Crocker Park got a jump on the holiday season last Saturday with its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. The fun took place Nov. 19 from 5-7:30 p.m. and featured family-friendly entertainment, strolling characters, and community groups performing on the Main Stage, just down the street from the Circle.
Highlight was the appearance of Santa and his wife, Mrs. Claus, who made their way under a spotlight to the main stage for a count down to the tree lighting. Santa marked down the seconds until the giant Crocker Park Holiday Tree exploded in laser lights and colors that jumped to the sounds of lively music. The crowd roared when Cleveland Indians, Cavs and Ohio State Buckeye logos took turns in the lights.
Disney star Peyton List had the crowd screaming as she was backed by a chorus of Lake Ridge Academy singers for a selection of holiday tunes.
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt teamed up with Make-A-Wish for a special presentation for Owen, a 9-year-old boy from Olmsted Falls. In November 2015, Owen was diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, which is a rare type of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Owen continues to show his mental and physical strength throughout this time and is a true inspiration. Owen’s wish to go on a Disney Cruise with his family will now be granted on Christmas Day. He is especially excited to swim and snorkel in the ocean.
Finally, guests were amazed as the show ended with over 200,000 lights choreographed to popular holiday music. It encompassed Crocker Park’s 50-foot tree along with décor all throughout the property. Light shows will continue nightly throughout the holiday season.
Train Town, the giant Snow Globe and Santa Express Train ride are all part of the Crocker Park holiday magic again this year. The Santa House is now also open for your visit with the jolly elf.