Cadillac’s Christmas in the Park Kicks Off the Holiday Season

Many braved the cold temperatures in Cadillac Friday evening to officially kick off the Christmas season.

Christmas in the Park took place with the annual tree lighting ceremony.

“It’s kind of been a family tradition. You see college kids coming back and they come out or people who have moved away,” said Dave McMahon, the emcee of Christmas in the Park.

The tree is lit.

Carols are being sung.

McMahon says it’s officially the holiday season in Cadillac.

“We’ve got a gift bag for every child. We pray over the community and it’s just a way to kick off the season of the Christ and to do that as a community,” said McMahon.

Many stayed warm by getting close to the fire and sipping on free hot chocolate from the Salvation Army.

Naughty or nice, there is a long line of kids and adults waiting to see Santa.

“It is a family oriented event where any age can come,” said McMahon.

Assuming they made the nice list, kids were ready to tell Santa what they want for Christmas.

“A Pikachu toy, Balbasaur and also a Charmander toy.”

“I want a puppy and a kitten.”

“A hover board and Pokemon and a phone.”

Despite their lists of wants, these kids know the true meaning of the holiday.

“It means family and importance to Jesus,” said one young girl.

McMahon says it’s the small town feel that makes Christmas in Cadillac so special.

“A wonderful place to raise children. You go downtown, there are people that you know. It is a close knit community,” said McMahon.