20th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Tree Lighting

20th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony to dazzle Downtown Auburn Hills

Media contact: Mike Espejo, Coordinator of Community Promotion, mespejo@auburnhills.org, 248-364-6726

Auburn Hills rings in the holiday season with our 20th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 6th at 6 p.m. in our downtown. Many festive activities are planned, including the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus and the lighting of our enormous Christmas tree on the corner of Squirrel and Auburn Roads.

After the tree lighting, everyone is invited to visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus and have a keepsake photo taken in the DEN (the former Log Cabin). Participants can also take a carriage ride through town, make s’mores at the bonfire and a holiday craft to hang on the door, and enjoy the sounds of live holiday music and specials from several downtown merchants. All activities are free and within walking distance of the event.

The City will also be accepting donations of winter coats, mittens, hats and gloves to be donated to a local non-profit. Donations can be dropped off in the DEN, the log cabin where Santa will be taking pictures after the tree lighting.

This cherished celebration will make full use of this year’s new developments in Downtown Auburn Hills, including easy-access angled parking, the refurbished DEN (Downton Education Nook) log cabin and the University Center (a multi-use building on Auburn Road)

Schedule of events:

  • Tree Lighting Ceremony with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and carols, 6:00PM (corner of Squirrel & Auburn Rds)
  • Photos with Santa immediately following in the DEN log cabin
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides, 7:00PM (outside the DEN on Auburn Road)
  • Magic Show, 7PM-7:45PM (University Center)
  • Facepainting througout the night (University Center)
  • Arts & Crafts throughout the night (the DEN)

For more information, please contact Mike Espejo, Coordinator of Community Promotion at mespejo@auburnhills.org or 248-364-6726.