It's nearly November 2022, meaning the holiday season is upon us! This of course brings lots of fun family events to Metro Detroit and you won’t want to miss our top picks taking place in and around the area.
From holiday lights, to outdoor adventures and local & historic festivals, you are sure to enjoy one of the many events taking place this month!
Bring a carved, lighted pumpkin out to celebrate the 4th Annual All Hallows Illumination of Frog Island Park! Occurring the day after Halloween each year, this event promotes hope and excitement for the new season. Come dressed in costume to the park, admire the Jack-o-lanterns as they light up the amphitheater, and enjoy entertainment of fire spinners from Ypsi Jam, followed by live music by Black Jake & the Carnies at this fun, free festival in Metro Detroit.
Location: FROG ISLAND PARK, 699 RICE STREET, YPSILANTI, MI 48197
Date: November 1, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Escape the cold and head to Pine Knob Music Theater in Clarkston between November 18th and December 31st for the Magic of Lights! Enjoy a drive-through holiday lights experience featuring the holiday scenes and characters you know and love through the use of digital animation and countless LED lights. This is a fantastic option to take in the sights of the season and is super affordable as ticket prices are per vehicle, so bring your family and friends!
Location: Pine Knob Music Theatre, 3 Bob Seger Dr, Clarkston, MI 48348
Date: November 18 through December 31, 2002
Time: Sun-Thurs 5:30PM to 10PM | Fri-Sat 5:30PM to 11PM
Price: $15 per Standard Vehicle / $30 per Limo or Party Bus
If Clarkston is too far of a drive, we highly recommend the 2022 Wayne County Lightfest as an alternative option. This drive through holiday event begins in Westland of Wayne County and offers a stop at Perrin Park mid-way through the event where patrons can drop off a letter to Santa in the giant mailbox, visit the two food trucks on site, and use the restroom. There will also be designated Toy Nights where visitors can donate a new toy in place of the standard entrance fee. Additionally there will be a Bike Through the Lights event on November 15, as well as a Lightfest 8K Fun Run/Walk event held on November 16 - both of these events do require pre-registration. Wait times can get long for this event, especially on weekends, so plan ahead.
Location: MERRIMAN HOLLOW PARK, 7651 N. MERRIMAN ROAD, WESTLAND, MI
Date: November 17 through December 24
Time: Wed-Sun 6PM to 10PM
Price: $5 per Standard Vehicle (cash only) / $20-$50 for Commercial Vehicles
Kick off the holiday season in style by visiting Campus Martius Park for the 19th Annual Tree Lighting in Downtown Detroit for a whole host of FREE activities! This year will feature a 65 foot Norwegian Spruce full of ornaments and over 20,000 lights. With spectacular live entertainment including Olympic figure skaters, award-winning local performers & skating clubs, lighting attractions, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, hot chocolate giveaways, food trucks, visits from Santa and more, this is the place to be for your all-in-one night of entertainment. This event does draw very large crowds every year, so we highly recommend arriving early!
Location: CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK, 800 WOODWARD AVE, DETROIT, MI 48226
Date: November 18
Time: 5PM to 12AM
For 35 magical nights in Royal Oak, millions of LED lights will illuminate trees, sculptures, buildings, and other elements of the Detroit Zoo Wild Lights Show beginning on November 19th. Visitors can come to explore the zoo and see the lights after dusk along the Enchanted Trail, Toyland & Wishing Tree and more, or opt to upgrade to a combination package such as the Polar Patio VIP Experience, consisting of a private all-you-can-eat dining experience complete with dessert, cocoa, and a souvenir cup. New for 2022, the Wild Lights Lounge will also be included with admission where guests can warm up inside while enjoying holiday decor, live entertainment, bar service, s’mores, and more. Ticket prices are cheaper when purchasing online and this event tends to sell out quickly, so don’t miss your chance to make this your new annual tradition!
