Downtown to host weekend of holiday festivities
Mount Pleasant will kick off the holidays with caroling, a parade of lights and a special Christmas tree lighting at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 in downtown.
The official Mount Pleasant Christmas Tree is located in the Town Center, 101 North Main St., The tree was put up by the Department of Public Works and VanderSys Tree Farm Nursery on Monday, Nov. 27.
Festivities will commence by the tree with a caroling session lead by competitive a cappella group, the Mountain Town Singers, at 6:20 a.m.
Prior to the tree lighting, Santa Claus and his reindeer will pose for photos and greet residents from 5-9 p.m. Hayrides will also be available from 5-8 p.m. at the southeast corner of University and Main streets to give guests a tour of downtown’s light displays.
At 6 p.m. Friends of the Broadway Theatre, 216 E. Broadway St., will be hosting a holiday performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Admission is $8 per attendee and doors will open at 5 p.m. for ticket sales.
Other performances will be available throughout the city and downtown area starting at 5:30 p.m.
The Central Michigan University Fish-n-Chips a cappella group will at 7 p.m. and Tuba Quartet at Art Reach of Mid-Michigan will perform from 5:30-7 p.m.
The Lighted Christmas Parade will begin the next day at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.
Holiday floats will be judged by a panel for four categories: Most Lights, Best Creative and/or Craftsmanship, Most Holiday Spirit and Best in Show. Winners will be announced Monday, Dec. 4 and will receive priority placement in the parade and a trophy from Simply Engraving.
For more information, visit the Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration event page on Facebook.