7 popular holiday light displays to visit in Metro Detroit

Light shows visited by local families annually as part of tradition


DETROIT – These glimmering Metro Detroit holiday light displays are guaranteed to spark up your holiday season!

Families across the region visit the popular light shows annually as part of tradition.

Wayne County Lightfest in Westland

The Westland based light display includes a magical 4.5 mile drive and is an annual tradition for families across Metro Detroit.

There are new displays this year along with 45 other animated themed displays.

The Wayne County Lightfest is open now until Thursday, December 31. It will be closed Christmas Day, December 25.

Magic of Lights in Clarkston

The Magic Lights in Clarkson will run from November 13 to January 2, 2021. Magic of Lights is being enjoyed by many people this holiday season. Organizers are encouraging people to come in on the weekdays instead of weekends to avoid long lines.

You can visit the show Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. It is also open Friday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Meadow Brook Hall’s Winter Wonder Lights

UPDATE Thursday, Dec. 10: Meadow Brook Hall’s Winter Wonder Lights has been cancelled for 2020. They have also cancelled Thursday night’s “Preview Evening.”

Here is the statement from Meadow Brook Estate:

“Meadow Brook Hall is deeply committed to the health and safety of our visitors and staff. To that end, in order to fully comply with Michigan’s current public health order that limits outdoor gatherings through Dec. 20, we regretfully have cancelled our dazzling new event for 2020.

Since the order came through--and was consequently extended--Meadow Brook worked closely with regional officials to explore options, but were unable to reach a solution. Meadow Brook wants to provide our visitors, staff and community with the best possible experience that exceeds all expectations—which is not possible under the present circumstances.

All ticket holders will be notified directly with any changes that may impact their visit. Those who have purchased tickets will receive a full refund. Those who have purchased memberships in October, November or December 2020 will have benefits extended through 2021.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate these new and unprecedented challenges.

Meadow Brook Hall looks forward to launching both shows – the outdoor Winter Wonder Lights and indoor Holiday Walk in 2021.”

The Meadow Brook Hall’s Winter Wonder Lights located in Rochester will be open from December 11-30. Tickets can still be purchased in advance.

It is being hailed as Michigan’s most dazzling new outdoor event and holiday light show.

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak

The Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak will be open from November 20 to January 3.

You can light up your night by attending with family and friends!

The Detroit Zoo will be aglow for 32 magical nights with more than five million LED lights illuminating trees, buildings and over 280 sculptures throughout the front half of the Zoo.

Tickets are are sale now!

The Big, Bright Light Show in Rochester

You are invited to brighten your holidays in Downtown Rochester with The Big, Bright Light Show! The buildings in Downtown Rochester will be covered with more than 1 million points of glimmering holiday light.

The display will be lit every evening from 5 p.m. to midnight through January 3, 2021. Most stores are open Monday through Saturday until 9 p.m.

Lights on the Lake

The light show event in Lake Orion runs now through January 1, 2021. It is a holiday light display in Lake Orion that started in 2015.

Trail of Lights in Davison

Families can take part in Davison’s Trail of Lights show from December 11-13 and December 18th and 19th. It features Horse Drawn Wagon Rides!

Due to the coronavirus pandemic this year Santa will not be available for photos.

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