*all photos courtesy of: sam zomer photography
by Jill P
The City of Kalamazoo will host their Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 24 in Bronson Park, with festivities planned from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. The lighting of the park will occur at 5:45.
Many of the favorite holiday activities will return including the kids’ crafts tent, live reindeer, ice carving, pictures with Santa, food trucks, and hot chocolate. This year will also feature live holiday music form Yolonda Lavender, an improv performance by Crawl Space Eviction, live art by Bonus Saves, and special visits by WMU’s A Moment of Magic and Ms. Greater Kalamazoo. And of course, the lights will be flipped on by Santa and members of the Kalamazoo City Commission.
The event will begin in promptly at 5:00 with an improv performance by Crawl Space Eviction on the Rotary Stage. Activities include:
- Kids Craft Tent sponsored by Kalamazoo Valley Museum (ornaments for the kids)
- Live Reindeer from GG Reindeer Farm
- Ice Carving by Ice Brigade
- Live Holiday Music with Yolonda Lavender
- Improv performance by Crawl Space Eviction
- Live Art by Bonus Saves
- Pictures with Santa Sponsored by Kalamazoo Candle Company
- Food Trucks
- Hot Chocolate (sponsored by Bob Evans with donations accepted to benefit the YWCA)
- Visits by A Moment of Magic at Western Michigan University and Miss Greater Kalamazoo
The Tree Lighting is a free event open to the entire community. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to celebrate the season downtown in Bronson Park!