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Lifestyle Things to do in Metro Detroit

8 Can’t-Miss Holiday Light Displays in Metro Detroit

November 20, 2020

Take in the festive sights of the holiday season at one of these sparkling light displays across Metro Detroit

By Chelsie Dzbanski 

Featured photo via The Big, Bright Light Show Facebook

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

Nov 20 – Jan 3

Wild Lights at the Detroit ZooVia Detroit Zoo Facebook

Various time slots

8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak

Take in the sights of over 5 million sparkling LED lights scattered across trees, buildings and over 280 sculptures throughout the Detroit Zoo. This year Wild Lights is limiting guest capacity to ensure proper social distancing. The 4D theatre and winter rink will be closed, but dining locations will be open with limited outdoor seating only. Tickets are $15-$20 and are encouraged to be purchased online, in advance.

The Big, Bright Light Show 2020

Nov 13 – Jan 3

The Big, Bright Light Show Rochester Via The Big, Bright Light Show Facebook

5 p.m.

Downtown Rochester

Every evening at 5 p.m., get ready to be dazzled by 1 million glimmering lights as they illuminate downtown Rochester and cover the buildings from top to bottom!

Taylor Winterfest: Blizzard of Oz

Nov 19 – Jan 10

6 – 11 p.m.

12111 Pardee Rd, Taylor

Walk this outdoor winter wonderland full of high-tech light shows, holiday displays and festive characters throughout the Coan Lake area, Heritage Park Petting Farm and the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Each week features a different theme including The Nutcracker, Harry Potter, Grinchmas and many more. Photos with Santa will be included onsite, along with food and refreshments. Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced. Tickets can be purchased online for your desired day and time slot.

Meadow Brook Hall Winter Wonder Lights

Dec 11 – Dec 30

Meadow Brook Hall Wonder Lights Via Meadow Brook Hall & Gardens Facebook

5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

350 Estate Dr, Rochester

This self-guided light attraction features interactive environments full of sights and sounds that take you across the grounds of Meadow Brook Hall. Tickets must be purchased online in advance and all guests must complete a health assessment form on the day of their visit. Face masks are required at all times while on the grounds and additional health and safety measures will be implemented. Secure your desired time slot today!

Lights On Lake Orion

Dates TBD 

Lights On Lake OrionVia Lights on the Lake Facebook

439 Shady Oaks, Lake Orion

Stroll or drive the streets of Lake Orion to see a free holiday light display that benefits The Daisy Project, a local non-profit that helps families with special needs. The display contains 16,000 LED lights that are synchronized to holiday music. Tune your car radio to 91.3 FM to enjoy the show! Donations to benefit The Daisy Project are encouraged. Visit their Facebook page for updates.

Magic of Lights

Nov 13 – Jan 2

5 – 11 p.m.

33 Bob Seger Dr, Clarkston

This drive-through holiday light experience at the DTE Energy Theatre includes a sparkling, 1.5-mile path full of spectacular displays and magical characters to help you get into the holiday spirit. Tickets start at $20 per vehicle and can be purchased online.

Wayne County Lightfest 

Nov 25 – Dec 25

Wayne County Lightfest Via Wayne County Parks Facebook

Wed- Sun 

6 – 10 p.m.

Entrance: 7651 N. Merriman Rd, Westland 

Stock the car with snacks and hot cocoa and make your way to the Wayne County Lightfest! This annual family-tradition takes you on a dazzling, 4-mile stretch through Hines Park where you will see 50 animated displays glittering with more than 100,000 lights! Tickets are $5 per vehicle and can be purchased at the tollbooth onsite. Masks will be required at the tollbooth. Visit waynecounty.com for hours of operation.

Lights, Trails and Seasonal Tales

Dec 12 

6 – 7 p.m.

32481 W Jefferson Ave, Brownstown

Join the Marshlands Museum for an evening of outdoor seasonal fun! Take a guided walk along an illuminated nature trail scattered with fun Christmas characters. Social distancing and face masks are required. Tickets are $6 per person and children under 2 are free. Pre-registration is required by December 11. Call  (734) 379-5020 to reserve your spot.

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