In what has become an annual tradition, Detroit’s “Official” Christmas tree arrived at noon Wednesday in Campus Martius Park.
The 60 foot tall Norway spruce was hauled in from more than 200 miles away from near Cadillac, Michigan. The Norway spruce was selected because of its shape that resembles the smaller version of Christmas tree you might put up in your living room.
Weighing 10,000 pounds, the tree was perched atop the fountain in Campus Martius Park and will be, once decorated with more than 19,000 LED lights. They will be multicolored, controllable and the tree will also be decorated with an assortment of red and silver ornaments in preparation for the upcoming Detroit Christmas tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 20.
Downtown Detroit will also be awash in Christmas lights, with more than 350,000 LEDs on the main thoroughfares of Jefferson and Woodward Avenues, as well as throughout Campus Martius Park.
The tree lighting, that usually draws thousands of attendees and is presented by DTE Energy, is now in its 12th year and kind of kicks off the holiday season in the city.