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Campus Martius Park annual tree lighting kicks off Detroit’s holiday season


The 60-ft, 10,000-lb. Christmas tree is being decorated in Campus Martius and we’re getting ready to turn Detroit in the city of lights. Not only will Campus Martius be aglow with 19,000 multi-colored LED lights and sparkling red and sliver ornaments on the tree, Downtown Detroit will be glowing with more than 350,000 lights, including Woodward and Jefferson Avenues and Campus Martius Park.

tree lightingIt all begins at 6:30 pm on Friday, November 21, with the 11th Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony and spectacular entertainment show in Campus Martius. There will be skaters, music, food and fun.

Here’s the schedule.

The Salvation Army will light its giant Red Kettle at 6:00 pm. As everyone counts down, the Christmas tree will burst into light around 7:45 pm. The Season Grand Opening Party Rink Party, with 93.9 The River, runs from 9-12 midnight. You can skate on The Rink after the festivities.

Before a group of dignitaries pushes the button to light the tree there’s a great show with lots of local, national and international musical and skating talent.

Headlining the festivities will be American Idol Season 13 runner-up Jena Irene from Farmington Hills, Olympic Gold Medalist skater Ekaterina (Katia) Gordeeva, Detroit’s Second Ebenezer Mass Choir and the Rhythm Society Orchestra with Paul King.

Also performing will be the award winning Detroit band Corktown Popes, the nationally recognized choir from the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences, Michigan Opera Theatre soloist from New York City Corey Roberts, Ann Arbor native Laith Al-Saadi with his band, and a very special musical performance from Doran Robin, a Make-A-Wish Michigan survivor.

Detroit’s great skating legacy will also be celebrated with past and future national and world stars performing on the Campus Martius Rink including Canadian national champion Elladj Balde, Greek national champion Georgia Glastris, and other skaters from the Detroit Skate Club, the Arctic Figure Skating Club and the Creative Edge Ice Theatre.

hub7Other family activities for the evening include 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.

The November 21 Tree Lighting and the Season Grand Opening of The Rink kicks off the entire Quicken Loans Winter Magic 2014-2015 Season, the full program will be announced the week of November 10.

“Although we are coming off of our 10th Tree Lighting last year, this year feels just as fun-filled. We are so excited to be able to continue such an extraordinary tradition in Detroit with all of our partners, including DTE Energy Foundation and Quicken Loans. This winter, we have performances that will inspire, and we can’t wait to welcome the public to this year’s affair,” said Robert Gregory, president of The Detroit 300 Conservancy, the non-profit organization that oversees Campus Martius Park.

The Detroit Christmas tree is presented by the DTE Energy Foundation.

“DTE Energy Foundation is proud to continue its gift giving tradition by presenting the spectacular 60-foot Christmas tree to the City of Detroit and the wonderful evening of entertainment and fun for the whole community. The DTE Energy Foundation has a great history of giving back to the City and the community and the Tree Lighting Ceremony is a night that creates lasting memories for all Detroiter’s young and old,” said Faye Alexander Nelson, vice president of public affairs and president of the DTE Energy Foundation.

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