Festive lighted garlands with giant red bows adorn the Victorian city, as the Dowagiac Christmas Celebration, which opens Friday is proudly presented by the Chamber of Commerce and Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital. As Yuletide classics trumpet the crisp air, you’re sure to enjoy the relaxed pace of holiday shopping the way it used to be. Our shopkeepers offer warm surroundings, refreshments and cheer, as they present their finest in holiday merchandise during the three-day Christmas Open House Weekend. Family events are held on Open House Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as a true-to-life Old-World Santa greets children within the elegant setting of Wood Fire Italian Trattoria. Enjoy the warm surroundings of the Pompeii Room, where children receive a gift from St. Nick. At Beckwith Park, enjoy your favorite Christmas carols and view holiday dance performances. Be sure to tour our Grand City by horse-drawn carriage and visit the Theta Mu Sorority Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dowagiac Union High School. Children who visit Kris Kringle will receive a gift and also enjoy attending interactive holiday activities at Who Knew? Consignment with Mrs. Claus. While visiting the Christmas Open Houses of our specialty shops on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., be sure to register for the in-house drawings.