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8th Annual Light Up the Night & Soup Cook Off

Bellaire comes alive for the holiday season in the 8th Annual Light Up the Night and Soup Cook-Off celebration on December 2nd, 2017 some activities starting at noon until 7 pm.

Celebrate with family and friends with a day full of Holiday Events. From a free kids movie and ornament making to the annual “Soup Cook-Off”, a visit with Santa after the “Parade of Lights” and Tree Lighting, Community Caroling and a live Nativity, this is truly a family friendly event.

Purchase tickets for the Soup Cook-Off for $5/each to sample soups from participating area restaurants. Last year’s winner was The Pelican Nest at the Chief Golf Course.

Bellaire is in Antrim County on M-88 between Lake Bellaire and Intermediate Lake.

Schedule of Events (Subject to change)


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Shopping-stores are open all day to help you complete or begin your Christmas Shopping! RELAX at Coffee Shops and Restaurants  - for that break you need !

12 - 2 pm    KIDS SCAVENGER HUNT @ Village Hall. (14 & under) Sign up @ Bellaire Village Hall – great prizes!!

2:30 pm:  Free Movie Matinee @ Bellaire Theater. Bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Bellaire Food Pantry for admittance. Limited Seating.

4 - 4:45 pm:  Kids Free Ornament Making @ Village Hall

4 - 7 pm:  Community Gathering @  Broad Street
    Caroling, Cookies & Hot Chocolate and more!

4:30 - 7 pm    SOUP COOK-OFF - $5/ ticket (pre-purchase tickets). Normally the following Restaurants participate: The Lunch Box, Commission on Aging, The Pelican Nest, Moka, Short’s Brewing Company, Ruthies Dairy Twist, Bellaire Bar, Bellaire Lanes & Games, Shanty Creek Resorts, Toonies Fish & Steakhouse, and Mama's Country Kitchen 

5:30 pm:   “Parade Of Lights” With Santa & Mrs. Claus

6 - 7 pm:    Live Nativity by Bellaire Bar  – with special thanks to Bellaire United Methodist Church

5:45-7 pm:  Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus @ Broad Street
     Caroling, Cookies & Hot Chocolate, Roasted Chestnuts, Bellaire’s Community in Action and more!

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Soup Cook Off

Soup Cook-Off - Tickets $5/ each.

Taste each participating business’s soup, get your card marked and vote in one of the Ballot Boxes (card does not need to be complete to vote). 

Who has the “Best” soup?
• The Lunch Box
• Commission on Aging
• The Pelican Nest
• Moka
• Short’s Brewing Company
• Ruthies Dairy Twist
• Bellaire Bar
• Bellaire Lanes & Games
• Shanty Creek Resorts
• Toonies Fish & Steakhouse
• Mama's Country Kitchen

Tickets will be available NOVEMBER 1st at: Bellaire Chamber, Participating Restaurants, and more.

2016 Winner- The Pelican Nest at the Chief Golf Course

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Light Up Contest:


Get your Holiday decorations ready for our annual judging of Business & Residential Lighted Displays 

Judging will be on 11/23 & 11/24 – All decorated Bellaire business windows and/or displays will be judged.  Homes in Bellaire will be judged IF you notify the Bellaire Chamber of Commerce at 231-533-6023 or


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Parade of Lights


Parade - Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 5:30 PM

You Must Be at the United Methodist Church by 5:00 PM.

PARADE ENTRY DEADLINE – Friday, December 1st at noon

Just a reminder- Entries need to be lite.

Questions?  Contact the Bellaire Chamber of Commerce Office at 231-533-6023 or

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