Where To See Christmas Lights in Metro Detroit

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The best Christmas light displays around town will help get you into the Christmas spirit this season!

If you’re interested in Tree Lighting Ceremonies, check out this post too.


Starry Lights (Ford Estate – SCS)

Nov 18, 2021 – Jan 9, 2022 (Thursdays – Sundays)

Concession Stands with snacks and warm beverages

Outdoor Only

3/4 Mile Walk

Ford House Members get 20% off on the opening weekend

Advance Tickets: Adult $20, Child $12

Day of Tickets: Adult $25, Child $15

No Dogs

(They also have a Breakfast with Santa Events on Dec 12 & 19.)



Glenlore Trails (Commerce Twp)

Starting Nov 26, 2021 (Thursdays – Sundays)

Immersive Night Walk

Great for families, dates, friend groups, etc.

General Admission: $25

Youth (4-12): $15

3 & Under: Free

Seniors: $20

Group Rates: $18-22



Canterbury Village Holiday Stroll (Lake Orion)

Nov 24, 26-28

Dec 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 23

Frosty, Buddy the Elf, the Grinch, Olaf, & more will be there too!

C-Pub will have beer, wine, hard ciders, cocktails, etc. w/firepits.

Santa Claus will be there (of course), photo ops, & bring your letters straight to Santa’s personal mailbox!

Tickets are approx $15. Children under 2 are Free. Onsite parking is $5.



Drive Through Light Show at DTE – Magic of Lights

Nov 19, 2021 – Jan 1, 2022

Sun-Thurs: 5:30-10pm

Fri-Sat: 5:30-11pm

(The lines are shorter on weekdays.)

Ticket prices are higher when purchased on the event date.

Online Ticket Prices Range from $20-$30 depending on date and other factors.

See the FAQs HERE



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Meadow Brook Hall & Gardens – Winter Wonder Lights 

Nov 26. 2021 – Dec 30, 2021

“Light, music, and magic!”

Indoor Sites with Outdoor Lights!

Holiday Walk by Day (Indoors) and Winter Wonder Lights by Night (Outdoors)

Two separate events. Separate tickets and prices for each.

*Tickets must be purchased online in advance*


Duration: ~1.5 hours

Parking: Free + Shuttle Service is available


Tickets are on sale now – you must purchase in advance online. Tickets are booked for a specific date and time to limit the capacity.

Self-guided outdoor event.

Concessions available such as popcorn, glow-in-the dark cotton candy, hot meals, seasonal and specialty drinks, cocktails, kid-friendly drinks, etc.


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Detroit Zoo – Wild Lights 

Nov 20, 2021 – Jan 9, 2022

Select Weeknights

Sundays: 5-9pm

Fri & Sat: 5-10:30pm

Buy your tickets online. Prices range from $17-$38. Walk up tickets will not be sold. $8 for parking.

The $38 tickets are for the Wild Lights + the New Polar Patio with all-you-can-eat food and dessert and hot cocoa in a souvenir cup.



Big Bright Light Show (Downtown Rochester)

Monday Nov 22, 2021 – Jan 3, 2022

The Facebook event page says 7pm on the 22nd for the lighting, but I’d get there early FOR SURE.

Every Evening from 5pm-Midnight

Most stores are open Monday-Saturday until 9pm


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Jefferson Avenue Lights (SCS)

Head to Blossom Heath Park. They have food trucks and a hot chocolate stand outside. There are a few heated patios and tents open in St. Clair Shores as well! (Check out this post!) The lights here are a little more modest compared to maybe Rochester, but this sounds like a perfect evening stroll to me.



Nicol’s Christmas Light Extravaganza (Sanilac)

This one is a little bit out of the way, BUT definitely worth a mention!

No details have been posted yet for 2021, but the details from last season are still below. I am sure they will be similar this year!


Runs every night Dec 4-31, 5:30-10:30pm.

This family has gone ALL OUT like you probably have never seen before.

They have been doing this for 39 years. It looks like the show is all coordinated to a Christmas playlist of 21 songs.

Please check out their Facebook page (linked above) for more details!

I tried pulling some photos from Instagram to embed, but photos do not do this place justice!



Deck Out Almont 12/12/20

Should be happening again this year! I will keep an eye out for details. They are talking about coordinating with the parade.



Bicentennial Park of Grand Blanc – Free Drive Through Light Display!

December 17-18, 2021 at 9pm

“Thousands of lights, sweeping lighted arches, and animated displays…”

Hot chocolate and cookies!

Traffic enters through Reid Road.

Please bring an unwrapped new toy or 5 non-perishable food items to be donated.


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Trail of Lights – Horse Drawn Wagon Rides (Davison)

It’s a bit of a drive (unless you already live father north), but it looks like a lot of fun!

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides: Dec 5, 10, 12, 17, 19

Walking Nights: Dec 4, 11, 18, 20-23

Dogs allowed on Walking Nights Only

Holiday music, hot chocolate, and a take home craft!

Age 2 & under are free!

Resident Fee: $12/person

Non-resident: $15/person


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