Holiday Displays and Tree Lightings in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Pack up the family and head to these 2018 holiday displays and tree lightings in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.

holiday displays and tree lightings in metro detroit and ann arbor

The holiday season is here. Add a new tradition or carry on an old one with your family in November and December by heading out to one of these fun holiday displays and tree lightings in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor that are sure to illuminate the spirit.

Metro Parent has gathered a list of some of the most merry and bright tree and menorah lightings, along with lots of other joyful jollies here in southeast Michigan – from Detroit to Milford to Ann Arbor and beyond.

Check out this list and plan your family’s holiday season kick-off.

The Big Holiday Reveal in Milford

Nov. 15, 2018

  • Address: Downtown Milford
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 248-684-9719

Local kids “unwrap” all the storefronts to reveal their holiday displays. Come downtown for the fun – and come back for the festive deals. Displays remain up through the holiday season.

Wayne County Lightfest

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Nov. 15-Dec. 31, 2018 (closed Dec. 25)

  • Address: 7651 Merriman Road, Westland
  • Times: 7-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays
  • Cost: $5/car
  • Phone: 734-261-1990

Four miles of twinkling lights are ready for you to drive through until New Year’s Eve. Pictures with Santa and concessions on select days provide even more Christmas magic. Don’t forget to bring your letters to Santa; you can mail them outside of Santa’s Workshop.

Detroit Christmas Tree Lighting at Campus Martius in Detroit

Nov. 16, 2018

  • Address: Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 5 p.m.-midnight
  • Cost: Free/admission, fees apply for some activities
  • Phone: 313-963-9393

Visit Campus Martius Park for Detroit’s 14th annual signature tree lighting event. This event kicks off the opening of the skating rink for the 2018-19 season.

Wyandotte Tree Lighting

Nov. 16, 2018

  • Address: At Sycamore and Biddle Avenue, Downtown Wyandotte
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 734-324-4502

Music and merriment await you and your family as this city lights up its Christmas tree.

Light Up Beacon Park 

Nov. 16, 2018

  • Address: Beacon Park, Detroit
  • Time: 5 p.m.-midnight
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 313-566-8250

This second annual welcomes the holidays in with a light display that features more than 90,000 LED lights, a heated tent and visits with Santa. See the display through Jan. 21, 2019.

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

Nov. 17-18, 23-25, 30, Dec. 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 20-23 and 26-31, 2018

  • Address: 8540 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Time: 5:30- 9 p.m. weeknights and select Sundays, 5:30-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays
  • Cost: $11-$17, $8/parking
  • Phone: 248-541-5717

Five million lights shine bright at the Detroit Zoo for 24 days this holiday season. LED lights illuminate trees and building, plus there’s 200 illuminated animal sculptures scattered throughout the zoo.

Festival of Trees in Dearborn

Nov. 18-25, 2018 (Closed Thanksgiving Day)

  • Address: Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Times: 2-7 p.m. Opening Day, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $5/adults, $3/kids, free/under age 2
  • Phone: 248-336-2331

Check out the enormous public display and sale of trees, wreaths, gingerbread houses, Christmas stockings, gifts and more.

The Big Bright Light Show, Rochester

Nov. 19, 2018-Jan. 1, 2019

  • Address: Downtown Rochester, Main Street from South Bridge to Romeo Road and Fourth Street from Walnut to Water streets
  • Time: 5 p.m. daily
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 248-656-0060

Downtown Rochester is decked in 1 million-plus lights, brightening up buildings every evening. It all kicks off Nov. 19 with “Lagniappe” (Creole for “a little something extra”), which includes activities like strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, gifts from merchants, roasted almonds – and, of course, Santa.

Holiday Walk at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester

Nov. 23-Dec. 23, 2018

  • Address: Meadow Brook Hall, 480 S. Adams Road, Rochester
  • Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; call ahead for evening hours on select dates
  • Cost: $20/adults, $7.50/ages 6-12, free/5 and under
  • Phone: 248-364-6200

Fireplaces ablaze, ornament twinkling trees and a live organ playing festive tunes are all part of the annual holiday magic. There are various Santa events, too, on select days. Reserve your spot sooner than later!

Holly Dickens Festival

Nov. 23-25, Dec. 1-2 and 8-9, 2018

  • Address: Downtown Holly
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 248-431-1894

Holly Dickens Festival celebrates its 45th year! The England from the days of yore comes to life Charles Dickens-style with horse-drawn carriage rides, caroling and old-fashioned games.

