Riverdale hosting annual tree-lighting ceremony

Gospel singer, Dottie Peoples, along with Troy Sneed, All Nations Life and Praise Choir, and local recording artist, Monica Stevenson, will headline entertainment at the annual “Holiday Celebration and Tree and Lights Ceremony,” Saturday in Riverdale.

The event wil bel held at the Riverdale Town Center, located at 7200 Church St., and is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

The City of Riverdale’s Leisure and Cultural Affairs Department is hosting the annual gathering, according to Cie Cie McGhee, marketing events specialist.

“It always a pleasure providing great entertainment for the community,” said McGhee, “I look forward to our holiday celebration every year.”

In addition to talented performers, McGhee said guests will receive special greetings from Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon and city councilmembers. Also, there will be special guest performances by local school and church choirs. Santa Claus will even be on hand to usher in the holiday season. Free apple cider and hot chocolate will be served.

“During the holiday season, our department looks for ways to put smiles on faces, and provide opportunities for families to come together,” said McGhee.

The city also is asking those attending the event to bring an unwrapped toy, to help bolster Riverdale’s annual toy drive. The toys will benefit children in the Clayton County Foster Care System, said McGhee.

Radio One’s Marketing Director Lori Hall said radio station Praise 102.5 FM, is happy to collaborate with the City of Riverdale for the annual event, and will be introducing new on-air personality, KD Bowe, who will co-host the event.

“KD Carries a strong following in the Gospel community, and we know that he will definitely add to the celebration,” said Hall.

Lonnie Ballard, assistant city manager and director of Cultural Affairs and Leisure Services, said the city is working to build important traditions through programs that bring the community together.

“The tree-lighting celebration is a shinning example of this fact,” said Ballard, “This event is an opportunity for residents of all colors, and backgrounds, to celebrate the holidays through art and inspiration.”

McGhee said the event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (770) 909-5300.