Light Up Downtown Auburn Hills for the Holidays

Happy December to all! The tree is up, the snowflakes are on the light poles, and the Den’s halls have been decked. Our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place this Friday, 12/2 from 6-9 PM in Downtown Auburn Hills.  All the Auburn Hills City Elves have been hard at work creating a magical space in which to hold this treasured event. 

Auburn Road will be closed again to add even more fun. The City received a generous event-specific donation from Stellantis and staff leaped at the chance to cook-up new ideas.  Meaning, we hired food trucks to cook-up some delectable treats for all.

Event programming includes the following:

Auburn Road

  • Detroit Mini Donut
  • D’Vine Cookies
  • LED Juggler
  • Trackless Train
  • Live Reindeer Feeding Opportunities
  • Character Meet and Greet
  • Children’s Choir Performance
  • Strolling Carolers
  • Fireside Music and Stories with Mr. Nick (returning from last year)

Inside the Den

  • Take-home Craft and Button Making with the AH Library
  • Pictures with the Clauses
  • Giveaways for each Child

**This year Mrs. Clause brought some “little ducky friends” dressed as Santa for kids to seek-and-find while (not so) patiently wanting to get their picture taken.  

Primary and Grey Road Intersection

  • Holiday Wagon Rides

This year is extra special as the City will be unveiling its brand new Downtown Logo.  The Auburn Hills Downtown Development Authority giving away branded ornaments inside Sprigs florist to commemorate the occasion.

Our Downtown merchants are also getting into the spirit of the season.  The following locations will be offering enticing specials to make your evening merry and bright.

Michigan by the Bottle

  • Will host their annual Jingle Bell Bash from 6-10 PM
  • Live holiday + other music by the fabulous local duo Pinter Whitnick from 7-9:30 PM
  • Bubbly cart, special holiday treats, mulled wine
  • A roped off outdoor area for people to enjoy wine while watching the tree light-up the night

**During the event, 10% from take-home bottle purchases will support the Auburn Hills Firefighters’ Helping Hands program, which has been their custom every year since opening. 

Blue Skies Brewery

  • Will host their annual Tree Lighting after-party, Blue Christmas from 10 p.m.-midnight
  • Musical duo, Pinter Whitnick will play 10-11:30 PM
  • Special drinks will also be available


  • Will host an open house with winter class sign up available
  • Raffle to win special prizes
  • Discount Drawing – pick and candy cane at check-out to discover your discount amount

Happy Hour Party Shoppe

**Be sure to stop by at get your ornament with our brand-new Downtown Logo!

  • Will offer 15% off any bottle of wine in the store

Looking forward to kicking-off the 2022 Holiday Season with our wonderful community!

Eveonne Roberts, Downtown Engagement Specialist