Southeast Michigan Christmas: Best Holiday Events and Christmas Things To Do
Southeast Michigan Holiday Events and The Coolest Christmas Things to Do 2022 (Christmas Tree Light Shows, Zoo Lights, Christmas Tree Lighting, Holiday Parades, Christmas Tree Farms and More!)
Looking for a fun holiday event or something fun to do to celebrate Christmas in southeast Michigan? Read on for a list of some the best ways to celebrate the season!
Wayne County Lightfest in Hines Park – The biggest light show in Michigan with over four miles of Hines Drive is dedicated to upwards of 100,000 lights and nearly 50 animated displays ready to greet you around every winding curve in the road. Cost is $5 per car. Find more fabulous Christmas light displays here.
Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village – Located in Dearborn, MI , this offers an opportunity to explore more than 80 acres of old-fashioned Americana in this glimmering after-hours celebration of America’s most heartwarming holiday. Stroll down Main Street and take in the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the holidays. and maybe even sing some Christmas carols.
Campus Martius in Downtown Detroit – Grab your ice skates and head to Campus Martius: it’s THE place to be during the holidays, with hot cocoa and warming stations. Shop the cute downtown holiday Christmas markets in nearby Cadillac Square after you take a loop around the outdoor ice rink under spectacular Christmas lights. The annual lighting of the Christmas tree is scheduled for November 19, but the fun continues through January.
Detroit Zoo’s Wild Lights Display in Royal Oak – Millions of LED lights will illuminate the zoo, covering trees, buildings, and over 280 sculptures throughout the property, forming holiday light displays. This beautiful, bright, and unique setting is suited for anything from date night to a family-friendly outing.
Blakes Family Christmas – You have a chance to make some amazing memories on this 100-acre tree farm, where you can jump on a wagon ride out to find the perfect tree while sipping hot cider. Reserve a cozy, heated igloo and enjoy a private dinner, or stroll through a holiday market.
Light Up Beacon Park in Downtown Detroit – More than 125,000 twinkling lights will illuminate the park and turn it into a pure Michigan winter wonderland. Visit with Santa and his reindeer; find carolers and holiday music; food trucks, warming stations and more at the main event on November 19; lights stay up in Beacon Park until January 10.
Downtown Plymouth Christmas Tree Lighting and Tree Walk– Plymouth’s Kellogg Park comes alive with the spirit of Christmas on November 12. Visit now through January 3 to walk the park among a forest of beautifully decorated trees. When you’re done, simply wander across Main Street for a bite to eat. You can find more Michigan Christmas tree lightings here.
Country Christmas at Northville’s Three Cedars Farm – Get yourself in the Holiday spirit by spending an afternoon at Three Cedars! With Christmas trees, wreaths, hot cocoa, cider, donuts, and of course Santa Claus, you can be certain that there will something for everyone. You’ll also find Christmas trees, a kids outdoor playland, a petting farm, and much more. Open weekends through December 19.
Braun’s Tree Farm in Ann Arbor – Bring your pup and cut your own Christmas tree in Ann Arbor. You’ll find 50 acres of Christmas trees and holiday fun here. The best part? It’s very dog-friendly, so your pup can get into the holiday spirit right along with you!
Big Bright Light Show in Rochester – Downtown Rochester is home to the Big Bright Light Show, one of the prettiest Christmas displays in southeast Michigan. All the buildings in downtown Rochester will be covered from top to bottom with strings of Christmas lights. Free event now through January 3.
Magic of Lights at DTE Energy Music Theater – See more than a million LED lights in this dazzling drive-through two-mile light display featuring holiday-themed scenes and characters, including the all-new Prehistoric Christmas and Mega Tree displays. November 19 – December 31, 2021; $20 – $30 per vehicle.
Holiday Stroll at Olde World Canterbury Village – Stroll through a quaint Village in Lake Orion that is glowing with almost a million festive lights, enjoy a 7-minute amazing light show choreographed to classic holiday songs, and enjoy the sounds of professional carolers, and live Christmas performances. Runs November 26 – December 23; tickets are $14.99.
