Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony returns in person with Olympic skaters, performances and more


(WXYZ) – Downtown Detroit is preparing to welcome people back to the city for the annual tree-lighting ceremony on Friday, November 19.

The Downtown Detroit Partnership and the DTE Energy Foundation said the 18th annual tree lighting would be “bigger, brighter and better than ever.”

The party will start around 5 p.m. and run until midnight, and you can watch the “Light Up The Season” special right here on Channel 7 on Friday night at 7pm

“Detroit’s Tree Lighting is a cherished tradition that brings so much holiday cheer to Michigan families. We are proud to offer the community the opportunity to come together and experience this festive occasion in person, ”said Eric Larson, CEO of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. David Cowan, Manager of Public Spaces at the Downtown Detroit Partnership, continued, “We all welcome downtown to this unforgettable evening and then return throughout the season to ice skate, shop, dine and even more. “

There will be many festivities, including performances by US Olympic and National champion figure skater Ashley Wagner, performances by Cam Anthony, season 20 winner of “The Voice”, a performance by Thornetta Davis and much more.

There will also be another holiday celebration at Beacon Park where the Detroit Children’s Tree will be lit up.

The Campus Martius ice rink will also open at 9 pm and will remain open seven days a week until March 6, 2022. Walk-in tickets are available.

On top of that, there will be horse-drawn carriage rides, downtown Detroit markets, a variety of food trucks and much more.

Masks are encouraged and will be distributed on site during the event for those who wish. There will also be a COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

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