Go back in time for holidays in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) It may be summer, but some local filmmakers are already thinking Christmas. Their latest project is centered around Grand Rapids and the holidays, and this week, they’re opening up on the location for the set, signing up extras, and seeking your support.

Fubble Entertainment is the force behind the movie “The Santa Hat.” The project started with the Holiday Memories of Grand Rapids Facebook page. People sent in stories and photos and memories of the holiday season in Grand Rapids from throughout the years. That sparked the idea of the story of “The Santa Hat” movie. It’s about a man in Heritage Hill who’s down on his luck, and blames everything on his father. On his way to bankruptcy court, a homeless man wants to give him a shopping bag with an old santa hat. He is transported to 1967, where he becomes his father, who was the santa at a large department store. Ed Asner and Marion Ross are slated to be a part of the movie.

You can get involved too! Come to The Santa Hat Open House from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 31. It will take place at the old Public Museum at 54 Jefferson SE in Grand Rapids. You can see the set, meet Santa, get a coupon for ice cream, and sign up to be an extra! You’re also invited to “buy a bulb.” Purchase a Christmas tree bulb that will be used in the movie, and you get to keep it when the filming is over. Bulbs are $30.

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