Location: DETROIT ZOO, 8450 W 10 MILE RD, ROYAL OAK, MI 48067
Date: November 19 through January 8
Time: Varies by Date
Price: $17-$24 for General Admission / $23-$65 for Upgraded Packages
On November 19th, make your way to beautiful Downtown Brighton for their Annual Holiday Glow & Christmas Market. Between 1PM to 7PM visitors can enjoy the Christmas Market along Main Street for holiday shopping, food trucks, strolling singers, local performers and more. Children will also love the different activities including the Jollie Choo-Choo train, pictures with the reindeer, a petting farm, reindeer games, art and crafts, holiday treats, as well as each child having their chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. While you’re there, don’t forget to stop into the many local shops and restaurants!
Location: DOWNTOWN BRIGHTON, 104 E GRAND RIVER AVE, BRIGHTON, MI 48116
Date: November 19
Time: 1PM to 7PM
Beginning with a Preview Gala on November 19th, the 38th Annual Festival of Trees will be taking place at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. This week-long holiday event has become an annual tradition for thousands across Southeast Michigan, featuring tree displays, a gift shop, children’s activities, Santa, and more. The highlight of this wonderful event is that it benefits the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation through funding research into causes & cures of childhood diseases. Over the past 37 years they have raised an amazing amount of over $9 Million in pediatric research. All military personnel will be given free admittance on November 22nd and the festival will be closed on Nov 24th for Thanksgiving.
Location: FORD COMMUNITY & PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, 15801 MICHIGAN AVE, DEARBORN, MI 48126
Date: November 19 through 27
Time: Hours Vary
Price: Adults $5 / Child $3 / Under 2 Free
Head to the Packard Proving Grounds in Shelby Township on November 20th to show your support of local small businesses at the Harvest Holiday Indoor Farmers Market! Located in the Repair Garage and Lodge Garage, over 50 local vendors will be onsite including farmers and artisans providing fresh baked goods, handcrafted jewelry, unique crafts, handmade soaps, holiday gifts and more. While you’re there check out a tour of this historic automotive site!
Location: PACKARD PROVING GROUNDS, 49965 VAN DYKE AVE, SHELBY TWP, MI 48317
Date: November 20
Time: 11AM to 5PM
Price: $1 Donation Admittance
For one of the best holiday light shows and festivals, don’t miss Lagniappe in Downtown Rochester on November 21st! Lagniappe (pronounced lan-yap) is Creole for “a little something extra,” and is also the kickoff of Rochester’s Big, Bright Light Show! With over 1.5 MILLION lights illuminating the streets and storefronts, merchants will be taking their wares and foods to the streets to offer a little something extra to visitors in appreciation of their support throughout the year. There will also be musical entertainment, and the kids will have the opportunity to share their Christmas lists with Jolly old Saint Nick, Mrs. Claus and their reindeer from 7:15 to 9PM.
Location: DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER, 431 S MAIN ST, ROCHESTER, MI 48307
Date: November 21
Time: 6PM to 9PM
America’s Thanksgiving Parade returns to Detroit for its 96th year! This annual tradition is definitely a fan favorite with hundreds of thousands in attendance annually. This year’s parade theme is “Our Great City! Detroit!!” and will take place on historic Woodward Avenue beginning at 9AM at the Detroit Institute of Arts and will end at Campus Martius Park. Broadcast in more than 185 television markets across the nation and voted the Best Holiday Parade in America for two years in a row, the parade itself features more than 75 larger-than-life floats, colorful high-flying balloons, thunderous marching bands, and unique performance acts. Prior to the parade will be an assortment of distance runs including the famed Turkey Trot 10K, Stuffing Strut 5K and more. For those interested in participating, registration has already begun and is open until November 23rd.
