Boyne area Thanksgiving, Christmas holiday kickoff

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Turkey with friends and family, shopping, a santa parade, special church services and so much more await you this week when the Boyne area kicks off the holiday season.

Get some exercise and raise money for a good cause with the annual Boyne City Turkey Trot.

The Kiwanis Boyne City Turkey Trot will be held Thanksgiving morning, Thursday Nov. 24.

The 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run will begin at 9 am at Veterans Park. Registration forms available at Boyne Area Chamber, Edward Jones, Kilwins of Boyne City, or North Country Cycle Sport.

For further information contact Ruth Skop at (231) 881-0945 or Gayle Harbaugh at 675-5725.

Entrants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item that will be donated to the Boyne area food pantries. All proceeds will stay in Boyne City and go to the Kiwanis Club, whose focus is to serve children, one community at a time.

Celebrate your faith with a special Thanksgiving Day mass in Boyne Falls. Thanksgiving Day Mass will be celebrated at 9 am at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 2347 Grove St., in Boyne Falls.

There will be a food collection taken for the local food pantries. Please come and give thanks for all the blessings we have received from God, and bring donations of food to help those most in need.

Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with new and familiar faces when the Boyne City Eagles host their annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, at the Eagles Hall, 106 River St.

The dinner is open to the public, and there is no charge. Anyone who needs a ride or would like to volunteer or donate food call 582-6904.

If you’re in the Boyne Falls area, you can have dinner at the Whi-Ski Inn, which is hosting their 2nd Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 1-4 p.m.

They will be preparing a delicious meal with all the fixin’s for anyone that would like to stop in and enjoy. The meal will be by donation of your choice or by bringing in non-perishable food items. All proceeds will benefit the Boyne Valley Food Pantry.

Then, on Friday, help Boyne kickoff the Christmas holiday.

The Boyne City Holiday Open House and Santa Parade is a true community celebration of the season on Nov. 25, the Friday after Thanksgiving, from 5 to 9 p.m. The open house begins at 5 p.m. with refreshments at businesses throughout the downtown, and the parade starts at 6 p.m. Boyne Area Girl Scouts will light the Community Christmas Tree in Old City Park at 5 p.m.

Following the tree lighting the Girl Scouts will lead holiday revelers in caroling. Santa will arrive on his horse-drawn sleigh, joined by some of his elves and reindeer from the North Pole.

The Village of Walloon is excited to announce its 4th Annual Lighting of the Village on Friday Nov. 25, at 6 p.m.

Visit the village for an evening of holiday cheer as the holiday lights are turned on for the first time this winter season. Also, The Village Green Park will be transformed into an ice-skating rink for the duration of the winter.