Christmas will be a little early in downtown Plymouth this year with the return of the popular Mistletoe Market on Dec. 1.
Again this year, from noon until 9 p.m. The Gathering will be the site of more than 60 vendors offering a European style market with Michigan-made crafts, treats and greenery. Attractions including horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers from local school and church groups street performers and brass bands will begin to fill downtown at 5 p.m. organizers said.
This year there will also be a Candy Cane Corner where children can write and mail letters to Santa, decorate cookies and enjoy free hot cocoa. There will be eight food truck and beverage vendors on site and this year there will be coffee or hot cocoa from several warming stations. Also planned is a live ice-carving demonstration and several popular characters including Jolly Ol' Saint Nick, the Grinch, elves and even a superhero or two are expected.
Restaurants may have holiday specials during the celebration and there will also be trolley rides and unique caricatures by artist Bil Barrett.
This year, there will be a Community Gingerbread Contest and families, businesses or groups can create entries which will be displayed so visitors can vote for their favorite.
A Giving Tree will be displayed where visitors can hang donations of hats, scarves, gloves and mittens to be given to those less fortunate in the community, organizers said.
Advance tickets for carriage and wagon rides are required and available at downtownplymouthevents.com along with more information and days and time of specific attractions.