Light Up Your Day at a Metro Detroit Tree-Lighting Ceremony

By: Michael Fossbakk | November 17, 2017

When was the last time you went out with your family, found a nice, big, green Christmas tree, took it home with you and spent the evening decorating it together?

All right. Maybe you prefer to skip the part where you go out and get a real tree from a lot (or, if you’re brave, an actual forest). The fresh smell in your home does well in warming people’s holiday spirits, but that’s until you have to pull out the vacuum every day to clean up your living room. Extra work. Blech.

For the lazier folks among us celebrating Christmas, a nice, fake tree with just some assembly required (keyword: some) is the way to go. Because, at the end of the day, what really counts when it comes to Christmas trees is what you put on it.

Local tree-lighting ceremonies

If you’re looking for a little inspiration for how to decorate your tree this year, look no further than your community tree lighting ceremonies. A few worth mentioning are the Auburn Hills, Birmingham and Clawson tree lighting ceremonies. And, of course, there’s the Big Kahuna of tree lighting ceremony at Campus Martius downtown every year. All of these ceremonies have activities for the family and even a visit from Santa Claus!

Campus Martius Park Tree Lighting 2016_ Photo by Ara Howrani

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

Where to buy tree decorations

With a Pinterest board filled to the brim with all of your great ideas for how to decorate your tree this year, there’s one last question: where are you going to find all of it? Thankfully, there are plenty of holiday stores and even some special holiday markets this time of year that are sure to help you make your Christmas tree dreams come true. The Rust Belt Market in Ferndale is a great spot to find handmade knick-knacks from local artists and artisans. Who knows what hidden gems you’ll stumble on. Also, check out Zoro’s Christmas Lights in Livonia and English Gardens (multiple locations).

Some like to use classic white lights. Some prefer multi-colored ones. Some have a tree topper that’s been in the family for generations and represents an age-old tradition. Some are just starting traditions of their own. However you decorate your Christmas tree, just be sure to decorate with the people that matter to you.