If you’re Downtown on Wednesday, November 5, stop by Campus Martius Park at noon and watch the tree as it’s hoisted onto the Woodward Fountain in Campus Martius. It’s great fun.
This year’s tree, a 60-plus-foot Norway spruce native to Michigan, came from Cadillac and weighs more than 10,000 pounds. Cadillac has provided Christmas trees to Washington D.C. in the past, including one that sat on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol building in 1988, so our Michigan trees are well represented. Pinecones will be planted where the Detroit tree was removed. Many years from now another spruce that size might just be standing in the same spot.
The official tree raising is from 12 -12:30 pm. There will, of course, be remarks by local officials and the Detroit Cass Tech Marching and Salvation Army Bands will play holiday music to start and close the event.
Between now and the tree lighting ceremony on Friday, November 21, the tree will be decorated with more than 19,000 multi-colored LED lights and sparkling red and sliver ornaments. The use of LED lights demonstrates the strong commitment to energy efficiency.
Add those lights to the more than 350,000 lights downtown glowing during the holidays, including those on Woodward and Jefferson Avenues, and Detroit will certainly show its holiday spirit.
Come on back to Campus Martius Park for the Detroit Tree Lighting. Activities begin at 5:30 pm with the traditional lighting of the Salvation Army Red Kettle. The hour and a half show is highlighted by Olympic and national champion skaters on The Rink, live choirs, special guest performers and several musical acts culminating with the tree bursting into light.
During the holiday season you can also check out the Rink, the new Showcase D’ Holidays with food, drink and music, the Salvation Army Family Fun Tent, photos with Santa in the Compuware Atrium and carriage rides.
This marks the 11th consecutive year the DTE Energy Foundation has made the tree lighting possible.
For more information, contact the Detroit 300 Conservancy at (313) 962-0101 or visit the Campus Martius Park website.