Tree Lighting To Become Annual Tradition At Nordic Plaza
As someone who’s admittedly obsessed with the holiday season, Monique Slaughter, property manager at The Nordic, has had visions of hosting a giant tree-lighting ceremony on the plaza ever since she started working there in 2019.
Now it’s about to happen. On December 8th, starting at 5:30pm, there will be live music, free hot chocolate from FRGMNT and (hopefully) curling on the plaza leading up to the 6:00 lighting of a new 30-foot tree–all provided by United Properties.
“I am very, very, very excited about the project,” Monique said. “I am happy that we are able to bring it to the community. It will be just a nice fun place for people to hang out.”
There will also be a collection drive for winter clothing and toys on the 8th to benefit Sharing and Caring Hands. Those who bring a donation will be entered in a prize drawing. There will be one big grand prize plus several smaller prizes of gift cards from local retailers and restaurants.
The Nordic intends for this to be an annual event, drawing not only people to the restaurants and other attractions on the plaza, but also to the neighborhood as a whole.
“The North Loop is such a cool neighborhood,” said Zoë Jennings, the tenant experience coordinator for The Nordic. “It’s so exciting to see how it’s grown even in the past few years. And I’m always excited when people learn about the North Loop and it becomes one of their favorite places to be.”
Crews will start assembling the artificial tree and decorating it the week after Thanksgiving. If the resurfacing of the curling courts is complete in time, they’ll kick off the curling season on the 8th as well.
By Mike Binkley, North Loop volunteer