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7 Can't-Miss Metro Detroit Holiday Attractions

Posted on Thursday, November 03 2016 in Events


Calendars book fast around the holiday season but we’ve got seven events for which you’ll want to save the date!

Nov. 18-20 and 25-27; Dec. 1-4, 8-11, 15-23 and 26-31
Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo
Experience the magic of the Detroit Zoo in winter as you take in the lights, the sights and enjoy holiday entertainment and activities for all ages. More than 5 million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and more than 200 animal sculptures throughout the front of the zoo.

Nov. 25-Dec. 22
Holiday Walk at Meadow Brook Hall

Walk the 110-room Tudor revival-style mansion as it's aglow with historic and holiday treasure. In addition to the tour, there are several special events available, including breakfast and dinner with Santa, an evening stroll under the stars and a holiday tea.


Wild Lights Detroit Zoo
Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo displays more than 5 million LED lights.

Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 20–23 and 26-28
Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village

Step into a Christmas card from the past at Holiday Nights, where you'll find lantern-lit paths, costumed presenters, horse-drawn wagons and Model T rides, and Santa with live reindeer. A spectacular fireworks display provides a dazzling finale to each evening.

Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 and 30
Winter Wonderland at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Experience the magic of the holiday season as you walk under a canopy of twinkling lights on the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House grounds. Sip hot chocolate around a fire and share your wish list with Santa in his South Cottage Workshop too. A new addition this year: Winter Wonderland After Hours on Dec. 30 — a fun holiday night out with a strolling house tour, live entertainment, a Short's Brewery beer garden and more.

Dec. 3
44th Annual Midtown Detroit Noel Night

More than 70 institutions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum and the Detroit Public Library, will open their doors to the public free of charge during this Cultural Center-wide holiday open house. Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by more than 200 area music, theater and dance groups. The evening's festivities will culminate with a community sing-along on Woodward Avenue led by the Salvation Army Band.

Dec. 3-4
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (Fox Theatre)

Come see all of your favorite characters as they come to life in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Based on the animated television special, it's an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.

Dec. 18-20
Home for the Holidays – Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Orchestra Hall)

The DSO's "Home for the Holidays" concert is a favorite Detroit holiday musical tradition to share with family and friends.


Dec. 30
The Ghosts of Christmas Eve: The Best of TSO (The Palace of Auburn Hills)

Follow the journey of a runaway who breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater on Christmas Eve and is discovered by the theater's caretaker, who uses the ghosts and spirits from the building's past to change her life. The rock opera features Trans-Siberian Orchestra favorites, such as "Christmas Canon," "Music Box Blues" and "This Christmas Day."


By: Lori Bremerkamp

Photo Credit: Edsel & Eleanor Ford House and Detroit Zoo