Residents turnout for Grand Rapids’ Boston Square neighborhood’s first Christmas Tree Lighting event

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – With Christmas time, the Boston Square neighborhood approached the Christmas tradition of lighting trees.

Inspired by the annual tree lighting in downtown Grand Rapids, eight regional organizations and businesses came together to host an event that reflected the diverse cultures of the Boston Square area.

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The event began at 4:30 pm in the Boston Square Community Parklet at 1505 Kalamazoo Ave. SE. and the 20-foot Christmas tree was lit around 6:00 p.m. Participants enjoyed free food and entertainment with games, music and pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Bob Vander Lugt, owner of Modern Hardware, spoke in front of the tree lights.

“This night is really something special to see what our neighborhood is about and all the different types of people that make up it,” said Vander Lugt.

The organizers hope that the event will become an annual tradition. The organizations involved in hosting the event included:

  • Boston Square Neighborhood Association
  • Oakdale neighbors
  • New Dimensions Victory Center Church
  • Fuller Avenue Christian Reformed Church
  • Christian Reformed Church at Oakdale Park
  • Christian Reformed Church in Boston Square
  • Modern hardware
  • GR. strengthen

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