Holiday Star Community Project

“A Star Shining Bright”


Annually the City of Saugatuck lights up the sky for the holiday season with an icon the community has come to recognize for more than half a century - the Mt. Baldhead Holiday Star.  As history reports, the first lit wooden star was actually placed on the steps of Mt. Baldhead in the early 1950’s and as the trees on the hillside grew taller a higher more visible area was needed for the Holiday Star, hence the placement on the decommissioned US Army gap filler radar tower


Each year the Saugatuck City Department of Public Works replaced the light bulbs and made other repairs to get the Holiday Star in working order. However this past year the community’s star was recklessly vandalized and determined to be un-repairable in its current state.   Key community members led by Brent Birkholz, Saugatuck-Douglas Fire Department and the Saugatuck High School Industrial Arts Program are now working to fabricate and install a new aluminum star complete with LED lights in order to keep the long tradition of a star shinning bright on Mt. Baldhead alive just in time for Christmas. 


The materials to complete the project are estimated to cost $5,000. A number of community organizations and residents have asked if they can make a donation to the Star Project.  The answer is yes.  If you would like to contribute to rebuild this historic community icon, you may do so by donating to the City of Saugatuck’s Holiday Star account using your credit card via the "DONATE" button below or by sending a check/money order to the City of Saugatuck, PO Box 86, Saugatuck, MI 49453.




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