(Ferndale DDA Press Release, 12/09/2011)
The biggest celebration of the season happens this weekend with the MotorCity Casino Hotel Holiday Ice & Winterfest Market, Friday, Dec. 10 thru Sunday, Dec. 11. Santa Claus, ice sculptures, a 5-story ferris wheel, kid-size choo choo train, holiday hayride, live reindeer and more than 80 merry merchants are just some of many reasons to make a visit to Downtown Ferndale a holiday “DO.”
Event hours are 4-9 pm, Friday, Dec.9, 10 am – 9 pm, Saturday, Dec. 10 & Noon – 5 pm, Sunday, Dec. 11. The event is presented by MotorCity Casino Hotel. Additional support is provided by Buffalo Wild WIngs, Como’s Restaurant, Giffels-Webster Engineers, Credit Union One, MetroPCS and Everdry Waterproofing.
NEW THIS YEAR!
Open all weekend is the Winterfest Market on East Nine Mile, between Woodward & Bermuda. Ride the ferris wheel, shop the artisans market, hop a ride on the trackless train, get holiday greens. Everyone rides FREE, courtesy Como’s. Live entertainment on the adjoining Como’s Patio includes Jill Jack @ 7 pm, Friday and The Howling Diablos @ 7 pm, Saturday. The market and rides are open thru Sunday.
Holiday Ice takes center stage Saturday and Santa Claus is the headliner in this day full of favorite traditions. Schiffer Park at Planavon & West Nine will be the North Pole for the day.
9:45 am – Ferndale Fire Department delivers Santa to Schiffer Park.
10-11:30 am – Santa visits with children and poses for FREE photos by Ed Lane of Digital Lane Studio.
Noon-1:30 – Lunch with Santa at Buffalo Wild Wings. No reservations necessary, $5 per child.
2-4 pm – Santa’s back at Schiffer Park for more visits and photos, this time by Larry Mills.
11 am – 3 pm – Back by popular demand, Santa’s reindeer will be resting in Schiffer Park.
10 am – 5 pm – Hop on board the wagon for a tour around town. It’s FREE all day, thanks to Credit Union One.
North Pole Warming Tent
10 am – 6 pm – Ferndale Fine Arts Boosters will be serving up cider, hot chocolate and sweet treats in the heated tent, sponsored by Giffels Webster Engineers.
Michigan On Ice Sculptures & Live Carvings
Besides all the amazing sculptures placed around
downtown in front of sponsoring businesses, live carvings by World Champion Carver Tajana Raukar will occur as follows.
11 am – Live carving for McClure’s Pickles at Western Market.
Noon – Live 3 block carving at Buffalo Wild Wings
1 pm – Live carving for Rust Belt Market
3 pm – Live carving for MotorCity Casino Hotel in crosswalk at Woodward & Nine Mile.
Music, Music, Music
The sounds of holiday music will be heard all day. Listen for The Violets from noon – 1 pm, Sing Out Detroit from 2 -3 pm and members of the Ferndale Marching Band at 6 pm.
Warm Hearted Cookie Challenge
Local charities willl be stationed in participating businesses to “sell” home bakedcookies all day long. The goal? To raise awareness & money and win the grand prize — the coveted Traveling Cookie Trophy plus $200 from Chess Roofing & Siding. Look for the Gingerbread Man sign posted at participating businesss around town.
For additional details and a map to the ice sculptures, please visit downtownferndale.com. Look for updates regularly on Facebook.