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Home for the Holidays

Nov 28 - Dec 24, 2014
Hart & Silver Lake
Hart, MI 49420

Contact & More Info

Contact: Deanna Helmlinger
Phone: (231) 873-2247

Home for the Holiday!

Starts on November 28

Kristi's Pour House invites you to our Annual Hometown Christmas activities in the Hart, Mears Silver Lake and surrounding areas.  It is a great time for all family members and friends. Our downtowns and villages in Oceana County will be decorated for the holidays by Friday, Nov. 28th.

In Hart, we will have our annual Christmas Parade with Hart High School Marching Band, candy canes, garland and lights, shopping, caroling, tree lightings, Christmas Hay Rides with horses, Santa visiting with Children multiples times this Holiday Season, and Small Business Saturdays Extended, Business Decorating Contest and more!

In Pentwater, Festivial of Lights, an old fashioned Christmas, Pentwater Tree Lighting, Santa’s Arrival, Christmas Decorating Contests for businesses, Merchant Open Houses, Carolers, free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Christmas Menus and Specials and more!

Schedule of events below.

Please thank our sponsors by visiting their businesses and shopping local this holiday season!

2014 Title Sponsor: Kristi's Pour House

2014 Gold Sponsor: Shopko - Hometown

2014 Gold Sponsor: Lakeside Rehabilitation Family Fitness and Lakeside Comprehensive Rehabilitation

2014 Bronze Sponsors: NAPA Auto Parts, Klotz Auto Parts, Excel Propane Company, Adams Heating & Cooling, Coldwell Banker Anchor Real Estate, Hallack Contracting, Sierra Sands Family Lodge, Hart Pizza, Todd Greiner Farms.

 2014 Activity Sponsors: Applewood Grille, City of Hart, Dan Morat’s Corner Bakery, Doyle Burmeister, Gales IGA, Hart Boy Scouts, Hart Main Street, Hart Public School Band, Hart Historic District, Hansen Foods, Harbor House of Hart, Oceana Singers, Pentwater Chamber of Commerce, Pentwater Artisan Center, Pink Elephant Diner, Ruthie’s Music Café, Shelby Road Baptist Church, Toys for Tots.

Hart Band Fund Raiser at the Pink Elephant Diner  

Date: Friday, November 28, 2014

Time: 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Location:  Pink Elephant Diner, 207 S. State Street, Hart, Michigan 49420

Support the Hart Public Schools Band and enjoy some band music.  They will have small group ensembles and solo performances after the parade. Have some soup and hot chocolate or coffee.  The event supports the Band’s general operation budget.

For more information contact Peggy Whittman at 231-873-1097

Lighted Christmas Parade

Start: 6:30pm

Date: Friday, November 28, 2014

Line-up at 5:30-6:15 at Hart Public Schools

Watch or join in our annual lighted Christmas Parade with your friends and family! Stores will be open before and after. The City will be decorated with music, bands, floats, horses, more, and Santa! 

Parade Route: Hart Public Schools to Johnson Street, to State Street, to West Main, to Water Street, to Johnson Street to Hart Public Schools.

If you want to be in the Parade, contact the Chamber of Commerce or register the day of the event as you line-up.  Application is found online at community calendar under Home for the Holidays event.  The cost is Free.  To join just sign the waiver agreeing to the rules, see application for details (e.g., Lighted entry, no throwing candy or items from moving vehicle, fire extinguisher in/on lighted entry)

Line up order is based on arrival time.  The City Officials, Hart Marching Band and Home for the Holidays Event Sponsors will lead the parade.  Therefore line-up upon arrival by entering the Schools Parking lots from 72nd Avenue.  Santa will be the last entry.  Santa will start the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Hart Commons and then he will visit with the kids at Hart Common.

For more information contact the Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area Chamber of Commerce at 231-873-2247 or e-mail


Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony

After Parade

Location: Hart Commons

After the parade, join in us for our Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Hart Commons.  Santa will light the Christmas tree.  There will be music, caroling, and singing.  After the ceremony Santa will be available to visit with the kids.

