Canton Leisure Services' 33rd Annual Tree Lighting kicks off the township's holiday season with music, family friendly activities inside and out, refreshments, crafts for kids. Santa Claus will light the tree before heading to a comfy chair and chats with children.
Canton first lit its "official tree" in 1978, so for many families the annual celebration has become a seasonal tradition. (Check out Canton Patch's 2010 photo gallery.) Come and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season, in addition to a variety of festive indoor and outdoor activities, including: seasonal entertainment, children's crafts, and delicious refreshments. This annual event will also include a visit from Santa Claus, who's coming to town for a special appearance.
The official lighting ceremony is just outside the Summit, at 6:30 p.m.
Unique gifts at the holiday marketplace include such Michigan vendors as:
- Cellar Door Soap, hand-crafted vegan friendly soaps
- Flowers from the Garden, festive holiday arrangements and wreaths
- Geiser - Weaver Associates, American Girl-inspired clothing and accessories
- JKM Soy Candles, 100% soy candles, soy tarts and scented wax dipping bears
- Mrs. B's Brittle with homemade peanut, pecan and cashew nut brittles
- Jam by Hand, homecrafted jams and jellies both in single jars and gift baskets
- MI Fresh Roasted Coffee, single-origin coffee that is both fair trade and organic or hand-blended teas sold by the bag and in gift baskets
Families can also start (or continue) their holiday shopping sprees at a special Canton marketplace in the Summit's banquet lobby, featuring unique crafts, gift baskets and other seasonal standouts.
During the festivities, visit Canton Goodfellows and Canton Leisure Services joint efforts to provide Christmas for some Canton children. Visitors to the Christmas Aquatic Center lobby can get a list of needs and select a tag for bringing a new, unwrapped toy or other item to the Summit; Village Theater at Cherry Hill; or the Canton Administration Building. Contributions will be accepted through December 9.
Event sponsors include: Community Financial Credit Union, the tree lighting; The Goddard School, the Santa Claus station; Renewal by Andersen, ice sculpture display. General event sponsors are Choice Urgent Care, Jack Demmer Ford and Tutor Time & Child Time.
Day Dream Café is hosting the a beverage and treats bar with hot coffee, cocoa and cider.
The evening is free, but township officials are asking for a $5 donation per family to help cover costs. Some activities may require a small fee.
For more information about Canton's 33rd Annual Tree Lighting details, call 734/394-5460 or visit www.cantonfun.org.