Holiday spirit at Ford Museum Christmas tree lighting

Posted at 10:35 PM, Nov 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-16 22:35:19-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Nearly a thousand people gathered to watch the Christmas tree outside the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum light up for the first time this season.

Thursday was the 22nd annual outdoor tree lighting ceremony. It marks the beginning of holiday celebrations at the Ford Museum, complete with an a Capella group singing Christmas carols and Salvation Army giving away hot chocolate and cookies.

There are dozens of decorated trees inside the museum where people are invited to come in and vote on their favorite tree. The winner of the People's Choice Award for favorite tree will be announced December 3 at the museums open house.

The lobby of the museum will be decorated through January 8.