You can stroll through the zoo or a historical village. Alternatively, go ice skating or watch the official holiday tree be lit. Watch as the Night Before Christmas and A Christmas Story come to life before your eyes. Delicious holiday treats will be available in many different locations. You will want to gather your friends and family to attend these five Detroit winter holiday celebrations.
Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo
View over 5 million holiday lights
See more than 5 million LED Christmas lights in the front half of the Detroit Zoo. Enjoy ice skating on the plastic rink and watch the special 10-minute adaptation of Rudolph the Reindeer. Two more family-friendly shows will also be available for viewing. Ride the carousel while listening to special music. Record the memories forever by having pictures taken with Santa Claus. View the special exhibitions in the Ford Education Center that is included in the price of admission. Of course, seeing the animals at night makes a trip to the zoo even more special. Be sure to check the schedule as this event will only happen on 24 nights starting in mid-November.
Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
Celebrate an old-fashion Christmas
USA Today has declared Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village one of the top 10 holiday experiences in the country. Wander along the lantern-lit paths as you listen to violinists play your favorite holiday music. Take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage decked out in holiday decorations or choose to ride in the antique Ford cars. Watch costumed presenters teach you about how Christmas was celebrated when Detroit was a young city. Shop for wonderful unique holiday presents for everyone on your list. Participate in cooking demonstrations where free samples may be available. Be sure to leave time for ice skating before gathering to sing your favorite carols and watch the fireworks. You will definitely feel like you have stepped back in time when you visit this historical holiday celebration.
Campus Martius Park
See Detroit’s official Christmas tree
You are invited to join with other Detroit citizens to light the official Detroit Christmas tree that will be set up in Campus Martius Park. The Michigan-grown tree is likely to be more than 60 feet tall, and it will be lit with more than 19,000-holiday lights. Sway to the music provided by headline performers. Make sure to come hungry as many local businesses will be setting up pop-up tents to sell your favorite holiday foods. You can also enjoy ice skating on the largest manmade ice skating rink in Michigan. There will be places to rent skates along with people present to sharpen your ice skates. Make the night even more special with a carriage ride by the downtown businesses. Stroll through the large tent to see the collection of 30 artisan snowmen. After the tree is lit, it will stay lit throughout the holiday season, and many of the restaurants will still have their temporary locations.
Fantasyland at Lincoln Park
Stroll through A Christmas Story and the Night Before Christmas
For more than 50 years, people have been flocking to the bandshell in Lincoln Park to celebrate Fantasyland. One room is decorated to look like the A Christmas Story, and it will have the Red Ryder BB gun and the iconic leg lamp. Another room will be decorated with a Night Before Christmas theme. Another room smells like Christmas spices because the elves have been busy baking. This holiday celebration is designed especially for the youngest members of the family with earlier operating hours. Children can have their pictures taken with Santa. A walking snowman and Mrs. Clause will greet visitors as they wander through the park. Leave time to visit the reindeer and join those gathering for this event that opens right after Thanksgiving for the singing of favorite holiday songs. The music, delightful characters, and scenery are sure to leave you in the holiday spirit.
Olde World Canterbury Village
Enjoy Christmas year round
There is no need to wait for the holiday season as you can drive just 35 miles north of Detroit where it is always Christmas in the Olde World Canterbury Village. Stroll through the Olde World Canterbury Village where you will find holiday decorations from around the world for sale. Wreaths, ornaments, model villages, toy trains and more are available from an assortment of merchants. Stop at the cider mill for a hot cup of cider while dining on your favorite holiday sweet. Work up a hearty appetite as you shop until you drop so that you can enjoy the scrumptious dinner buffet at the restaurant. Alternatively, consider grabbing a sandwich at the Old-English-style pub. Once the holidays are near, then make sure to bring the kids so that they can dine at the popular Breakfast with Santa event. You will want to come back often as this village puts on wonderful concerts throughout the year. The friendly merchants are always happy that you came to this historical village that opened to the public in 1976 after spending two centuries as a family farm.
With so many different ways to celebrate the holidays in Detroit, you will definitely be in the holiday mood.