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Kalamazoo Tree Lighting Ceremony canceled for 2020

Posted at 4:01 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 16:01:09-05

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The 2020 Tree Lighting Ceremony in Kalamazoo has been canceled, officials announced Friday.

Lights and decorations will still be installed in Bronson Park and residents are encouraged to continue their holiday traditions with their families to ensure safe distances can be maintained and health guidelines can be followed.

“The Tree Lighting Ceremony is a hallmark event in our community and a tradition for so many families,” Parks & Recreation Director Sean Fletcher said. “We are disappointed to have to cancel the ceremony but protecting our community’s health and safety has to be our top priority. We hope everyone will still visit the park and enjoy the decorations, and we’re exploring ways to keep other aspects of the event available this year.”

Holiday lights will be installed and turned on Thanksgiving Day, including an additional $9,000 of new lights this year.

The lights will not be turned on at a specific time to discourage any large gatherings.

Holiday lights will also be installed downtown on Michigan Avenue, the Kalamazoo Mall and South Street by Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership.