Warm temps, big crowds at Holiday tree lighting at Campus Martius

A beautiful warm day in Metro Detroit got a lot of people into the Holiday Spirit.

It felt more like Spring in the middle of November, perfect timing for the tree lighting at Campus Martius.

"I'm having a ball. I'm here with my two grand boys and we're having an excellent time," said Sheila Bryan.

"It looks amazing," Chris Bailey said. "The lights are fantastic. We've been coming down for a number of years."

FOX 2 met people from all walks of life at the tree lighting. Terrence Cantrell, part of the security team, doesn't take moments like this for granted. He batted cancer for seven years.

"I live life to the fullest, until the wheels fall off," he said.

Alexander Jefferson, a Tuskegee Airman, born and raised in Detroit reflected on childhood memories during the holiday season. An honorable 95 year old man who looks about 20 years younger.

"Granted a lot more work is needed," Jefferson said. "But do you feel the good old days possibly coming back.  Possibly. Let's face it. Things have improved 100 percent. Yes indeed, and they're going to get better. Look forward to it."

Some also came for their own special day.

Those same thoughts echoed by a new Detroiter who just moved from North Carolina. He says the vibe is good and everyone is happy.

FOX 2: "And the fact it was almost 70 degrees in Detroit today. How about that? In the middle of November?"

"That's wonderful, Gods send the angels," said Porteaux Islas. "And it's all for us."

Also, a big announcement at Friday's tree lighting. Figure skating Harlem is now also figure skating Detroit.

It's a 20-year youth development program that also embodies self-esteem and fitness.

"We're the first city picked for the expansion of this program," said Pat Tallet, Michigan Women's Foundation

Everyone jammed the night away waiting for the tree to light up.

Any and every one can make their way to campus Martius and enjoy the wonderful display this holiday season.


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