Holiday events light up Macomb County this week


Deck the halls with boughs of holly! ‘Tis the season to be jolly! Many of our Macomb County communities are decking their halls this holiday season in preparation for their unique Christmas tree lighting ceremonies. The tradition of decorating Christmas trees dates back to 18th-century Germany, where candles were used to light trees. Today people create extravagant holiday displays using modern LED lights to decorate not only trees, but buildings and streetscapes. Here is a full list of all of the Macomb County communities celebrating the holiday season with tree lighting ceremonies this week.

Roseville 30th Annual Tree Lighting & Sing-A-Long
Thursday, Dec. 1
The city of Roseville’s 30th Annual Tree Lighting & Sing-A-Long will take place starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at City Hall Plaza. There will be Santa, Elsa and Anna, a s’mores station, donuts, a special gift for each child and more. Attendees should bring a camera to capture the moment when children get to see Santa and his winter wonderland.

Chesterfield Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, Dec. 2
The Chesterfield Township Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 at the municipal offices. Be sure to join to help usher in the holiday season. Santa is scheduled to arrive via horse-drawn carriage and, with the help of all the boys and girls, will light up the township grounds. Santa will then be available for pictures with all the good little boys and girls. Parents should make sure to bring a camera to capture the moment!

City of Richmond Santa Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, Dec. 2
The city of Richmond’s holiday celebration includes Christmas carols at 6:30 p.m. at the AUD-Youth Regional Complex, along with hot chocolate and light refreshments. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the K-Mart plaza, Santa and his parade will march down M-19 and arrive at the AUD Complex at 7 p.m. to light the tree! Immediately following the ceremony, guests will have the opportunity to take pictures with Santa and every child who visits Santa will receive a small gift!

St. Clair Shores Christmas Tree Lighting Show
Friday, Dec. 2
Ring in the holidays at the annual Tree Lighting Show, hosted by the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee! Elite Entertainment will provide music for a night of singing and dancing. There will also be hot chocolate and donuts provided by the SCS Optimist Club. Additional entertainment includes performances by the SCS Community Chorus led by Cynthia Ohrt, Casali School of Dance, Turning Pointe dancers and special guest Brandon Roux reading T’was the Night Before Christmas.

2016 Miss St. Clair Shores Vanessa Chambe will also be there, and the South Lake Band will perform “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” for Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Macomb County Mounted Sheriff’s Division will be on site with real, live reindeer! The Selinsky-Green Farmhouse Museum will also be open, to show how a home was decorated in Victorian times for Christmas!

Starlight Christmas 1865 in Romeo
Friday, Dec. 2
Don’t miss Christmas in 1865 at the historic Simpson Park Camp Meeting Grounds in Romeo. Horse-drawn, luminaria-lit tours of the Victorian-era woodland village will transport your family, church group or youth group to a simpler time.

Kids will love the living nativity, complete with animals, as well as the homemade cookies. Adults will enjoy walking through the new display of nativity scenes. All will enjoy photos in the old-fashioned sleigh (bring your own camera!) and singing with the carolers. Bundle up and enjoy the true blessing of Christmas while experiencing the historic role Simpson Park Camp has played in the spiritual heritage of southeast Michigan.

Tree Lighting at Warren City Square
Saturday, Dec. 3
The city of Warren will be hosting their Tree Lighting Ceremony from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at City Square on Saturday, Dec. 3. Activities include visits with Santa, free ice skating all day, a petting farm with live reindeer, horse-drawn wagon rides, a parade and plenty of holiday refreshments. Also on Saturday, Warren Civic Theatre presents Breakfast with Santa at 10:30 a.m. Kick off the holiday season with a hearty family breakfast with the jolly old elf himself. The cost is $5 per person.

A Sterling Christmas
Saturday, Dec. 3
The Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department would like to invite everyone to the 40th annual A Sterling Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 3 in Dodge Park.

The official ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. with entertainment, the lighting of holiday decorations and the arrival of Santa Claus. Activities will include pony rides, a petting farm, wagon rides, ice sculpture demonstration and caroling around a campfire from 5:45 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available and children can visit Santa in the recreation center. Parents are urged to bring a camera to take souvenir photos.

Optional donations of canned and boxed foods will be collected for the Crossroads Service Organization. For further information regarding this free event, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (586) 446-2700 or the Special Events Hotline at (586) 446-2692.

Christmas in Fraser
Saturday, Dec. 3
Join the city of Fraser as they ring in the holidays by lighting up city hall! Sing Christmas carols, enjoy refreshments and welcome Santa to Fraser! All ages are welcome and encouraged. Caroling begins at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony starts promptly at 6 p.m.

Utica Tree Lighting
Sunday, Dec. 4
On Sunday, the city of Utica will host its annual holiday tree lighting event starting at 6 p.m. at the Utica Fire Station (7609 Auburn Road). Santa Claus will arrive atop the Utica fire engine and, along with the mayor, will welcome all the good little boys and girls! Once they have lit the tree with all the colorful lights, there will be caroling and cider and donuts at the fire station.

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