New downtown Houghton tradition

HOUGHTON — The holiday season is in full effect and what better way to celebrate than to bring a new tradition to town. Saturday, Dec. 9, the city of Houghton and downtown businesses present: A Victorian Inspired Christmas.

It will be a joy-filled night with lots of food and fun.

The event was introduced to the town by Lieutenant Nicholas Roberts, inspired by Greenfield Village’s Holiday Nights.

Unlike Holiday Nights, Houghton’s Victorian Inspired Christmas event is free for all.

Roberts felt the Victorian event would suit Houghton because of the area’s “history and old buildings.”

Roberts envisions a “picturesque night similar to a Norman Rockwell postcard.”

The event takes place from 4-7 p.m. Feel free to get the full Victorian experience by coming dressed in your 1800’s inspired clothing.

Roberts hopes to “inspire people to come downtown, participate in the festivities, sing a few carols, do some shopping and get in the Christmas spirit.”

There will be a tree lighting at Bridgeview Park at 6:30 p.m. You may also take a stroll with Victorian Villagers, eat free hot roast beef sandwiches enjoy a candle lighting.

If you need a bit of adventure, there will be sleigh rides. Sleigh rides will take place on the waterfront starting at the Portage Lake District Library. Be sure to stop in the library and check out the handmade candle demonstrations that are for sale.

“Hopefully a busy Santa will make an appearance, said Roberts.”