PARCHMENT WASSAILING &
THE HOLIDAY CHOCOLATE
Always the first Wednesday in December, from 6:00-8:00 pm. In 1995, the Parchment Garden Club hosted the first Holiday Chocolate at the library, serving homemade hot chocolate and cookies to Parchment residents. In 2005, the Holiday Chocolate was expanded to include Parchment Wassailing, in which local businesses and organizations offer holiday treats and entertainment to all visitors. This year's event has some changes in response to COVID.
The Holiday Chocolate 2021
Enter the library through the front doors. Listen to the Mall City Harmonizers singing holiday songs in four-part harmony on the main level of the library. This will be your last chance to purchase tickets for the fabulous Friends of the Parchment Community Library's Holiday Basket & Quilt Raffle before the drawing at 7:45 p.m. (You don't need to be present to win.) Pick up your homemade hot chocolate and cookies as you exit through the back door. Enjoy your treats outdoors as you admire the brilliant display of holiday lights in the Kindleberger Park sunken garden behind the library and listen to music of the season performed by the Western Michigan University Tuba Christmas Ensemble!
Click HERE to watch a Parchment Update interview with Cheryl Lyon-Jenness about the Holiday Chocolate.
Parchment Wassailing 2021
See the Wassailing flyer here. Bundle up and get in the holiday mood with a convivial stroll along both sides of Riverview Drive! The Fountains at 535 S. Riverview will have their food truck, The Lunch Box, in their parking lot. The Parchment Fire Truck will be parked next to the Public Works garage by Kindleberger Park, with tours of the truck, treats, and fire hats for the kids. The Parchment Service Center at 211 S. Riverview will offer walking tacos and music by Fly Light Gemini. Warm up with hot cocoa and cider at The Parchment Poodle at 117 S. Riverview. Listen to middle school and high school band students performing in the Parchment Middle School cafeteria beginning at 6:00 p.m. Outside the middle school, the Parchment United Methodist Church plans to host a live nativity with storytelling, candy canes, and live animals. Sign Crafters (101 N. Riverview), Doorlag Realty Co. (102 N. Riverview), and Diamond Disciples (101 N. Riverview) are teaming up to host an outdoor tent with music and treats. Join Advia under a tent in their parking lot at 550 S. Riverview for candy canes and crafts plus a visit from Santa Claus!
Other businesses that plan to participate include Ty Kelley State Farm Insurance Agency at 509 S. Riverview and Geno's Golden Pizza & Pub at 113 N. Riverview.
Click HERE to watch the Parchment Wassailing Preview Tour edition of Parchment Update.