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Don’t Miss These Metro Detroit Family Holiday Events 2020

It’s our guide to fun family holiday events for Metro Detroit. Make sure to snag your tickets soon, as most of these events will sell out quickly.

Winter Holidays at Spacecraft in Ferndale

Spacecraft in Ferndale is scheduled to feature a winter holiday-themed art and technology-based immersive experience throughout the month of December. Safely hang out and experience many different spaces and explore the immersive sights together with a mesmerizing light display in their 11,000 sq. ft. warehouse in the Iron Ridge District!
December Dates: 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30


Spacecraft Detroit in Ferndale

The Northville Symphony of Lights

The Northville Symphony of Lights (formerly Livonia Lights) will start this year on December 1st. The free, family event features 125,000 lights that dance to the beat of the music.  This year, the event will be held at Northville Christian School, about 1 mile west of 6 Mile / 275 (near Livonia) in the back of the building.

Northville Symphony of Lights

Celebration of Light at Troy Historic Village

The Troy Historic Village is open to the public year-round and offers guests self-guided tours. They also offer a variety of seasonal exhibits throughout the year. At the present time, they are hosting the Celebration of Light exhibit. The indoor/outdoor exhibit explores a variety of traditions and decorations centered around the winter season. Guests will see the beautiful displays and listen to stories that will brighten up the shortest days of the year.

Winter at Valade Celebration

If you are looking for some outdoor winter fun this weekend then check out The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy’s family-friendly “Winter at Valade” celebration. The event will feature ice sculptures, live local music, hands-on activities and make-and-take crafts, as well as marshmallow roasting, giant outdoor fireplaces, and food and drink. The December 18-20 celebration is free and the first of four this season at Robert C. Valade Park that feature expanded activities in addition to those taking place every weekend through February 28.

winter at valade celebration

Michigan Renaissance Festival Hollydazzle

Purchase your tickets today for the Michigan Renaissance Festival Hollydazzle event: https://www.michrenfest.com/hollydazzle/ Tickets on sale now!
🎟️ Adult Tickets $20.00 Children $8.00
A half Mile Beautiful Christmas Lights & Scenes that will warm your heart on a Cool Winters Night! 🌟🎅🎅🎅Plus pictures with socially distanced Santa available! 🎅🎅🎅

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

Your family will enjoy this stroll through the lighted pathways at the Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo. More than five million LED lights will illuminate trees and buildings as wells as more than 280 sculptures throughout the front section of the Zoo.
November 20, 2020, through January 3, 2021
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Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

Holiday Stroll 2020 at Canterbury Village

Are you are looking for singing, dancing, and lights galore? Then check out the Holiday Stroll 2020 – Canterbury Village. Get into the Holiday Spirit early this year.
December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 26, 27
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Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village

Get in the Christmas mood by strolling the lantern-lit streets of Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI.  Voted a top ten family holiday destination by USA Today as well as Reader’s Digest, Holiday Nights is sure to leave you in the holiday spirit. Guests can learn how traditions have evolved to those we still celebrate today. You may also ride on the carousel, listen to musicians, or even watch a cooking demonstration inside a historic kitchen.
December 4-6, 11-13, 15-23, 26-28, 2020.
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Glenlore Trails: Aurora in Commerce Township

In December, the 1/2 mile Glenlore Trails will be reimagined again, this time with a winter theme, Aurora. We can’t wait to see what they have in store. Then again, whatever it is, I’m sure it will be amazing!!
December Dates TBD
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Glenlore Trails at the Multi Lakes Conservation Association in Commerce Township

Taylor Winterfest – Blizzard of Oz

Come walk with your family through a winter wonderland at the Taylor Winterfest – Blizzard of Oz. Explore the unique, interactive high-tech light shows, holiday displays, in addition to characters. This event will take place throughout the historic Coan Lake area, Heritage Park Petting Farm, as well as the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens!
November 19th, 2020 through January 10th, 2021
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Magic Of Lights™ at DTE Energy Music Theatre

The Magic of Lights is a spectacular 1.5-mile drive-through holiday lights display featuring various holiday-themed light displays using the latest LED technology and digital animations, including the all-new drive-through Blizzard Tunnel as well as returning favorites including 12 Days of Christmas, Winter Wonderland, and The Night Before Christmas. Families and friends will experience the thrill of Magic of Lights from the comfort and safety of their own cars as they weave through its course.

Magic of Lights will open each day at 5 p.m. and run through 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday, and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Some exclusions may apply.

November 13th, 2020 – January 2, 2021
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Magic of Lights Clarkston

Big Bright Light Show in Downtown Rochester

Over 1.5 million lights on display during the 2019 Big Bright Light Show in Downtown Rochester. The family holiday event will take place on Main Street beginning South Bridge and continue until University Drive.
Now through January 31st, 2021
2020 Big Bright Light Show – Downtown Rochester

Wayne County Lightfest

The Wayne County Lightfest’s magical 4.5-mile drive-through holiday light display is a tradition for families all over Metro Detroit. There are new displays this year together with 45 other animated themed displays.

The Lightfest will be open Wednesday – Sunday starting Wednesday, November 25, 2020, until December 31, 2020 (closed December 25).

Light Up Beacon Park

Beacon Park will transform into a winter wonderland this holiday season! Come visit from November 20 to January 10, 2021 from 6 am to 10 pm, seven days a week, to enjoy photo-ready interactive lighting like a gingerbread house, candy arches, a giant hot chocolate, and other sweet-themed light-up delights, along with the beautiful 125,000 twinkling LED lights.

The fun, holiday light installations, and Children’s Tree will be on-site for your enjoyment from November 20 to January 10. Enjoy in a safe, socially-distanced manner during park hours from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. seven days a week. 

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Photo Credit: Holly Mullins

Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic

Make memories to last all year from the comfort of your own vehicle. Join family and friends for an evening drive through historic Crossroads Village – magically lit by over one million twinkling lights. See displays of your favorite holiday scenes as Christmas music fills the air.
$10 per carload. Pay at the gate.
5:00pm until 9:00pm
November 27-29
December 4-7, 11-14, 17-24, 26-30
Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad
6140 Bray Road, Flint, MI 48505