Street” shows at 10 a.m. and noon, and “Shrek the Halls” plays hourly starting at 10:15 a.m. and ending with the last showing at 1:15 p.m. Bring an unwrapped toy, pantry goods or monetary donation; in addition, half of all concession stand sales will benefit the local charity.

Santa and Mrs. Santa visits

Santa will listen to children’s wishes from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., by the fireplace at the Farmington Garage on Grand River just east of Grove St. Focal Point Photography Studios will offer free professional photos to take home.

Also during that time, find “Storytime with Mrs. Claus” at the Farmington Community Library Farmington branch, 23500 Liberty St., and an “Elf Workshop” for kids, at the Greater Farmington Chamber of Commerce, 33425 Grand River. (Be on the lookout for live reindeer!)

Santa at Governor Warner Mansion
Santa stops at the Governor Warner Mansion during Holly Days 2015.
Light Up the Grand

At 6 p.m., a lighted parade will step off from Warner Street and Grand River, featuring music, dancing and floats. Free hot chocolate will be served by Pathways Christian Counseling of Farmington Hills at the Masonic Temple, starting at 5:30 p.m. Follow the parade to the Governor Warner Mansion for the annual tree lighting ceremony with Santa. Free tours of the mansion will be yours with a donation to the Salvation Army bell ringers.