NORTH CANTON The streets in the center of town were packed full of people for the North Canton Annual Community Christmas Sing & Tree Lighting event on Dec. 4. The square was filled with the sound of music from the Hoover High School choir groups, the smell of popcorn, hot coffee and hot chocolate.
Families filled Bitzer Park to see the official lighting of the the giant tree adorning the corner of Maple and Main Streets. As increasingly more people gathered, the kids anxiously awaited the arrival of their favorite toy maker, Santa Claus.
Doug Lane of the North Canton Chamber of Commerce got the event started by introducing this year’s activities. Following the tradition of celebrations past, North Canton City Mayor David Held got the crowd singing "Here Comes Santa Claus" as the Clauses (Santa and Mrs. Claus) made their way down Main Street riding atop a fire truck.
One unexpected event took place, a marriage proposal. Michael Demetro took to the microphone and in a highly public way asked Ariel Klingaman to marry him. Klingaman took to the microphone to say "yes."
North Canton Jaycees provided free popcorn and hotdogs and Starbucks from Washington Square provided free coffee and hot chocolate. The Hoover High School choir groups included the Hoover Hi-Notes and the Hoover Hi-Los.
After the tree was lit, the kids lined up to tell Santa their hopes for what will be under their own trees this Christmas. In the end, the night was a great success. Hundreds of kids got their holiday wishes heard and Demetro got the answer he was hoping for to make this holiday season even more celebratory.