Last year I took my family to the tree lighting at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Being one of those religiously "on time" and/or "early" people -- we got there well before the announced start time. It was cold. It was crowded. The kids got very hungry. It finally got going around the time they said, but then there were speeches and talking heads going on and on and on, interspersed with musical numbers. It was far too long for my kids. Sorry to sound like such a crank, but I just wanted to advise that you may not want to arrive right on time and get in the middle of it all if you only want to see the lights go on. If that's more your speed, plan to arrive a good half hour after the festivities are slated to start, then hover around the outside. This year's tree lighting is schedule to start at 5:30pm in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Have fun if you go!!