Cadillac Christmas Tree Lights Up For First Time In Heritage Plaza

With a flip of a switch at the hands of Kris Kringle, the Christmas season is shining brightly in Cadillac, starting with its towering plaza Christmas tree.

Every year, the City of Cadillac comes together by the dozens to light the city Christmas tree.

Santa and Mrs. Claus, themselves, join in.

This year, for the first time, the whole event took place in Cadillac’s Heritage Plaza and the crowds did not disappoint.

“This place is absolutely electrified,” said Carla Filkins, City of Cadillac mayor.

The word “electrified” could be seen from the crowds sipping cocoa and singing along to Christmas carols to the power running into the Christmas tree.

The mayor joined in the fun.

“My husband and I were walking in and I think this is the greatest crowd I’ve ever seen down here,” Filkins said. “The only thing missing is a little bit of snow.”

The Salvation Army provided free hot cocoa and that wasn’t the only donation.

“The guys worked together to create the base for the tree,” Filkins said. “A local family (Chad McBeath and Lynn Herald) cut that tree off of their tree lawn and donated it to the city. It was really the community working together to make this event happen.”

Callahan Supply donated the four yards of concrete needed to fill the handmade tree stand, which was made by the staff at Cadillac Public Works.

Peterson’s Towing donated the flatbed that brought the platform and the tree to the plaza.

Joe’s Tree Service offered the crane that lifted and loaded the tree.

A full audience waited for the big moment.

Santa and Mrs. Claus had the honor.

“I love Cadillac and we always have a great time at the Christmas time shows and being here with Santa and bringing the grandkids,” said Darlene.

A massive line formed for St. Nick.

Darlene and Mike brought their grandkids, Talon and Aubree.

“I came here last year and I really liked it,” Talon said. “It was really fun but they moved it this year. It was over there last year and I think it’s still going to be really.”

The mayor says it’s a surefire way to ring-in the holiday season and bring a Christmas glow to town.

“This is just a wonderful community,” Filkins said. “It’s wonderful, it’s warm, and it’s giving and just remembering that as we go into the holiday season is something really special this year.”