Campus Martius Park Tree Lighting 2016_ Photo by Ara Howrani

Campus Martius Tree Lighting Ceremony 2016. Photo credit: Ara Howrani.

Make the Most of Tonight’s Tree Lighting in Detroit

Commemorating the arrival of the holiday season, the 15th annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony is taking place tonight, November 16 at 5 p.m. in Campus Martius. With so much to do, we thought we’d break down all of the activities and festivities you can find downtown tonight as you marvel at the 60-foot Norwegian Spruce tree adorned in 19,000 ornaments and lights.

CeCe Winans, Detroit gospel artist and winner of 12 Grammy Awards, will be headlining the night’s musical performances. You will also hear from jazz musicians Ben Sharkey and The Woodward Horns, as well as local choir groups, such as the Avondale Choir.

On the Campus Martius rink, U.S. Olympic figure skating duo Alex Shibutani and Maia Shibutani will headline the night’s ice skating performances. Other skating groups, like The Dearborn Crystallettes, will also perform.

The ice rink will be open to the public beginning at 9 p.m. and will remain open (at select times) through March 3.

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If you can’t catch the Tree Lighting Ceremony from Campus Martius, Beacon Park will be live streaming the event. There will also be musical performances from Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers and Nadir Omowale inside a heated tent. Best of all, Santa will be paying Beacon Park a visit so the kids to meet him.

Throughout Cadillac Square and Capitol Park you will find the Downtown Detroit Market, a gathering of pre-selected small businesses. The businesses with a presence in the Market include 248Studio, Ashley Gold, Beirut Souk, Dolly Rocker’s Handmade and Vintage, GoodBoy Clothing, Greystone Gardens, Guilt Chocolates, ILERA Apothecary, Kiloh + Co., Little High Flyers, Mitten Crate, POST, Rock Paper Scissors, Tiana Body Care, True Desserts, and Yellow Dog Marketplace.

Cadillac Square Lodge is also returning this year with food and drinks from Parc restaurant. It’s a space to relax and enjoy some refreshments in between bouts of shopping, skating, and sightseeing.

Last but not least, make the night truly memorable and see the city by horse-drawn carriage. On Fridays and Saturdays from November 16 through December 22, carriage rides will be offered at a price of $10 per person or $40 for a private group. The ride begins at the Woodward Esplanade and lasts 15-20 minutes.

As you can see, there’s a lot to do tonight and most of these activities will be up and running all winter long. What are you planning on doing downtown this holiday season?

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