Getting to Detroit's Tree Lighting Ceremony

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
Campus Martius Park in 2013.

More than 40,000 people will make their way to Campus Martius Park for the 14th annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, according to event organizers.  

The 60-foot Norwegian Spruce will be wrapped in more than 19,000 multi-colored lights and ornaments. The free event begins at 5 p.m. and the tree will be lit just before 8 p.m. 

The family-friendly program is expanding its entertainment offerings to Beacon Park this year with free shuttles between the two public spaces. 

Free Shuttles

Free shuttle service will run between Campus Martius Park and Beacon Park on Grand River Avenue every 15 minutes until midnight.


Downtown's streetcar is planning to run during the tree lighting but will be operating with a shorter route.

The QLine will run from its home base at Grand Boulevard and turn around at Campus Martius. The Congress and Campus Martius stops on the west side of the street will be closed Friday evening, QLine spokesman Dan Lijana said. 

The QLINE runs until midnight. Cost for a three-hour pass is $1.50. 

The stops shut down Friday evening are expected to reopen at 8 a.m. Saturday. 


Parking will be limited. Prepare for street closures near Beacon and Campus Martius parks. 

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Road Closures

  • Michigan Avenue between Woodward and Griswold
  • Fort Street between Woodward and Griswold
  • North and southbound Woodward at Larned
  • Cadillac Square between Woodward and Bates
  • Monroe Avenue between Woodward and Farmer Street