The Best Holiday Lights In + Around Detroit: Free & Ticketed Events

*updated 11/8/2023

It’s time to bundle up the kids and set out in search of the Detroit area’s best holiday lights! There’s something magical about seeing everything all lit up for the upcoming holiday season. With so many options from drive-thru to walking trails, you won’t run out of opportunities to see our wonderful city light up the night!

Please note that events are subject to changes or cancellation. Please contact the event host for more information.

holiday lights on trees and buildings

Holiday Lights In + Around Detroit:

Big Bright Light Show | Downtown Rochester

Lights are on every night from 5:00 p.m. to midnight from November 20 until January 21.

Bostick Family Light Show | Garden City

Musical drive-up light show. Lights are on every weekend from 6:00-9:00 p.m., starting December 1!

Canterbury Village Holiday Stroll | Lake Orion

Walk the grounds of Canterbury Village and take in the gorgeous sights and lights. Buy tickets online before you go! Open select nights from November 22 to December 23.

Detroit Zoo Wild Lights | Royal Oak

Walk through the zoo and see the lights! Tickets purchased in advance are recommended due to number restrictions; there are numerous ticket packages available on their website. Open select evenings November 24 until January 7.

Magic of Lights | DTE Music Theatre

Drive-thru light display. Tickets on sale online only! Open nightly from November 17 to December 30.

Taylor Winterfest Stroll | Taylor

Walk-thru light displays. Tickets required for entry and purchasing ahead of time is highly recommended. Stroll runs December 15-17 and December 22-23.

Trail of Lights | Davison

Walk or take a tractor wagon ride through lighted trails. Pre-registration required for wagon rides. Dogs are welcome on walking nights! Open select nights from December 8-23.

Winter Wonder Lights | Meadowbrook Hall

Walk the Meadowbrook property lit up for winter! Tickets are required for entry and must be reserved ahead of time. Open from November 24 to December 30.

Wayne County Lightfest | Hines Park

Drive-thru light display. Open Wednesday through Sunday from November 16 to December 24.

After you’ve seen the best holiday lights in the Detroit area, grab some ingredients to make a delicious hot chocolate charcuterie board!


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