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November 20, 2015 - Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony - Detroit, MI

The 2015 Detroit Tree Lighting took place Friday night November 20th at Campus Martius in downtown. The weather wasn’t too cold, given that 8” of snow was on it’s way in the morning. As usual, many Detroiters made their way out to the festivities this year.

DTE Energy Foundation presents and lights its annual Holiday gift to Detroit; a spectacular 60-foot Christmas Tree that weighs over 10,000 pounds. The Michigan-grown Norway Spruce was decorated with 19,000 twinkling, energy-efficient, multi-colored LED lights and shiny ornaments. This is one of the most beautiful sparkling trees we’ve seen at these lightings and I had no idea they were energy efficient, which makes it even more enjoyable; a less guilty pleasure! The legendary Four Tops, who helped establish the Motown sound in the 1960’s, headlined the event along with former World Champion and Olympic skating legend Todd Eldredge.

After the tree lighting the Rink was open for skating, along with the Showcase D’Holidays with food, music and drink. The Salvation Army was on hand with their Family Fun Tent, photos with Santa, and horse drawn carriage rides. Don’t forget the large lit donation kettle and bell ringers.

This year IKEA Cozy Lounges kept guests toasty warm. New for Saturday evenings, more than 30 restaurants will be featured in “The Taste of the D” – the expansion of the popular downtown summer and fall tasting events where a $10 admission includes sampling a wide range of small plates and dessert sweets, a commemorative holiday pint glass, and a personal holiday photo. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets. Here is a link to all of the Showcase D events:

There were some fire street artists there along with a bucket drummer who drew quite a large crowd around himself. As usual the tent was full of people, making it humid and warm inside, and a Santa wannabe playing xylophone could be found exiting the tent area.

It was another wonderful magical night in the D! If you haven’t been down there for the lighting before, set aside the night for next year.