Detroit December 01, 2017
9 Main Streets Surrounding Detroit That Are Pure Magic During Christmastime
The holidays are a magical time for Detroit residents of all ages. There’s nothing more charming than hopping in the car, venturing to a nearby small town, and marveling at lights and decor that bring forth the spirit of the season. When you’re looking for the most delightful downtown areas imaginable, look no further than these nine locales around Metro Detroit.
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There’s no doubt about it: Rochester is the most magical place in Metro Detroit when it comes to Christmas lights. For several weeks each winter, this lovely city comes to life with the Big, Bright Light Show -- which features millions of gorgeous, colorful lights hanging magically from storefronts. Finish up some holiday shopping as you marvel at this one-of-a-kind display.
Frankenmuth brings Christmas to life year-round as the home of Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, but there’s a special sort of magic to be found during the winter season. Stroll down Main Street, grab a bit of fudge, and bask in the Bavarian beauty of the area. This is one Christmas town you’ll never forget.
3. Grosse Pointe Shores
When you’re ready to see some of the most fantastic Christmas lights imaginable, take a drive down Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Pointe Shores or explore its famous Ford House. This waterfront community comes to life every year with thousands of lights scattered among various well-decorated homes. No matter what your age, you’ll feel like a kid again as you make your way through Grosse Pointe Shores.
This delightful and historic town in Wayne County is an absolute must-visit when you’re seeking a charming atmosphere throughout the year, but it’s Christmastime loveliness truly must be seen to be believed. While the town’s annual Holiday Parade has already taken place, its downtown area retains an air of celebration and beauty. You’ll be feeling the spirit in no time.
This lovely little village is located approximately 45 minutes from downtown Detroit by car, but it feels like a whole different world. Peaceful storefronts, friendly faces, and all sorts of holiday charm make Milford a wonderful place to stroll on a chilly winter afternoon or evening. You’ll feel warm and fuzzy in the best way possible as you explore this fun destination.
6. Ann Arbor
We’re sure you’re no stranger to Ann Arbor, but have you visited during Christmastime? There’s a certain undeniable magic to this city when the holidays roll around, and it’s not just because of the gorgeous lights that line the trees downtown. Stores play holiday tunes, spirits are bright, and there’s always something to do and see, no matter what your age.
Each year, Howell hosts is stunning Fantasy of Lights parade, which brings the town to life with unbeatable holiday spirit. Whether you were lucky enough to attend the parade or not, there’s still plenty to peruse in downtown Howell each Christmas season. Pick up a few stocking stuffers, snap photos of the area’s illuminated lights, and spend quality time with loved ones away from the hustle and bustle of Detroit.
Downtown Jackson draws in visitors and locals alike with an array of annual Christmas events, and 2017 is no exception. From charity toy drives to a "Town of Christmas" display that allows children to visit Santa’s house, there’s no shortage of fun-filled activities to enjoy throughout this beautiful area. You’ll want to spend hours exploring the cheerful decor that fills downtown Jackson.
Of course, we can’t round out this list without including the Motor City itself! Every resident of Detroit knows that our city truly comes to life each holiday season, and there’s nothing better than venturing down to Campus Martius Park for a bit of ice skating with loved ones. Hit the town, marvel at countless light displays, and get ready for another incredible Motor City Christmas.
Tell us, Detroiters: are there any towns near Motor City that endlessly charm you during the holiday season? We’re always thrilled to hear from you, so share your best suggestions in the comment section below!