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Ring in the holiday season at Campus Martius Park

By now, you've likely been bombarded with hundreds of Black Friday advertisements. With a few flurries and chilly temperatures, you’ve certainly had a preview of wintery weather. We all know that the holiday season can't officially begin without a tree lighting ceremony, and what better place to celebrate the magic than right downtown Detroit?

The 2011 Official City of Detroit Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at Campus Martius Park on Friday, November 18. Festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the tree is scheduled to be lit at 8 p.m.

Guests of this event will be entertained by acts of the eighth annual Winter Magic Celebration. Acts include 11 vocal performances and other musical entertainment from groups such as the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus, the Salvation Army Brass Band and others. The Arctic Figure Skating Club and Detroit Skating Club will wow audiences with impressive ice skating shows. The whole family can also join in on seasonal activities such as photos with Santa and carriage rides.

If you’re ready to get a jump-start on Christmas shopping, stop by the Christmas WonderFest at Cadillac Square Park. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., specialty gifts and decorations for the entire family will be available for purchase.

Curious about the tree? Did you know that Detroit’s Christmas tree is a Norway Spruce that stands 60 feet tall and weighs more than 16,000 pounds? No wonder it takes more than 18,000 lights and three miles of wire to decorate it!

Join the celebration that the Detroit Free Press calls a “Great New Detroit Family Tradition.” Tickets can be purchased at Fountain Bistro for $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. For more information about the ceremony, visit www.campusmartiuspark.org. For additional updates, be sure to follow the park on Facebook and Twitter!