The tree, before and after being lit!

The kickoff for my holiday season is the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony held at Campus Martius Park in the center of downtown Detroit, the Friday before Thanksgiving! Thousands of metro Detroiters gather around, bundled up, and waiting in anticipation for the giant tree to be lit.  There’s hot cocoa, plenty of holiday lights and cheer, and of course Santa! I love to look at the faces of the children when the tree is first lit, it’s the sparkle in their eyes that take me back to an ever so sacred and nostalgic place in my life. I carry that memory of pure joy with me throughout the holiday season!