Location: DOWNTOWN DETROIT, 5401 WOODWARD AVE, DETROIT, MI 48202
Date: November 24
Time: 7:30AM to 12PM
Price: Free / $60-$70 for grandstand seating / Race Registration Beginning at $30
On November 25th, the Santa’s City of Plymouth Parade will be taking place with Kris Kringle all through the town and stopping through the city parks along his route. The parade also coincides with the start of Plymouth’s Walk of Trees where 75 trees, each decorated by a local family, club or business, where the trees will be lit 24 hours a day right up through Christmas.
Location: KELLOGG PARK, W ANN ARBOR TRAIL, PLYMOUTH, MI 48170
Date: November 25 to January 1
Time: 5:15PM to 7:30PM (Parade)
Back in Shelby Township at the Packard Proving Grounds on November 26th is the Annual Model Train Show! With hundreds of model trains set up and running throughout the day, this is the place to be for any enthusiast. Visitors can expect to find a large number of vendors at this event with scales and gauges from the early 1900s to modern models.
Location: PACKARD PROVING GROUNDS, 49965 VAN DYKE AVE, SHELBY TWP, MI 48317
Date: November 26
Time: 10AM to 3PM
Price: $8 / 11 Years & Under Free with Adult Paid Admission
For another amazing light display, head to Glenlore Trails in Commerce Township for their Aurora presentation! Each Thursday through Sunday, this wintery immersive night walk experience takes you through a one mile illuminated outdoor forest path with dazzling lights, sound and wonder. Keep your eye out along the way for interactive story moments and other entertainment as well. Great for family time, date nights, or a night out with friends, this is sure to be a fun time. Tickets are on sale as of October 26th with the event beginning November 26th, however the website does mention Aurora returns on 11/17/22, so earlier dates may be available. Don’t forget to dress appropriately for the weather!
Location: 3860 NEWTON RD, COMMERCE CHARTER TWP, MI 48382
Date: Beginning November 26
Time: Thursday through Sunday
Price: General Admission $25 / Youth $15 / 3 & Under Free / Senior $20
Step back in time at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, an authentic Great Lakes town from the turn of last century. With over 34 historic structures, the Huckleberry Railroad, a paddlewheel riverboat, and more, you will find a thriving community unlike few others. Visit the shops at Crossroads Village for holiday gifts, take in the sights of thousands of sparkling lights and take a ride on the railroad to complete your evening. There are also Drive Through Only available for $10 per vehicle on select nights, as well as a wonderful Christmas Dinner Buffet on select weekends at very reasonable rates.
Location: Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, 6140 N Bray Rd, Flint, MI 48505
Date: November 25 through 27 / Various Dates in December
Time: 4PM to 9PM
Price: Adult $15 (Village Only), $24 (Village & Train) / Children $13, $22 / 2 and Under Free / Seniors $14, $23
Head to Holly, Michigan beginning November 26th for the 49th Annual Holly Dickens Festival! As the oldest, longest Charles Dickens Festival in the United States, Holly welcomes you to join the fun and take a trip to the past to the days of Charles Dickens where you can become a part of A Christmas Carol. Stroll through decorated streets, vist the unique shops and eateries, and indulge in some roasted chestnuts & hot chocolate while enjoying the sounds of Christmas carols. The first day is the best to attend, as the Dickens Lighted Parade takes place at the end of the day, followed by the arrival of Santa Claus and the lighting ceremony. If you can't make the first day, no need to worry. There are plenty of other activities that take place through the three weekends the event is taking place. Keep your eye out for live entertainment in the street performers wandering town. You may even bump into Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge himself!
Location: DOWNTOWN HOLLY, BATTLE ALY, HOLLY, MI 48442
Date:November 26 & 27, December 3 & 4, 10 & 11
Time: Saturdays 11AM to 6PM, Sundays 12PM to 5PM
November is proving to be quite the entertaining month for family events and activities and we couldn’t be more excited to visit some of our favorite cities in Metro Detroit! For more insight on our favorite communities, visit our YouTube channel HERE for videos on the best things to do in each area, as well as what it is like moving to and living in each area!
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