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Monday, November 10, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michelle Rahl
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(517) 676-1046 or (517) 775-8601



Every year in November, the city of Mason sets up their “Big Santa” and mailbox at the corner of Jefferson and Maple Streets, puts up their holiday decorations on downtown streetlights, and area merchants start to offer holiday values.  These are the signs that Mason is getting ready for Friday, November 28, the day after Thanksgiving. Only a few weeks before Christmas, the community holds its annual Mason Holidays Celebration that Friday afternoon and evening. 

This year the traditional Christmas tree lighting will once again be with the “Big Tree” in front of the Ingham County Courthouse.  Thanks to BlueGrass Lawn & Landscape and Express Tree Service, new LED light strings were purchased and installed on the tree last year. Net proceeds of the annual Mason Area Chamber of Commerce Raffle (ML#R26700) went toward partially funding the costs, as will proceeds from a student poster contest that is new this year.

 “The live tree in front of the Ingham County Courthouse was getting too large for the City of Mason to decorate with the existing lights and equipment,” said Aleasha Wood of Inspired Events, chair of the celebration for the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce.  “After the 2012 event, the business community stepped up once again to restore the tree lighting to the big, live tree in 2013. We’re thrilled to be able to do that again in 2014.”  She also encourages local folks to help with the events by volunteering by calling the Chamber office.  

A lucky fifth grader will assist Norm Austin, the 2014 Mason Citizen of the Year in officially giving the order to light the Christmas tree on the west side of Courthouse Square at 6:30 p.m.  Also, earlier in the evening starting at 6:00 p.m., in the downtown near the tree, will be a welcome by the City of Mason Mayor Leon Clark, music from the Mason High School Santa Band, and more. 

The United States Marines will have a “Toys for Tots” collection station near the Big Santa at Courthouse Square during the afternoon and evening.  Food and warm drinks will be available on the square from Mason A&W Restaurant, Mason Optimist Club and several downtown businesses.  Mason’s lighting of the community’s Christmas tree and evening lighted parade at 6:30 p.m. are the biggest of the several events slated, but that’s not all that is happening in Mason.  

Also on Friday, November 28, the Ingham County Fair Foundation and the Ingham County Fairgrounds will host a “Winter Fest” at the fairgrounds, 700 E. Ash Street in Mason.  Starting at 3:00 p.m., the event will feature a craft show, carnival rides, family make-and-takes, viewing for a Christmas tree auction conducted by Sheridan Realty & Auction, food, and beverages -- all in the heated Main Arena building.

The fun continues there until 9:00 p.m. There will be free parking and admission for the event. A shuttle will run from the Fairgrounds to and from the downtown circle drive in front of the Mason First United Methodist Church, 201 E. Ash Street. People are encouraged to park at the Fairgrounds and take the shuttle downtown.

For many years, Dart Container Corporation has been presenting sponsor of the Mason Holiday Celebration. “We are proud to have Dart Container sponsor the parade and the day’s events again this year. We also thank the City of Mason for allowing us to start the parade in the Bond Park parking lot,” said Aleasha Wood.  Last year, the parade featured over 40 units, including a special float of from Dart Container. 

 “The City of Mason is an important partner.  They help by closing streets and providing traffic coordination.  We are again responding to their requirement for improved public safety this year by letting parade participants know that they are not to throw candy or get on or off any unit that is in motion,” Aleasha Wood added.

The lighted parade steps off at 6:30 p.m. from Bond Park.  From there it goes south one block on Barnes, west on Sycamore to Park, south to Maple, and then east to Jefferson.  The parade then circles the Courthouse by turning right on Jefferson, then left on Ash, Barnes and Maple Street before ending in the 100 block of east Maple. Some street-legal units may choose to stay on Barnes and turn right on Columbia to head east to the Ingham County Fairgrounds for the Winter Fest.

Lighted parade units will represent many area groups and businesses and will include Dart Container Corporation, the Lions Air Force, Mason Fire Department, CADL, Two Men and a Truck, BlueGrass Lawn & Landscape, Girl Scouts - Heart of Michigan, ServiceMaster, TomCo Asphalt, Granger, and about 30 more lighted vehicles and floats.  Members of Mason’s American Legion Browne/Cavender Post 148 will work closely with the Mason Police Department to keep the parade organized. Mason RailTime Adventures will also have their kiddie rides and games at the corner of Barnes and Ash before and during the parade.

Visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Mason Area Historical Museum for younger children.  They will then join the parade and meet up afterward with Mason Area Historical Society members who will take them back over to the Museum at 200 E. Oak Street to meet with older children and families. 


Information on all events is available by e-mailing or calling (517) 676-1046.  For the most recent information, click on “Community Events” at, check, or tune in to Channel 21 on Mason’s WOW! cable system.

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