The holidays are upon us in full swing. Shopping centers are hustling and bustling, recipes are Pinning, and visions of sugar plums are dancing in heads. Many will say that the best part of the holiday season is spending it with family. Others will say that it's the decor, music, and ambiance that make the holidays joyful. Get the best of both and take your family out to enjoy the beautiful holiday light displays and events in the community.
Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak
Dec 1-4, 8-11, 15-23, 26-31 2016
LED lights illuminate trees, while 200 illuminated animal sculptures light up the path through the zoo. Tickets are available at the gate, and advance discount tickets are also available.
The Big Bright Light Show, Rochester
Going on now through January 1, 2017
Buildings are decked out in over 1 million lights from 5pm-midnight. Enjoy strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, roasted almonds, and even sightings of Santa.
Holly Dickens Festival, Downtown Holly
Dec 3-4, and 10-11
Horse-drawn carriage rides, caroling, and old fashioned games bring this free Charles Dickens festival to life.
Menorah in the D, Detroit
Dec 27, 3-8pm, Campus Martius
This family festival includes a zip line, marshmallow roasting and more. The 26 foot tall Menorah Lighting features fire jugglers and acrobats. There is also an after party at the Cadillac Square heated tent.
Wayne County Lightfest, Westland
Lightfest features over 55 light up displays all along Hines Drive, and you don't even have to leave the warmth of your car. Now open from 7-10pm Monday through Thursday, and 6-10pm Friday through Sunday. Cost: $5 per car
Holiday walk at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester
Now through Dec. 22, 2016
Fireplaces ablaze, beautifully decorated trees, and festive music are all part of the fun from 11am-5pm daily. Call ahead for evening hours on select dates, and for various scheduled Santa events too. Cost: Adults $20, Children under 17 $5, Toddlers 2 and under are free.
Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village, Dearborn
Dec 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 20-23, & 26-30, 2016
Enjoy live entertainment through candle lit village streets, go ice skating, take a carriage ride and watch the beautiful fireworks display. View the beautiful shops decked out for the holidays and even catch a glimpse of Santa with his sleigh and reindeer. Tickets: Adults $26, Seniors $23.50, Ages 3-11 $19.50, Toddlers 2 and under are free. Parking is $6.
Livonia City Tree Lighting & Caroling
Dec 6, 6:30pm
Sing some holiday tunes from the Livonia Civic Chorus, visit Santa, make holiday crafts, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies at the library. This free event is welcome to all.
Tree Lighting in Canton
Dec 7, 6-8pm
Enjoy both indoor and outdoor festivities, seasonal entertainment, refreshments and visits with Santa. Cost: Residents $3, Non-residents $4
City of Troy Christmas Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland
Dec 9, 6:30-9:30pm
Enjoy live entertainment, sweet treats, and Santa at this free local event.
Family Holiday Fest & Mill Lighting, Westland
Dec 10, 4-6pm
Tree lighting, holiday games, and a special visit from Santa are all part of this fun festival in Westland. Tickets: Adults $2, Kids $6, Age 3 and under are free. Add $1 for non-residents.
Chanukah Wonderland in West Bloomfield
Dec 25-28, Orchard Mall
Activities include an Olive Press Workshop, doughnut baking, bounce house, and more. Cost: Donation $5
'Tis the season for family, friends and festivities. It's the most wonderful time of the year, make the most of it!