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 The Snow Sisters stopped by the Troy Community Center after appearing at the library during a past Winter Wonderland.

The Snow Sisters stopped by the Troy Community Center after appearing at the library during a past Winter Wonderland.

File photo by Erin Sanchez


Santa, snowball room, Snow Sisters to highlight Winter Wonderland

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published December 4, 2019

 Seong Ban, from Troy, throws “snowballs” at the community center in 2016.

Seong Ban, from Troy, throws “snowballs” at the community center in 2016.

File photo by Erin Sanchez

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TROY — Troy families that make the Christmas tree lighting and Santa’s arrival at Troy City Hall an annual tradition can once again continue the fun — and stay warm — Dec. 6 at the Troy Public Library and the Troy Community Center.

Shuttles will run from the library to the community center and back for the event.

“I love it. It’s a great community event,” said Mayor Ethan Baker, who attends each year with his wife, Bethany; daughters Arden, 12, and Aven, 7; and son Canaan, 11.

Baker said his family enjoys following Santa to the library.

“They love the Christmas carols. They love Santa Claus,” Baker said. “It’s dark and cold and we’re all there to have a good time and start the holiday season.”

Elaine Bo, the city’s recreation director, said that between the tree lighting and the Winter Wonderland activities at the library and the community center, about 7,000 people attended last year’s event.

New this year, the popular Snow Sisters will forgo the meet-and-greet and perform three shows. “They are bringing friends,” Bo said of the Snow Sisters.

The library will offer activities geared toward children under age 5, and the community center will offer activities for all ages.

A holiday unicorn and the Storybook Trail will be outside the library featuring a felt play area and an igloo building, with other activities inside — the area is a stroller-free zone.

The popular favorites at the community center — the Snow Sisters’ performance, inflatables and the Candid Detroit Photo Booth — will return. Other activities include crafts, an open swim and an indoor snowball room.

The Athens High School concert choir will sing holiday carols as the Troy High School drumline marches in with Santa, who will light a 28-foot Colorado blue spruce in Veterans Plaza at Troy City Hall. Hot cocoa and sweets will be served, provided by Tim Hortons.

The seventh annual free Winter Wonderland will take place 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Troy Civic Center campus, 500 W. Big Beaver Road. The Troy Public Library is located at 510 W. Big Beaver Road. The Troy Community Center is located at 3179 Livernois Road.

For information on where to park and times for activities, visit rec.troymi.gov/winterwonderland.

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