Parade kicks off seasonal spirit

Photo courtesy of the city of Trenton
Santa and Mrs. Claus appreciated the crowd and parade at Trenton’s “Light the Night” ceremony. More than 40 parade entrants are expected to kick off the season Saturday.

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TRENTON — The city will begin to look a lot like Christmas Saturday when the annual “Light the Night” parade strolls downtown en route to a tree lighting ceremony to kick off the holidays.

Trenton Parks and Recreation Director Joann Perna said a holiday parade has been an annual tradition for as long as anyone remembered, and about 20 years ago the event turned into an evening stroll, complete with downtown streets glowing with candlelight.

The parade begins at 6 p.m. Saturday on West Jefferson and proceeds to the clock tower for the annual tree lighting. Afterward, City Hall plays host to an afterglow party and presentation of awards to parade participants. More than 40 groups — church, school, business and community — participate each year. The parade and party are courtesy of Parks and Recreation and the Trenton Civic Commission.

The seasonal spirit continues with judging taking place from Dec. 9 through 20 in the city’s home decorating contest. Entries must be submitted by Friday to enter; rules and forms are available at, and winners will receive plaques courtesy of DTE Energy and the City Beautiful Commission.

Other holiday activities in Trenton include:

• Skate with Santa and Skating Exhibition: From 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Dec. 15 at Kennedy Recreation Center, 3101 West Road. Demonstration by solo, duo and group performers followed by open-skate with Santa.

• Reindeer Games: Live reindeer in a candy-cane striped corral join Santa and face-painting elves for a visit with local youngsters at the Bridge Cultural Center, 2427 West Road. P.A.W.S. of Michigan will sell bake goods and have pets available for adoption, courtesy of Trenton Firefighter Charities.

For more information contact Trenton Parks and Recreation at 734-675-7300.

(James Mitchell can be reached at