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Tree Lighting Ceremonies In Metro Detroit

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The holidays are a time to deck the halls and light the trees! All throughout Metro Detroit and downtown Detroit, tree lighting ceremonies are bringing together neighbors and friends alike for holiday festivities, caroling, crafts, and of course, spectacular displays of our finest and tallest trees!

 

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Friday, November 15 

@ Downtown Wyandotte

Visitors are welcomed to the Tree Lighting, at the intersection of Sycamore and Biddle Avenue, where they are given jingle bells to join in with the Roosevelt High School Choir. Festive decorations surround the guests along with live reindeer and other cheerful booths full of fun. The cookie walk will also be taking place that night as well!

 

DETROIT TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Friday, November 22 

@ Campus Martius, Detroit

The tree lighting ceremony will feature a Michigan-grown, 60-foot Norwegian Spruce wrapped in more than 19,000 multi-colored lights and ornaments. The event begins at 5 p.m. and is free to the public. Enjoy a magical evening of stage and rink performances to kick off the holiday season in the city.

 

LIGHT THE VILLAGE

Friday, November 22

@ The Village of Rochester Hills

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season, and the excitement of the City of Rochester Hills Holiday Lights Display! Join in as you begin the countdown for Santa’s arrival and children’s eyes will sparkle when they flip the magical switch to illuminate the Village’s 25-foot Christmas tree. Don’t forget to look to the sky for an extra special display of lights that are sure to delight both the young and the young at heart. It’s the perfect way to kick off the season, and it’s only at the Village of Rochester Hills!

 

HOLIDAY LIGHTED PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING

Friday, November 22 

@ Downtown Northville

Join the thousands of parade goers as the holiday season officially kicks off with the Holiday Lighted Parade. Bands, dancers, floats and of course, Santa, make this annual favorite a great family tradition!

 

TREE LIGHTING & LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE

Friday, November 22 

@ Downtown Allen Park

Tree lighting ceremony at the Historical House followed by lighted Christmas parade from the Historical House, down Park Avenue to Philomene, ending at the Allen Park Community Center.

 

HOLIDAY GLOW

Saturday, November 23 

@ Downtown Brighton

Holiday Glow officially launches the holiday season in Livingston County with, horse drawn hay rides, the popular Jollie Choo-Choo train, a nativity petting farm, a visit from Emma the Elf, a station to write letters to Santa, pictures with the reindeer, arts and crafts, tasty holiday treats, a warming tent and of course, Santa!

 

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING & SING-A-LONG

Monday, November 25 

@ Ford Community And Performing Arts Center, Dearborn

Join us as we mark the beginning of the end-of-the-year holidays at the Ford Community Performing Arts Center! Enjoy live music before the lighting of the tree, take part in the annual Sing-Along with the Mayor, and then have refreshments in the lobby with an opportunity to visit with Santa Claus.

 

TAYLOR WINTER FESTIVAL

Saturday, November 30

@ Heritage Park, Taylor

The City of Taylor will welcome in the holiday season during its annual Winterfest on Saturday, November 30. The celebration will include the Winterfest 5K, holiday parade, opening of Santa’s Magic Forest and official tree lighting celebration and fireworks display.

 

KERRYTOWN TREE LIGHTING

Sunday, December 1 

@ Kerrytown Market, Ann Arbor

Join Santa to light our holiday tree in the Kerrytown courtyard. It’s a wonderful way to ring in the season with caroling and candle luminaries!

 

WALLED LAKE’S ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Monday, December 2

@ Walled Lake City Library

Take pictures with The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, festive crafts and fun. Then head outside to enjoy Walled Lake’s annual tree lighting ceremony, organized by Walled Lake Parks and Recreation. Finish the night at the firehouse for cookies & hot chocolate while you wait in line to tell Santa what you want for the holidays.

 

DOWNTOWN GARDEN CITY COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

Monday, December 2

@ Downtown Garden City

You do not want to miss this family fun Garden City tradition. Refreshments will be served and of course, Santa is expected to make an appearance. Ho Ho Ho!!!

