Downtown to host ‘Night Before Christmas’ open house Nov. 9-10

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City crews were recently pictured stringing lights downtown as preparations begin for Holiday Open House weekend scheduled on Nov. 9-10. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

City officials, business owners and the Tecumseh Area Chamber of Commerce are busy planning holiday events that will make downtown Tecumseh a festive place to be.

First, the ambience of the classic holiday story T’was the Night Before Christmas will come alive in downtown Tecumseh on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10 during Tecumseh’s annual Holiday Open House.

Activities will include an opportunity to take a horse-drawn carriage ride along the city’s historic streets from 6-9 p.m. on Friday evening.

Shoppers will also be invited to enjoy a casual stroll through the historic downtown to enjoy the holiday sights and sounds of candlelight shopping. Friday’s activities also include the downtown streetscape lighting ceremony, beginning at 7 p.m. The 10th annual Recipe Walk will also provide a chance to collect new holiday recipes.

Shoppers may also warm themselves by the burning barrels downtown. Participating merchants will have copies of T’was the Night Before Christmas coloring books available and activity sheets for a progressive story walk. Signs in downtown windows will designate participating merchants.

For more information, call 424.6003 or visit

The Tecumseh Area Chamber of Commerce and the Promenade Committee are also at work for upcoming Tecumseh events. Chamber Director Vicki Philo said that floats and marching units are invited to participate in the Hometown Holiday Parade scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m.

“The theme is ‘Christmas Through the Decades,’” said Philo. As examples, she said a group might choose to decorate a float in psychedelic patterns and colors for the 60s, or go for a more historic 1930s look. “They can do whatever time period they wish.” Philo has several units lined up, but more are welcomed by the deadline of Friday, Nov. 16, by calling 423.3740.

Promenade Tecumseh will hold a 2012 Christmas Candlelight Tour on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, 5:30-8 p.m., with decorated homes, refreshments and door prizes. The Historical Museum will also be open. The committee is also seeking more homes to be featured on the tour. For more information, contact Pat VanCamp at 517.605.3293.

Tickets ($5) and information for the tour may be obtained at the Daily Grind, 424.7463, the Chamber, 423.3740, or the Historical Museum, 423.2374, or by email at

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