Greg Crawford and Julie Hinds Detroit Free Press Published 5:00 AM EST Dec 6, 2018 The giant heated tent is being erected, the massive hot-air balloons are taking their positions, and Santa and his reindeer are setting up shop for the first-ever ROYAL OAK HOLIDAY GLOW on Friday and Saturday. The centerpiece of the celebration, at least as far as grown-ups are concerned, is a 7,200-square-foot tent featuring holiday gift items from local crafters, live music and a bar, but there will be plenty to keep kiddies busy, too. Santa and Mrs. Claus and their reindeer will be available for picture-taking (bring your own camera), and ice carvers will be sculpting a life-size sleigh and reindeer (also available for pics). Wagons, horse-drawn carriages and a children’s train will fill the streets as will the event’s star attraction: eight-story-high tethered hot-air balloons that will glow like massive Christmas bulbs and illuminate downtown streets (weather permitting). 5-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, along Washington Avenue between Fifth and Seventh streets, downtown Royal Oak. holidayglowro.com. It’s silent disco time once again at Beacon Park. Revelers were encouraged to wear plaid for the Thanksgiving weekend edition of the event. For Saturday’s party, dubbed HOME… Read full this story
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