Let there be Christmas Lights

Leadoff to Wyandotte Christmas season

Let there be Christmas Lights

Embarking on the Christmas season Wyandotte City Hall held the annual Christmas tree lighting November 20 at 6pm where community members gathered to listen to the choirs perform and see the city come alive with Christmas spirit.
“[This year] the three groups that performed were A Capella, Wyandotte Academy Youth Choir (WAYC) and the studio Downriver Council of the Arts,” vocal music instructor Gerald Hymer said.
The event has been a tradition in Wyandotte for over 25 years and requires a lot of behind the scenes event planning.
“The special events office is in charge of all city wide events such as the tree lighting and street fair,” special events assistant Jake Conz said. “But the coordinator of everything is Heather Thiede. She is the one that plans and executes the events with the help of us assistants.”
Thiede, each year, makes the major decisions regarding the tree, from the decorations to who lights the tree.
“My office coordinates with Grosse Ile Lawn and Sprinkler who lights the tree. I choose the theme of the tree yearly and have a heavy hand in the types of decorations that go on the tree and this year my office purchased the decorations,” Thiede said.
To many, the event is seen as flicking a switch to see lights and watching choirs sing but there are more activities that go on besides that.
“After the tree lighting there is a short cookie walk where people can go around to different businesses and receive a cookie,” Conz said. “People were also given glasses to turn the lights into gingerbread men.”
Along with many other events hosted in Wyandotte, the tree lighting is a way for community members to come together and get to know their neighbors.
“I think it’s important because being involved will create an overall better and closer community,” senior choir member Amiya Simmons said. “You don’t know what you could be missing, although it may seem minuscule. It creates many memories once you become involved and meet some of your neighbors.”