Metro Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremonies & Parades 2018

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Mom Among Chaos has teamed with a fantastic group of local bloggers to provide you with a comprehensive list of local Metro Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremonies. 

Macomb County

Tree Lighting Ceremony at City Square 

Saturday, December 1, 2018 
Time: 5-8 PM
Address: Van Dyke, North of 12 Mile in Warren, Michigan
Phone: 586-268-8400
Description: Activities include:
  • Santa Claus
  • Free skating admission all day ($3 skate rental)
  • Petting farm
  • Reindeer
  • Caroling
  • Free ornament
  • Parade
  • Marshmallow Roasting
  • Light refreshments

Holiday Tree Lighting Afterglow

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Address: 20699 Macomb Twp. Recreation Center, Macomb, Michigan
Phone: (586) 992-2900
Description: Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department cordially invites you to join us as we welcome the holiday season with our 11th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. This FREE EVENT begins outside with caroling, a greeting from township officials, the arrival and greeting of SANTA and concludes with the lighting of the tree. After the ceremony join us inside the recreation center for a warm festive celebration that includes visits with Santa, refreshment stations, children crafts & activities and “carol-o-ke” entertainment.

Sunday, December 2, 2018
Time: 6 PM
Address: 7609 Auburn Rd, Utica, Michigan
Phone: (586) 739-1600
Description: Santa Claus arrives on top of the firetruck. The Mayor and Santa Claus will welcome all of the good boys and girls no matter the age. The lights will light up in a colorful display. Everyone is invited into the station for free cider and donuts.

Santa's Lighted Parade

Friday, November 16, 2018
Time: 6-8 PM
Address: 2000 Stephens St., St Clair Shores, Michigan
Phone: (586) 445-5353
Description: Our Santa’s Lighted Parade will begin at 6:00 pm on Friday, November 17, 2017 (this is the Friday before Thanksgiving).  Santa will receive the key to the city and the City Christmas tree will be lighted immediately following the parade, plaques will be awarded to the Best Lighted entries at the stage in Palmer Park.

Chesterfield Tree Lightning Ceremony

Friday, December 7, 2018
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM
Address: 47275 Sugarbush Rd, Chesterfield, Michigan
Phone: (586) 949-0400
Description: We're kicking off the Holiday season with some festive fun including a small craft project, coloring contest, visits with Santa, cookies, sleigh rides, and more

Avoid the headache of searching for a spot on site and use our FREE shuttle service, provided by Richmond/Lenox EMS. Shuttle Pick-up and Drop-off is located at Green Elementary School, 47260 Sugarbush Rd.

Christmas in Fraser

Saturday, December 3, 2018 
Time: 5:30-8 PM
Address: 33000 Garfield Rd, Fraser, Michigan
Phone: (586) 296-8483
Description: Join us as we ring in the Holidays by lighting up City Hall! WE will sing Christmas carols, enjoy refreshments and welcome Santa to Fraser! All ages are welcome and encouraged. Please remember to dress for the weather.

Ray Township Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Time: 7-9 PM
Address: 64432 Wolcott Rd, Ray, Michigan
Phone: (586) 749-5171
Description: 18th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: Wednesday, December 6th. Santa Claus is coming to town! The fun starts at 7pm, to include wagon rides, food, crafts, games, the anticipated tree lighting, and of course, a visit with Santa! 7pm to 9pm. New this year is our North Pole mailbox, where you can mail your letters to Santa all throughout the month of December.

Shelby Township Christmas Aglow

Thursday, December 6, 2018
Time: 7-10 PM
Address: 52700 Van Dyke Ave, Shelby Charter Township, Shelby Charter Township, Michigan
Description: Welcome Santa, sing carols and join us to share in the spirit of Christmas as we light the big township tree. Visit with St. Nick afterward to deliver your wish list, enjoy kids’ crafts and partake in delicious cookies, hot chocolate, and a marshmallow roast. We’ve even got horse-drawn wagon rides and food trucks like Crepe-Day Twah and Mac Shack for feasting. This year’s theme is “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” so expect a fun guest.

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Tree Lighting Celebration Weekend

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM
Address: 17420 Hall Rd, Clinton Township, Michigan
Phone: (586) 226-0330
Description: Join us for two days of festive fun, all leading up to Santa arriving at 6:30 on Sunday, November 12 at 6:30 pm to light the tree!

TIME: 5-9 PM
Phone: (586) 469-4168
Description: Downtown Mount Clemens hosts its 26th Annual Christmas Open House & Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 18.  The festivities kick off at the Fountain Stage at 5:00 PM with music provided by the First Presbyterian Church Arts Academy. Santa Claus arrives by horse-drawn sleigh at 6:00 PM, and on his cue, all of the Downtown holiday decorations will be lit.  Free photos with Santa will be available from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.  Starting at 5 PM, "Santa Pass" reservations may be picked up at the Fountain Stage.  Santa Passes are in half-hour intervals so that families can explore the Downtown businesses and activities without having to wait in line for photos.  Passes go quickly and are issued on a first come, first served basis.  Other activities include free horse-drawn trolley rides and a variety of children's activities at different Downtown businesses.  Many businesses will also feature sales, giveaways, and refreshments.  

Did I miss a Macomb County event? Please let me know in the comments!



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