The seasons are rapidly changing in downtown Detroit, as fall decor transitions into a winter wonderland. A 60-foot Norway spruce arrived in Campus Martius on Monday, heralding in the holiday season.
This year’s tree didn’t have to travel far; a family in Plymouth donated the tree that once grew in their yard. It now stands atop the fountain in Campus Martius, and next week, it will be the centerpiece of a holiday celebration.
The annual tree lighting takes place November 16 in Campus Martius and in celebrations across downtown. The tree will be lit with 19,000 lights and ornaments. Along with the ceremonial lighting of the tree, expect the ice rink to be open and busy, with a performance from Olympic skating duo Alex and Maia Shibutani.
12-time Grammy award winner CeCe Winans will also perform for the crowds.
The downtown Detroit markets will be open for the holidays as well, along with the heated Cadillac Lodge in Cadillac Square.
Beacon Park will be activated with activities for the holidays to coincide with Campus Martius events, including a screen live-streaming the tree lighting (inside a heated winter lodge), music performances, and selfies with Santa. Free shuttle rides will be available between the two parks.
The events start at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 16.