2016-12-01 / Front Page

Santa Is Coming To Town Friday

By Erich T. Doerr

The Christmas season will get underway in St. Ignace Friday night, December 2, as the city hosts its annual Holiday Open House. The free event will see a visit from Santa Claus to light up the city’s Christmas tree downtown before visiting with children. The event is designed to be fun for visitors of all ages and it is sponsored by the St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s a fun community event kicking off our holiday season,” said Chamber Executive Director Janet Peterson.

The tree is at Dock 1 and the lighting will take place at 6 p.m., but the celebration will begin at 4:30 p.m. with music downtown played by Gary Engle of G-Man Entertainment. At 5:45 p.m., the St. Ignace Area Girls Scouts will sing Christmas carols. Santa Claus will arrive atop a fire truck as he joins St. Ignace Mayor Connie Litzner in lighting the tree. The ceremony will include a countdown to the big moment.

Santa will then move into Santa Land across the street at K.C. Hobbies and Toys store at 6:30 p.m. to talk with children. Those who talk to him will receive a treat, courtesy of the St. Ignace Business Association and Enterprise Vending.

There will be several activities downtown besides the tree lighting. Visitors of all ages will be able to tour one of the ambulances used by Straits Area Ambulance Service. The ambulance will be on display at the First National Bank of St. Ignace. The Colonial House Inn will also host mini holiday photo sessions. The pictures will be taken by Lindsey Vork Photography and there is a charge for the service. The 7th Heaven Salon and Spa will offer special activities and treats during the tree lighting. Several businesses will also be open for the event, offering a chance for some holiday shopping.

For years, the community tree has been at Dock 1. At first it was a live tree, but that had to be removed when it became too big. The current trees are cut and relocated downtown for the holidays.

This year’s tree was donated by Gary Bigelow and cut Monday, November 28. The Department of Public Works will have it decorated with lights and ornaments in time for the ceremony.

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