Baldwin events set to celebrate the Christmas season

Kids will get to visit with Santa, and more, over the next two weekends.

Kids will get to visit with Santa, and more, over the next two weekends.

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BALDWIN — The Christmas celebrations and festivities in Baldwin kick off this Friday downtown. 

Kids can have their pictures with Santa, from 3-5 p.m. at the Lake-Osceola State Bank. 

Also from 3-5 p.m., MSU Extension will host a Holiday Jingle and Mingle at 830 S. Michigan Ave. Stop in for hot cocoa, chocolate samples and games. 

This year, the Baldwin Christmas parade will start at 5:30 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service building and proceed to the courthouse. 

Following the parade, there will be a Village of Baldwin Christmas Tree lighting and community carol sing at the Brown Trout Sculpture. This will kick off the downtown merchant's Christmas/open house weekend. 

On Saturday, the Lake County Chamber of Commerce will have a Santa's mailbox for children who wish to sit and write letters to Santa, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Afterwards, they can enjoy a cookie. 

The Pathfinder Community Library will have a holiday bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 812 Michigan Ave, Baldwin. All proceeds support the library. Donations of baked goods are welcome. The library will also have a children's giveaway from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. 

Come see the Living Nativity with showings at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the grounds between St. Ann Catholic Church and the Lake County Historical Museum. There will be live animals, carols, hot chili and cocao, as people watch a rendition of the Christmas Story. 

The fun continues the following weekend. There will be a Christmas Cookie Party from 1-3 p.m. at the River Community Center (9731 S. M-37, Baldwin) for lunch, decorating cookies, and crafts. To register, contact 231-629-4337 or 231-557-3992. 

Santa will be at Shrine of the Pines from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Kids can come visit Santa and enjoy some Christmas fun. 

The Lake County Clerk's Office and Register of Deeds also are reaching out to the community with the  mitten tree at the Lake County Courthouse. Mitten sizes from baby to adult, scarves, hats and footies are available for those in need. Items are free.