Around Town: Tree Lighting, Holiday Hustle Road Closure, Dexter Daze Light Parade, more

Tree Lighting

The annual tree lighting in Monument Park will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.

Dexter Area Historical Society & Museum Events

The Dexter Area Historical Society and Museum is sponsoring several holiday events in December, including the Woodland Wonderland Fundraiser (Friday, December 6 at 6:30 pm), Christmas at the Mansion (Saturday, December 7 from 9 am to 5 pm), display of the Christmas Village Collection at Gordon Hall (December 13, 14, 21, 28 from 5 pm to 7:30 pm), a Christmas Tea at Gordon Hall (Sunday, December 8 at 1 pm and 4 pm), and a Holiday Bazaar at the Museum (Saturday, December 7 from 9 am to 3 pm). More information 

Holiday Hustle Road Closure

On Saturday, December 14, 2019 Central Street will be closed from Main to 5th from noon to 7 p.m. and Fifth Street will be closed from Dover to Broad from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the Holiday Hustle. Dover, Second, Inverness, Lake, Meadowview, Quackenbush, Noble, York, Dexter Ann Arbor, and Third will also be closed temporarily as the race passes by, between 4:00 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. To accommodate the more than 1,000 runners, westbound Dexter-Ann Arbor from Ryan/Dan Hoey to Kensington will be closed from approximately 4:40 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. More information

Dexter Daze Light Parade

A light parade will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 6 pm. The parade will start at Kensington and Ann Arbor Street and end at the American Legion on Dexter Chelsea. The route is similar to the Dexter Daze Parade.

For more information and/or to register to participate

Leaf Collection

Following the snow melt, leaf pick up resumed on Friday, November 22, 2019. It takes approximately 5-7 days to get through the entire City, depending on the size of the piles. Crews did work overtime the week of Nov. 25, in an attempt to catch up after the snow storm. Unfortunately, the equipment had to be taken in for an emergency repair on Wednesday, Dec. 6, which has caused a delay in collection. The equipment is expected to be repaired by either today or Monday. We apologize for the unexpected delay. Please make sure all leaves are raked to the street by Monday, so that collection can be completed the week of Dec. 9.

To accommodate the residents whose trees lose their leaves after the end of leaf pick up, the DPW will pick up bagged leaves on the following dates: Dec. 23, Jan. 8 and Jan. 22 (weather permitting).

Waste Management will resume bagged compost pick up on Monday, April 6, 2020.


The workshop to assemble kits for the 2019 Luminaria will take place on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at the City DPW located at 3600 Central St. Assembly begins at 9:00 am. Those interested in helping to deliver the kits should arrive at 10:00 am. The goal is to provide supplies to all City neighborhoods, which requires a significant volunteer effort.

The Luminaria is funded and executed through generous donations from the community. Please keep the lights shining – consider making a donation to support the Luminaria by mailing or dropping off your contribution to the City of Dexter at 8123 Main (please indicate Luminaria on the check). Donations can also be made HERE. Thank you for your support of this Dexter tradition.

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