Video of Downtown Muskegon Michigan Holiday Lights Spectacular
Muskegon kicked off the holidays last Saturday with the lighting of the tree in a snow covered Hackley park. Santa Claus and two of his reindeer were in attendance. Free hot chocolate and cookies were passed out as well as a hot dog stand. Mayor Stephen J. Gawron was pleased to introduce Santa to the crowd just before the countdown to the lighting of the tree. Here are some words he shared, “May there be peace on earth, starting in our own homes. Treating and caring for each other, but more importantly, treating and caring for those we don't even know and may have less than we do. It can be done. A giving of the gift of self.” As tradition, he then presented Santa with the key to The City of Muskegon and the countdown was off. 3-2-1 and the lights illuminated the many faces surrounding the tree. Santa and Mayor Gawron lead a parade of families down the newly glowing Western Ave, ending at Burl and Sprig where we met up with Mrs. Claus. There was live music playing outside with fire pits. “Make Muskegon Glow” is a project led by local businessman, Terry Puffer, to light up Western Avenue - ”Like it hasn't been seen in decades.” It is truly magical and we highly encourage everyone to take an evening stroll downtown and see all that Muskegon's downtown social district has to offer this winter season. Lights will remain up until January 5th.