Clarkston holds annual Christmas tree lighting

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photo by Beverly Burke

The city of Clarkston kicked off the holiday season with its annual Christmas tree lighting event.

The tree lighting brought an estimated 300 residents to the Clarkston Woman’s Club and featured dancers and singers from the Clarkston First Baptist Church as well as musical selections from the Proskuneo School of the Arts and Indian Creek elementary school.

Clarkston City Manager Keith Barker said, “Unlike big events like the tree lighting at Lenox Mall, this event had a real sense of community. You felt that you were there with your neighbors, this was about bringing the community together.”

As current and future residents gathered around the tree, Clarkston’s public works department put on a fireworks show for attendees before the arrival of Santa.

After the show Clarkston’s fire department arrived with one employee dressed as Santa Claus. Parents and children formed a line going into the Woman’s Club to take pictures with Santa.

Barker added, “It’s amazing how even with different cultures and different religions, the Clarkston community can come together and celebrate what is truly an American tradition.”

City staff provided punch, cookies and gave out 150 gifts bags to children who attended.

Incoming Clarkston Councilwoman Beverly Burks coordinated the event and the council decorated.
She said, “My goal as council woman is to make sure the council is active with programs sponsored by the city.”

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