Downtown Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration Scheduled for December 2 and 3

Downtown Mt. Pleasant will be filled with holiday spirit at the December 2-3 Christmas Celebration. A community tradition for almost three decades, this event offers a variety of activities for the whole family.

The celebration kicks off Friday, December 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. on Broadway Street between Main and Franklin. The Winter Market will once again feature specialty crafts and food vendors and Candy Cane Lane will host a variety of children’s games, activities, and live performances. Hayrides and visits with Santa and Santa’s reindeer round out the night’s festivities.

Saturday, December 3 highlights include the Jingle All-The-Way Kids Fun Run, and the adult 5K and 5 Mile Run, all starting at Max & Emily’s. Registration must be completed online. Races begin at 7:50, 8:25 and 8:30 a.m., with proceeds benefitting Toys for Tots.

A pancake breakfast with Santa is scheduled from 9 a.m. – noon at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall. Admission is $10 adults, children 10 and under $5. Children under four are free. Proceeds benefit the SHA Athletic Association. Tickets can be purchased at the Mt. Pleasant Parks and Recreation office located inside City Hall at 320 West Broadway.

The celebration continues at 6 p.m. on Saturday with the lighted parade starting at Main and Illinois Street and continuing down Main and Broadway.  B’s Music Shop will serve as parade Grand Marshal.

Registration forms for the Jingle All-The-Way Kids Fun Run, 5 Mile Run and 5K Walk/Run, volunteer opportunities, Winter Market Vendor Application, and parade entry applications can be found at November 16 is the deadline for market vendor and parade entry applications.

Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration – Downtown Road Closures and Parade Safety Information

In preparation for the Christmas Celebration, the following downtown streets will be closed at various times on December 3 and 4, 2021.

Friday, December 3, 2021

6 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Parking Lot #3 (Town Center): The front two rows on the east side of the lot will be closed. All cars must be removed by 6 a.m. to avoid towing.

3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Parking Lot #3 (Town Center): The back two rows on the west side of the lot will be closed. All cars must be removed by 3 p.m. to avoid towing.

3 p.m. – 9 p.m.                                   6:00 p.m. Christmas Tree Lighting and Community Sing

Main Street will be closed from the Broadway and Main Street intersection, north to parking lot #2 (Jockey Alley).

11 p.m.                                               Island Park

In preparation for the Saturday firework display, Island Park will be closed from 11 p.m. on Friday, December 3 through Sunday, December 5 at 12 noon. Please make sure all vehicles are removed.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

6:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.          7:50 a.m. Kids Fun Run, 8:25 a.m. 5 Mile Run, and 8:30 a.m. 5k

Broadway Street will be closed from Court Street to Main Street.

12 p.m. – 8 p.m.                                6 p.m. Lighted Parade

Main Street between Illinois and Mosher will be closed.

Broadway Street between Main and Lansing will be closed.

4 p.m. – 8 p.m.                       6 p.m. Lighted Parade

Main Street from Cherry to Illinois will be closed.

Cars left on the street on Saturday, December 4 will be subject to towing. Please seek alternate routes during these time frames.

The lighted parade, which begins at 6 p.m. on December 4 starts at the First United Methodist Church, travels north on Main Street, east on Broadway Street, south on Lansing Street, and west on Illinois Street as it returns to the First United Methodist Church. To celebrate and honor frontline/essential workers, Jeniffer Faydenko assistant produce manager at GreenTree Grocery, will serve as the parade Grand Marshal.

PARADE SAFETY NOTE:  For the safety of parade-goers and parade participants; please do not venture out into the street during the parade. Stay on the sidewalk during the entire duration of the parade.