CALUMET - Christmas Day may be almost a month away, but in the village of Calumet, it will be celebrated the entire month of December.
Tom Tikkanen, executive director of Main Street Calumet, said the organization's Christmas in Calumet has been going on eight years. It started modestly as a way to promote downtown businesses, but it's expanded to include other activities going on during the month.
"When you sew all these things together, you have a great month of activities," he said.
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A horse-drawn wagon filled with holiday revelers pulls to a stop during the 2011 Christmas in Calumet. Friday marks the beginning of a month-long slate of events.
Christmas in Calumet starts Friday with a 7 p.m. showing at the Calumet Theatre of the Nutcracker Ballet performed by the Superior School of Dance.
Tikkanen said Christmas in Calumet has events every weekend during the month.
"We like to make every Saturday special in the downtown in December," he said.
Each Saturday begins with Santa Claus arriving by horse-drawn wagon at 11 a.m. at Rowe Furniture on Fifth Street.
"We get a lot of visitors," he said. "Everybody likes Santa Claus."
Santa will take part in a giveaway sponsored by Eagle Radio, Tikkanen said. When shoppers stop into certain businesses downtown, they can fill out an entry form. The entries will be drawn by Santa every Saturday and the winners will get an envelope with gift certificates worth $80 to $150 at local merchants.
"You don't need to be present to win," he said.
Santa will also give out goodie bags created by the Finlandia University women's softball team.
Also during each Saturday, Tikkanen said a strolling brass quartet will entertain shoppers. There will also be carolers every Saturday.
Other events during the weekdays include the Calumet High School band and choir holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Calumet Theatre, First Friday events at downtown galleries, shops and eateries from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 and Club Indigo dinner and movie at the theater at 6 p.m. Dec. 14.
Tikkanen said he appreciates the assistance of the Calumet Downtown Development Authority during Christmas in Calumet events, particularly for sponsoring the horse-drawn wagon rides and the brass quartet.
The participation of downtown business owners is important for Christmas in Calumet, also, Tikkanen said.
"They're expected to receive all visitors," he said.