Santa Claus is Coming To Our Town … Tomorrow!

Posted by – Samantha Seimer, Director of Authorities

The holiday season is here and the City of Auburn Hills is anxiously awaiting the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Mayor McDaniel and the City Council will welcome our special guests, and their reindeer to Downtown Auburn Hills, tomorrow, December 1st at 6:00 p.m.

Mayor McDaniel will welcome Santa Claus to Auburn Hills

Following the lighting of the tree, everyone is invited to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in The Downtown Education Nook (DEN) and take a memorable photograph home as a keepsake.  Participants can enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through town, snack on s’mores at the bonfire pit, visit with Santa’s reindeer, and walk through Downtown to see the specials the stores and restaurants have to offer.  This celebration is a great way to build memories and explore Auburn Hills’ expanding Downtown area.

The holidays are a time for kindness and charity. The City of Auburn Hills has partnered with Project Linus to help provide warmth, comfort and security to children with life-threatening illnesses.  Guests of the ceremony will have the opportunity to volunteer as a ‘blanketeer’ and create a handmade fleece blanket to be donated to children in need.  Visit the University Center during the event to participate in this quick, and family friendly community volunteer project.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony is sponsored by the Auburn Hills Tax Increment Finance Authority.

Downtown Tree Lighting Friday Night

Posted by – Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development & Community Relations

Join our City Council and Santa and Mrs. Claus on Friday, December 4th as we light up the ceremonial tree and enjoy activities such a horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, magic show, crafts and more!   One of Santa’s elves told me that Disney will be there with promotional items and representatives of the Palace of Auburn Hills will be on hand as well with ticket giveaways and other fun activities.

Kevin 2014

Mayor, Kevin McDaniel at the 2014 Tree Lighting Ceremony

The annual Downtown Tree Lighting is one of my favorite Auburn Hills’ events.  It marks the kick-off of the holiday season for me and really captures the spirit of the Auburn Hills community.


The Downtown is full of holiday magic and our merchants have decorated their storefronts to join in on the fun.  If you haven’t been to our Downtown, now is the perfect time to stop by and visit.