Every year in Detroit, we have the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. For some odd reason, I have never seen this ceremony so when I realized it was Friday, November 16th, I asked a fellow friend to accompany me and he gladly agreed. The tree lighting ceremony takes place in Campus Martius where they light at 60-foot Norwegian spruce. This ceremony also doubles as the annual opening of the outside ice rink. The event involves live holiday music (including a performance by CeCe Winans), hot chocolate, holiday shops and food trucks.
On the Way to the Ceremony
Of course, we missed all of this as we were late getting to the gathering due to work obligations. At about 7 am (the event went from 7am-8pm), we decided to walk to Campus Martius since the Q Line was extremely crowded. We are only about a half a mile to a mile from the event anyway. The walk was decent since it was about 40 degrees outside, and chatted along the way.
Once we were outside of the Midtown Area and into Detroit, we saw a pretty cool sign that was decorated with light that said “Detroit”. So I had to get a photo of this for the website and well you know….memories. About two blocks away from the actual lighting ceremony (about 745 pm), the tree lit up and I completely missed it. LMAO. Booo. But we continued on because my main goal was to get a photo of that tree. After weaving around and through about a couple hundred people, I finally got my photo of the tree. I made a mental note to come back to check out the glass greenhouse shops.
After the Ceremony
Once, I got my photo of the tree, we went to Basement Burger Bar for food where we sat and chatted. After we started the long hike back to my place for a movie. It was a very simple and beautiful night. Anyone who knows me, understand that I love my nights simple and beautiful. That is an event that I will be attending again and hopefully I can make it on time in order to see the full show.
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Does your city have a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony? Is it a big deal or something small? Leave a message in the comments.