Macomb Township Supervisor Frank Viviano presents Santa with a key to the township at the Dec. 3 holiday lighting fest. Viviano said he was glad to have a normal tree-lighting ceremony this year.

Macomb Township Supervisor Frank Viviano presents Santa with a key to the township at the Dec. 3 holiday lighting fest. Viviano said he was glad to have a normal tree-lighting ceremony this year.

Photo by Erin Sanchez


Macomb Township sees largest turnout for holiday lighting

‘This is a good way to build community’

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published December 8, 2021

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The choir sang Christmas songs, Santa arrived and the tree was lit, signaling the beginning of Macomb Township’s Christmas season.

The Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department hosted its annual holiday lighting fest Dec. 3.

Santa arrived in a Macomb Township fire truck, as the Dakota Show Choir sang “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.”

Kevin Fletcher, a kindergartner at Ojibwa Elementary, had the honor of lighting the tree.

The event, now in its 17th year, began outside of Town Hall and included caroling, Santa’s arrival and the holiday lighting display.

Afterward, folks went inside the Recreation Center for a festive celebration including live reindeer, crafts, music, photos with Santa and giveaways.

“This is a good way to build community,” Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Director Sal DiCaro said. “People come out with their families, and we see people who have been coming out here for years. It’s a tradition to come out and kick off the holiday season.”

Macomb Township Supervisor Frank Viviano said he’s glad to have a normal tree-lighting ceremony. Last year, the township adjusted its holiday event due to the pandemic, offering a Santa cruise, where people drove by Town Hall, greeting Santa from afar.

Coinciding with the tree lighting was the Great Silver Bells Family Christmas Scavenger Hunt. Participants were tasked with finding six sets of silver bells throughout the township. Clues were posted on Facebook, and families had 48 hours to solve the riddles and take a photo with each set. Scavenger hunt winners were announced Dec. 6.

DiCaro said about 1,500 people attended the Christmas Afterglow in the Recreation Center.

“This was the biggest outside amount we’ve ever had,” he said. “I thought it was a great family event.”

Also this year, the Recreation Center, located at 20699 Macomb St., is a drop-off site for the Macomb Charitable Foundation toy collection.

Drop boxes for toy collection can be found at the following locations in the township: Fire Station No. 1 at 19925 23 Mile Road, Fire Station No. 2 at 17800 21 Mile Road, Fire Station No. 3 at 47711 North Ave. and Fire Station No. 4 at 16820 25 Mile Road.

The collection runs through Dec. 16.

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