Blake’s is getting into the holiday spirit. The family-owned business will host a variety of seasonal activities this month and next at its Orchard & Cider Mill in Armada and Blake’s Backyard in Almont.
The festivities kick off on Nov. 19 with the opening of the outdoor ice-skating rink in Armada. The 2,000-square-foot rink will be surrounded by holiday décor, lights, and music. It’s $10 per person to skate, and $5 skate rentals are available. The Tasting Room in Armada and Blake’s Backyard will also open heated igloo seating on Nov. 19. The igloos, which seat up to 10 people, will serve appetizers, entrees, and Blake’s Hard Cider. Reservations can be made online.
Then, in celebration of its 75th anniversary, Blake’s will host its first Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5 p.m. on Nov. 20 in Armada. Guests can also visit the onsite Mistletoe Market, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 20 and 21, to shop holiday décor from Blake’s and gifts from local artisans, crafters, and boutiques.
Blake’s will be selling Christmas trees from Nov. 21 through Dec. 23. Locals can pick up a pre-cut tree, available at both the Armada and Almont locations, or choose to cut their own tree at the 100-acre tree farm in Armada. The farm features more than 10,000 trees, including Fraser Fir, Douglas Fir, Blue Spruce, and Scotch Pine. Free saws, wagon rides, and tree cleaning and wrapping services will be provided to those who wish to chop down their own tree.
Other upcoming holiday events to look forward to at Blake’s include a Chunky Knit Trees Workshop on Dec. 2, a meet-and-greet with Princesses Elsa and Anna from Disney’s Frozen on Dec. 12, and an ornament craft time and photo sessions with the Grinch on Dec. 18 and 19.
For more information, visit blakefarms.com.