15TH LIGHT PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING ARE TRADIONAL HIGHLIGHTS OF MASON NOVEMBER 27TH
Friday, November 13, 2015
15TH LIGHT PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING ARE TRADIONAL HIGHLIGHTS OF MASON NOVEMBER 27TH HOLIDAYS CELEBRATION
Every year about this time, 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 to holds its annual Mason Holidays Celebration on Friday, November 27, the day after Thanksgiving.
This year the traditional Christmas tree lighting will once again be the “Big Tree” in front of the Ingham County Courthouse. Thanks to Blue Grass Lawn & Landscape and Express Tree Service, new LED light strings were purchased and installed on the tree in 2013. The two companies have been putting them up and taking them down ever since. This year, net proceeds of the annual Mason Area Chamber of Commerce raffle (ML#R31957) and a tree poster contest by Mason area 5th graders are going toward partially funding the costs of the tree lighting and ceremony.
Scott and Jamie Robinson, 2015 Mason Citizens of the Year, will be assisted by the winning 5th grader in the poster contest to officially give 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., downtown near the big tree, will be a welcome message by City of Mason Mayor Mike Waltz, 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 and Santa’s Mailbox at Courthouse Square during the afternoon and evening. Snacks and warm drinks will be available on the square from Mason First United Methodist Church, Mason A&W Restaurant, Mason Optimist Club, and several downtown businesses.
The lighted parade steps off at 6:30 p.m. from Bond Park, just north of the downtown. In a different route this year, it starts out by going south on Rogers to Ash, west on Ash, and then north on Jefferson, and east on Maple. It will then turn left to go north on Barnes back to Bond Park.
Last year, the parade featured over 40 units. For many years, Dart Container Corporation has been the presenting sponsor of the Mason Holidays Celebration and Parade. This year, Ware’s Pharmacy, Mason 150 Committee, CP Federal Credit Union, and Sheridan Realty & Auction are also major sponsors.
Lighted parade units will represent many area groups and businesses and include the Mason Fire Department, Mason Public Schools Transportation, Mason High School Men’s State Champion Soccer Team, CADL – Mason Library, Mason First United Methodist Church, Girl Scouts - Heart of Michigan, Granger, Byrum Builders, Capital Area Career Center, Mason Auto Body Repair, ServiceMaster Restore, VFW Post 7309, among others.
“We are proud to have Dart Container Corporation sponsoring the parade and the events again this year. We also thank the City of Mason for closing streets and allowing us to start the parade in the Bond Park parking lot with the assistance of American Legion Post 148 members,” said Aleasha Wood, organizer of the event. She also encourages folks to help with the events by volunteering at the Chamber.
“The City of Mason police help a lot by coordinating traffic. They also mandate that parade participants know they are not to throw anything, especially candy, or get on or off any unit that is in motion,” Aleasha Wood added.
From 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Mason Area Historical Museum at 200 E. Oak Street to meet younger children. After riding in the parade, they’ll go back over to the Museum to meet older children.
Information on all the events is available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (517) 676-1046. For the most recent information, click on “Community Events” at the www.masonchamber.org website.