Cities to ring in holidays with tree lightings

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published November 23, 2015

 Local children work on crafts inside City Hall during Eastpointe’s 2014 tree-lighting ceremony. This year, Eastpointe has scheduled its tree lighting for Dec. 2.

Local children work on crafts inside City Hall during Eastpointe’s 2014 tree-lighting ceremony. This year, Eastpointe has scheduled its tree lighting for Dec. 2.

File photo provided by Bill Driskell

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EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Eastpointe and Roseville will hold tree-lighting ceremonies and celebrations during the first week of December, with both cities including in the festivities visits from Santa Claus, activities and songs.

Eastpointe has scheduled its event at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the City Hall plaza, Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe Director Tony Lipinski said. After a welcome from Mayor Suzanne Pixley and the City Council, there will be caroling on stage, and the authority is working to have the East Detroit High School choir lead that portion of the event.

“Shortly after that, Santa arrives with the help of the Eastpointe Fire Department,” Lipinski said. “We’re waiting to be sure, but we should have some special guests from Crescentwood Elementary and Forest Park Elementary to help Santa light the lights for the city.”

Santa, along with Mrs. Claus and another guest — possibly an elf or Jack Frost, Lipinski said — will then be available to meet with kids inside City Hall. There should also be crafts available for kids to make while waiting to meet Santa Claus, he added, and the Eastpointe Lions Club is planning to serve doughnuts and hot cider.

In the event of inclement weather, Eastpointe has plans to move many of its events indoors, Lipinski said.

Roseville’s tree lighting is set for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3, according to Virginia Green, administrative assistant in the City Manager’s Office. A stage will be set up outside, and the City Council and Mayor Robert Taylor will lead a sing-along.

The Beautification Commission is planning to have a food tent with cider, doughnuts and hot cocoa, and Green said the city will provide s’mores supplies and a marshmallow roaster for folks looking for a snack.

Green said Santa Claus will arrive by fire truck in Roseville too, but he is not the only guest expected to show up — Green said Elsa and Anna from the Disney film “Frozen” are also expected to attend. After the tree lighting, Santa will head inside to meet with kids.

“There will be a winter wonderland in the council chambers, where kids can stand in line to see Santa,” Green said. “While in line, there will be activities placed in the hallway, like coloring sheets and holiday crafts, to keep the line moving and the kids occupied.”

For kids who are tired of waiting in line, there will be a movie playing in the council chambers that they can sit and watch while their parents keep their place in line, Green said.

Green said she thinks that the festivities will continue as planned if bad weather occurs, as organizers will have tents outside and a covered stage.

“In the past 28 years, it’s never been moved inside,” Green said. 

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