Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus and he's heading back to downtown Dowagiac, along with Mrs. Claus and a holiday showcase of local youth!
After a year's absence due to the pandemic, planning is under way for Christmas Open House Weekend, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12 and 13, the Candle-light Christmas Parade that returns to Front Street on Friday, Dec. 3; and Breakfast with Santa that is co-hosted in December by Dowagiac Elks.
"We are thrilled to bring this time-honored holiday celebration back to the community," said Vickie Phillipson, DDA and Chamber of Commerce program director, and chairman of Open House Weekend.
Family events during Open House Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., are built around the appearance of an European-styled Mrs. Claus and an Old-World Santa, the interactive animal display of Hidden Acres, horse-drawn wagon rides and hands-on activities for children.
The holiday showcase of local youth will feature performances by Positively Dance from Green Dance Academy, Miss Michele & Co., and Dowagiac Union High School marching band and choir.
Corporate fundraising for the holiday celebration is underway. Chamber members who would like to become part of the celebration as an underwriter should contact her at 782.8212.