Parade of Lights, Wassail Festival, Hot-Cha-Cha Run and more light up weekend of Dec. 13-15

There are several Holiday related activities happening throughout the week and weekend of Dec. 13-15.

Following is a list of Christmas and other holiday activities in the community:

• The Blissfield American Legion is hosting a senior citizen party Sunday afternoon. It is a free event from 1-3 p.m. and features food and games.

• Dec. 13-15 — The Light of Christ Parish Knights of Columbus along with several volunteers will be busy sorting food and packing and delivering food baskets to families throughout the greater Blissfield and Deerfield communities. They will also wrap gifts and toys for children from the age of newborns to 12 years old. Volunteers will wrap gifts in the church basement beginning at 9 a.m. Friday morning. The sorting and packing of food donations and gifts will take place 7 p.m. Friday evening. Baskets will be delivered Sunday afternoon.

Wassail Festival & Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run

• Friday, Dec. 13 – 6-9 p.m. The Third Annual Wassail Festival warms the night Friday. The annual event, sponsored by the Blissfield Rotary Club, also features the second annual Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run, sponsored by the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program. Several area businesses will have offer their own special wassail, a hot or mulled cider beverage, to taste. Participating merchants are competing to see who makes the best wassail in town. Everyone participating in the Wassail Fest must purchase a $12 Wassail mug at the Historic Depot where they will also receive a punch card and a map featuring the locations of all the wassail in town. When participants have tasted all the wassail, they can return their punch cards with their votes to the Depot. The winner will be announced at the end of the evening at Mexibilly’s Restaurant . The Blissfield Rotary Club will draw the winner of their raffle at their annual party at B-Town Bar & Grill on Lane Street. For more information visit or call the Blissfield Main Street/DDA at 517-486-3642. The Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug run begins at 6:30 p.m. in the center of downtown. Registration on race day begins at 5:30 p.m. Cost to enter the race is $25 and includes a Wassail Fest mug for adults 21-and-up and a hot cocoa insulated mug for the younger runners or those choosing cocoa. The race is $12 for kids 6-15, and a family price of $60 with a two-adult (from the same household) maximum. Costumes are encouraged , but not required. A costume prize will be given. For more information e-mail or visit Santa in Deerfield

• Saturday, Dec. 14, noon-2 p.m. — Santa Claus will be at the Deerfield Village Office, 101 W. River Street. The Deerfield Township Fire Department will bring Santa from the fire hall down Carey Street to the village office on fire truck at approximately 10 a.m. Santa will be available to visit with children and there will be a bag of candy for all that see Santa Saturday. Madrigal Dinner

• Saturday, Dec. 14 — The Blissfield Community Schools Department of Fine Arts presents a Madrigal Dinner “Night-Night, Knights.”.The traditional holiday festival is set in Medieval Times. This year a “Punch and Judy” Puppet Show and a play entitled Night-Night, Knights” will be performed after dinner. Madrigals and both secular and sacred carols will be performed by the high school choirs, and the show will conclude with a mummer’s retelling of the Christmas Story. There will be a 1 p.m. concert with high tea and a 4:30 p.m. concert with a full dinner. Reservations were required to attend.

Parade of Lights

• Saturday, Dec. 14 , 7 p.m. — Blissfield’s annual Parade of Lights sponsored by Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home brightens up the night Saturday. Floats and farm equipment adorned in Christmas lights and other decorations will pass down Lane Street. Also participating in the parade are the award-winning Blissfield Marching Royals, Miss River Raisin Festival Nicole Miller and Santa Claus himself. Everyone’s favorite mascot, Paws, of the Detroit Tigers will be in attendance courtesy of the Blissfield State Bank. Organizer Randy Kelley said entries for the parade are still being accepted. For more information call him at 517-403-7940 or visit