4 Outdoor Holiday Light Displays You Need to See

Modified: July 08, 2022 | Story by Danielle Alexander | Photos by Bill Bowen

1. Wayne County Lightfest

Beginning Nov. 17, you will not only have the opportunity to drive through the Midwest’s largest and longest light show but also visit Santa’s Workshop where you can meet the “Big Guy” and leave your letters with him. The entrance for the event is on Merriman between Ann Arbor Trail and Warren in Westland, and the hours of operation are Mondays-Thursdays from 7 to 10 p.m. and Fridays-Sundays 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is five dollars per vehicle.


2. Wild Lights

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo is truly a wild experience since for 29 weekend nights between the hours of 5:30 and 9 p.m., more than five million LEDs will illuminate trees, buildings and more than 100 animal sculptures throughout the front half of the Detroit Zoo. Admission is 14 dollars for adults, 10 for seniors, children and active military and free for babies/toddlers under two; parking costs six dollars. Additionally, photos with Santa and carousel rides will be available for purchase.


3. The Big Bright Light Show

1.5 million lights will cover the buildings between 5 p.m. and midnight in downtown Rochester starting Nov. 21. For more information, visit downtown Rochester’s website.


4. Ford House Winter Wonderland

Stroll the beautiful Ford House grounds decked out twinkling lights. You’ll get lost in this festive winter wonderland. Tickets are available beginning Nov. 1.


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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

  1. 1
    Detroit Zoo
    8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067
  2. 2
    Downtown Rochester
    308 Main St., Rochester, MI 48307
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    Ford House
    1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236