Our Favorite Ways to Spend the Holidays Around Detroit, MI

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Detroit. This bastion of industry, the arts, culture, and history have its presence in so many different fields, and it doesn’t fail to entertain its residents year-round. Whether you are a visitor, returning home to see friends and family, or a local looking for something to do close to home, you’ll find that Detroit truly has so much to see and do. Read on for some of our favorite ways to spend the holidays here around Motor City.

Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village

This event combines the long automotive heritage of Detroit with the familiar and beloved sights of the holidays, a uniquely Motor City tradition. Whether as a visitor or a local, Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village is a great holiday season activity for all. Celebrate the holidays as the city comes out to Greenfield Village to enjoy carolers, roasting chestnuts, bonfires, hot chocolate, artisan markets, and holiday fun. The location also provides the one-of-a-kind experience of Christmas indoors as it was decades ago in some of Detroit’s oldest buildings, albeit with a nightly firework finale that only grows in scale with each year. One of the most notable activities here however is the chance to take a ride in a Model T!  Between ice skating, railroad rides, on-site dining and endless opportunities for shopping, photos, and making memories, Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village is a solid holiday season choice for all.

Noel Night

For nearly 50 years, the numerous major institutions of sciences, the arts, history, and performance have put together Noel Night, a rare day of the year where Midtown Detroit’s most notable attractions open their doors to all in an open house, true to the spirit of the holidays. For those in the Detroit area during the holidays, this means a rare opportunity to tour and visit some of the most inspiring sights of the city for free! These include the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Centre, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, and countless other smaller galleries, shops, and churches. Also accompanying these open houses are performances by over 100 local music, theater, and dance groups, as well as food and craft vendors, family and group activities, and rides in a horse-drawn carriage! Bring the whole group out to Noel Night and experience some of the best Detroit has to offer with the city.

Wayne County Lightfest

For a more accessible and cozy holiday season experience, bring your favorite snacks and blankets and get comfortable in your car, because you won’t need to leave it for this event! The Wayne County Lightfest is some four miles of light shows, light sculptures, and displays featuring over 100,000 lights celebrating the holiday season. This is a longstanding tradition that again, combines Motor City’s love for the holidays and its long history with the automobile. So don’t worry about braving the winter cold and enjoy the lights from your car at Wayne County Lightfest!

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