Jolly old St. Nick will light up the night when he arrives in town to kick off the Christmas season Dec. 7.
A St. Clair Shores’ tradition will continue that night when City Hall opens at 6 p.m. in anticipation of the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7 p.m., said Activities Committee Chair Maureen Antushevich.
This year’s event will once again include live reindeer, and the sounds of the season will fill the air with a duet from Little Miss St. Clair Shores Jenna Dell and Miss Teen St. Clair Shores Hannah Dell. Local country singer Joey Zee will also entertain the crowd with his tunes, and the main event, the tree-lighting program, will run from 7-7:30 that night.
That’s when the jolliest elf around, Santa Claus, will arrive on a fire truck with Mrs. Claus to get the key to the city and flip the switch to light up the tree. Afterward, the couple will retire to the Dockside Café attached to the St. Clair Shores Public Library, where they will visit with all the good boys and girls of the Shores.
Parents are welcome to bring their own camera to capture the moment.
“It’s an annual tradition, a … way to start the holiday,” Antushevich said.
The tree lighting is always held the first Friday in December.
She said the Optimist Club of St. Clair Shores and the Miss St. Clair Shores Scholarship Program would also help the crowd warm up with complimentary hot cocoa and doughnuts inside City Hall, which is located at the corner of 11 Mile Road and Jefferson Avenue.
Right after the tree lighting, the Selinsky-Green Farmhouse Museum will be open for visitors to experience a Victorian Christmas, complete with period decorations, refreshments and music.
The event kicks off a “big weekend here” at the St. Clair Shores Public Library, said Assistant Library Director Sue Mihalic.
Santa Claus will be back the next day, Dec. 8, for more visits from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Selinsky-Green Farmhouse Museum, along with the Friends of the Library Gift, Book and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the library.
“They sell quality used books, books that look brand new,” Mihalic said. “Then they’ll have baked goodies of all kinds.
“They’re the ones that support our Summer Reading Club, and they also purchase a number of things we don’t have room in our budget to purchase.”
The same day in the library meeting room, there will be drop-in holiday crafts for children from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 2-4 p.m. The Local History Center, located in the basement of the library, will also host a holiday open house from 10 a.m. to noon and also from 1-4 p.m.
“The theme is ‘Remember the Raisin,’” a slogan from the War of 1812, said Mihalic. “It’s the 200th anniversary of the Battle of French Town. She has a drop-in craft for children and holiday cookies to pass out.
“It’s surprising how many people in the community still don’t know we have a Local History Center.”
Mihalic said the holiday events at the library are always held the second Saturday of December, which just happens to coincide with the weekend of the Tree Lighting this year.
“It’s very family-oriented,” she said. “We want to serve the families of the community. When they come to the library, it’s another opportunity for them to see that the library’s a fun place and enjoy the crafts and maybe check out a book or two.”
And last, but not least, the Selinsky-Green Farmhouse Museum will host gingerbread baking on Dec. 15. Children can come at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. to decorate a gingerbread man or woman, which will then be baked in the 1880’s-era antique stove.
While waiting for their creation to bake and cool, there will be music to listen to from the 1890s-era five-octave pump organ and stories in the parlor.
“No reservations are necessary, and it’s free,” said Mihalic, adding that the event is “very popular.”
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