As planning begins for the holiday retail season, the Chamber is pleased to announce Ascension Borgess-Lee Hospital for the 14th consecutive year has stepped forward as the major $2,000 underwriter of this community’s Christmas celebration.
 
The four-fold event features family activities during Open House Weekend, Nov. 15 & 16, Small Business Saturday and continues Friday, Dec. 6, as the magnificent lighted procession of 100 holiday floats, costumed characters and marching bands usher in one of this community’s best-loved traditions. 
 
For the third year, the Chamber is again joining forces with the Elks Lodge to host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 14.
 
Event chairman Vickie Phillipson, Chamber of Commerce & DDA program director, said she is pleased this year to present on Open House Saturday a four-hour holiday showcase of local youth, from 10 to 2 p.m., featuring performances by Miss Michele & Co., Dowagiac Union High School Choir, Green Dance Academy/Positively Dance and Dowagiac Union High School’s Marching Band.
 
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 display of Hidden Acres miniature horses, horse-drawn wagon rides and several hands-on activities for children, hosted by Who Knew? Consignment, the Miss Dowagiac Scholarship Pageant as it marks the start of its 81st year of pageantry and Dowagiac Area History Museum.
 
Phillipson said fundraising continues. Chamber members who would like to become part of the celebration as an underwriter should contact her at 782.8212.

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