Despite continuous rainfall, hundreds of Dearborn residents headed out, umbrellas in hand, to the city of Dearborn's annual tree-lighting ceremony Tuesday night at the .
The evening included a sing-along of Christmas favorites, led by Mayor Jack O'Reilly, as well as performances by the Dearborn Community Bell Choir, Dearborn Youth Symphony Flute Choir and Dearborn Public Schools Honors Choir.
Attendees were also invited to check out the Festival of Trees, which auctions off decorated trees, gingerbread houses and stockings to raise funds for the Children's Hospital of Michigan.
After the sing-along, kids were invited to go visit with Santa Claus.
But the big event of the night was the tree lighting. This year's tree–a 40-foot blue spruce donated by a local couple–was lit with the help of kindergartner Amara El-Mahmoud.
The Festival of Trees will remain open until Nov. 27. The hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.