Kerrytown Market & Shops Tree Lighting Festival in Ann Arbor

Nov. 25, 2018

  • Address: 407 N. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Time: 5-6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 734-662-5008

Kerrytown kicks off the season with annual flair in its courtyard, complete with Christmas caroling and candle luminaries.

Holiday Tree Lighting in Madison Heights

Nov. 26, 2018

  • Address: Civic Center Plaza, City Hall, 300 W. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 248-588-1200

Mr. and Mrs. Claus arrive to power up the lovely lights – and the mayor personally hands Santa the key to the city. Catch a screening of “A Charlie Brown Christmas at 5:30 p.m., too.

Saline Tree Lighting Ceremony

Nov. 27, 2018

  • Address: Key Bank, 100 W. Michigan Ave., Saline
  • Time: 6-7 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 734-429-4494

This festive community event kicks off the holiday season with a tree lighting, music and refreshments.

Waterford Tree Lighting and Santa Celebration

Nov. 27, 2018

  • Address: Waterford Town Hall, 5200 Civic Center Drive, Waterford
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 248-674-3111

Visit for crafts, a chance to visit Santa, a Christmas singalong, food concessions and more at this annual event.

Burgh Historical Park Tree Lighting Ceremony 

Nov. 27, 2018

  • Address: Burgh Historical Park, 26080 Berg Road, Southfield
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 248-796-5130

Dress for the weather and enjoy tree lighting, performances by the Advanced Choir of Southfield High School for Arts and Technology and the Southfield Tappers, visits with Santa and a roaring fire.

Tree Lighting and Afterglow in Macomb Township

Nov. 27, 2018

  • Address: Macomb Township Recreation Center, 20699 Macomb St., Macomb Township
  • Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 586-992-2900

Head to Macomb Township for this annual holiday happening, complete with crafts, Santa, holiday dance performances and refreshments at multiple stations.

Tree Lighting Ceremony in Royal Oak

Nov. 29, 2018

  • Address: Royal Oak Farmers Market,  316 E. Eleven Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Time: 6:15 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 248-246-3276

This community shebang kicks off with refreshments and music by the Royal Oak Salvation Army band.Santa lights the tree and then sticks around to visit after the ceremony. Also includes the Holiday Magic Marketplace and goodies like cocoa, coffee and candy canes.

Iron Ridge Second Annual Tree Lighting Celebration 

Nov. 30, 2018 

  • Address: next to Farm Field Table, 1030 Woodward Heights, Ferndale
  • Time: 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact: hello@ironridgeholdings.com

This holiday tree lighting event features a holiday market, tree lot, kids crafts, live music and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Light Up the Night in Novi

Nov. 30, 2018

  • Address: Novi Civic Center, 45175 W. 10 Mile Road, Novi
  • Time: 6-9 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 248-347-0400

Indoor and outdoor activities abound, including seasonal entertainment, kids’ activities, ice sculptures, marshmallow roasting, a petting farm, a craft show and, of course, Santa and the tree lighting event.

Auburn Hills Tree Lighting

Nov. 30, 2018

  • Address: Downtown Auburn Hills
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 248-370-9400

Even Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for this annual community tradition. Write a letter to Santa and bring it to mail to the North Pole. Or swing by for horse-drawn carriage rides and hot cocoa.

Wixom Tree Lighting Festival

Nov. 30, 2018

  • Address: Wixom Community Center, 49015 Pontiac Trail, Wixom
  • Time: 5-11 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 248-624-2850

The city lights up for the holiday season with the lighting of a giant Christmas tree; plus carols, pictures with Santa, crafts for kids, music and more.

Birmingham Tree Lighting & Winter Markt 

Nov. 30 (tree lighting)- Dec. 2, 2018 (Winter Markt) 

  • Address: Shain Park, 270 W. Merrill St., Birmingham
  • Time: 6-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free/tree lighting, fees/winter markt
  • Phone: 248-530-1200

Visit Birmingham’s Shain Park Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. for a tree lighting spectacle. Then close your weekend out at an old-fashioned European holiday market full of gifts, greens, kids’ activities and more.

Heritage Holidays at Wolcott Mill Historic Center in Ray Township

Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 7-8 and 14-15, 2018 

  • Address: Wolcott Mill Historic Center, 64162 Kunstman Road, Ray Township
  • Times: 6-9 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/person; $10/vehicle entry fee
  • Phone: 586-749-5997

This holiday event will make you feel all warm and fuzzy with cookies and cocoa, a spectacular light display, crafts and more. Dress for the weather.

