Christmas comes to Calumet City

Mrs. Claus and Santa travel by sleigh. (Photo provided)

Lansing’s neighbor to the north has their own tree-lighting traditions

by Gene Popa

CALUMET CITY, Ill. (December 11, 2018) – The City of Calumet City and the Calumet Memorial Park District held their annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 7. The festivities began at 6:00pm at City Hall and featured hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts, facepainting, live reindeer, ice sculpting, and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus to light the city’s official display.

Live reindeer were part of the festivities. (Photo provided)

Mr. and Mrs. Claus then boarded their sleigh and, led by the Ozinga Merry Mixer, traveled up Wentworth Avenue to Memorial Park, where the Hoover-Schrum Band and a marimba band performed. Kids got to meet with Santa and take their picture with him. The evening culminated with fireworks.

The evening culminated in fireworks. (Photo provided)
Calumet City families enjoyed the festivities. (Photo provided)