Santa and holiday joy arrive tonight at the Village of Rochester Hills with the annual "Light the Village" celebration.
Here's what you need to know before you go:
- What's happening? A parade, Santa's arrival, musical entertainment and the illumination of 850,000 lights. The festivities begin at 5:30; the lights go on at 7 p.m.
- What to bring? A new toy to donate to the Salvation Army as part of the Village's first-ever toy drive. If you donate a toy, you'll get a raffle ticket to win one of four grand prizes (for details on the prizes, check out this blog post on the Village's website.)
- Special guests: We asked Patch readers who should help light the Village; we picked a winner from a list of heartfelt nominees. The Spehn family, along with Tiffany Patzer, will help Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett turn on the lights. Read more about them here.
- There's a parade: The Stoney Creek High School marching band, along with the Rochester Hills Fire Department, will highlight a parade through the village beginning at 6:45 p.m.
For all of the details, including special giveaways offered up by Village restaurants, visit www.thevorh.com