Is there anything more magical than venturing out to explore a few brilliant Christmas displays on a crisp Michigan evening? Throughout Metro Detroit Metro, plenty of locales come to life with stunning sparkle each holiday season. You’ll definitely want to see some of the best holiday lights near Detroit for yourself.

When you’re feeling festive, follow this Christmas lights road trip in and around Motor City for some of the best holiday lights in Southeast Michigan. To access an interactive map of our route, check out the trip itinerary.

Okay, Detroiters: tell us where your favorite holiday light displays can be found throughout Motor City. Have you been to any amazing holiday events in Detroit, Michigan? Share the best holiday drive-thru displays near you in the comment section!

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What day is the Christmas tree lighting in Detroit?

Every year downtown Detroit’s Campus Martius Park glows with hundreds of thousands of brightly colored Christmas lights at the opening ceremony for the town's Christmas tree lighting. The 65-foot Michigan-grown Norway spruce is the center of attention as its 20-thousand lights are set ablaze. This free city-wide event kicks off the third Friday in November with a bevy of fun activities including music, food trucks, figure skating performances, visits with Santa, and of course plenty of hot chocolate.

Where is the famous Christmas town in Michigan?

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Michigan is the charming town of Frankenmuth. Located in the southeastern part of the state, Frankenmuth is best known for its Bavarian-themed architecture and holiday festivals. Visitors can stroll down Main Street to admire the quaint storefronts or enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through town. During the Christmas season, Frankenmuth is decked out in festive lights and decorations, making it a truly magical place to visit. There are also plenty of family-friendly activities, such as ice skating and listening to live music. With its festive atmosphere and many things to see and do, it's no wonder Frankenmuth is a favorite holiday destination for visitors from all over Michigan.

Is Christmas Michigan a real town?

Believe it or not there actually is a town in Michigan called Christmas. One would imagine it might be a pretty festive town around the holidays. In fact, it probably has some of the best holiday lights in Northern Michigan. It’s located in the Upper Peninsula right off of Lake Superior near the Hiawatha National Forest. With fun and festive business names like the Yule Log Resort or the Silent Nights Campsites you better bet the whole town takes its festive town theme seriously. Just ask the 35-foot-tall Santa Claus, he’ll share some stories about the town’s holiday spirit.