2017-12-07 / Life in Leelanau

Santa, reindeer, tree lighting add up to big weekend in Suttons Bay

— Photos and story by Eric Carlson


SANTA CLAUS and an assistant, four-year-old Hayden Pettig, flipped on the Christmas tree lights in downtown Suttons Bay on Saturday. SANTA CLAUS and an assistant, four-year-old Hayden Pettig, flipped on the Christmas tree lights in downtown Suttons Bay on Saturday. The Suttons Bay “Holiday in the Village Weekend” was, by all accounts, a huge success.

On Saturday, families with kids mobbed the Suttons Bay-Bingham District Library to help Friends of the Library decorate the interior of the building and write letters to Santa.

That was followed by a free movie Saturday afternoon at the Bay Theatre, a showing of “Polar Express” sponsored by the Bonek Insurance Agency.

Santa Claus himself along with one of his elves arrived in downtown Suttons Bay aboard a Suttons Bay- Bingham Fire Department truck, heralded by Suttons Bay High School band members playing Christmas songs.

After lighting the Christmas tree at the corner of Jefferson Street and M-22, Santa headed over to the VI Grill to hear Christmas gifts from local kids.


CHRISTMAS COOKIES sold out quickly at the Friendship Community Center’s annual “cookie extravaganza” in downtown Suttons Bay and raised $775 for the non-profit community center. CHRISTMAS COOKIES sold out quickly at the Friendship Community Center’s annual “cookie extravaganza” in downtown Suttons Bay and raised $775 for the non-profit community center. On Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Friendship Community Center in Suttons Bay, the annual Cookie Extravaganza featured baked creations from 18 volunteer cooks. Cookie sales raised $775 for the nonprofit community center, according to organizer Mary Bush.

The weekend concluded with the appearance of live reindeer at the BrainStorm! And Enerdyne stores in downtown Suttons Bay during an annual Antlers & Elves event.

Also Sunday afternoon, a standing-room-only crowd enjoyed a Leelanau Community Choir holiday concert at Suttons Bay Congregational Church.



ARRIVING ABOARD a Suttons Bay-Bingham Fire Department truck, Santa Claus waves to an adoring crowd Saturday in downtown Suttons Bay. ARRIVING ABOARD a Suttons Bay-Bingham Fire Department truck, Santa Claus waves to an adoring crowd Saturday in downtown Suttons Bay.

SUTTONS BAY High School band members played Christmas songs for at least a hundred people appearing at the corner of M-22 and Jefferson Street in downtown Suttons Bay where Santa Claus appeared Saturday. SUTTONS BAY High School band members played Christmas songs for at least a hundred people appearing at the corner of M-22 and Jefferson Street in downtown Suttons Bay where Santa Claus appeared Saturday.

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