Blake Farms 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. 18 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 for 50 minutes, and $5 skate rentals are available.
The Tasting Room in Armada and Blake’s Backyard will also open heated igloo seating on Nov. 18. The igloos, which seat up to 10 people, will serve appetizers, entrees, and Blake’s Hard Cider. Reservations can be made online with a $10 deposit.
Blake’s will host its second annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Nov. 19 in Armada. The weekend of the tree lighting will also feature live music and carolers, visits with live reindeer, horse-drawn carriage rides and an artisan market. Plus, the chance to decorate an ornament for the Giving Tree, which benefits Rainbow Connection, a non-profit that grants the wishes of kids with life-threatening medical conditions.
Blake’s will be selling Christmas trees from Nov. 19 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 100,000 trees, including Fraser Fir, Douglas Fir, Blue Spruce, White Spruce, Balsam Fir, Concolor Fir, 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 holiday wreath making on Dec. 7, and the Santa experience, which runs weekends Nov. 19-Dec. 23, and features visits with Santa Claus around a bonfire, train rides, and donuts and cider (reservations strongly recommended).
For more information, visit blakefarms.com.
This post was originally published in 2021 and has been updated for 2022.