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Southeast Michigan: The Best Place to be for the Holidays   

From twinkling lights to festive drinks and holiday fun, Southeast Michigan winters are truly unique. With snow on the forecast and harsh winds likely, winter chills don’t stop Detroiters from having some fun. What makes Southeast Michigan one of the best places to be during the holidays? Take a look at our list.   

Light displays guaranteed to light up your night  

If holiday lights are your thing, there is a long list of displays in Southeast Michigan that will leave a twinkle in your eye.  

Wild Lights at the Zoo – Detroit Zoo  

8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067 

The Detroit Zoo’s light-filled event is hosted over 40 magical nights and boasts millions of LED lights illuminating trees, buildings, and more than 280 sculptures to experience within the zoo.  

Wayne County Lightfest  

Ann Arbor Trail to Outer Drive 

Stay warm in your car while traveling Hines Park’s four-mile drive and look around at the nearly 50 themed displays and over 100,000 lights gleaming in through your car windows.  

The Big Bright Light Show  

Downtown Rochester  

Make a trip to Rochester’s downtown area to admire the businesses that are decorated for the season and are covered in over a million glimmering lights. 

Dash through the snow…in a one-horse open carriage  

Carriage rides may sound like a scene from a movie, but it is not that far-fetched. Southeast Michigan offers carriage rides, some even for free.   

 Winter Carriage Rides  

Downtown Birmingham 

Enjoy a free carriage ride through the winter streets of Downtown Birmingham. Rides are first-come, first-served, so account for a long wait and less busy time.   

Campus Martius Park Carriage Rides 

800 Woodward Ave., Detroit 

Take a ride in Downtown Detroit and see views like you never have before from inside an enchanted horse-drawn carriage. 

Dust off the rust on your skates  

Experience real-life snow globe vibes and get ready to see Detroit in full holiday mode.  

Ice Skating at Campus Martius Park 

800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, Michigan 

Known as one of the most beautiful skating experiences in the country, the Campus Martius Park ice skating rink is in the heart of Downtown Detroit on Woodward Avenue. Bring your skates or rent some at the park. Visitors must purchase tickets online or by phone at 313.963.9393.   

Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the season  

Get your holiday shopping done while supporting small businesses right in your backyard.  

Holiday Nights – Greenfield Village  

20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 481245029 

Step back in time and enjoy carousel rides, ice skating, historic Model T and carriage rides, period time attire, staff, and live performances. Holiday nights have everything you could want this holiday season.  

Birmingham Winter Market 2021  

Shain Park in Downtown Birmingham 

The Birmingham Winter Market offers something for everyone, including food and drinks, gift items, holiday greens, crafts, ice carving, winter princesses, live reindeer, warming stations, children’s activity area, a Santa House, horse-drawn carriage rides, and live entertainment. 


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