An ice skating rink chills at the site of the Farmers Market Pavilion in Dodge Park Nov. 21. City officials said they plan to hold a grand opening ceremony for the new amenity at the Dec. 1 A Sterling Christmas event.

An ice skating rink chills at the site of the Farmers Market Pavilion in Dodge Park Nov. 21. City officials said they plan to hold a grand opening ceremony for the new amenity at the Dec. 1 A Sterling Christmas event.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Break out your skates for A Sterling Christmas

New rink debuts at annual event

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published November 23, 2018

STERLING HEIGHTS — An ice rink promises to be an early present for Sterling Heights residents who attend the city’s annual holiday extravaganza, A Sterling Christmas, when the event comes home for the holidays to its original location at Dodge Park Dec. 1.

Mayor Michael Taylor looks forward to being one of the rink’s users.

“I’m going to use it all the time,” he said. “My daughter is an avid skater. ... We can’t wait for the ice skating rink to be open, and a lot of Sterling Heights residents can’t wait either.”

Parks and Recreation Director Kyle Langlois said city officials will begin A Sterling Christmas with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new rink, which is located at the new Farmers Market Pavilion. The pavilion was funded through the 2016 Recreating Recreation millage.

Besides the ice rink, the biggest change this year will be bringing the holiday event back to Dodge Park. Last year, the event was held at the Richard J. Notte Sterling Heights City Center while renovations to Dodge Park were underway.

Langlois looks forward to the return.

“A Sterling Christmas is one of our department’s favorites each and every year,” Langlois said. “It’s one of our largest single-day events that we run.”

In addition, more decorations will make the park glow, Langlois explained, adding that “we have more trees lit than we ever had before.”

He added that a tree lighting ceremony will focus on a 25-foot-tall tree “that’ll be lit up and ready to go.”

“We planted the tree a number of years ago,” he said. “It’s certainly a beacon, too, in the park. There’s a great visual sightline to the tree from the stage already onsite.”

Langlois said other attractions from A Sterling Christmas will get everyone in the holiday spirit. Those include pony, trackless train and horse-drawn wagon rides, as well as a carousel. Warming fires will keep guests from getting too cold, and musical guests will take the stage.

As in other years, city officials will greet Santa Claus, and kids will get a chance to chat with him.

Taylor said community events such as A Sterling Christmas are welcome throughout the year because they bring the city together.

“I always love seeing the crowds of people, and the kids enjoy it a lot,” he said.

The Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department will host the 42nd annual A Sterling Christmas event 5:45-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Admission is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring charitable donations of nonperishable boxed and canned food. For more information, visit www.myshpr.net or call (586) 446-2700.