 

WATERFORD TREE LIGHTING

Tuesday, December 3 

@ Waterford Township Hall

Celebrate the season with a variety of activities including: crafts, cookie decorating, Pontiac-Waterford Big Chief Chorus, performance by the Waterford Mott Jazz Band, a opportunity to write a soldier a letter, a photo opportunity with Santa Claus and your chance to see a reindeer up close.

 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Tuesday, December 3

@ Farmington Hills City Fire Department

The beautiful trees at City Hall will be illuminated as well as a 20-foot candle that represents our commitment to peace and unity in Farmington Hills. Throughout history, lights have been a universal symbol of hope, wisdom and perseverance; regardless of background, tradition, culture, or belief. Lights represent that we as a people have hope for the present and the future. Please join us for this traditional community event! Santa will make a visit and refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

 

ANNUAL HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING & AFTER GLOW

Tuesday, December 3 

@ Macomb Township Parks & Rec

This FREE EVENT begins outside with caroling, a greeting from township officials, the arrival and greeting of SANTA and concludes with the lighting of the tree. After the ceremony join us inside the recreation center for a warm festive celebration that includes visits with Santa, refreshment stations, children crafts & activities and “carol-o-ke” entertainment.

 

TREE LIGHTING & VISITS WITH SANTA

Tuesday, December 3 

@ Burgh Historical Park, Southfield

Head to Burgh Historical Park in Southfield for the annual tree lighting & visits with Santa.

 

HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING & AFTERGLOW

Tuesday, December 3

@ Macomb Township Parks & Rec, Macomb

This FREE event begins outside with caroling, a greeting from township officials, the arrival and greeting of Santa and concludes with the lighting of the tree, with refreshment stations, crafts, and other children’s activities.

 

ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING

Wednesday, December 4 

@ Summit Canton

Annual Tree Lighting Celebration Kick off the holiday season with the annual Township Tree Lighting Event. The ‘official’ tree will be lit in front of the Summit on the Park at 6:30pm and special festivities will take place both indoors and outdoors. Join us for seasonal entertainment, crafts, activities, refreshments, and visits with Santa!

 

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

Wednesday, December 4

@ Blair Memorial Park, Clawson

The evening includes caroling and the arrival of Santa Claus by fire truck! Refreshments to follow at City Hall. Don’t forget to visit the library first to make a natural ornament to hang on the tree that the birds can enjoy!

 

ROYAL OAK TREE LIGHTING

Thursday, December 5

@ Downtown Royal Oak

Come gather in Downtown Royal Oak to celebrate the open of the Holiday Season at Washington Ave & Fifth Street. The Mayor will be on site to turn on the holiday lights and the city tree. Enjoy the Handbell Choir, Salvation Army Band, refreshments and Holiday Magic at the Farmers Market.

 

CHRISTMAS AGLOW

Thursday, December 5 

@ Shelby Township Municipal Grounds

Welcome Santa, sing carols and join us to share in the spirit of Christmas as we light the big township tree. Visit with St. Nick afterwards to deliver your wish list, enjoy kids’ crafts and partake in delicious cookies, hot chocolate and a marshmallow roast. We’ve even got horse-drawn wagon rides and food trucks like Crepe-Day Twah and Mac Shack for feasting. This year’s theme is “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” so expect a fun guest.

 

BIRMINGHAM TREE LIGHTING

Friday, December 6 

@ Shain Park, Birmingham

The community will come together with Santa and Birmingham’s Mayor for live caroling and the lighting of a 35-foot holiday tree with more than 40,000 LED lights!

 

HOMETOWN HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY & SANTA ARRIVES

Friday, December 6 

@ Pierce Park, Chelsea

The 32nd Annual Chelsea Hometown Holiday is a festive community celebration that kicks off the holiday season. The activities start with the ceremonial lighting of the giant Christmas tree at Pierce Park on Friday, December 6th.

 

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Friday, December 6 

@ Novi Civic Center

Celebrate the season with a tree lighting, fireworks, Santa visits, kids crafts, a craft show, petting farm, reindeer, S’Mores, Train Rides, and more!

 

TREE LIGHTING FESTIVAL

Friday, December 6

@ Wixom Community Center

Join us for a fun-filled night as we welcome the holiday season to Wixom! Our giant tree will come alive when Santa and his reindeer arrive! There will be crafts and snacks to follow the tree lighting.

