Santa’s Arrival and Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration


The arrival of Santa along with Mayor Wood on a decorated firetruck and the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place in downtown Mishawaka on the northeast lawn of the Mishawaka Police Station, Saturday, November 25th at 6:00pm.

The holiday procession featuring Mayor Wood and Santa on the decorated firetruck will arrive at 6:00pm and members of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council will have the honor to “flip the switch” for the lighting of the tree. This year, Mayor Wood’s Youth Council coordinated the collection of food and delivered Thanksgiving baskets containing full Thanksgiving dinners to 70 Mishawaka families in need. The Christmas tree, adorned with over 10,000 lights, was donated by Cressy & Everett from one of their properties on Douglas Road.

Several activities throughout the day will precede the arrival Santa. From 10:00am to 4:00pm, Battell Center will host a Holiday Market with live music starting at 1:00pm featuring including the Mishawaka High School Jazz Improv Group, Madrigal Singers, and Nicholas Marchi on violin.

At 4:00pm, activities begin on the northeast lawn of the Mishawaka Police Station. Enjoy live music from the Mishawaka High School Madrigal Singers along with hot chocolate and cookies served by the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council. Also on-hand will be the Mishawaka High School art students who participated in the design of the Santa’s Village backdrop. Ice carving by a local artist will be featured and ornament decorating, cookie painting, and pine cone bird feeder crafts will be available as well.

The Mishawaka Business Association is sponsoring a coloring contest for Mishawaka students, grades K-6 and coloring pages can be picked up at the event. Completed pages are due by December 15th and can be turned in at the Police Department or the Mayor’s Office in City Hall. Mayor Wood and his family will choose a winner from each grade level to receive a $50 gift certificate to Build-A-Bear in University Park Mall.