Tree lit at nightDearborn marked the beginning of the winter holiday season on Monday, Nov. 20 with the city’s annual tree-lighting and sing-along at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

The event was moved up this year from early December to coincide with the charitable Festival of Trees event. The tree-lighting and sing-along is a longstanding Dearborn tradition and this year's event featured performances by the Dearborn Youth Symphony String Quartet and the Dearborn Public Schools Elementary and Secondary Honors Choirs. 

The festivities were held outside the theater’s west entrance at 6:35 p.m. for the ceremonial lighting of the City Christmas tree by Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr.—assisted by seven-year-old Fatima Alabdullah from Nowlin Elementary School.

The annual tree lighting and sing-along are hosted by the Dearborn Recreation & Parks Department and made possible, in part, by generous support from Park Place Catering and the Dearborn Lions Club.  

The Festival of Trees is a fundraiser for the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation and runs through November 26 (closed Thanksgiving).

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