Dearborn’s holiday tradition continues with the annual lighting of the official city Christmas tree and community sing-along tonight. All are invited to this free event, which begins at 6:00pm at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.
The evening will include musical performances, a sing-along led by Mayor O’Reilly and a chance to visit with the big man himself (we're referring to Santa, of course).
“Just as in the past, this year’s program promises to be an uplifting event,” O’Reilly said. “The tree lighting is one my favorite Dearborn traditions, the sense of community and belonging that it fosters stays with me all year.”
The Dearborn High School Jazz Band will kick off the festivities with a performance near the entrance to The Center’s Michael A. Guido Theater. After the band, five-year-old Maryam Majed will help Mayor O’Reilly light the tree. Maryam is a kindergarten student at Lowery Elementary School where her favorite subject is English.
Following the lighting ceremony, everyone is invited into The Center for a performance by the Verdi Opera Theater of Michigan, the Dearborn Public Schools’ Honors Choir and the Dearborn Community Chorus. Mayor O’Reilly will follow the performance and lead the audience in a Christmas sing-along.