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Published: Monday, 11/12/2012 - Updated: 3 years ago

Tree lighting, Santa, and Elmo to warm event at Levis Commons

Set up for the tree lighting ceremony last year at the Town Center at Levis Commons. Set up for the tree lighting ceremony last year at the Town Center at Levis Commons.
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Dim the lights. Warm up your vocal chords.

The Town Center at Levis Commons is holding its 8th annual tree lighting ceremony from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, with events for the family. And Santa arrives at 6 p.m., and he will stay until 9 p.m.

Horse-drawn carriage rides will return for the season. The rides are available from 6 to 9 p.m. and pick up is located on Chappel Dr. near Schakolad Chocolate Factory. Cost is $5 a person or $10 a family.

Also back is Snow Globe Live, a life-sized snow globe perfect for making holiday memories. There will be a giant clear ball for children to inside of to play in.

Also, there will be performances by Julie’s Dance Studio and Perrysburg Sophisticates, and musical acts the Forte Trio Boys and Night Session Orchestra.

The Forte Trio Boys consist of Reed Gnepper, George Mancy and Henry Seifried, all sixth graders at Ottawa Hills Elementary School. Night Session Orchestra is a full instrumentation big band including a vocalist and comprised of skilled, professional musicians from the greater Toledo area.

At 8 p.m., following the performances, Sesame Street’s Elmo will help turn on 150,000 lights to life on the 50-foot tree. Ten children will be chosen to join Elmo on stage. For those families interested in nominating their child aged 2-12 to help Elmo light the tree, visit

Finally, in the spirit of giving, ISOH/Impact will be at the event collecting items for their “Keeping Kids Kozy and Warm” project. Families are asked to consider bringing a donation of homemade or purchased blankets/throws, pajamas, packages of underwear/socks and age-appropriate books to be donated to children in need. Families that contribute to the cause will be entered to win a prize package including tickets to ISOH/Impact’s annual “International Tea & Gingerbread Party” on Dec. 1.

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