 

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Friday, December 6

@ Downtown Auburn Hills

A free family fun event featuring the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, and the Mayor lighting our enormous Christmas tree on the corner of Squirrel and Auburn Roads. Fabulous activities for the family including photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, s’mores at the bonfire pit, holiday crafts and horse-drawn wagon rides!

 

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Friday, December 6 

@ Chesterfield Township Municipal Offices

We’re kicking off the Holiday season with some festive fun including: a small craft project, coloring contest, visits with Santa, cookies, sleigh rides, and more. Be there when we present Santa with the key to the city!

 

SOUTHGATE’S WINTER WONDERLAND & TREE LIGHTING

Friday, December 6

@ Kiwanis Park, Southgate

Join us for Southgate’s 10th Annual Tree Lighting and Santa’s Christmas Express Train Rides! The park will be lit up with beautiful decorations and light displays sponsored by local businesses. The Great Lakes Live Steamers welcome families to come ride the train through the park to Southgate’s North Pole to visit with Santa and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate!

 

DOWNTOWN TREE LIGHTING

Friday, December 6

@ Ypsilanti District Library

Join us at 5:30pm for cookie decorating and hot chocolate. At 6pm the Ypsilanti Community Choir will lead caroling followed by a visit from Santa and photo-ops! Sponsored by the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti.

 

CHRISTMAS IN FRASER

Saturday, December 7

@ Fraser City Hall

Join us as we ring in the Holidays at City Hall! We will sing Christmas carols, enjoy refreshments and welcome Santa to Fraser! S’mores, Music, Performances and more!

 

HOLIDAY LIGHTED PARADE

Saturday, December 7 

@ Downtown Lake Orion

Lake Orion is the home of one of the only nighttime holiday lighted parades in Michigan. In fact, it’s the second largest lighted holiday parade in the nation!

 

FARMINGTON TREE LIGHTING & HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, December 7 

@ Governor Warner Mansion, Farmington

Visit with Santa Claus, enjoy live music and tasty refreshments.  Take a tour of the decorated mansion, and visit the holiday boutique.

 

COOL YULE LIGHTED PARADE & HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

Saturday, December 7

@ Downtown South Lyon

The event kicks off with a lighted parade making its way through downtown to the Witch’s Hat Depot and Historic Village. There will be a tree lighting ceremony after the parade and a chance to get your picture taken with Father Christmas, enjoy a holiday story read aloud in the school house and enjoy some holiday-themed entertainment.

 

A STERLING CHRISTMAS

Saturday, December 7

@ Dodge Park, Sterling Heights

Everyone is invited to ring in the holiday season with a variety of family fun activities including tree lighting, holiday music and caroling, visits with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, petting farm, refreshments, pony rides, carousel, train rides, ice skating, warming fires and more!

 

HOLIDAY NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

Saturday, December 7

@ Downtown Wayne

Join us for our annual Tree Lighting. There will be free cookies and hot chocolate, Santa in the museum for the kids, firepit warming stations, a Petting zoo, Carriage Rides and more.

 

MERRY & BRIGHT: LIVONIA’S HOLIDAY PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING

Sunday, December 8

@ Livonia Civic Center

The parade will begin at Frost Middle School, continue north on Stark, east on Lyndon, north on Farmington, and east on Civic Center Drive ending in front of City Hall. Once at City Hall, Mayor Wright will be joined by Santa and Mrs. Claus for the tree lighting festivities. Afterward, youngsters are invited to visit Santa at the Robert and Janet Bennett Civic Center Library where they can also enjoy crafts, entertainment and refreshments.

 

CORKTOWN-A-GLOWOW

Saturday, December 14

@ Corktown, Detroit

Stop by Corktown all day on Saturday, December 8th for heaps of holiday fun and family friendly festivities throughout the neighborhood including time with Santa and a tree lighting ceremony.

 

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About Mary Furgason

Mary Furgason is a fitness instructor and writer on LittleGuide Detroit. She lives in western Oakland County with her husband and four kids. Mom of kids in pre-school through high school she knows the ins and outs of motherhood and the best things to do with kids of all ages.

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