2022 Detroit Tree Lighting to kick off the holiday season

Graphic by Downtown Detroit Partnership

Light Up Beacon Park also takes place to light Detroit’s Children’s Tree

Detroit — The Downtown Detroit Partnership will officially kick off this year’s holiday season on Friday, Nov. 18. with the 19th annual Detroit Tree Lighting presented by the DTE Foundation, held at the award-winning Campus Martius Park. Thousands are expected to turn out to enjoy the outdoor festivities that will center around the Michigan-grown, 65-foot Norway spruce decked out with ornaments and illuminated by 20,000 of the most shimmering LED multi-colored lights – after a countdown by Santa. 

The signature event is a cherished tradition in Downtown Detroit and will feature a star-studded lineup of entertainment that will take to The Rink and stage at Campus Martius Park for all to enjoy.Beacon Park, located down the street from Campus Martius Park, will transform into a winter wonderland this holiday season, kicking off with 

Light Up Beacon Park. Attendees can experience the lighting of Detroit’s Children’s Tree, live entertainment, “Toyland” interactive lighting features totaling more than 125,000 led lights. The annual Detroit Tree Lighting, produced by the Downtown Detroit Partnership, also marks the official opening of The Rink at Campus Martius Park presented by Visit Detroit, Michigan’s premier family-friendly outdoor ice rink that offers one of the most beautiful and iconic skating experiences in the country and continues to be a top destination for the entire region during the holiday and winter seasons.

WHEN:             TODAY, FRIDAY, NOV. 18, 2022

                           Detroit Tree Lighting – 5 p.m. to midnight 

   **Tree lighting ceremony begins at 7 p.m.**

   Light Up Beacon Park – 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

   **Tree lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m.**

WHERE:            •Campus Martius Park • 800 Woodward Ave. • Detroit

                           • Beacon Park • 1901 Grand River Ave. • Detroit


                           • Lighting of Detroit’s annual Christmas tree

                           • Live entertainment 

o  Darren Criss, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor, singer-songwriter best known for his role in the TV musical series “Glee”

o  Zania Alaké, a Detroit-born R&B singer who nailed her blind audition in 2021 for NBC’s “The Voice,” landing on team John Legend.

o  Mariah Bell, Olympic and U.S. Champion figure skater.

o  Eva Pate and Logan Bye, American Ice Dancers, Team USA Senior Dance Team 

o  The Redhouse Band led by Darell “Red” Campbell, Jr.

o  Julianne Ankley, a singer-songwriter who hails from southeast Michigan 

o  Brazeal Dennard Chorale

o  Spartan Dischords

o  Detroit Opera Youth Chorus

o  Buddy the Elf, from the hit Broadway musical ELF coming to Detroit’s Fox Theatre soon

                           • Performances on ice by local skating clubs

o  Arctic Figure Skating Club

o  Detroit Skate Club

o  Dream Skate Detroit

o  Figure Skating Club of Birmingham

o  Figure Skating in Detroit

o  Fraser Figure Skating Club

o  Motown Ice Theatre

o  New Edge Figure Skating Club

o  Wayne State Figure Skating Club

                           • The Rink Opening Party following the tree lighting

                           • Carriage rides

                           • Downtown Detroit Markets

                           • Cadillac Lodge 

                           • Food trucks

                           LIGHT UP BEACON PARK 

• Lighting of Detroit’s Children’s Tree

• Larger-than-life “Toyland” light installations

• Live musical performance by Aisha Ellis Trio

• Casali Holiday Dancers

• Live holiday music

• Visits with Santa

• Live reindeer

• Toy train rides


About the Downtown Detroit Partnership 

Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) strengthens and supports Downtown Detroit through strategic initiatives and programs. DDP convenes business, philanthropic and government partners to create a vibrant and resilient urban core for Detroit and the surrounding community. DDP is responsible for programming, managing and operating several of Downtown Detroit’s parks and public spaces. For more information, visit DowntownDetroit.org.

About the DTE Energy Foundation

The DTE Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its electric and natural gas utilities, which serve 2.3 million electric customers in Southeast Michigan and 1.3 million natural gas customers in Michigan. In 2021, the DTE Energy Foundation provided more than $18.9 million in grant support where the company has a business presence with a focus on driving positive, meaningful change on three key areas: jobs, equity and the environment. As one of Michigan’s leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy aspires not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world, serving as a force for growth and prosperity in the communities across Michigan. Visit DTEFoundation.com to learn more.

Source: Downtown Detroit Partnership

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