Detroit December 18, 2017
9 Christmas Light Displays Around Detroit That Are Pure Magic
The holiday season is in full swing, and you know what that means: it’s time to venture out to marvel at some of the most gorgeous lights throughout the Motor City area. When you’re ready to get in the holiday spirit, look no further than these nine fantastically decorated locales in and around Detroit.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Big, Bright Light Show (Downtown Rochester)
We’ve featured this fantastic display before, but it’s certainly deserving of another shoutout. Step into the most magical winter wonderland imaginable as you peruse this gorgeously decorated downtown area. Each and every storefront glistens with countless Christmas lights, and it’s truly a magical experience.
2. Lightfest at Hines Park (7651 N Merriman Rd., Westland)
You don’t even have to leave your car to appreciate the beauty of this gorgeous display! Lightfest is the largest drive-through Christmas light trail in the Midwest, and visitors of all ages will be mesmerized by colorful, creative, uniquely beautiful exhibits. The best part? There’s no need to bundle up!
3. Campus Martius Park (800 Woodward Ave., Detroit)
You don’t have to venture too far from the city itself to embrace the holiday spirit! When you’re looking for a fantastic evening on the town, make your way to Campus Martius for an ice skating adventure. Bundle up, grab your loved one’s hand, and glide across the ice below thousands of twinkling Christmas lights.
4. Livonia Lights (34836 Bridge St., Livonia)
Make the short trip to Livonia for a glimpse at this family home, which draws in eager Christmas enthusiasts each year from across the state. This is no ordinary Christmas decor; the house is completely immersed in over 60,000 sparkling little bulbs. You can even tune your radio to 88.5 FM for a synchronized light show!
5. Greenfield Village (20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn)
Each year, this historic village in Dearborn brings holiday traditions to life with a breathtaking celebration. You’ll mingle with costumed carolers, sip hot cocoa, and gaze at mesmerizing lights. When you’re ready for a classic Christmas adventure, Greenfield Village certainly delivers.
6. Olde World Canterbury Village (2369 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion)
This lovely shopping center comes to life each winter with all sorts of colorful decor. Whether you’re 5 years old or fifty, you’re sure to be charmed by the brilliant lights that seem to cover every inch of this area. Stop in for a bit of shopping at Always Christmas, a holiday-themed store that will quickly put you in the spirit.
7. Nite Lites of Jackson (12626 US-12, Brooklyn)
Take a drive through this snowy wonderland, which sparkles with gorgeous lights at the Michigan International Speedway. Wrapped trees, glittering displays, and so much more, can you imagine a better way to celebrate the holiday season? Load up the car and get ready for an unforgettable evening.
8. Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo (8450 W 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak)
Searching for a unique way to gaze at holiday lights? Wild Lights might just be the perfect opportunity for you. While you’ve likely visited the zoo during warmer seasons, you simply must explore it during snowier months. Through the end of December, the zoo comes to life with light displays and special exhibits.
Let’s face it: Frankenmuth belongs on each and every holiday-themed list throughout the Great Lakes State. This charming Bavarian town is so worth the 90-minute drive from Detroit when you’re in the mood for some serious Christmas cheer. Gaze at gorgeous lights downtown or step into Bronner’s for a one-of-a-kind Christmastime adventure -- no matter how you spend your time here, you’ll be enamored.
Alright, Detroiters: it’s your turn! Did we leave any of your favorite holiday light displays off our list this year? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below, and stay warm!