Celebrate the Holidays with the Detroit Tree Lighting and Light Up Beacon Park

The annual events take place in downtown Detroit this week
This year’s Detroit Tree Lighting in Campus Martius Park takes place on Nov. 19. // Photograph courtesy of Downtown Detroit Partnership

A night of holiday cheer is coming to downtown Detroit. On Nov. 19, locals can enjoy tree lightings, entertainment, shopping, food, and more.  


Considered the “official kick-off” to the holiday season, the 18th annual Detroit Tree Lighting events are scheduled from 5 p.m. to midnight. The 65-foot Norway spruce, located in Campus Martius Park, will be decked out with ornaments and 20,000 LED multi-colored lights. Santa will down the honors of counting down to the tree lighting. 


During the event, attendees can catch performances by Olympic and U.S. national champion figure skater Ashley Wagner at The Rink. Meanwhile, The Voice winner Cam Anthony, Blues artist Thornetta Davis, and singer-songwriter Ryan Neal will perform on the stage at Campus Martius Park. 


For those who prefer to tune in at home, WXYZ-TV Channel 7 is broadcasting live coverage of the event. The Light Up the Season special will be on from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Figure skater Ashley Wagner will perform at the Detroit Tree Lighting. // Photograph courtesy of Downtown Detroit Partnership

Following the ceremony, the public is invited to enjoy a myriad of activities at Campus Martius Park. The Rink officially opens for the season at 9 p.m. Carriage rides will be onsite to take passengers through the city and around the park, food trucks such as The Lobster Food Truck and Detroit House of Mac will be serving up eats, and guests can also check out the Downtown Detroit Markets and Cadillac Lodge


Down the street from Campus Martius Park are Light Up Beacon Park and Detroit’s Children Tree. Taking place from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., the event will include the lighting of Beacon Park’s 20-foot, Michigan-grown tree that’s outfitted with ornaments by local children, food trucks, live holiday music, visits with Santa, and the interactive “Swinging Bells” light installation. 


Attendees are encouraged to wear masks, especially in areas where social distancing is not always possible. Courtesy of the city of Detroit, COVID-19 vaccinations will also be administered onsite. 


For more information, visit downtowndetroitparks.com.

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