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Detroit comes alive during the holidays with twinkling lights, holiday festivals, good food, and more fun than you can have in one weekend. It’s going to be tough to pick what to do but that is a good problem to have. This is definitely the season to visit Detroit!
VISIT DETROIT TWINKLING LIGHTS
Enjoy a four-and-a-half mile ride through Wayne County Lightfest, the Midwest’s largest and longest drive-through light show, Nov. 16-Dec. 31. Lightfest features more than 47 giant animated holiday-themed displays, sure to light up your holiday season.
Lions, tigers, and lights – oh my! Take in the sights and enjoy holiday entertainment and activities at Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo. More than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and more than 100 animal sculptures throughout the Zoo Nov. 18-19, 24-26, Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-23, 26-31.
The buildings of downtown Rochester are covered with more than one-million points of glimmering holiday light to celebrate the season, a spectacle you’ll have to see to believe. The Big Bright Light Show will grace the city Nov. 21-Jan. 3.
VISIT DETROIT HOLIDAY FUN
You’ll feel like you stepped into an old-fashioned holiday card at Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village. Embark on a lantern-lit journey into a living snow globe filled with live music, skating, fireworks and winter wonder.
Spend the holidays like an auto baron. Tour the elegant rooms of Meadow Brook Hall carefully decorated for the holidays. Visit the beautiful Edsel & Eleanor Ford House adorned in holiday décor.
Experience tradition at the Kwanzaa Celebration at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Performances and ceremonies take place throughout the celebration in honor of the African holiday.
The 2017 Quick Lane Bowl returns to Ford Field Dec. 26. The annual matchup typically features teams from the Big Ten and ACC. Time will tell what teams will dual, but keep the date on your calendar in case your favorite college football team comes to town!
Be sure to check out the new Holiday Markets at Detroit’s downtown parks. You’ll also want to take advantage of the ice rink at Campus Martius as well.
VISIT DETROIT CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCES
A Christmas Carol, Dec. 1-17 at the Bonstelle Theatre
Mannheim Steamroller, Dec. 16 at the Fox Theatre
Too Hot to Handel, Dec. 16 at the Detroit Opera House