Holiday Activities » Detroit, MI

Holiday Activities in Detroit, MI

Incorporating history, traditions and jolly old St. Nick, there's something for good boys and girls of all ages to do in Detroit during the holidays.
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Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village

Step back in time at Greenfield Village, Henry Ford’s recreated historic location, and enjoy a Christmas from the past. Visitors will enjoy candle-lit paths, live reindeer, entertainment, costumed presenters, horse-drawn wagon and Model T rides, delightful holiday shops, Santa, ice skating, a spectacular fireworks display and more. Guests can also see the lab where Thomas Edison invented the light bulb – a crucial component to all the light shows present during the holiday season. Advance reservations recommended to guarantee entry.

Holiday Fun at the Detroit Zoo

There’s plenty to roar about during the holiday season at the Detroit Zoo. For starters, families can walk the grounds to visit various holiday trees on display; trimmed beautifully thanks to local businesses. Good boys and girls also have the opportunity to join St. Nick for a buffet-style breakfast on various dates, with advance reservations. And, if you’re in need of a great gift, check out the Animals After Dark program, which offers groups the chance to see the zoo at night to observe unique animal behaviors, enjoy a campfire and spend the night at the Ford Educational Center. 

Wayne County Lightfest

If you’re looking for a colorful experience during the holiday season, look no further than the Wayne County Lightfest, which touts being the longest drive-through holiday light display in the Midwest. Bundle up the kids and make the four and a half mile trek through 39 light displays, packed with an enchanted world of rainbows, snowflakes, candy canes and more, in the form of nearly one million lights. Food concessions, photos with Santa and restrooms are at the end of the Lightfest, at the Warrendale Picnic Area. There is a $5 admission cost per car.

Livonia Lights

Livonia Lights is an annual synchronized Christmas light show at the private residence of the Howse family in Livonia. The display features more than 40,000 lights synchronized to music in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Local on-lookers can tune into 88.5 FM and listen to the music corresponding with the lights. The display includes a large cross 30 feet above the ground, simulated leaping fountains, a "Happy Birthday Jesus" sign, spinning tree, and much more. Visitors can enjoy the display each evening starting at 5:15 p.m. through the end of the year.

Cars, Trees & Traditions

Holidays in the Motor City wouldn’t be complete without something auto related, right? Cars, Trees & Traditions, an annual exhibit at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum, spotlights eight decades of holiday season celebrations through 23 decorated trees paired with Chrysler vehicles. Past holidays come to life in the exhibit with vintage advertisements, events and photos. Visitors can follow the exhibit’s narrative from one vignette to the next to see how vehicle progression – from horseless carriages to Model Ts – helped change the way in which Americans celebrated the season’s festivities. Crafts and train models run during weekends to add seasonal flair.