And for the sixth consecutive year, Novi looks to bring the community together for an evening of lights, live music, activities and more at its annual Ringing in the Holidays event.
The event kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday at Main Street with the popular Electric Light Parade, featuring the event's first-ever grand marshal, Miss Michigan Nicole Blaszczyk, and Santa Claus. The rest of the evening features something for everyone including the annual tree lighting ceremony, a kid's winter wonderland, food and a craft show.
The entire event is free, with the exception of the craft show, where people can get some early shopping done.
Kids can get their picture taken with Santa, and the entertainment, featuring the Franklin Road Christian Choir (7 p.m.), Family Self Defense Center (7:20 p.m.), Performing Arts Academy Dancers (7:40 p.m.) Annie Jr. preview (8 p.m.), Youth Philharmonic (8:20 p.m.) and the Novi Concert Band (8:40 p.m.), will be held indoors.
Awards also will be given out for the parade: Ringing Award (most distinctive use of bells), Electric Light Award (most lights), Holiday Vehicle Award (imagination and creativity), Holiday Music Award (utilizes holiday music best), Mayor's Award (Mayor David Landry's personal favorite) and Most Unique Award (sets itself apart from others.)
“The economic times are tough on a lot of people, and to take the family out to do something like this with nothing out of pocket is a huge upside to this event,” Smith said.
For more information about the event, contact Smith at (248) 347-0474.
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Source: Observer & Eccentric Newspaper and Hometown Weeklies