WESTLAND, Mich. -

Lightfest, the Midwest's largest and longest drive-through light show, features more than 45 giant animated holiday themed displays and more than one million lights.

The entire family can experience the festive holiday light display from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. each night through December 31st, 2012. Lightfest will be closed on Christmas.

The complete Lightfest route is more than four miles long, organizers said.

There is a $5 fee per vehicle, but the ride is free on Toy Nights for families that bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate. Toy Nights are on December 11th and 18th. Organizers said Wayne County is committed to collecting and providing toys for children who are less fortunate. 

At the end of the drive, families can visit Santa's Workshop at Warrendale Park, where Santa will be until December 23rd. 

Kids of all ages are urged to bring their letters to Santa and place them in a giant mailbox located outside Santa's workshop. Santa's elves will pick up the letters each night, but event organizers advise everyone to submit their wishes early.

Although Lightfest begins at 7:00 p.m., Hines Drive will be closed to traffic beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Visitors enter Wayne County Lightfest at Hines Drive and Merriman Road in Westland. The entrance address is 7651 Merriman Road in Westland.

Lightfest is held in partnership with Friends of Wayne County Parks, DTE Energy, ITC Holdings, Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, Meijer, McDonald Modular, Entertainment Express Luxury Limousine, Play Environments and Beatthetrain.com.

For more information on Wayne County Lightfest, call (734) 261-1990 or visit www.waynecounty.com and click on "More Events"