Wayne County Lightfest Holiday Light Display

Drive through four miles of light displays during this southeast Michigan holiday favorite event Nov. 19-Dec. 31, 2015.

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. 19-Dec. 31, 2015.

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When the sun goes down, the park shines bright with the light of 40-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 the Lightfest’s Santa Shelter each night Nov. 20-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. 17, or Bike Through the Lights at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 – both for a fee.

Another option: Skip the exercise and head to the grand opening celebration at 6 p.m. Nov. 19! You’ll get a sneak preview of this year’s display while you sip on refreshments, watch fireworks and listen to music.

Otherwise, enjoy the display daily Nov. 19-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. 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 2015 Wayne County Lightfest – and browse even more holiday happenings in southeast Michigan – in the Metro Parent calendar.

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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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