A core part of DTE’s mission is being involved in the communities where we live and serve – and the holidays are no exception.

To help energize the season, DTE team members volunteered their time to deck out utility service trucks with hundreds of festive lights and décor, bringing the trucks across Michigan for families and community members to enjoy.

Check out some of their stops:

Ronald McDonald House Charities in Ann Arbor

The night was filled with holiday happiness! The trucks visited the Ronald McDonald House alongside special guests like Louie the Lightening Bug and Grimace. Halfway through the event, attendees waved glow wands to the children and families inside Mott Children’s Hospital for the “Little Victor Wave.” 

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor

The crews brought the trucks to the hospital’s annual tree lighting event for patients and their families. They were joined by Louie the Lightening Bug, princesses and superheroes!


Fellowship Chapel in Detroit

The team visited the long-time community partner Fellowship Chapel in Detroit.

The City of Trenton

There’s no better way to celebrate the season than with a parade! The trucks joined the City of Trenton’s Christmas Parade and tree lighting ceremony. DTE also won the “Polar Express” award from the city for being the most lighted motor vehicle in the Trenton Parade.


Ida Parade of Lights

DTE team members helped ring in the holiday in the heart of Monroe County at the annual Christmas in Ida Festival and Parade of Lights. 

There were 129 entries in the Parade of Lights with 112 being judged on creativity, originality and appearance. DTE won the “Festival Partner Division.” 

“The parade of lights was one of the smoothest parades ever produced with such beautiful lights and animation of snow blowing and sleds sliding down mountains,” said Matt Lavoy, parade chairman. The Parade of Lights was presented by DTE Energy.

Image by Mike Doughty/Special to The Monroe News

Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak 

The holiday trucks made their way to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak to lift spirits and light up the season.