Wednesday night was a big night for Birmingham, as city officials, residents, Miss Michigan and even Santa Claus himself welcomed the holiday season with the annual tree lighting ceremony in Shain Park.
The big names aside, 2012 was an important year for the tree-lighting ceremony. For the first time, Birmingham is celebrating the holiday season with an artificial Christmas tree in Shain Park, after years of decorating the Shain Park climbing tree.
However, Wednesday was a joyous night whether the tree was artificial or real. The student choir from Beverly Elementary School, as well as the Birmingham Brass Quintet, entertained the crowd. Meanwhile, Birmingham rung in the season with the help of Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty, 2012's Miss Michigan Jacyln Schultz, Birmingham mayor George Dilgard and — of course — Santa Claus.