The cooler weather and falling leaves aren’t the only signs of the approaching holidays. Just look at Detroit’s jam-packed social calendar to see how much there is to celebrate. When it comes to seeing lights — bright, wild and lots of ’em — we’ve got you covered.
Speaking of lights, Wayne County has a few up its sleeve. The county’s annual Lightfest is one of the Midwest’s largest light shows, featuring more than one million lights and tons of animated displays on a four-mile route on Hines Drive (with a $5 fee per vehicle). This year marks the 20th anniversary, and Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. marks the opening with a special celebration.
On any given winter night, starting Nov. 15, the Rink at Campus Martius Park in the heart of Detroit draws ice skaters from all over the area. It’s open all winter (weather permitting), and during the holidays, a 60-foot tree tops the Woodward Fountain. The Detroit Tree Lighting presented by DTE Energy Foundation will be held Nov. 22.
Over at the Detroit Zoo, the Wild Lights holiday light display features entertainment, arts and crafts, storytelling, ice carving, a Lego® holiday train and more. Dates run Nov. 23-24 and 29-30; Dec. 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-23 and 26-30; and Jan. 2-5, 2014; from 5:30-9 p.m. on weeknights and Sundays; and 5:30-10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The cost is $8 per person in advance and $10 at the gate for ages 2 and up (free for children under 2). Parking is $5 per car for all guests, members and non-members.