Detroit November 26, 2017
The Christmas Lights Road Trip Around Detroit That’s Nothing Short Of Magical
Is there anything more magical than venturing out to explore a few brilliant Christmas decor displays? Throughout the Metro Detroit area, plenty of locales come to life with stunning sparkle each holiday season — and you’ll want to see for yourself. When you’re feeling festive, follow this Christmas lights road trip in and around the Motor City.
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1. Campus Martius Park (800 Woodward Ave, Detroit)
Begin your journey right here in downtown Detroit with a visit to Campus Martius Park. We’re sure you’ve spent plenty of time in this beloved locale over the years, but the holidays are especially magical. Check out illuminated Christmas trees and marvel at sparkling lights as you ice skate.
2. Lake Shore Drive (Grosse Point Farms)
If you live in the Metro Detroit area, you’ve likely experienced the beauty of Christmastime on Lakeshore Drive in Grosse Point Farms. The next stop on your journey takes you past well-decorated houses on this stretch of road, which seems to sparkle with holiday spirit every winter.
2. Big, Bright Light Show (downtown Rochester)
This one-of-a-kind display in downtown Rochester might just make you believe in magic. With millions — yes, millions — of gorgeous lights and an altogether brilliant atmosphere, there’s nothing not to love. Do a bit of holiday shopping as you bask in the beauty of this massive winter display.
4. Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo ( 8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak)
Who says the zoo is just for checking out animals? Each holiday season, this beloved Detroit destination absolutely comes to life with color and brilliant lights — over five million of them, to be exact. Visitors of all ages will have a total blast strolling through the zoo on a crisp winter night.
5. Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village (20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn)
Step back in time with a journey to Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford, which offers an old-fashioned Christmas experience at its very best. Mingle with costumed carolers, marvel at well-decorated buildings, or do a bit of ice skating. You’ll wonder if you’ve somehow arrived in a different century.
6. Night Lites of Jackson (12626 U.S. 12, Brooklyn)
Throughout December, you can explore this stunning light display at the Michigan International Speedway. As you drive through this one-of-a-kind locale, you’ll be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the season. There’s even an opportunity for kiddos to meet Santa Claus on site. What’s not to love?
7. Livonia Lights (34836 Bridge Street, Livonia)
Bring the whole family along for a unique adventure at this Livonia light show, which is nothing short of fascinating. Tune your car radio to 88.5 FM for a synchronized "performance" by the lights themselves, which gorgeously sparkle upon a family home. It’s impossible not to feel the Christmas spirit here.
8. Wayne County Lightfest at Hines Park (7651 N Merriman Rd, Westland)
This incredible drive-through display features over 40 brilliant animated displays, upwards of a million Christmas lights, and some of the most colorful holiday decor imaginable. During your four-mile drive, you’ll be swept away into a true winter wonderland. You might even want to return for a second visit!
Okay, Detroiters: tell us where your favorite holiday light displays can be found throughout the Motor City. Are your decorations up yet? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!