Riverview Tree Lighting to include host of family activities, fireworks – The News Herald

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Tree lighting ceremonies are a community way to embrace the start of the Christmas season.

While most of these ceremonies tend to be quaint affairs, usually consisting of Santa Claus or the Mayor flipping a switch to light up the town or township tree, Riverview has turned its tree lighting into an attraction. late fall/early winter major that offers a lot of “Extras.”

The city has held a tree lighting ceremony for over 30 years, but for most of that time it took place in front of City Hall and was relatively low-key. However, about five years ago the event was moved to Young Patriots Park, where it has grown significantly.

The Riverview Tree Lighting will take place from 5-9 p.m. on Nov. 19 at Young Patriots Park. Admission and parking are free. Those planning to attend can park at Riverview Highlands Golf Course, 15015 Sibley Road, and use a city-provided shuttle to get to the park.

According to recreation director Todd Dickman, this will be the second year that the event will include fireworks and the first year that Max Flight helicopter rides will be offered, at a cost of $40.

Those who attend will also find little train rides, the Evening Gentlemen Quartet, inflatable snow globe, stilt walker and wagon rides.

The Riverview Tree Lighting will take place from 5-9 p.m. on Nov. 19 at Young Patriots Park. (Photo courtesy of Riverview Recreation Department)

An exotic animal show is from 5:15-6:15 p.m., a business show is from 5-8 p.m., and the American Ages Band will play from 7-9 p.m. The actual lighting of the trees takes place at 8 p.m., and of course, Santa Claus is a guest of honor and will make himself available for tours.

Whether it snows on Saturday or not, Dickman said he plans to make artificial snow for the children to play in.

For adults who attend, they will find a beer tent run by members of the American Legion Post No. 389.

As for the trade show, it is an opportunity for Riverview businesses to showcase themselves.

“Some will show off, some will have giveaways, and some will sell products,” Dickman said.

The event ends with a fireworks display at 9 p.m.

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