Making the Season Bright: Holiday Tree Lightings in the D

By: Scott Davis | November 16, 2016

It’s that special time of year again when people start to get in the holiday spirit and communities begin to celebrate the season. One of the great ways to kick off the season is by hosting a tree lighting ceremony, and there are plenty of communities in the metro Detroit area that are doing just that. Here are five we think you should consider checking out.

Village of Rochester Hills Tree Lighting Ceremony

The 15th Annual Light the Village in Rochester Hills will take place on Friday, November 18. The annual celebration of the start of the holiday season will feature an appearance from Santa, music, fireworks, and more family entertainment.

Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony

Thousands of Detroiters will gather for ice-skating and the annual tree lighting ceremony at Campus Martius Park on Friday, November 18. The 60-foot tree will feature 19,000 multi-colored lights and numerous ornaments. Attendees will be able to enjoy the opening of the ice skating rink.

Birmingham Holiday Tree Lighting

The annual holiday tree lighting ceremony in Birmingham’s Shain Park will take place on the eve of Thanksgiving, November 23. The ceremony will include the lighting of the 35-foot tree with over 40,000 LED lights, a visit from Santa, and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Light Up the Night Novi

The 2016 Light Up the Night Festival in Novi will take place on Friday, December 2 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The event will include fireworks, kids activities, ice carving demonstrations, a visit from Santa, and of course the annual tree-lighting ceremony.

Auburn Hills Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

The annual tree lighting ceremony in Auburn Hills will take place at the MOMS WWII Memorial on Friday, December 2 at 6 p.m. The tree lighting event will include appearances from Santa and Mrs. Claus, a bonfire, horse-drawn wagon rides, and more.

There are plenty of other tree lighting ceremonies happening throughout southeast Michigan, including celebrations in Rochester on November 21, Madison Heights on November 28, Royal Oak on December 1, Pontiac on December 2, Farmington and Warren on December 3, Highland on December 5, and Troy on December 9. Be sure to check out those cities’ websites for more information.