The city of Kentwood is kicking off the holiday season with a tree lighting and parade from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2.
The free, all-ages event will take place at Kent District Library – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch at 4950 Breton Road SE. Outdoor activities will feature the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m., with other fun to follow, including live music, carriage rides, a luminary walk, children’s crafts and a visit from Santa with photo opportunities. Children also can mail a letter to the North Pole.
The parade will begin at 6 p.m. and will travel from the city’s public works facility at 5068 Breton Road SE and north to the Kentwood Justice Center at 4740 Walma Ave. SE. Some sections of Breton and Walma will be closed to make room for the parade.
The cost to participate in the parade is $15, and businesses, organizations or individuals wishing to do so can fill out an entry form.
“Many residents, including myself, look forward to Kentwood’s Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Light Parade as an opportunity to gather with family and neighbors to celebrate the season and spread peace and joy,” Kentwood Mayor Stephen Kepley said. “Our annual event brings together the sights and sounds of the holiday season, making it a truly memorable experience for all ages.”
Attendees also are encouraged to donate nonperishable food items for Kentwood’s Free Little Pantry and can find suggested items on the pantry’s website.