This time of year, there’s nothing quite like seeing a fantastical display of lights be they on a tree or adorned across a bustling downtown neighborhood. Throughout Metro Detroit, there are quite a few of these displays and each one of them is worth the visit.
Wayne County Lightfest (Nov. 15 – Dec. 31, closed Dec. 25)
At night, Merriman Road in Westland lights up for the Wayne County Lightfest this year. A four-mile, dazzling display of lights will fill you with holiday spirit. Select days will hold the opportunity to meet and take a picture with Santa!
Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo (Nov. 17-18, 23-25, 30, Dec. 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 20-23 and 26-31)
The Detroit Zoo’s annual holiday light show returns on select dates from now until New Year’s Eve. Five million lights go into making this one of Metro Detroit biggest holiday light displays.
The Big Bright Light Show (Nov. 19 – Jan. 1)
If you’ve been through downtown Rochester this time of year, you’ve seen this immense display of lights. Main Street turns into one of the biggest holiday spectacles in Metro Detroit every year. Lights come on at 5 p.m. every day.
Holiday Walk at Meadow Brook Hall (Nov. 23 – Dec. 23)
This time of year, Meadow Brook Hall transforms into a holiday dream. Trees are adorned with sparkling ornaments, a live organ is playing festive music and fireplaces are keeping company warm. On certain days, you might even get to see Santa! Prices vary depending on age. Kids five and under are free.
Holly Dickens Festival (Nov. 23-25, Dec. 1-2 and 8-9)
Taking inspiration from the holiday season found in stories by Charles Dickens, the Holly Dickens Festival transforms downtown Holly into a winter wonderland complete with horse-drawn carriage rides, caroling and old-fashioned games.
Tree Lighting Ceremony in Royal Oak (Nov. 29)
Enjoy the musical stylings of the Royal Oak Salvation Army band with a few refreshments while you wait for Santa to arrive and light the tree. Afterwards, Santa will be around to visit and say hi to the children.
Light Up the Night in Novi (Nov. 30)
From 6-9 p.m. in the Novi Civic Center, enjoy kids’ activities, ice sculptures, marshmallow roasting, a petting farm, a craft show, a visit from Santa and the tree lighting ceremony.