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Sightseeing in Northern Michigan: Otsego County Museum Christmas Celebration

Every community does something a little bit different to celebrate the holiday season.

Gaylord is no different.

But while so many are looking ahead to Christmas, part of these festivities also look back and help many enjoy the history of the area.      

Corey Adkins brings us tonight’s Sightseeing in Northern Michigan.

“It’s a great community, Gaylord is.”

Anyone who has ever visited the Alpine Village of Gaylord knows their community means everything to them.

They combine that love with some Christmas cheer for all this weekend.  

“Big day here in Gaylord on Saturday. Here at the museum from 10-4 we have what we call Shop and Stroll Downtown,” says Jim Akans, Otsego County Museum executive director.  

On Saturday, the welcomes people to come in, learn a few things and support what it provides.   

“It’s vital to our community to preserve and protect the history of Otsego County for future generations so they can learn. You learn through history. It also gives children that sense of humility, and where they came from,” says Jennifer Akans, Otsego County Museum.

It’s a fun way to help raise some money to keep things here running.

“The Otsego County Museum strives to preserve and protect the artifacts of Otsego County for future generations so we have this tremendous opportunity through a bake sale and a gift shop sale, which is right behind me,” explains Jennifer.

There will also be a silent auction and an old fashioned photo booth.

“It’s gonna be great. We have all sorts of silly props for people to dress up in. It’s classic photo booth. You get in and it will take four pics and it prints out two strips, and you can take them home, and it’s a memory of the day. And Santa will be here, so hopefully we can get him in the photo booth as well,” says Megan Hacker, Moments Photo Booth and Photography. “It’s just nice to have everyone join together as a community and get everyone downtown involved, and it’s something nice to offer for the kids and gives families something to do as well.”

Create memories at the museum, and then head out on the town.

“At 6 p.m. we have our lighted Santa parade, it comes down Main Street. Then, he’ll light the community Christmas tree, and he’ll be at the pavilion until 9 p.m. with the kids hearing about their Christmas wishes,” says Jim.

Plenty of chances to embrace Santa, and the Christmas community spirit.

   “These events downtown are free and it’s a way to get out with the family and have some fun and different things. There will be a variety of things to do, like shop and snack, and get ready for the holiday, so come on down to Gaylord and have some fun this Saturday,” says Jennifer.