Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Tree Lighting Ceremony

Thursday, December 1, 2022 6:00pm-8:00pm
Kentwood Library (4950 Breton SE)
Join us at a our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! The event takes place in front of the Kentwood Library starting with the holiday light parade. There will also be carriage rides, take-home crafts for kids, holiday music, a special performance by the Michigan Ballet Academy, a luminary walk, and of course a visit from Santa! We will be accepting non-perishable food donations for our Little Free Pantry to help us through the winter season. Lazy Dazy Coffee and Patty Matters food trucks will also be at the event.

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Essay topic: Why do you love living in Kentwood?
This year we are holding an essay contest for a chance to be the Grand Marshall in our Holiday Light Parade and help Mayor Kepley light the City of Kentwood's tree. Contest is open to kids ages 5-18 who are Kentwood residents OR students who attend school in Kentwood, Kelloggsville, Forest Hills, or Caledonia school districts. Essays must be 1,000 words or less and submitted online (click the button below) or mailed to the Kentwood Activities Center, 355 48th St. SE, Kentwood, MI 49548. Contest is open October 20-November 17. Winner will be chosen and notified by November 24.
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Holiday Light Parade
Whether you are a part of a church group, non-profit agency, business, school group or a family we want you to be involved! Show the community what The Holiday Season means to you, and remember to use lots of lights! The parade route will start at Kentwood Public Works parking lot at 5068 Breton SE.  Parade will exit out the driveway on Breton and travel north and end at Kentwood Justice Center at 4740 Walma SE. Cost is $15 per business, organization, or individual. If you'd like to participate in the parade click on the button below to register or contact Kentwood Parks and Recreation at (616)656-5270.
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Volunteers needed! Click on the link below for a full list of volunteer opportunities.
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Holiday Light Parade - from Kentwood Public Works (5068 Breton) north to Kentwood Justice Center (4740 Walma)
Tree Lighting Ceremony & Caroling in front of Library
Performance by the Michigan Ballet Academy inside the Library Community Room
Luminary walk along the East West Trail, across from the south entrance to the Library
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