Donut holes provided by Dan Morat’s Corner Bakery in Hart to parents at Hart Commons.

Sponsored by:  Ruthie’s Music Café


Christmas Hay Rides with Horses

After Parade to 9:30pm.

Date: Friday, November 29, 2013

Pick Up/Drop Off: 39 S. State Street – Wellness Center

Enjoy caroling and wagon ride pulled by a team of horses around Historic Downtown Hart. Provide this year by Lakeside Comprehensive Rehabilitation & Wellness Center and Shopko – Hometown.  It will comfortably seat 20 people, so bring your blankets and family. Horses and wagon provided by Grace Adventures. 

Catch a ride after the parade in front of Lakeside Rehabilitation Family Fitness at 39 S. State Street, downtown Hart, Michigan.

Ride route loops through downtown Hart to enjoy the decorations and excitement.

Caroling & music provided by Ruthie’s Music Café musicians

Sponsored by Lakeside Rehabilitation Family Fitness and Lakeside Comprehensive Rehabilitation

Sponsored by Shopko - Hometown


Visit with SANTA CLAUS! More in 2014

Location: Hart Commons

Friday, November 28 -After 6:30pm Lighted Christmas Parade

Saturdays: November 29, December 6, 13, & 20 at Noon

Santa will be the last entry in the Lighted Christmas Parade.   Santa will be the guest of Honor at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Hart Commons. The kids may visit after the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.  Santa has a Candy Cane to give to the kids. 

If it is too cold, Santa and the kids should be inside at home or in one of the businesses for cookies & hot cocoa.  Sign will be posted if visit is canceled.

To request your child’s Naughty or Nice Certificate or Letter from Santa or arrange a Santa visit, call 231-327-9389 or email

Delivery of Candy Canes provided by Gale’s IGA Foodliner, Inc for Santa and for the kids.

Donut holes provided by Dan Morat’s Corner Bakery in Hart to parents at Hart Commons. 


Small Business Saturday

Friday & Saturday, Nov 28 through December 20

Location: Downtown Hart, Michigan

Back, and extended, by popular demand!  “Shop Small” in downtown Hart and win big! What a difference you can make in the economic health of your community by shopping local.  That’s why this year’s Small Business Saturday event will last for three weeks: between the dates of Friday, November 28 and Saturday, December 20.

Pick up a small business supporter card at a participating downtown Hart merchant.  Shop or dine five times at participating locations and get your card stamped. Enter your card into a card collector at a participating location for a chance to win!

The Prizes will be given in the form of “Hart Bucks”, redeemable only at participating locations.  Visit our “Downtown Hart Small Business Saturdays”  Facebook page for an updated list of participating retailers and restaurants!

Contact Ingrid Pearson, Hart Main Street, 231-301-8449 for more details.


Starlight Concert at Shelby Road Baptist

Saturday, December 20 at 6:30pm

Sunday, December 21 at 4:30pm

Location: Shelby Road Baptist  Church, 4000 W Shelby Rd, Shelby, Michigan

Come to Shelby Road Baptist Church’s Starlight Concert this Christmas season.  This year they will offer two performances; one on Saturday, December 20, at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 21, at 4:30 p.m.


Applewood Grille – Craft & Gift Sale

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Applewood Grille – 3666 Scenic Drive, Stoney Lake, Michigan 49455

Come to shop and stay for lunch and dinner!  Craft and gift sale, Quilts, gifts, crafts, food and more will be on display and for sale

Crafters wanted.  Please contact Jeanne at 231-873-5030 or e-mail at for details.


Silver Lake - Tree Lighting (Cancelled)

Saturday, November 30


Toys for Tots Drop off Location at Double JJ Ranch

Location: Double JJ Ranch

Double JJ Ranch is offering a $5.00 Water Park Coupon/Pass for everyone who brings in a $5.00 or more toy for Toys For Tots at their Water Park on Sundays, November 30 and December 7 at 10:00am to 5:00pm.


