Top holiday attractions in metro Detroit

If you live in Detroit or are planning a visit during the holiday season, you’ll notice cities throughout the metro area go all out spreading Christmas cheer. Whether you’d like to pay a visit to Santa or enjoy a fun-filled walk through a lights display, one thing’s for sure – any of these will surely invoke the holiday spirit. And, who knows? You may find yourself a new annual tradition.

Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village – Dearborn

About 15 minutes outside of the city, you can take a lantern-lit journey into Greenfield Village. Horse-drawn wagons, Model T rides and Christmas carolers fill the night with an evening that resembles “stepping into a Christmas card from the past.” Holiday Night tickets are available for Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 20-23 and 26-30. Greenfield Village is at 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn.

Wayne County Lightfest

Take a drive with your loved ones along Hines Drive for “Midwest’s largest and longest light show,” the Wayne County Lightfest. Turn on some Christmas tunes and sip on hot cocoa while peering out from your cozy vehicle at over 50 holiday themed light displays. The four mile route begins at 7651 Merriman Road, Westland, between Warren Road and Ann Arbor Trail. At the end of the Lightfest drive, Santa Claus will be at Santa’s Workshop in Warrendale Park. Admisson is $5 per vehicle. If you plan to takea  photo with Santa at the end, the fee is $8. Wayne County Lightfest is open 7 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6 to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Campus Martius Park – Detroit

Horse-drawn carriage rides, Christmas carolers and the outdoor skating rink attract thousands of people to Campus Martius Park during the holiday season each year. Set up in the middle of downtown Detroit along Woodward Avenue, family and friends of all ages come together to enjoy the festivities. The outdoor skating rink is open seven days a week. Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for children (12 and under) and seniors (50 and older). Skate rental is an additional $3 fee. Campus Martius is a 800 Woodward Avenue, Detroit.

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo – Royal Oak

More than five million bright LED lights illuminate trees, buildings and more than 200 animal sculptures at Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak. Experience a magical winter wonderland as you take in the lights, sights and enjoy holiday entertainment and activities for guests of all ages. Dates for Wild Lights is Nov. 18-20, 25-27; Dec. 1-4, 8-11, 15-23 and 26-31. Tickets are $10 in advance or $13 at the gate. The Detroit Zoo is at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak.

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