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Santa and tree lighting draws crowd

The tree lighting in downtown Cedar Springs is an annual event. Post photo by J. Reed.

What do hundreds of cookies, candy canes and cups of hot chocolate all have in common? All were served at last weekend’s Mingle with Kris Kringle event and all consumed by festive attendees—right down to the last crumb.

“The event turned out really well,” noted Shawn Kiphart, president of the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. “We estimate we had 600 to 700 people, which was double what we anticipated.”

The event, hosted by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Community Action Network, started early in the day with sales at shops up and down Main Street, and culminated late in the day with the arrival of Santa and the lighting of the community Christmas tree, at the corner of Ash and Main Streets.

Also appearing at the event was a live nativity scene from Calvary Assembly of God, and the Cedar View Elementary Choir. Mayor Bob Truesdale emceed the event. “I’d like to thank him for doing that,” said Kiphart. “He did a great job.”

A tent was set up this year for Santa, and it was a big hit. “The line was long but it moved pretty quickly,” noted Kiphart.

He said he can already think of some improvements for next year, such as providing a stage and a speaker system for the choir, and bringing in Santa earlier in the day and having him stay for an extended period. “That would give more people the chance to see him,” explained Kiphart.

He said that comments from attendees have been positive. “Many people said it was really nice to see everyone out and about. Everyone seemed to have a great time.”


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One Response to “Santa and tree lighting draws crowd”

  1. This is a wonderful event! I’m glad our church (Calvary Assembly of God) gets to be involved with this each year.


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