Wayne County Lightfest Holiday Light Display


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.

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.

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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.