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!

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The Best Metro Detroit Christmas Events

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… Campus Martius ALSO has added a great Santa Claus (info) AND weekend holiday carriage rides (info).

Christmas Events #2Meadow Brook Holiday Walk – Take a glorious tour of the 88,000 square foot mansion on the campus of Oakland University. Nearly each of the estate’s 110 rooms is festively decorated for the holiday season. Tours are daily through December 23. Review, Info, Pics, Hours

Best Christmas Events #3Downtown Rochester Big Bright Light Show – Now in its 12th 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

# 4Downtown Birmingham Carriage Rides – The beautifully lit, horse-drawn carriage is the perfect mode of transportation to enjoy the holiday spirit in Downtown Birmingham. The carriage rides are FREE and operate select hours on Saturdays and Sundays through the holiday season. Info, Schedule

Best Metro Detroit Christmas Events #5Ford House Tours – The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House (Ford House) historic estate in Grosse Pointe Shores celebrates the Christmas and Holiday Season with specially themed tours and events. Regular tours begin after Thanksgiving and run through early January. You’ll find vintage ornaments, glowing candles, and Christmas elegance! Special events info. Info on daily tours here.

Best Metro Detroit Christmas Events #6Royal Park Hotel Gingerbread Forest – Each year the Royal Park Hotel in Downtown Rochester has a GIANT Gingerbread creation in their lobby (through New Year’s). HINT – it’s the perfect place to take the kids for Christmas Card photos. It’s worth the trip just for the aroma alone! Please consider a small donation to the Salvation Army while visiting Review, Pics, Video

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. Certain ticket packages even include holiday ice skating at the Detroit Zoo rink! Ticket infoReview, Pics, Info

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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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