Detroit Christmas Tree Set To Be Lit Friday Night At Campus Martius Park

The holiday season is quickly approaching.

WWJ News
November 17, 2019 - 6:06 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) -- Friday marks the official start of the holiday season in downtown Detroit, with the 16th Annual Detroit Christmas Tree Lighting.

The 60-foot Norway Spruce that arrived at Campus Martius Park earlier this month is in the process of being decked with more than 19,000 multi-colored lights and sparkling ornaments, the finishing touches are being put on the skating rink, and Detroit is officially getting into the holiday spirit.

It's all set to begin at 5 p.m. and run until midnight, while the tree is set to be lit around 7 p.m. and public skating is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.

Festivities in Campus Martius will include a performance by Olympic figure skating champions, musical entertainment from R&B Grammy-nominated artist Mayer Hawthorne, the Detroit Youth Choir and the Detroit Archdiocesan Choir.

A few blocks away in Beacon Park, a 20-foot children's tree will be on display, featuring hand-decorated ornaments. A shuttle will run between the two parks.

Pop-up holiday markets in nearby Capitol Park and Cadillac square will feature a range of holiday gifts and goodies from 30 vendors.

The ceremony is expected to draw around 50,000 people to downtown Detroit, meaning parking could be tough to come by. Those heading downtown can expect street closures and traffic backups, so they're encouraged to leave extra time to get there.

Woodward Avenue will be closed between State and Congress starting at midnight Friday, while some closures are already in place along Monroe and Michigan.

By the end of the night, downtown Detroit will be decked out and ready to go for America's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 28.