Eastpointe and Roseville to host tree lightings

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published November 23, 2018

 Eastpointe and Roseville will be hosting their tree lighting ceremonies Dec. 5 and Dec. 6, respectively. Kids will get the chance to visit with Santa to kick off the Christmas season.

Eastpointe and Roseville will be hosting their tree lighting ceremonies Dec. 5 and Dec. 6, respectively. Kids will get the chance to visit with Santa to kick off the Christmas season.

Photo provided by Tony Lipinski

 People can also sing carols, make crafts and roast marshmallows.

People can also sing carols, make crafts and roast marshmallows.

Photo provided by Tony Lipinski

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The cities of Eastpointe and Roseville are getting into the holiday spirit with their annual tree lighting ceremonies.

Both cities have set aside time just as the Christmas season begins to spread some holiday cheer and to show off their best and brightest lights at their respective city halls.

The Eastpointe tree lighting will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Eastpointe City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Ave. It is organized by the Recreational Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe.

“The mayor and council will lead everyone in some songs onstage to start the program,” said RARE Executive Director Tony Lipinski. “The Fire Department escorts Santa into town and will walk up to the switch with some local students to turn all the lights on. We will have an area outside for making s’mores, and following the singalong, kids can line up inside to meet Santa and do some crafts while they wait.”

The program has been a community tradition for decades, and Lipinski promises it will be a fun experience for all those involved.

“We started working with them when we became a recreation authority in 2012, but they were doing it long before that in some way, shape or form,” Lipinski said. “We handle crafts and help organize the event as a whole. The Eastpointe Lions Club will provide cider and doughnuts for everyone as well. It’s a great time.”

The Roseville tree lighting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Roseville City Hall, 29777 Gratiot Ave.

“This is the 32nd year for the tree lighting in Roseville. It’s a fun-filled night of free activities for everyone in the community,” said Virginia Green, the administrative assistant for the Roseville city manager. “The city workers and Beatification Commission work very hard to put on a good event and to ensure it is at no cost to those who attend.”

Green said they will offer a variety of fun activities both indoors and outdoors.

“We’ll have hayrides beginning at 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the s’mores station and hot cocoa station becomes available. We start the singalong portion at 7 p.m. and Santa will show up, and when he does, we will light the tree up,” she said. “When the singalong is over, everyone can get in line to go see Santa. Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Disney’s ‘Tangled’ will be there for photos as well.”

Each year, the Roseville event tries to add something new to the proceedings to keep bringing families back year after year.

“Walmart is continuing to be a sponsor for us, and Flower Barn Nursery is sponsoring the hayride,” Green said. “A decorated wagon will start in the City Hall parking lot, go down to the nearby church and then come back around. Christmas music is played while people go around. We started with the hayrides last year and it was a big hit. People really seem to like it. We try to add something new each year. This year we added the characters from ‘Tangled.’”

The organizers of both cities’ programs said a tree lighting may just be a simple tradition, but it is a fun one that people always return for every year.

“It’s a great way to ring in the holidays,” Lipinski said. “The community comes together and lets the little ones welcome Santa, and the Lions Club and everyone else really do their best to provide a good time for everyone. … They’re both fun events and are great programs for people to get them in the holiday spirit.”