Hansen Foods - Christmas Open House

Saturday, December 6

Time: 11am to 4pm

Location: Hanson Foods, 3750 Polk Road, Hart, Michigan 49420

Come enjoy our Christmas Open House – There will be lots of holiday items with hors d'oeuvres, salads, breads and desserts, meat items, dairy items, beer and wine samples also.  Every department will have samples.  Last year there were over 50 types of samples.

New this year:  Live band in the afternoon.  Plus, Mrs Claus and an elf will make a guest appearance to collect Santa letters.

We hope to see you there!

For more information contact Dave at 231-873-2826


Oceana Singers Christmas Concert

Date: Sunday, December 7, 2014

Time: 4:00pm

Location: Congregational Church, 51 E 3rd Street, Shelby, Michigan 49455

Come enjoy the Christmas Music by the Oceana Singers at the Shelby Congregational Church on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 4:00pm.  Also being featured is the Shelby Congregational Bell Choir.

Freewill Offering will be collected during the concert. Refreshments to follow concert.

Contact Marcia Thatcher at 231-873-1059 for more details.


Benefit for the Harbor House of Hart

Christmas Open House at “The Harbor House of Hart”

Date & Times:

Friday, December 5th at Noon to 8:00pm

Saturday, December 6th at 10:00am to 5:00pm

Location: 315 State Street, Hart, Michigan 49420

Come share a special Holiday moment with friends and family at our “A Home For the Holidays” event.  There will be “Delicious” refeshments, be Inspired by the festive Holiday décor, Shop for unique holiday gifts…many one of a kind, Baked items, and stock up for the holidays!

Let us welcome in the Christmas Season together! I’m looking to your visit – Eva Kostal

For more details contact: Eva at 231-873-8916, 315 State Street, Hart, Michigan 49420

Toys for Tots Drop off Locations

Location: Drop off locations at several local businesses in Oceana County

Donate $10 or more toy to receive a Toys for Tots Warrior Coin.  Cash donations by check, made out to “Toys for Tots”.  Donate cash by check.  For donation check $250 or less your check is your receipt for the donation.  For donation check for more than $250 you’ll receive a letter from Toy for Toys Foundation for tax purposes.

U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.  The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future. 

The principal Toys for Tots activity which takes place each year is the collection and distribution of toys in the communities in which a Marine Corps Reserve Unit is located. In communities without a Reserve Unit, the campaign can be conducted by a Marine Corps League Detachment or group of men and women, generally veteran Marines, authorized by Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to conduct a local Toys for Tots campaign. Local Toys for Tots Campaign Coordinators conduct an array of activities throughout the year.

To get involved locally, please contact .Jim or Sheila Carlson at 231-873-5039 for more details about our local campaign.

To Register for Toys for Tots:

Please bring Birth certificates of children, proof of income and proof of Oceana County Year-round residency, i.e., rent receipts or property tax receipts, utility bill.

Place of registration: Pentwater VFW, 8448 N. US 31, Pentwater, Michigan 49449


Wednesday, December 3               4:00pm -7:00pm

Thursday, December 4                   4:00pm – 7:00pm

Friday, December 5                         10:00am – 2:00pm

Wednesday, December 10             4:00pm – 7:00pm

Thursday, December 11                 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Friday, December 12                       10:00AM – 2:00PM

Saturday, December 13                  10:00am – 1:00pm

Distribution will be Wednesday & Thursday, December 17 & 18, 9:00am-5:00pm by appointment at Pentwater VFW at 8440 N US 31 in Pentwater.

Donations (Checks) to buy toys for ages 0 – 18 years of age can be made out to:

Toys for Tots

c/o Jim Carlson

4093 N. Oceana Drive

Hart, Michigan 49420

Volunteers are needed for registration, set up and distribution.  Please call Jim or Sheila Carlson at 231-873-5039.