Tree lighting set for Dec. 4 at City Hall

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published November 30, 2015

 From left to right, 6-year-old Brooke, 10-year-old Amiley and 4-year-old Dayann Bethel, all of St. Clair Shores, rush to hug Santa Claus.

From left to right, 6-year-old Brooke, 10-year-old Amiley and 4-year-old Dayann Bethel, all of St. Clair Shores, rush to hug Santa Claus.

File photo by Sean Work

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Santa Claus is coming to town, and he’s ready to help light up St. Clair Shores City Hall and tree this week.

The annual tree lighting ceremony will kick off with an opportunity to check out live reindeer starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at City Hall, 27600 Jefferson Circle Drive.

It’s “the event that starts the Christmas season” in St. Clair Shores, said Activities Committee Chair Maureen Wark.

Similar to years past, there will be performances from local dancers and songs from the St. Clair Shores Community Chorus between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. before city leaders take the stage to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will help light the tree around 7:30 p.m.

To help keep up spirits, the St. Clair Shores Optimist Club and the Miss St. Clair Shores scholarship program will continue their tradition of providing hot chocolate and doughnuts inside City Hall for those attending the program.

And after the tree and all of City Hall are lit for the season, Santa and Mrs. Claus will head back to the library café to meet with the children of the city. Although there will not be any refreshments served, the building will still be open for the evening to allow for visits and pictures with Santa; parents should bring their own cameras for photos.

New this year, the St. Clair Shores Goodfellows will be collecting monetary donations outside City Hall, and AFSCME Local 1015, the city’s employee union, will be collecting canned goods for the St. Margaret of Scotland food pantry.

“We’re trying that this year as something new, being more charitable, looking to help the charitable organizations in the city,” said Wark. The Activities Committee also collected canned food at the Halloween Fun Fest in October. “We’re aware of the need in the city and we’re trying to help.”

The annual event is sponsored by the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee.

“Family and friends, everybody come out,” said committee member Dave Rubello at the Nov. 16 City Council meeting. “We want to try to pack the corner here.

“Make sure you bring your kids — it’s a great event. We’ll all have a great time ... with Santa Claus as the main star.”

After the tree lighting, the Selinsky-Green Farmhouse Museum will also be open for visitors to experience a Victorian Christmas. The museum, located behind the St. Clair Shores Public Library, will be open from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with refreshments and music for those coming to visit.

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