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Posted on: November 27, 2023

UPDATED: Kerkman to host inaugural county tree-lighting event on Dec. 2

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UPDATE: This event has been postponed until Saturday, Dec. 2, due to inclement weather.

Under a revised schedule, the Biergarten will open at 2 p.m., with the tree-lighting to occur at 4:30.

The original news release appears below.

Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman is inviting the public to join in a celebration this Friday, Dec. 1, to mark the lighting of the new county Christmas tree in Petrifying Springs Park.

The festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. near the Biergarten on the south end of the park, near the Highway JR entrance.

The Biergarten will be open beginning at 3 p.m., selling German mulled wine and beer. Hot chocolate stations will also be available, and the Frites on the Streets food truck will be selling bowls of chili and chili fries.

Before and after the lighting of the tree, an ornament decorating station will be available for kids and families, as well as photo opportunities with Santa Claus.

“We look forward to this becoming an annual tradition at Petrifying Springs Park,” Kerkman said. “Come out and join us for some holiday cheer in our beautiful park.”

Petrifying Springs Park is located at 5555 Seventh St. in the Village of Somers.

More information about this and other Kenosha County Parks events is available at

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