It is no secret that it’s hard to find things to do with the kids. It also isn’t a secret that … just when you need it most … when the weather gets colder and kids are bouncing off the walls driving you nuts … it gets even harder to find things for the kids to do. Well, the Jefferson East Business Association (JEBA) has a solution … the annual outdoor Eastside Holiday Village.
This free event is this Saturday, December 8, at River Bend plaza and will have its fair share of entertainment. Some of the entertainment comes from live performances by local school children and DJ Kenny J. There are also gifts for children, magicians, face painting, treats, craft workshops, a float from the Parade Company, and believe it or not, Santa Claus himself visiting on a horse-drawn carriage.
“We are so glad to be able to work with The Parade Company. You should see the kid’s faces when they see that huge Thanksgiving Day Parade float … they literally light up,” says sponsor and JEBA Board Member Mike Curis. “To be honest, that’s really the best part … to see the little ones. They make it worth all the hard work.”
The main goal is obviously to provide entertainment and joy for the more than 2,500 families from the community invited as well as students from Carstens at Remus Robinson, Detroit Enterprise Academy, Detroit Merit Academy and Chrysler Elementary, but also to help economic growth in Detroit’s lower east side.
The Jefferson-Chalmers waterfront may end up being just as much of spectacle as St. Nick. As part of JEBA’s larger effort to foster economic development on Detroit’s lower east side, the Eastside Holiday Village spotlights this unique area. This riverfront community boasts more than 160 acres of waterfront parkland, a new greenway, and more boat slips than anywhere in the city.
Things have been humming along nicely in the East Jefferson Corridor as it reimagines itself with new businesses and cultural experiences, public spaces and clean-up and safety programs. It is on the verge of a renaissance. (See the Hub’s story, which details the plans to see East Jefferson Avenue transformed from a sea of asphalt into a pedestrian friendly, multi-model environment that supports economic development and business activity.)
The area’s flavor is further injected into the Eastside Holiday Village. Cornelius Golightly Career and Technical Center, a side high school, will provide refreshments throughout the day courtesy of its award-winning culinary arts program. To be sure, it’s a neighborhood affair.
The Salvation Army Canteen Truck will also be on site.
The event is open to the public free of charge from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday December 8. It takes place at River Bend plaza, one block east of Dickerson on E. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit.
Bring the kids on down!