People gathered around 6:30 to finish decorating the tree with ornaments. Many of the ornaments were made by students from Woodland Meadows Elementary School.
At about 6:45 p.m., John Olsen, Executive Director of the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce, picked a child from the crowd. The child helped Mayor Brian Marl flip the switch to turn on the tree lights. The audience chuckled when the lights didn't work. Again they tried. The crowd counted to three and the Mayor and little girl flipped the switch. This time it worked. The audience cheered.
After the tree lighting some went inside Key Bank for cocoa and treats. Others posed for pictures in front of the three.
The holiday fun continues at 5:30 p.m. Saturday with the 42nd Annual Saline Christmas Parade on Michigan Avenue.
Tran Longmoore is a veteran community journalist. He is founder and owner of TheSalinePost.com. He is co-publisher of The Saline Post weekly newspaper. Email him at [email protected] or call him at 734-272-6294.