Christmas Eve Traditions in Metro Detroit

By: Michael Fossbakk | December 22, 2013

Traditions with family, friends and loved ones are often a staple of the holiday season. If you ask anyone, they most likely have plenty of stories about the year their grandma drank a little too much eggnog and amaretto at the annual family Christmas party, or how they get to open one Christmas present on Christmas Eve. Regardless of what you do, traditions often bring a lot of memories.

For those who may not have set traditions or are looking to start something new, Metro Detroit offers a variety of options for things to do on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Here are some ideas:

Wayne County Lightfest: The Wayne County Lightfest in Hines Park remains open on Christmas Eve (closes on Christmas). A very simple, yet fun tradition that allows you to see beautiful lights and stay warm in this awfully cold winter we’re having.  Adults love it, and children adore it, so you really can’t go wrong with this one.  The Wayne County Lightfest is open from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Walk of Trees: Venture out to Kellogg Park in Plymouth to see creativity at its best. Beautifully decorated trees of families, businesses, schools, civic groups, clubs, etc., are on display 24 hours a day and seven days a week until December 31. This is the perfect opportunity to ask that person you’ve wanted to go on a date with forever. It is a gorgeous place to see. Go with your spouse, your children or a group of close friends.

Campus Martius: This is the place to be for the holiday season. Campus Martius Park is open both on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Skate on the rink, and enjoy the “IKEA D-Light” festivities at night, which include dazzling lights and great music. This is a tradition that the whole family will love. Don’t forget to take a gander at the enormous 60 foot tall Christmas Tree that sparkles with more than three miles of LED lights…but how could you miss it?

See a movie: To be completely honest, I am not sure why so many movies come out on Christmas Day, but it must mean a lot of people go to see a new flick. Consider taking the family or maybe it can be your tradition with your friends after family time. Movies such as The Wolf of Wall Street, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and 47 Ronin all come out on December 25. Local theaters like EmagineMJR Digital Cinemas and AMC Theatres all offer multiple locations around Metro Detroit and are a great place to view a movie.

Starting a holiday tradition is not only a great way to bond with your immediate family, but it is also an opportunity to see relatives and friends you probably haven’t seen since last Christmas. It builds memories, creates laughter and promotes holiday spirit. Whatever your tradition is, I wish you all a very happy holiday season.