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Posted: 11/30/11

Santa to visit during
three Christmas events

Observer Staff Writer
      Why visit bustling malls to see Santa Claus when he plans to make three personal appearances in the Romeo area?
       Back-to-back events held by the Parks and Recreation Department at the beginning of December will kick off the holidays, each with a chance for kids to visit with Jolly Old St. Nick.
       The first Santa sightings will begin on Dec. 1 with the Santa Parade and Romeo Area Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
       The parade staging starts at 6 p.m. at the Community Center on Morton Street. At 7 p.m., the 22 to 30 local organizations and businesses that have signed up will march or drive down W. St Clair Street with lit-up floats.
       Those interested in joining the parade can enter up until the day of the event, said Clara Russell, Parks and Recreation director.
       "Our hope is that every entry has a lighted feature, and I think we're pretty close to most of them having it," she said.
       The parade ends at the Village Park, where attendees can enjoy holiday music, cookies, roasted chestnuts and other refreshments.
       Old St. Nick will lead the crowd in lighting the Christmas tree and the key to the village will be presented by local dignitaries.
       Kids will have a chance to share their Christmas wishes with Santa following the lighting of the Christmas tree.
       Santa's next appearance will be at the Washington Township Tree Lighting Ceremony, located at the Township Hall on Van Dyke, will begin at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2.
       Like in Romeo, Santa will need the help of those in attendance to light up the township's Christmas tree. Following the lighting, residents can step inside the Washington Senior Activity Center and warm up at a Christmas party.
       Refreshments, a family-friendly show and a visit with Santa are in store for those who attend.
       Both tree lighting events do not require registration or fees, and are sponsored by the Romeo and Washington Lions clubs.
       "It's not a lot of new, but it's a lot of tradition," said Russell. "It honestly is nice, it's homey, and both have their own feel - I don't know if it would seem like Christmas if I didn't go to the tree lighting."
       The third stop for Santa will replace the smell of roasting chestnuts with the savory scents of pancakes, eggs and sausage with the annual Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 3.
       Guests who purchase tickets to the event can enjoy a leisurely meal while listening to Christmas carols, receiving balloon sculptures from Tootsee the clown and, of course, visiting with Santa.
       The breakfast will be held at the Masonic Temple on N. Main Street. Tickets are $8 per adult and $5 for children ages 2 to 12. Non-residents pay $11 and $8, respectively.
       Breakfast times are from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
       Amongst these events, a new tradition is shaping up to bring winter-themed activities to the local area. Russell said the residents can keep an eye out for an ice rink at the ampitheatre in the Washington Township park.
       "We have a sled hill and ice rink (at the Community Center), but we are going to make an ice rink at Washington Township," she said.
       For information or to purchase tickets, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (586) 752-6543.

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