Holiday lighting display opens at Bicentennial Park on Dec. 11



GRAND BLANC TWP. — The Grand Blanc Township Parks and Recreation crew has been busy stringing thousands of twinkle lights in Bicentennial Park for the annual holiday light display.

The drive-through event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11; Saturday, Dec. 12; Friday, Dec. 18; and Saturday, Dec. 19.

Visitors may access the park at the Grand Blanc Road entrance where township police will direct traffic.

The event is free to enter, but the parks department is asking for donations of unwrapped toys or non-perishable foot items to donate to FISH of Grand Blanc.

For those who donate, cookies and hot chocolate will be served.

“This is the first time doing a drive-through,” said Senja Liimatta, assistant director of parks and recreation. “The last two years, we did a holiday tree lighting. But, to be more COVID-friendly, we decided to do a drive-through.”

The illuminated extravaganza will also feature inflatable decorations, animated displays and special guests, including Santa Claus. The fire department will have Sparky, their mascot dog, and the police will have McGruff the Crime Dog. The Yeti and the Grinch also will make an appearance, Liimatta said.

“The City of Frankenmuth gave us some displays, so we will have some lighted displays that move,” she said.

Traffic will travel through the park one way and exit at Reid Road.

Liimatta said township officials did not want to let the coronavirus pandemic put a halt to the event.

“It’s about getting an event going where the whole community can come out and enjoy it for free,” she said. “It’s the idea of giving people a chance to come through and donate to help the Grand Blanc community. Times are tough, and our goal is to bring everyone together.”

For more information, visit the Grand Blanc Parks and Recreation Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gbparksandrec.