Holiday Displays and Tree Lightings in Southeast Michigan
Get in the spirit with your family at these 2012 community events that feature loads of lights and other spectacles of the season
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The metro Detroit and Ann Arbor regions are once again warming up for holiday season! While there are plenty of get-togethers to look forward to with family and friends, give your family's cheer an extra boost with Metro Parent's list of the best seasonal events in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.
You'll find dazzling tree lightings, cheerful music and caroling, menorah and candle lightings and so many more heartwarming winter celebrations in our roundup.
Nov. 15, 2012 (kickoff)
Nov. 15, 2012-Jan. 1, 2013 (holiday displays live)
Where: downtown Milford
Time: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15; then daily
Local kids "unwrap" all the storefronts on Nov. 15 to reveal their holiday displays. Come downtown for the fun – and come back for the festive deals.
Nov. 15-Dec. 31, 2012 (closed Dec. 25)
Where: Hines Park, Merriman Hollow Area, Westland; enter off of Merriman Road between Ann Arbor Trail and Warren Avenue
Times: 7-10 p.m. daily
Four miles of twinkling lights are ready for you to drive through! The grand opening is Nov. 17; then, visit until New Year's Eve. Pictures with Santa and concessions (Nov. 23-Dec. 23) provide even more Christmas magic.
Nov. 15, 2012-Jan. 1, 2013
Where: downtown Ferndale
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Businesses along Nine Mile Road turn on their twinkling lights for the holidays. The Nov. 17 kickoff includes festival holiday season musical entertainment.
Nov. 16, 2012
Where: Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Time: 5 p.m.
Cost: free; preferred seating tickets can be purchased at Fountain Bistro for $10/adults, $5/kids (12 and under)
Visit Campus Martius Park for Detroit's signature tree lighting event. Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, DTE Energy CEO Tony Earley and Santa will once again participate in illuminating the Christmas tree. Come back for Detroit Christmas Wonderfest, too, which runs Nov. 16-25.
Nov. 16, 2012
Where: downtown Wyandotte, Biddle Avenue
Time: 5-10 p.m.
Music and merriment await you and your family as this downriver town lights up its Christmas tree. Since it's a Third Friday, that also means shops are staying open later and offering freebies, specials and discounts!