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17 places to see Christmas lights in metro Detroit By Detroit Metro Times

Lightfest at Hines Park

Hines Park, 7651 Merriman Rd., Westland; 734-261-1990 
More than 47 giant animated displays will be up for the Midwest’s largest and longest light show — the drive is approximately 4.5 miles long. The Lightfest runs until Dec. 31. 

20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 20900 Oakwood Blvd, 313-982-6001 
Greenfield Village is set to come alive with holiday lights, food, warm beverages, and festivities. Follow the lantern-lit paths and merry Christmas lights to be greeted by merrymakers, carolers, sleigh bells, live reindeer, ice skaters, and more. A horse drawn wagon ride is yours if you want it. On select nights in December from 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m., visit website for more info. 


Lake Shore Drive

Between Fisher and Nine Mile Roads, along Lake St. Clair, Grosse Pointe 
Every year, the homes on Lake Shore Drive light up with spectacular displays and decorations. It’s gained a reputation around metro Detroit as a fantastic way to be blown away for free. And the property owners of these beautiful homes never fail to deliver. 


Lincoln Park Fantasyland

3240 Ferris Ave., Lincoln Park; 313-386-0140 
While this downriver holiday staple isn’t exactly a Christmas light display, it’s a one-of-a-kind holiday outing we’d be remiss to leave out. Kids from 1 to 92 can look through displays that represent A Christmas Story, the nativity, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and other holiday stories. Plus, Santa Claus is right upstairs. The display will open on Nov. 25 and stays open until Dec. 24. It’s open Wednesday through Sunday, and closed on Monday and Tuesday. Tickets are $1. 


Livonia Lights

34836 Bridge St., Livonia 
This year, there will be approximately 60,000 lights and a 15-foot tree that lights up with the music. The lights will be synchronized to Christmas songs including a Disney classic and traditional Christmas music that reminds us of what the season is all about. The 2017 display runs from Dec. 2-Jan. 1 from 5:30-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 


My Light Show

2651 Cherokee Hills Cir., Waterford 
This Waterford neighborhood likes to go big for Christmas, and the lights are said to be in sync with the music of 100.7. There is also a donation box for The Michigan Humane Society. Festivities kick off on Thanksgiving night. 


Nite Lites of Jackson

Michigan International Speedway US-12 Entrance only, 12626 US-12, Brooklyn 
The Nite Lites of Jackson has relocated to Michigan International Speedway this year. You can experience the show from 5:30-9 p.m. Sunday thru Thursday and 5:30-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Each car is $20, $35 per mini-bus, and $65 per tour bus. 


The Big Bright Light Show

308 S Main St.,Rochester; 248-656-0060 
Every holiday season Downtown Rochester becomes a town of lights. The wonderfully decorated buildings can put even the dreariest Scrooge in a holiday mood. The displays will be lit everyday from 5 p.m. to midnight through Jan. 7. 


Trail of Lights

7683 S Croton Hardy Dr., Newaygo; 231-652-4642 
The Trail of Lights has relocated this year and joined forces with the River Valley Chamber of Commerce. The new show which is still "to be announced" will be held in Croton at Croton Township Campground and will be a drive-thru Christmas show. The show starts Friday, Nov. 24 from 5-9 p.m. and will continue every Friday and Saturday night until Dec. 30. 


Wayne County Lightfest

7651 Merriman Rd., Westland 
Situated on Merriman Road between Warren Avenue and Ann Arbor Trail, the Wayne County Lightfest will run until Dec. 31. The hours are 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. during the week, and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the weekends. Tickets are $5 per vehicle. 


Wild Lights

8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; 248-541-5717 
Five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings, and more than 230 animal sculptures inside the Detroit Zoo this holiday season. This event is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on select weeknights, and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The event runs until the end of December.


Winter Snow Fun Holiday Parade

Third Street/Marquette Commons 
The seventh annual Winter Snow Fun Holiday Parade and 42nd annual city of Marquette Tree Lighting is Friday, Dec. 1. Bundle up with friends and family as illuminated floats and colorful carolers transform Third Street into a magical scene from the North Pole. Pony rides, hot chocolate, and photos with Santa Claus will all be part of the yuletide festivities. The parade will start at 6 p.m. and the tree lighting will follow. 


Downtown Wyandotte

Biddle Avenue 
Take a gander through bustling Wyandotte’s restaurants and businesses. The place will be in full holiday spirits, lit up under its grand Christmas tree. 


Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland

25 Christmas Ln., Frankenmuth; 989-652-9931 
The most famous place to go, aside from the North Pole, for Christmas is Bronner’s. The inside is completely decorated with every ornament imaginable and the winter wonderland also offers a small light drive-thru in the front of its opening. If you miss it this winter, that’s OK because you can visit this place any time of year. 


Campus Martius

800 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-963-2225 
Campus Martius hosts a number of events throughout the year, and winter is no different. Visit the park and be dazzled by the 19,000 LED lights strung upon the enormous Christmas tree. While you’re down there you can also pass the time by ice skating. The rink is open until Mar. 4.


The Christmas Lite Show

4500 W. River Dr., NE Comstock Park; 616-745-9955 
This animated drive-thru light show is celebrating its 20th year in operation, and they’ll have an extended trail with an additional 10,000 lights and new displays. Have a look for yourself through Dec. 31. The lights will be on from 5:30-9:30 p.m. 


Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic

6140 Bray Rd., Flint; 810-736-7100 ext. 6 
This winter wonderland has costumed villagers, a paddlewheel riverboat, a steam railroad, model trains, craft demonstrations, holiday music, visits from Santa and, of course, beautiful bright lights. The Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad will operate during all weather, only closing during state mandated emergencies. Come by Nov. 24-26, Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 21-23, 26-30 from 4 p.m.-9 p.m. 


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