Here's everything you need to know about downtown Detroit's tree-lighting event tonight


The Christmas Tree at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit. - VIA FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS, USER ELLENM1
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  • The Christmas Tree at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit.

More than 25,000 people are expected to converge upon Campus Martius in downtown Detroit this evening for the city's 11th annual tree-lighting ceremony. 

It's freezing, sure, and traffic will be stuffy, but the event features a packed schedule of entertainment, including: a performance from Jena Irene, a runner up on "American Idol;" a skating performance from Olympic Gold medalist, Ekaterina Gordeeva; ice skating on the Campus Martius pond; carriage rides; and more. 

The 60-foot Christmas tree currently situated inside Campus Martius is covered with 19,000 LED lights, and will be lit at 7:45 p.m. If you can't make it, and are still itching to enjoy the festivities in some way, WXYZ Channel 7 will broadcast rink-side between 7:30-8 p.m.

The event, which kicks off around 5 p.m., also includes music, photos with Santa Claus, and free hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls, according to a flyer advancing the event. Anyone who wants a prime seat for the tree-lighting ceremony can pay $10, with proceeds going toward Campus Martius Park. The event is sponsored by a slew of businesses. More info is available at

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