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5 Metro Detroit holiday light events you must see

Updated: Feb 25, 2020

by Ciarra Ratliff Staff Writer

Consisting of 142.9 square miles, Metro Detroit has multiple cities that have holiday light attractions. These cities include downtown Detroit, Royal Oak, Rochester, Dearborn and Westland. Here are five holiday light attractions to check out this season.

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

The annual Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo located in Royal Oak will be open again for this holiday season for 29 nights. The event has more than five million lights displayed throughout the zoo, in trees, on buildings and on sculptures. Ticket prices vary from day to day and children under age 2 are free.

The Big, Bright Light Show

The Big, Bright Light Show is another annual event held in downtown Rochester. This event is filled with thousands of multi-colored lights hanging from storefronts located along Rochester Road. This event goes from the beginning of November to the end of December. The lights will remain on from 5 p.m. to midnight.

Wayne County LightFest

If staying warm in your vehicle while experiencing holiday events sounds like your kind of night, then the Wayne County LightFest is perfect for you. Options include driving through a 4.5-mile light display, visiting Santa’s workshop or seeing Santa Claus himself. This event is held mid-November until the end of December in Westland.

Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village

Located in historic Dearborn, Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village are a must-see for any history buff or someone who enjoys classic Christmas. The event includes lights throughout Greenfield Village, food, shopping, ice skating, wagon rides, music performances, cooking demonstrations, carolers and other holiday events. This event is held on certain days during December from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

BYOB Light Tour

For 17 days in December, the BYOB Light Tour starts in the city of Troy, takes you to Rochester to see the Big, Bright Light Show then onto the Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo. Lastly, the tour takes you to Campus Martius in downtown Detroit. Adults 21 and older can bring their own drinks on the trolley.

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