MIS Cares Charity Track & Toy Drive plus more


Photo Courtesy of MIS. Here’s a closer look at some events taking place locally this weekend.

The Irish Hills Regional Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Christmas Crawl from November 26 through December 17. Just pick up a Christmas list at participating locations (visit for a complete list of stores), visit each of the 17 participating businesses, make a purchase then turn your list into the chamber to be entered into a drawing for $500!

There are so many fun holiday things to do in the Irish Hills this weekend, December 3 through 5, we are calling the first weekend in December, Holidays in the Hills. Choose from a charity track drive, a Christmas Gala, a Wine-TerFest, live music, a tree lighting, Santa visits, a parade, special discounts, toy drives, a Sip and Shop and lots more. Go to for a list of events going on.

Oh These Irish Hills! Christmas Gala

The 9th annual Oh These Irish Hills! Christmas Gala will be held on December 3, 4, and 5 at the Irish Hills Eagles, 9500 Wamplers Lake Road, Brooklyn. The event includes decorated Christmas trees, a silent auction, music, a performance by Savanna Rose Dance Studio, food and much more.

For more information on this event, go to or call 517-403-5358. Proceeds will go to the Brooklyn Food Pantry and Oh These Irish Hills! community projects.

The Oh These Irish Hills! group is bringing back their Christmas Gala for the 9th year. This Gala is located all weekend long (Friday, December 3 through Sunday, December 5) at the Irish Hills Eagles on Wamplers Lake Road, Brooklyn. This event features a silent auction and shopping, children’s games, DJ trivia, food and fun! Go to for more information.

Manitou Beach Village

The Manitou Beach Christmas Lights Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting will be held Friday, Dec. 3 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The parade will feature local businesses, schools and civic organizations, and the Addison marching band. The parade will conclude with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Santa will also be available for photos and for individuals to share their Christmas wish lists. Businesses will be open until 8 p.m.

Michigan International Speedway

MIS Cares is hosting its annual Charity Track and Toy Drive, Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donate a non-perishable food item or a new, unwrapped toy in exchange for a drive around the track in your personal vehicle. The event supports the Brooklyn Food Pantry, St Mary’s of Good Counsel Parish Food Pantry, Jackson County Toys for Tots, and Lenawee County Toys for Tots.

Participants may enter off U.S. 12. Eastbound use gate 8; Westbound use main entrance lot 10. For more details, go to

Downtown Brooklyn is holding a Sip and Shop event during the Holidays in the Hills weekend on Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cherry Creek Cellars

Cherry Creek Cellars is hosting its “Wine”Terfest on Saturday, Dec. 4, from noon to 9 p.m. Participants from noon to 5 p.m. may enjoy shopping a lineup of vendors, enjoy traditional German fare, acoustic music, Gluhwein (mulled wine), igloos and firepits. From 6 to 9 p.m. there will be live music in the beer tent.

The cover charge is $5 or donate a winter hat and gloves. Cherry Creek Cellars is located at 11500 Silver Lake Hwy., Brooklyn.


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