Township prepares for tree lighting event

By: Thomas Franz | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published November 24, 2015

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Parks and Recreation Department for Macomb Township is preparing to host its 11th annual holiday tree lighting ceremony.

The free event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Township Hall building, as well as at the Recreation Center.

“We encourage families to continue this tradition or start a new tradition, and kick off their holiday seasons with us,” said Recreation Programmer Michelle Duda.

Duda said this year’s tree measures between 25 and 30 feet, and the surrounding décor will be much more elaborate compared to recent years.

“This year, we’re very excited about a bigger and better tree, and quite a few more festive decorations than years past. People will notice a big change,” Duda said.

During the lighting of the tree, children in attendance are encouraged to wear three-dimensional glasses that will be provided at the event.

Duda said the glasses transform the lights on the tree into images of snowflakes and Santa.

Accompanying the tree lighting ceremony will be numerous activities and appearances from holiday characters.

Dakota High School’s band is scheduled to lead the singing of Christmas carols to kick off the event, before greetings from township officials and the arrival of Santa in a fire truck, Duda said.

After the lighting of the tree, Santa will lead a short parade to the Recreation Center, where guests will be able to enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, crafts and plenty of photo opportunities, including with Santa.

“We’ve devised the event so there aren’t long lines and people can get through everything quite quickly. We have multiple refreshment lines, and we have so much going on there’s not too long of lines anywhere,” Duda said.

There will also be “carol-o-ke” entertainment and a performance from Macomb Township’s team of youth dancers.

The event, which annually attracts about 1,200 people, also kicks off the township toy collection for the Macomb Charitable Foundation, which helps children living at or below the poverty level in Macomb County.

Guests are encouraged to bring presents to the tree lighting and afterglow event, but there will be several areas throughout the township to make donations Dec. 1-20.

Presents may be dropped off at the Recreation Center or at Fire Stations 1-4 throughout the duration of the collection.

Call Staff Writer Thomas Franz at (586) 498-1040.

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