Grand Rapids turns on 40,000 Christmas tree lights

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids celebrated the holidays Friday with a big public party to light city’s Christmas tree.

The tree, which stands at 41 feet, is adorned with 40,000 lights.

The free event was hosted by WOOD TV8’s Maranda and 100.5’s Andy Rent. There was ice cream, crafts, a visit from West Michigan Whitecaps mascot Crash, ice skating shows and an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The Jingle Bell Bridge Run was scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m. There will be open skating at Rosa Parks Circle Friday evening.

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