A Dicken’s Style Event in Suttons Bay, Michigan

Like many parts of northern Michigan, Suttons Bay had its “first” real snow fall of the season this past weekend. The timing could not have been better. In fact it was perfect for our 2nd annual “Dicken’s Christmas” in the village of Suttons Bay on Sunday. Judging from our guests’ reactions, who spent the weekend with us at the Korner Kottage Bed and Breakfast, it was a special and almost magical weekend event.

Store keepers dressed in Victorian attire helped shoppers fill items on their Christmas gift lists. “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire”~well how about roasting on a baberque grill~were offered to all passersby as an added tasty treat. The live reindeer and elves were once again on hand thanks to Enerdynes. They grew quite the crowd as everyone wanted to catch a glimpse of the beautiful beasts. You could just feel the excitment of the kids by the looks on their faces.

Children, young and old, were treated to a visit by Santa as he arrived in the village riding in on the local fire truck. Then all eagerly lined up inside the Silvertree Deli to whisper Christmas wishes in Santa’s ear and warm up with a mug of hot cholcoate to ward off the chill of the day…all as the snow continued to fall.

It truly was a magical sight as the snowy day turned into dusk. All the Christmas trees lining both sides of the street began to twinkle and glow in their splendor. To culminate this special eveninig, carolers began gathering around the community tree singing in high spirits and awaiting the moment the big village tree would finally be lit for the season.

Villagers (adults and children alike), joined in celebrating the season together. Even young boys in knickers and hats got into the spirit and couldn’t resist throwing some snowballs which just added to the festivities under the night sky brightened by lanterns and lights from the tree.

Thanks to the Chamber members, merchants and all participants who made this such a special event. It is a special community tradition.

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