Children listen as the Snow Sisters tell stories and sing songs from the movie “Frozen” at the Troy Community Center during Winter Wonderland in 2016.

Children listen as the Snow Sisters tell stories and sing songs from the movie “Frozen” at the Troy Community Center during Winter Wonderland in 2016.

File photo by Erin Sanchez


Troy Trolley to keep Winter Wonderland warm

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published November 28, 2018

 The Snow Sisters stopped by the community center after appearing at the Troy Public Library. Both locations offered crafts, games, visits with Santa, and indoor and outdoor activities.

The Snow Sisters stopped by the community center after appearing at the Troy Public Library. Both locations offered crafts, games, visits with Santa, and indoor and outdoor activities.

File photo by Erin Sanchez

TROY — Troy families who make the Christmas tree lighting and Santa’s arrival at Troy City Hall Dec. 7 an annual tradition can continue the fun at the Troy Public Library and the Troy Community Center — and stay warm doing it.

“You can ride the Troy Trolley from the library to the community center and back,” said Recreation Director Elaine Bo.

“It’s convenient, everybody was considerate and it was warm,” said Emily Frontera, Troy’s public works coordinator, adding that 500 people used the Troy Trolley to get back and forth from the library to the community center during Winter Wonderland last year.

“They loved it (the Troy Trolley). We decorated it. We got a great response,” Frontera said.

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

Reindeer and elves will be outside the library with reindeer games and igloo building, and other activities will be available inside.

Bo explained that while this year’s craft activities are different from those offered last year, the popular favorites at the community center — the Snow Sisters’ performance, inflatables and the Fancy Flash Photo Booth — are the same.

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.

“Adding family activities at the library and community center to our annual Christmas tree lighting have made the event much more special. Families can enjoy an entire evening of fun for all ages as we get into the holiday spirit at Troy’s Winter Wonderland,” Community Affairs Director Cindy Stewart said via email. “Don’t forget to bring new, unwrapped toys to the event for the Toys for Tots campaign or mittens and hats for families in need. The holidays are also a great season to give back to others.”

“I think it’s a great family event,” Bo said.

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

Sponsors of Winter Wonderland include Genisys Credit Union, Detroit Medical Center Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, the Friends of the Troy Public Library, Troy Auto Care, Consumers Energy, Tim Hortons, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Fancy Flash Photo Booth, Hollywood Market and Kroger.

The fifth annual Winter Wonderland will take place 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Troy Civic Center campus, 500 W. Big Beaver Road. The library is located at 510 W. Big Beaver Road. The Troy Community Center is located at 3179 Livernois Road.