New tree, new tradition: annual holiday event returns Dec. 7 to St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published November 23, 2018

 A new tree will be lit in front of St. Clair Shores City Hall Dec. 7.

A new tree will be lit in front of St. Clair Shores City Hall Dec. 7.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The night will light up with the glow from a new tree at City Hall with the St. Clair Shores Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 7.

Visitors are being asked to arrive at City Hall, on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and 11 Mile Road, around 6:45 p.m. Dec. 7, with the official program beginning at 7 p.m.

New this year, the city and the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee have purchased a 26-foot concolor fir tree for City Hall, splitting the $2,200 cost of the tree.

“We lit up the whole corner, but we’ve had a little bit of trouble having a good Christmas tree,” said Mayor Kip Walby.

But now, the tree has been planted between the library and City Hall in time for the tree lighting.

“It’s just a good little family event to see Santa come in, sing Christmas carols and kick off the holiday season,” Walby said.

This year’s program will feature performances by dancers from Casali School of Dance and by Miss St. Clair Shores and Miss Teen St. Clair Shores, and plenty of songs by the St. Clair Shores Community Chorus. Brandon Roux of WDIV-Channel 4 will read “The Night Before Christmas” before Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive to light up the tree.

Santa and his wife will be available to meet with the children of the city immediately after the program in the Friends Gift Shop at the St. Clair Shores Public Library.

New this year, Activities Committee members Elizabeth and George Munger, with Elite Entertainment, will be helping visitors to take fun photos of the event with a “party ring.” One member of Elite will be wandering during the event so that visitors can capture selfies on the ring, and one member will be stationed with Santa and Mrs. Claus to capture memories of those visits as well.

After taking a selfie, visitors can input their phone number so they can be texted a link to the photos, or they can check out the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee’s Facebook page, where all photos from the night will be posted as well.

“Just a fun new thing to do while we are all enjoying the beautiful weather we will have on the 7th,” Elizabeth Munger said. “We are excited. The tree lighting (is) always one of my favorite things.”

Visitors will enjoy hot chocolate and doughnuts from the Optimist Club of St. Clair Shores, and refreshments and warming stations will be provided by Shores Fireplace and BBQ.

Dress for the weather and bring a canned food item to donate to the St. Clair Shores Goodfellows, who create baskets of food for needy families in St. Clair Shores.

“To me, it’s the kickoff to the Christmas season around St. Clair Shores. It gets me feeling good, gets me in the mood,” said Dave Rubello, chair of the Activities Committee.

The Selinsky-Green Farmhouse Museum, located east of the library on 11 Mile Road, will also be open during the event.