The holiday season can be a blur, finding a special activity for your family to do each year is a great way to step away from the chaos and have quality time together. Here are 7 activities in metro Detroit to consider.


Attend A Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 15 – December 14

Come together with your neighbors to sing carols and countdown to the tree lighting ceremony. Cities across southeast Michigan are celebrating the holiday, find an event near you.


Wild Lights

November 16 – January 5

Plan a visit to the Detroit Zoo to see more than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and 280 sculptures – more than 230 of which are animals. You can also experience Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer at the 4-D Theater, ride the carousel and skate at the winter rink.


Wayne County Lightfest

November 21 – December 31

Put on your favorite Christmas playlist and go for a ride down Hines Drive. The five mile route has an array of holiday lights and concludes with a refreshments and photos with Santa!


The Big, Bright Light Show

November 25 – January 5

The buildings in downtown Rochester will be covered with more than 1 million points of glimmering holiday lights to make family dinner and Christmas shopping a magical night out. Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 8th for the Christmas Parade and Sunday, December 15th for Caroling In The City.


Holiday Nights

December 5-28

Go back in time and experience the holiday traditions of the past. From carolers roaming the streets, hand-crafted decorations, yuletide activities and – of course – Santa and his reindeer, Greenfield Village brings the magic of the holidays alive in December.

Trail of Lights

December 8, 13 & 14, 20 & 21

Take a Horse Drawn Wagon Ride through the magical Trail of Lights, enjoy holiday music, hot chocolate, crafts and you can even take your own picture with Santa. Walking tours are available December 15, 22-23 and 27-29.


Visit Downtown Detroit

November 13-January 1

From holiday shopping, to horse-drawn carriage rides downtown and ice skating at the rink, there’s nothing quite like Christmas in the city. Family fun happens daily but you’ll want to mark your calendars for the Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 22nd and the Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28th.


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