Bolenz Holiday Parade + Tree Lighting
The holiday season kicks off each year with the annual Holiday Parade & tree lighting ceremony in the heart of Downtown Alpena. The annual Holiday Parade is always in the evening on the Friday after Thanksgiving and is sponsored by Bolenz Jewelry.
The parade finishes with the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Culligan Plaza and the arrival of Santa Claus. There is music and a short dedication before the tree is lit.
Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday is a national shopping holiday that is celebrated the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Small Business Saturday was created to encourage people to shop local and support small, family owned businesses over corporations when they do their holiday shopping. This holiday season we would like to encourage you to take advantage of Small Business Saturday and support our downtown businesses when you're shopping for gifts.
Small Business Saturday is November 28th, 2020.
Downtown Gingerbread Competition
The Downtown Gingerbread Competition is now closed. Entries were on display at the following six locations: Rusty Petunias Marketplace LLC, The Fresh Palate, Chippewa Valley Mercantile, The Rabbit Hole, Parallel 45 Books and Gifts, and Traveling Ladders this year.
WINNERS OF 2019 DOWNTOWN GINGERBREAD COMPETITION
First Place will receive $100 in Downtown Dollars and goes to... There's No Place Like Gnome by Kassi Kraft
Second Place will receive $75 in Downtown Dollars and goes to... MB (Military Base) by Julian Shafto
Third Place will receive $50 in Downtown Dollars and goes to... Snowman Showdown by Support our Youth
2018 entries featured below.