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 2021 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 Ann Arbor and beyond.

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

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some events may end up cancelled or may be following strict safety protocols. Check ahead. 

Magic of Lights

Nov. 19-Jan. 1, 2022

  • Address: Downtown Clarkston area
  • Time: 5:30-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Drive down this 1 1/2-mile-long path to see holiday themed lights and characters.

Blizzard of Oz

Nov. 18-Jan. 10, 2022

Visit Heritage Park to see more than 100 lit Christmas trees, larger-than-life characters, full building projections and more. Each weekend offers a new theme, including The Nutcracker, Grinchmas and Santa’s Workshop.

Wayne County Lightfest

Nov. 18-Dec. 31, 2021 (closed Dec. 25)

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.

Detroit Christmas Tree Lighting at Campus Martius in Detroit

Nov. 19, 2021

  • Address: Downtown Detroit area
  • Time: 5-11 p.m.

Head downtown for Detroit’s 18th annual signature tree lighting event. This event kicks off the opening of the skating rink for the 2021-22 season.

Light Up Beacon Park 

Nov. 19-mid-January, 2022 

This 5th annual welcomes the holidays in with a light display that features more than 125,000 LED lights, food trucks, holiday music and more.

Wyandotte Tree Lighting

Nov. 20, 2021

  • Address: At Sycamore and Biddle Avenue, Downtown Wyandotte
  • Time: Dusk

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

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

Select Dates Nov. 20, 2021-Jan. 9, 2022

Five million lights shine bright at the Detroit Zoo for 29 days this holiday season. LED lights illuminate trees and building, plus there’s 200 illuminated animal sculptures scattered throughout the zoo.

Holiday Tree Lighting in Madison Heights

Nov. 22, 2021

See Mr. and Mrs. Claus arrive in town and watch as they power up the lovely lights.

The Big Bright Light Show, Rochester

Nov. 22, 2021-Jan. 3, 2022

  • Address: Downtown Rochester, Main Street from South Bridge to Romeo Road and Fourth Street from Walnut to Water streets
  • Time: 5 p.m. daily

Downtown Rochester is decked in 1 million-plus lights, brightening up buildings every evening.

Holiday Walk at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester

Nov. 26-Dec. 23, 2021

Take a walk around the historic house and grounds to see more than 50 decorated trees including a 10-foot tree made entirely out of poinsettias.

Lights On the Lake

Nov. 26-Jan. 1, 2022

  • Address: 439 Shady Oaks St., Lake Orion
  • Time: 5:30-10 p.m.

This light display contains about 15,000 LED lights synchronized to holiday music.

Winter Wonderlights

Nov. 26-Dec. 30, 2021

  • Address: Meadowbrook Hall, 350 Estate Dr., Rochester
  • Time: 5:30-10 p.m.

Visitors can explore the National Historic Landmark at its most festive time. There will be seasonal beverages, bonfires, selfie stations and more.

Menorah in the D in Detroit

Nov. 28, 2021

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

Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village

Select Date Dec. 3-28, 2021

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.

Tree Lighting and Afterglow in Macomb Township

Dec. 3, 2021

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

Wixom Tree Lighting Festival

Dec. 3, 2021

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.

Trail of Lights

Dec. 4-5, 10-12, 17-23, 2021

  • Address: Downtown Davison area
  • Times: TBD

The Robert Williams Nature and Historical Learning Center are decked out with thousands of holiday lights. Experience horse-drawn carriage rides, hot cocoa, holiday music and a take-home craft.

Orion Christmas Lighted Parade, Lake Orion

Dec. 4, 2021

  • Address: Downtown Lake Orion
  • Time: 5-8 p.m.

Enjoy a holiday-themed parade through the downtown area.

Lights, Trails and Seasonal Tales

Dec. 10, 2021

  • Address: Lake Erie Metropark, Marshlands Museum, 32481 W Jefferson Ave., Brownstown Charter Township
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.

Meet a variety of Christmas-themed character around the luminated nature trail.

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