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Posted on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 1:49 p.m.

Chelsea's Hometown Holiday festivities begin Friday with tree lighting

By Lisa Allmendinger

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Faith in Action will have a float with walkers collecting food for the needy in the Chelsea and Dexter areas during this year’s Hometown Holiday Light Parade in downtown Chelsea Saturday.

Visitors are asked to bring nonperishable food items to the parade, which will be collected along the route by organization volunteers.

“Faith In Action is a community funded, faith based assistance and resource center for those who need a helping hand,” according to its website.

The group assists people throughout both the Chelsea and Dexter school districts.

The 7th Annual Hometown Holiday Light Parade begins at 6 p.m. and travels along Main Street. It is part of the three-day Chelsea Annual Hometown Holiday weekend, which kicks of the season.

For the full event calendar, click here.

Here are just a few of the highlights: A live nativity scene at the First United Methodist Church on Park Street is set from 7-8 p.m. Friday and includes animals and a Christmas choir. Santa will be at The Depot from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday for his workshop, where children can have free photos taken with the jolly old elf.

On Saturday, there is a free breakfast with Santa at the Comfort Inn and Village Conference Center from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and there’s an artisan’s holiday show from 10-4 p.m. at the Chelsea Fairgrounds.

Following the parade, there will be a community sing at the Chelsea Teddy Bear Factory from 7-9 p.m. At 8 p.m., children can take part in the Bear Cub Run inside the bear factory, grabbing as many bears as they can carry, which are then donated to local hospitals and other organizations.

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