1. Campus Martius – Detroit, MI
Each year Detroit transforms Campus Martius park into a Christmas wonderland complete with millions of twinkling lights, a giant Christmas tree, skating rink and so much more. Sip on a cup of hot chocolate fireside with a friend or enjoy one of the various street performers such as carolers, stilt walkers, musicians, fire performers and more. Kids will enjoy the designated "kidz zone" while adults will love to check out the new, trendy restaurant, Parc that Campus Martius just added to it's site in November. Take a dreamy carriage ride with your loved one while you two check out the festive city sights or rent a pair of skates and hit the rink with the whole family! And for those of you who are 21+, you can join Campus Martius every weekend leading up to Christmas for their special "Winter Magic Weekends" where guests can enjoy a variety of festive holiday drink tastings created with some of the best Michigan wines, beers, and spirits. Live entertainment and food from local vendors is available for purchase as well. Entrance to the park is free while attractions and tickets to "Winter Magic Weekends" cost various prices. For a full list of information and pricing visit http://www.campusmartiuspark.org/events
2. Wild Lights at The Detroit Zoo – Royal Oak, MI
Experience the Detroit Zoo in a way that you never have before in the winter! Wild Lights is a unique and special event occurs for 29 nights during the holiday season. More than five million LED lights illuminate trees, buildings and more than 200 animal sculptures throughout the zoo. As you take in the lights and sights enjoy holiday entertainment and festive activities for all ages as well. Catch an exclusive 10 minute adaptation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in 4D at the Wild Adventure Zone 4-D Theater, take a carousel ride, or get a picture with Santa; the holiday fun is endless at Wild Lights this year. Wild Lights is open from 5:30 PM to 9 PM and costs $10 in advance or $13 at the door. For a complete list of dates and for more information visit https://detroitzoo.org/events/zoo-events/wild-lights/
3. Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village – Dearborn, MI
"Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village is like stepping into a Christmas card from the past." Take a ride in a model T, feed Santa’s reindeer, pick out a Christmas tree, and watch a spectacular firework show at the end of the night, Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village has become one of the regions most popular holiday events. The village is filled with the scent of chestnuts roasting, the sound of sleigh bells ringing and carolers singing, and tons of fun for the whole family to enjoy! USA TODAY deemed Holiday Nights one of the "top 10 places to take the grandchildren.” For a full list of dates and pricing visit https://www.thehenryford.org/current-events/calendar/holiday-nights-in-greenfield-village
4. Lake Shore Drive – Grosse Poine, MI
Already a family tradition for some, and an unknown gem to others, Lake Shore Drive is the mecca for checking out some of the best Christmas lights in Metro Detroit. With spectacular mansions all lit up in festive decor, each home is as impressive as the next. And the best thing about this Christmas tradition is that it doesn't cost a thing! Homeowners are used to attracting visitors to their twinkling homes around this time of year, so feel free to cruise down the street while taking in the sparkling sights.
5. Bronner's Christmas Wonderland – Rrankenmuth, MI
Are you obsessed with Christmas? Then Bronner's is the place for you! Imagine 86,400 square feet of nothing but Christmas and you get Bronner's Christmas Wonderland. From everything you need to make your Christmas special to personalized gifts that will make someone else's Christmas special, Bronner's is your one stop shop for everything and anything Christmas. Visit https://www.bronners.com/home.do for more information.
6. Wayne County Lightfest – Westland, MI
The Wayne Country Lightfest is the Midwest’s largest and longest drive through light show occupying more than 47 giant animated holiday displays. Guests have the luxury of experiencing this lightest from the warmth of their own car. The entrance to the lightest is at Hines Drive and Merriman Road and the exit will spit you out on Warren Road near Telegraph. It costs only $5 per vehicle and takes about 40 minutes to drive through. You can also visit Santa's Workshop at Warrendale Park at the end of the Lightfest drive where your kids can drop off their letters to Santa in the giant mailbox outside of the workshop and take a photo with him. For more information please visit http://www.waynecounty.com/dps/wayne-county-lightfest.htm