The City of Kalamazoo will host their Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 29 in Bronson Park (200 S. Rose St), with festivities planned from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. The lighting of the park will occur at 6:05 p.m.
Every year, the City of Kalamazoo welcomes everyone in the community to celebrate the holiday season and all of the diverse traditions that are a part of life in Kalamazoo at the Tree Lighting Ceremony. City records suggest that this Kalamazoo tradition may have started in 1932, nearly 90 years ago, with City Commission Meeting Minutes from 1937 mentioning the “Sixth Annual Tree Ceremony”.
Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. including live music, crafts provided by the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, reindeer from GG Reindeer, ice carving by Ice Guru, hot chocolate, and visits with Santa. This year there will be an additional craft area near the line for Santa, a second hot chocolate station provided by the First Presbyterian Church, and more food trucks including an elephant ear concession, Weller BBQ, Coffee Rescue, and The Incredible Kettle. South Street along Bronson Park will be closed to traffic during the event. This event is sponsored in part by Kellogg Community Credit Union.
There will be vocal performances from Blendings Vocal Ensemble and the Mayor, City Commissioners, Deputy City Manager, and Santa will all be on hand to read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’, light up Bronson Park, and kickoff another great holiday season.
The Tree Lighting Ceremony is a free event open to the entire community. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to celebrate the season downtown in Bronson Park!