Best Michigan Holiday Events a Little Farther North of Southeast Michigan
Pere Marquette (The Polar Express) in Owosso – This is the Christmas event of the season: a one-hour-and-fifteen-minute train ride on the North Pole Express, a world-famous Pere Marquette 1225. Board the train in Owosso and head to the Village of Ashley Country Christmas, where passengers will disembark for a two-hour Christmas party, complete with hot cocoa and other treats.
Christmas at Crossroads Village – During the Holiday season (November 26 – December 30), the Village comes alive under thousands of points of glimmering holiday lights. Make memories to last all year from the comfort of your own vehicle and see displays of your favorite holiday scenes for just $10 per car.
See Santa at Peacock Road Family Farm in Laingsburg – Looking for Santa’s headquarters downstate? You might find him here on Peacock Road Christmas Tree Farm, along with a Sugar Shack filled with sweet treats, a wreath shop, and more. You can also ride the Peacock Express to the North Pole for just $80 (each train car seats 7).
Krause Tree Farm in Applegate – A visit to this fun Christmas Tree farm just north of Lexington in Michigans’ thumb region is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. In addition to trees, you’ll find a gift shop with fresh boughs, roping, and wreaths as well as refreshments and seasonal snacks.
Port Austin Christmas Tree Lighting – Head to the tip of Michigan thumb on Friday, November 26 at 7 p.m. for the Port Austin Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. If you get there at 6 p.m., you can enjoy the parade, too. There’s a lot to do around this fun town, learn more about Port Austin here.
Visit Frankenmuth, Michigan’s Own Christmas Town – Charming Frankenmuth is the hotbed of Christmas in Michigan all year round, where you can shop in European-style holiday marketplace, stroll the shops and restaurants and take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage ride along snow-dusted streets. Be sure and stop in the Old Christmas station for a fabulous home-cooked dinner.
Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland – It’s the world’s largest Christmas store, with more than seven acres and 50,000 Christmas trims and gifts for you to shop. Every evening from dusk until midnight, Bronner’s grounds transform into a magical de-light as over 100,000-holiday lights illuminate the Frankenmuth sky. Open year-round.
Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm in Clare – Visit Santa and his reindeer in Clare through December 23, where you can view, pet, and feed the reindeer. You’ll find a heated barn with Christmas alpaca and other animals, as well as a gift shop, fresh warm donuts, hot caramel cider and hot cocoa. Cost is $7, check their website for times and dates.
More Fun Holiday Events and Christmas Things to Do in Southeast Michigan Cut Your Own Christmas Tree at a U-Cut Tree Farm
Arend Tree Farms in Grass Lake
3512 Notten Road, Grass Lake, MI
This Christmas tree farm between Ann Arbor and Jackson has been a go-to for southeast Michigan families for many years and offers 300 acres of trees. Bring the family and take a wagon ride out to the field, it’s simply beautiful.
Blakes Family Christmas
17985 Armada Center Rd, Armada, MI 48005
You have a chance to make some amazing memories on this 100-acre tree farm, where you can jump on a wagon ride out to find the perfect tree while sipping hot cider. Reserve a cozy, heated igloo and enjoy a private dinner, or stroll through our holiday market.
Braun’s Tree Farm
796 Warren Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
You’ll find 50 acres of Christmas trees and holiday fun here. The best part? It’s very dog-friendly, so your pup can get into the holiday spirit right along with you! You can find more fun things to do in Ann Arbor here.
Find More Michigan Holiday Events and Cool Christmas Things to Do
Wyandotte Tree Lighting
Friday, November 19, 2021, 6 p.m.
Downtown Wyandotte, MI, Sycamore and Biddle Avenue
It’s an annual holiday tradition in this city alongside the Detroit River in southeast Michigan, so bring the family, sing carols and celebrate as the city Christmas tree glows.
Holiday Tree Lighting in Madison Heights
Monday, November 22, 2021 6:30 p.m.
Civic Center Plaza, 300 W. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights 48071
Join in the excitement as Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive to turn on the City Holiday Lights!
Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony at The Henry Ford
Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, MI 48124
Head to the historic Henry Ford Museum to kick off the festive season and join special guest, Santa Claus, as he lights the towering tree in the museum plaza. You’ll also find opportunities for photos with Santa and other special entertainment.