My parents drove me through Wayne County Lightfest when I was a kid and I love carrying on the tradition with my boys! The 4.5 mile drive features 50 light displays and runs from November 16th to December 24th. 

If you’ve never been to Wayne County Lightfest, this is the year to go. The 4.5 mile holiday display along Hines Drive is my family’s oldest tradition and the price hasn’t changed – it’s only $5 per car! Lightfest is open Wednesdays – Sundays from 6pm to 10pm thru December 24th.

Let the kids wear their pajamas in the car, put on your holiday playlist (Joanna Gaines made a good one and here’s my personal favorite) and take in the lights. The relaxing ride is magical for kids of all ages, a great opportunity to talk about what you’re excited to do during the holidays and there’s a good chance the kids fall asleep on the car ride home.

On Toy Nights, visitors can donate a new, unwrapped toy in lieu of paying the car entrance fee. 2023 Toy Nights are Wednesdays, November 22 & 29, December 6 & 13, 2023.

Wayne County Lightfest is open Wednesday through Sunday from 6pm to 10pm.  The entrance is 7651 N. Merriman Road in Westland.

Attend the kick-off week events for Lightfest:

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