By Mikey Cebulski, Photo Editor
For the 13th consecutive year, on Nov. 18, 2016, thousands of Metro Detroiters gathered in downtown Detroit’s Campus Martius Park to welcome in the holiday season and celebrate the city’s 60-foot tall tree lighting ceremony presented by the DTE Energy Foundation. This year temperatures were above average, making for an even more spectacular evening.
With over 19,000 LED lights the tree stands tall over the ice skating rink in the heart of the city. The tree lighting ceremony is an iconic sight for visitors and natives of the city alike. The evening kicked off at 5 p.m. and ran through midnight featuring live performances and Olympic gold medal figure skaters Meryl Davis & Charlie White. The Salvation Army Family Fun Tent, photos with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, free cinnamon rolls from IKEA in the Varming (Warming) Tent, free hot chocolate from DTE Energy Foundation, McDonald’s giveaways and the official opening of the ice rink were available for visitors to partake in.