Local cities announce annual tree-lighting events

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published November 27, 2017

 Residents from the community surround fire pits to make s’mores at the 2016 tree-lighting event at Eastpointe City Hall. There will be marshmallow roasting at this year’s tree lighting Dec. 6.

Residents from the community surround fire pits to make s’mores at the 2016 tree-lighting event at Eastpointe City Hall. There will be marshmallow roasting at this year’s tree lighting Dec. 6.

File photo by John McTaggart

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Workers throughout Eastpointe and Roseville are stringing lights, adding Christmas decorations and preparing for their annual tree-lighting events at the beginning of December.

Eastpointe
Eastpointe will host its annual tree lighting at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Eastpointe City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Ave. Residents can enjoy caroling, roasting marshmallows, hot chocolate, cider and doughnuts, and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children can enjoy crafts while they are waiting in line to visit with Santa.

The city urges the community to come and see who will be this year’s special helpers from Eastpointe Community Schools to assist Santa with illuminating Eastpointe for the holidays.

“The Eastpointe tree lighting is a great way for the family to ring in the holidays. The Eastpointe High School choir will help lead the singalong, the Eastpointe Lions Club is providing cider, doughnuts and hot chocolate for all, crafts for kids, marshmallow roasting and, of course, a visit with Santa. Bring your camera and create a memory,” stated Executive Director for the Recreational Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe Tony Lipinski in an email to the Eastsider Nov. 22.

The event is free to the community.

For more information, contact Lipinski at (586) 445-5480.

Roseville
Roseville is gearing up for its 31st annual Tree Lighting and Sing-A-Long at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at Roseville City Hall, 29777 Gratiot Ave. Families can expect to enjoy doughnuts, hot cocoa, cider and a s’mores station while awaiting Santa’s arrival on a Roseville fire truck and “Beauty and the Beast.”

Families are also invited inside City Hall to visit with Santa in his winter wonderland. Each child will receive a special gift, and children’s activities will be set up inside City Hall to keep them occupied while waiting in line.

“The event is important to continue on a yearly basis, as it brings the community together to share the spirit of the holidays. Hosting an event that is free to all in attendance is paramount. Where else can a family take their children to see Santa without having to pay a fee just to have a photo taken?” stated Roseville Administrative Assistant Virginia Green in an email to the Eastsider Nov. 22.

New to this year’s event will be free hayrides at 6 p.m. The event is free for all who attend.

For more information, contact Roseville City Hall at (586) 445-5440.