Let the 2013 holiday season officially begin! While retailers sometimes start the season before Halloween, the holiday spirit really starts getting serious when communities and cities all across the Metro-Detroit area have their Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies. And as long as there is a big crowd gathered...let’s have some fun!
Ann Arbor: Kerrytown Market & Shops Annual Tree Lighting Festival
Sunday (12/1/13), Kerrytown
Featuring: Carols, candle luminaries and Santa
Birmingham: Tree Lighting Ceremony, Shain Park
Wednesday (11/27/13) at 6 PM
Featuring: Santa, Christmas caroling, choirs, and horse-drawn carriage rides
Canton: 35th Annual tree Lighting, Summit on the Park
Wednesday (12/4/13) from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
$5 per family
Featuring: Santa, entertainment, crafts, and refreshments
Chelsea: Santa Lighting Christmas Tree, Pierce Park
Featuring: The tree lighting is part of Chelsea's Hometown Holiday, a three-day event with a light parade, holiday carol concert and Santa's Workshop.
Detroit: Holiday Tree Lighting
Friday (11/22/13) at 7:30 PM
Event runs from 5 PM to midnight
Featuring: Santa, ice skating, 20 live performances, family fun tent, $5 carriage rides, food, drink and shopping
Farmington: Tree Lighting at Warner Mansion
Saturday (12/7/13) at 5:30 PM
Featuring: The tree lighting is part of Farmington's Holly Days that includes carolers, hot chocolate, shopping, holiday movies at Farmington Civic Theater, Santa and roving bands. The mansion itself features people in Victorian dress, piano entertainment and refreshments.
Grosse Pointe: The Village Aglow Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday (11/22/13) at 5:30 PM, The Village
Featuring: Live reindeer, refreshments, and holiday songs
Livonia: Tree Lighting & Caroling Ceremony
Tuesday (12/3/13) at 7 PM, Livonia City Hall & Civic Center Library
Featuring: Hot chocolate, cookies, magic show, crafts, sing-a-long carols, and Santa
Mt. Clemens: 23rd Annual Christmas Open House and Tree Lighting
Friday (11/22/13) at 6 PM
Tree lighting is part of Open House that runs from 5 PM to 9 PM.
Featuring: Santa arrives by horse-drawn sleigh at 6 PM, and guests can treat themselves to a horse-drawn trolley rides. There will also be refreshments and children's activities.
Rochester: The Big, Bright Light Show
Debuts on Monday (12/2/13) during Lagniappe at 7 PM in downtown Rochester
Continues through January 5th, 2014.
Featuring: Big, bright lights covering the buildings of Main Street
Troy: Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Wednesday (12/4/13) from 7 to 8:30 PM
Veterans Plaza in front of City Hall, 500 W. Big Beaver
Featuring: School choirs, sing alongs, hot cocoa and Santa
Utica: Christmas Tree Lighting
Sunday (12/1/13) at 6 PM
Wyandotte: Tree Lighting
Friday (11/15/13) at 6 PM, Biddle Avenue, downtown
Featuring: Carols, entertainment, free trolley, and carriage rides
Ypsilanti: Starlight Spree and Tree Lighting
Friday (11/30/12), 6 to 8 PM, downtown
Featuring: Choirs, Christmas Carols, hot chocolate and Santa