The Stevenson High School concert chorale sings Christmas carols prior to Santa’s appearance at a previous A Sterling Christmas event in Sterling Heights.

The Stevenson High School concert chorale sings Christmas carols prior to Santa’s appearance at a previous A Sterling Christmas event in Sterling Heights.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes


A Sterling Christmas to bring cheer with life-size snow globe

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published November 22, 2019

STERLING HEIGHTS — With November snow already fallen, it won’t be long until Sterling Heights brings A Sterling Christmas back to Dodge Park.

The annual Christmas event is returning to the park Dec. 7.

Sterling Heights Recreation Supervisor Troy Nowotny said the staple features that have defined the Christmas event in years past are back. Those include a carousel, horse-drawn wagons, pony rides and a petting farm. Santa Claus will return to greet the kids. The Dodge Park pavilion ice rink, which is slated to reopen in December, will also welcome skaters. Visitors may listen to Christmas carols, and should temperatures dip, they can warm up at a fire.

“Everything is free to the public too, so cocoa and cookies are free,” Nowotny said.

Nowotny said a 6 p.m. tree lighting ceremony will take place, adding that the tree is a different one this year.

“The new tree, it’s 25 feet (tall) and will continue to grow each year as time goes on,” he said.

City officials added that the city is also inviting residents to bring an ornament with them that they can put on the Upton House’s tree.

Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Director Kyle Langlois said the city plans to add more and more Christmas decorations to Dodge Park in order to turn it into a winter wonderland. He also talked about a brand-new photo opportunity for visitors.

“We always continue to try and improve upon our events,” Langlois explained. “This year we have a new, life-size snow globe that people will be able to take photos in. … You actually do go inside of it to get the picture taken, so it looks like you’re in the middle of a snow globe.”

The 43rd annual A Sterling Christmas will be held 5:45-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road in Sterling Heights.

Admission is free and open to people of all ages. Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable canned or boxed foodstuffs to donate. Find out more information by visiting www.sterling-heights.net or by calling (586) 446-2700.