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Posted on: November 20, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Traditional Holiday & Tree Lighting Ceremony This Saturday

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Experience the spirit of the holiday season on Saturday, December 2, at the City of Portage Traditional Holiday & Tree Lighting Ceremony. Begin the night at the Mayor’s Tree in the City Centre with caroling and a tree lighting ceremony presented by Dr. Grabowski Orthodontics at 6 PM. Sing carols as you stroll down Bicentennial Trail behind a horse-drawn wagon to Celery Flats with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

At Celery Flats, walk through the Holiday Tree & Card Walk. Children can share their Christmas wishes with Santa at Stuart Manor or mail their letters to Santa inside the Schoolhouse. Watch ice sculpture demonstrations, greet animals at the petting farm, create a holiday craft at the Honor Credit Union Elf Workshop inside the Hayloft Theatre, take pictures with family and friends at the BSD Dance Studio Lighted Sleigh, and enjoy the Proclamation Brass Band and Portage Northern Choir performing traditional holiday favorites. Complimentary desserts will be available in Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen sponsored by Lake Michigan Credit Union in the Grain Elevator and the Portage Community Center will offer seasonal beverages (cash-only donations welcome).

Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food and clothing donations to benefit the Portage Community Center. Parking is available at the Celery Flats Historical Area, Portage Zhang Senior Center, and Portage City Hall. This event is FREE, open to the public, and runs from 6 to 8 PM. 

For more information, contact Portage Parks & Recreation at (269) 329-4522. 

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