Wayne County Lightfest Holiday Light Display

Drive through four miles of light displays during this southeast Michigan holiday favorite event Nov. 17-Dec. 31, 2016.

Wayne County Lightfest

Bundle up, pack in and drive the family car through four miles of holiday light displays lining Hines Drive at the Wayne County Lightfest. This local tradition – and “the Midwest’s largest and longest light show” – is back for another year Nov. 17-Dec. 31, 2016.

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When the sun goes down, the park shines bright with the light of 47-plus holiday-themed light displays. As you wind your way through the park’s illuminated path in your toasty warm car, gaze out at this magical spectacle sure to bring the family holiday cheer. Put on some seasonal tunes and have a singalong while you’re at it!

Plus, there’s a special treat in store for those who visit! Santa Claus himself will be at Santa’s Workshop in Warrendale Park, right at the end of the Lightfest drive, each night Nov. 18-Dec. 23.

Looking for some unique ways to see the lights early? Sign up for the Lightfest 8K Run/Walk happening at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15, or a 16K Bike Through the Lights event at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 – both for a fee. Register online here.

Families who attend on Dec. 6, 13 or 20, aka Toy Nights, are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys for free admission.

Otherwise, enjoy the display daily Nov. 17-Dec. 31, with the exception of Christmas Day. Enter Wayne County Lightfest at 7651 Merriman Road, Westland, between Warren Road and Ann Arbor Trail. Admission is $5 per vehicle. If you plan to take a photo with Santa at the end of the lights, the fee is $8. Times are as follows:

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Friday-Sunday: 6-10 p.m.

Get any additional details you need on the 2016 Wayne County Lightfest – and browse even more holiday happenings in southeast Michigan – in the Metro Parent calendar.

This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated for 2016.

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Comments
  • Do NOT do the Westland Lightfest. Extremely poor planning. The 5 mile drive took 1 1/2 hours! The traffic was NOT coordinated properly. The cars should be timed.

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    • Stacey W.

      Thanks so much for your comment. It wouldn’t be a bad idea if they timed the cars.

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    • It’s not suppose to be a rush thing. I think it’s there to leisurely drive thru and enjoy the beautiful lights. If you want to speed thru something go up and down the side streets. I think it’s well worth $5 for a 1 1/2 drive

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  • Went 2n and loved it…We got there bout 6pm…was bout 25~30 mins long going thru..We went when we were kids..I took my nephew..good job..thank u

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  • Was okay but lines were ridiculous. I think there should be more lights then there was but kids liked it so im okay with it

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  • This is not worth going for. The 5 dollars is way to much to pay to see not that many lights. Most of the lights are not even holiday related. There is no way that this is 4 miles long either. We seen more lights and holiday related lights when we drove home. I would not tell anyone about this at all.

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  • I disagree with the negative comments! The time with family, ooh-ing and aah-ing while listening to Christmas has been a tradition for my family of 4 the last 18 years! We haven’t missed a year or an opportunity to enjoy the time to slow down during a busy holiday season and a family photo op with Santa is a highlight!

    Each year we enjoy the new additions and comment on our favorites as well as make note of the color changes and differences in location for some lights!

    This holiday delight will be a tradition to enjoy if you decide to make it one! My budding college students still live the time with mom and dad as we add their significant others to the mix!

    Merry Christnas Wayne County Lightfest!

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    • I’m with you. I totally disagree with the negative comments. It’s worth the $5. We got there about 15 minutes before it opened and it took about a half hour

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    • I totally agree with you. It’s a great family thing to do. We use to take our kids then stop and see Santa then go home have hot chocolate and watch Christmas movies.

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  • The fact that the light show is closed on Christmas day should PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED on the web site. The hours and days that is is running is very easy to discern…and the range of days leads you to believe that it IS open on Christmas. The closed on Christmas comment is almost an after thought on the web site.

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    • The verbiage on the website clearly stated “enjoy the display daily Nov. 19-Dec. 31, with the exception of Christmas Day.” Simple Definition of exception:
      someone or something that is different from others : someone or something that is not included. Translation: NOT on Christmas Day.

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    • Stacey W.

      Thanks so much for your comment. We do, in fact, include that the display is not open on Christmas Day.

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  • I completely disagree with the negative comments as well!!! I have 3 young children who love the lightfest!! It’s awesome because you get to see lights without going out in the cold. We love it and is definitely worth the 5 bucks. We have been going for some years now and have never had to wait long at all. Maybe just don’t go right next to Christmas day?

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  • I have been taking my kid’s for the past 5 year’s, the 1st time we went was before Christmas and yes the traffic along with the wait was rediculous but now for the past 4 years we go on New Year’s Eve to close out the holidays. There is no wait and my kid’s look forward to it every year.

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  • Do we have to be there at 6 and ends at 10 or doesn’t matter when to come drive thru the light show?

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    • Stacey W.

      The drive thru opens at 6 p.m. and you can visit any time between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. I wouldn’t suggest getting there right at 10. They may have a cut-off for when they let cars in.

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  • I want to come to the park but I’m not sure how to get there . can I get some directions I am coming from Ann Arbor

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    • Stacey W.

      If you’re coming from Ann Arbor, take M14 East to 96 to Schoolcraft in Livonia. Get off on exit 175. Follow Merriman Drive to Hawthorn Drive in Westland. If you’re looking for more specific directions from you home, plug in “Hines Park in Westland” to Google Maps.

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  • Been going since i was a kid… Just wanting to know how much is it to see santa at the end??

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  • Drove 40 min to see the lights with the family and it was shut down? Will you be open tom? It says it was open today from 7-10pm

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    • Stacey W.

      As far as we know, the Lightfest should have been open yesterday. We were not notified of any closures. It will be open tonight, as well.

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  • Is it open tonight? Ready to head out with the kiddos….don’t wanna let them down.

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    • Stacey W.

      Yes it is open. If you want to ensure it is open, give the folks at Wayne County Parks a call: 734-261-1990.

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  • Love the lights!!!❤ Gonna take some folks from Detroit for thr first time!! Hoping for a lil snow to make it perfect!!!❤ Thank you Wayne County workers and Merry Christmas!!❤

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  • The lights are awesome BUT they need to go through and fix a lot of the lights that do not work like the Time Tunnel lights

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  • Your address didn’t even show up on the GPS but figured out it’s because you guys forgot to write N Merriman instead you just put Merriman.. putting the N in for north is important especially for those not familiar with the area… so atleast write the address fully if your going to post a whole site of information… just a thought

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  • There are a bunch of foul people on this page in whom the Christmas spirit has died again. Drop the chains, Jacob Marley; life is short. The lights are fine, and funny if you in the right frame of mind. What did you expect, Times Square? And the funds go for park improvement and more displays every year. And timing the cars…like what do you mean, have policemen scream “Move along, folks, there’s nothing to see here”? Wow, merry Christmas to you! LOL

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  • Just left Hines Drive on Christmas. There were at least 50 cars waiting for the lights to come on. After some re-research I saw the small note about not being open on Christmas Day. I think it should be open and free on Christmas Day!

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