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Metro Detroit Christmas Events You Shouldn’t Miss

The BEST Metro Detroit Christmas Events to get you in the holiday spirit! There is no shortage of awesome Detroit Area holiday season things to do throughout SE Michigan. Community tree-lightings, Santa visits of all kinds, parades, and much more. Your own Detroit holiday traditions should start here. If you want to find the cream of the crop of Detroit holiday things to do, here are our favorites! Make your own Christmas events bucket list.



The Best Metro Detroit Christmas Events / Metro Detroit Christmas Events You Shouldn’t Miss

Best Metro Detroit Christmas Events #1Holiday Ice Skating at Campus Martius Park – The best tree-lighting celebration in the state launches the annual outdoor ice skating rink season. Take a couple of trips around the Downtown Detroit rink and soak up the holiday spirit. The staff is fantastic, they even have skate rental. Info, Pics, Hours

Best Christmas Events #2 – Downtown Rochester Big Bright Light Show – Now in its 13th year, the Big Bright Light Show uses over 1.2 MILLION Christmas lights to turn Downtown Rochester into Clark Griswold’s dream Christmas city. Spend an evening enjoying the fine dining in Rochester or just hop in the car and drive down Main Street with the family for the “oohs and ahhhs”. Nightly from 5p-midnight through New Year’s Day. Review, Info, Pics

Christmas Events #3Winter Wonder Lights – Located at Meadow Brook Hall on the grounds of Oakland University. Not to be outdone by the mansion’s indoor Holiday Walk, the gardens and grounds at Meadow Brook mansion are transformed into a cavalcade of holiday lights, illusion, and a little magic. Review, Info, PicsPurchase Tickets HereOCM Discount Coupon Offer

Christmas Events #4 – Santa House – Santa Claus visits his cute little house in Birmingham on weekends from Thanksgiving through Christmas. It’s the perfect place for photo ops. More info… Schedule a visit

Birmingham Santa House at Shain Park AKA Santa Haus

Christmas Events #5 – Holiday Stroll at Canterbury Village – The Lake Orion Holiday Stroll welcomes the Christmas season with live characters, scenes for photo ops, and red and green glowing lamp posts, and… of course… awesome Christmas lights. Canterbury Village adds to the fun with food trucks, holiday music, festive drinks, and PLENTY of photos ops. Review, Info, Pics

Christmas Event #6 – Pine Knob Magic of Lights – A dazzling, drive-through holiday lights experience featuring favorite holiday scenes and characters of the season using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Experience Magic of Lights from the comfort and safety of your own car nightly through January 2. Review, Info, Pics

Best Metro Detroit Christmas Events #7 – “Wild Lights” at the Detroit Zoo – The annual Wild Lights Christmas lights extravaganza! 5 million LED decorate the paths, trees, buildings, and more than 230 animal sculptures in the front part of the Zoo. Holiday entertainment and fun for all ages. Ticket infoReview, Pics, Info

Best Santa in Metro Detroit / Christmas Events #8 – Spicer Orchards Santa Claus & Musical Spicer Express TrainRide the Spicer Express train to see Santa at his cabin the woods. The train is lit up at night. Social distance around bonfires and enjoy the Christmas lights & cider + donut while you wait for your reserved visit for Santa. More info

Best Metro Detroit Christmas Events #9 – Holiday Carriage Rides at Campus Martius & Downtown Birmingham – 
See Downtown Detroit like you never have before – from inside an enchanted horse drawn carriage Fridays & Saturdays through near Campus Martius for $10 OR Enjoy the 2023 Christmas season with an old-fashioned carriage ride through Downtown Birmingham. These are FREE and first-come, first-served. More info… Psst! There are also awesome holiday carriage rides available on weekends in Downtown Detroit at Campus Martius and in Downtown Lake Orion.

Christmas carriage

Christmas Events #10 – “Aurora” at Glenlore Trails – Enjoy a brisk outdoor holiday walk through a half-mile nature trail with stunning holiday visuals! These holiday “sensory installations” throughout the trail utilize sights, sounds, and even smells to get you in the holiday spirit. Review, Info, Pics

PHOTO CREDIT (with permission) –
PHOTO CREDIT (with permission) –  The Birmingham Shopping District
PHOTO CREDIT (with permission) –  Canterbury Village
PHOTO CREDIT (with permission) – Spicer Orchards
PHOTO CREDITS – Oakland County Moms via Maysoon Nasharty


This page is intended to be used as a guide. Oakland County Moms does not endorse these events. Oakland County Moms is not responsible for changes to event descriptions, event times or details being altered without notice or cancellations.


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