Remember a loved one at lighting ceremony

A Howard City Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held Friday, December 11 at 6:30 p.m. Organizers hope memories will be made and loved ones will be remembered. A live nativity scene and refreshments will also be offered at the event, which will be held at the Depot on the corner of Ensley and Edgerton, behind the library.

Crystal angel ornaments are being sold for $15 with proceeds to go to the Friends of Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library and Still Waters Ministry Center.

Historic Howard City has plenty to offer besides this ceremony. There is a wide variety of shopping, dining and entertaining in this town located about 15 minutes north of Rockford. It is the fastest-growing community in Montcalm County, and is a destination along the Fredrick Meijer White Pine Trail.

In summers the town hosts a farm market on Saturdays and a community-wide yard sale in June. There are four picturesque parks, one which holds an antiques market during the summer. Music in the park is held during summer on the banks of Schlitz Creek. A variety of music is featured at the concerts, including bluegrass, old-time rock and roll and Caribbean. The town has a winterfest that keeps the fun going even in the colder temperatures, proving the claim that the town is a year ‘round playground. There are even recycle days held annually.

The town’s mission statement lists the commitment to be an attractive, environmentally conscience community that is progressive, responsive and hospitable. Like Rockford, the town has a walkable appeal with an area of 2.5 square miles and historic buildings. To find out more or to help plan your next visit, go online to

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