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4 Outdoor Holiday Light Displays You Need to See

Posted on Thursday, October 27 2016 in Outdoors

Nothing gets metro Detroiters in the holiday spirit quite like festive lights. Whether you like to start celebrating in November or prefer to hold off until closer to the holiday season, these four metro Detroit holiday light displays are guaranteed to get you in a light, festive mood:
  1. Wayne County Lightfest (Nov. 17-Dec. 31)
    Beginning Nov. 17, you will not only have the opportunity to drive through the Midwest’s largest and longest light show but also visit Santa’s Workshop where you can meet the “Big Guy” and leave your letters with him. The entrance for the event is on Merriman between Ann Arbor Trail and Warren in Westland, and the hours of operation are Mondays-Thursdays from 7 to 10 p.m. and Fridays-Sundays 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is five dollars per vehicle.

  2. Wild Lights (Weekends during Nov. 18-Dec. 31)
    Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo is truly a wild experience since for 29 weekend nights between the hours of 5:30 and 9 p.m., more than five million LEDs will illuminate trees, buildings and more than 100 animal sculptures throughout the front half of the Detroit Zoo. Admission is 14 dollars for adults, 10 for seniors, children and active military and free for babies/toddlers under two; parking costs six dollars. Additionally, photos with Santa and carousel rides will be available for purchase.

  3. The Big Bright Light Show (Nov. 21-Jan. 1)
    1.5 million lights will cover the buildings between 5 p.m. and midnight in downtown Rochester starting Nov. 21. For more information, visit downtown Rochester’s website.

  4. Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Winter Wonderland (Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17)
    Stroll the beautiful Edsel & Eleanor Ford House grounds decked out twinkling lights. You’ll get lost in this festive winter wonderland. Tickets are available beginning Nov. 1. For more information and to snag your ticket, visit the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House website.


Freelance writer Danielle Alexander always has her tree up and is listening to Christmas music on Nov. 1, so there is no doubt she’ll be hanging out at all, if not the majority of, these holiday light displays. 
Photo credit: Big Bright Light Show