24 Hour News 8 web staff -
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - It's a sure sign of the season: downtown Kalamazoo will light up for the holidays on Friday with its annual tree lighting ceremony.
The event will take place at 5 p.m. at Bronson Park with the actual tree lighting scheduled for 5:45 p.m., which will also air live on 24 Hour News 8 at 5. WOTV 4's own Maranda will help with the lighting.
Joining in the festivities will be Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell, Kalamazoo City Commissioners and Santa, who will participate in a reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas," according to Downtown Kalamazoo Inc.
Additional family-friendly entertainment will include a kids' craft tent, sled dogs, live reindeer and an ice carving.
For a full list of events, go to kzooparks.org.