Slideshow: Detroit’s Christmas tree lighting celebration

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Everyone marks the beginning of the holiday season in their own way. Some start playing Christmas music as soon as the trick-or-treaters go home. Others start feeling the holiday spirit as soon as the Thanksgiving Day football games go off the air. For thousands of Detroiters, the holidays started last Friday night with the lighting of the tree at Campus Martius.

Those in attendance were treated to skating performances by 2014 Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, as well as skaters from the Arctic Figure Skating Club, Fraser Figure Skating Club, Dearborn Senior Crystallettes, Detroit Skating Club and the University of Michigan Figure Skating Club. Musicians were plentiful as well, with Grammy-winning artist Aaron Neville headlining.

The evening also marked the beginning of the ice skating season at The Rink at Campus Martius Park.