KENOSHA – The lighting of the Kenosha City Christmas Tree with local musicians performing as “Candy Eisenhauer and Ivy Ford Acoustic Christmas” will open a gala evening on Friday.
The city’s annual Lightin ‘Up celebration kicks off at 3:45 p.m. with Candy Eisenhauer and Ivy Ford entertaining the crowd as people relax near the city’s Christmas tree at Fountain Plaza just west of the Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave. .
Ford, a blues artist and resident of Kenosha, performs regularly in Chicago. Eisenhauer, also from Kenosha, has played with many bands throughout her rock ‘n’ roll career, most recently with Send Help.
The German male choir MGV Harmonia will also perform.
Keep an eye out for Mrs. Claus and the Frost Queen and Snow Princess to mingle with the crowd.
Joint Council President David Bogdala and Santa Claus will lead the crowd to the countdown to the tree lights at 4:30 p.m.
This year’s Christmas tree was donated by the residents of Kenosha Penny Stage and Rob Walker. Every fall, the city park authority harvests a tree donated by a citizen.
Around 1,200 colored lightbulbs will light up the city’s tree and the museum campus will also be adorned.
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After the tree lights, the Downtown Lightin ‘Up celebration continues with family activities, live entertainment, and special promotions at downtown businesses. Santa will be out with people to visit at the Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 56th St. Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Visits with Santa are free and photos are welcome.
Mrs. Claus will help the children write letters to Santa Claus at Actor’s Craft, 4900 Seventh Ave., from 5:15 pm to 8:00 pm. Letters are deposited in their special North Pole mailbox.
At the Downtown Business Decorating Contest, people can also tour the festive storefronts and vote for their favorite celebration.
Tram rides are free on Fridays from 11am to 8:30 pm, courtesy of Kenosha Firefighter’s CARE, a nonprofit. The Lakefront Trolley runs for free in the city center and in the port area on Fridays from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Face masks are required for all Kenosha Area Transit vehicles as per TSA guidelines.)
For more information on vacation activities, log on to visitkenosha.com.
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