Noel Night in Midtown Detroit

Dec. 1, 2018

  • Address: Midtown Detroit featuring about 70 cultural institutions
  • Time: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 313-420-6000

Detroit’s art museums, science institutions and other cultural centers collaborate for the 46th annual, including 200-plus local theater, music and dance groups, horse-drawn carriage rides and entertaining crafts.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Wayne

Dec. 1, 2018

  • Address: Wayne Historical Museum, 1 Towne Square St., Wayne
  • Time: 6-9:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 734-722-2001

Come see the tree lighting and take pictures with Santa. Enjoy cookies and hot cocoa, a petting farm and holiday music from the Wayne Memorial High School marching band and choir.

Christmas Aglow in Clinton Township

Dec. 1, 2018

  • Address: Clinton Township Gazebo and Civic Center grounds, 40700 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free; non-perishable food item donations appreciated
  • Phone: 586-286-8000

Watch the decorations fill the grounds with light, visit with Santa, take a horse-drawn trolley ride, view ice sculptures, enjoy light refreshments and more. Dress for weather; most happens outside.

Orion Christmas Lighted Parade, Lake Orion

Dec. 1, 2018

  • Address: Downtown Lake Orion
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 248-693-9742

This community tradition features more than 75 entries each year including dance groups, marching bands and more. Santa will make a special appearance at Village Hall after.

Trenton Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Dec. 1, 2018

  • Address: Downtown Trenton; lighting at the clock tower at West Road and West Jefferson Avenue
  • Time: 6 p.m. parade; tree lighting at parade’s conclusion Saturday
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 734-675-7300

Kick off the season downriver-style with this annual event. The streets are aglow with handheld candles – and the tree lighting tops off the fun. Don’t miss the afterglow and awards at Trenton City Hall.

Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village

Dec. 1-2, 7-9, 13-16, 18-23 and 26-27, 2018

  • Address: Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Times: 6:30-10 p.m.
  • Cost: $28/adults, $25.25/seniors, $21/ages 5-11, free/kids 4 and under, $6/parking; less for members
  • Phone: 313-982-6001

Walk the candle-lit village streets to see live entertainment, shops decked out for the holidays and Santa with his sleigh and reindeer. Plus take a horse-drawn carriage ride, go ice skating and watch the marvelous fireworks display.

Menorah in the D in Detroit

Dec. 2, 2018

  • Address: Campus Martius, 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 4-6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 248-788-4000

Come watch the lighting of the giant Menorah and celebrate the season with live music, kids activities, food and more.

Chanukah Wonderland in West Bloomfield

Dec. 2-6, 2018

  • Address: Orchard Mall, northwest corner of Orchard and Maple roads, West Bloomfield
  • Time: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 3-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 5 p.m. Thursday
  • Cost: $5/general, $10-$15/concerts
  • Phone: 248-207-5513

Activities include an Olive Press Workshop, doughnut baking, decorate a Chanukah mug activity, bounce house, Tot Town and more. Registration required.

Tree Lighting and Singalong in Dearborn

Dec. 3, 2018

  • Address: Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Time: 6-9 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 313-943-2285

Take part in a holiday singalong, visit Santa and watch the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree.

Tree Lighting Event in Canton

Dec. 5, 2018

  • Address: Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton
  • Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 734-394-5460

Kick off the holiday season at this annual township event including indoor and outdoor festivities, seasonal entertainment, refreshments and visits with Santa. The actual lighting occurs at 6:30 p.m.

Christmas Aglow Tree Lighting in Shelby Township

Dec. 6, 2018

  • Address: Shelby Township Municipal Grounds, 52700 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 586-731-0300

Join the community in singing Christmas carols plus enjoy a marshmallow roast, horse-drawn wagon rides, a kids craft area and more. After he lights the tree, Santa and Mrs. Claus meets kids.

Tree Lighting in Woodhaven

Dec. 7, 2018

  • Address: Woodhaven Community Center, 23101 Hall Road, Woodhaven
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 734-675-4926

Line the streets for a parade led by the Woodhaven Marching band. After, head to the community center for live reindeer, ice sculptures, kids’ crafts, a tree lighting and fireworks.

Tree Lighting Ceremony in Chesterfield Township

Dec. 7, 2018

  • Address: Municipal Township offices grounds, 47275 Sugarbush Road, Chesterfield Township
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 586-949-0400

Visit with Santa, take a sleigh ride or compete in a coloring contest as you wait for the tree to light for the holidays.

City of Troy Christmas Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland

Dec. 7, 2018

  • Address: Civic Center Campus area, Troy
  • Time: 6:30-9 p.m. Friday
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 248-524-3484

Kids are invited to visit with Santa Claus after he lights up the city tree, enjoy live holiday entertainment and sweet treats, too.

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