Christmas Lights in Metro Detroit

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Just a little taste of the fun things we’ve been doing around our hood…It’s the most wonderful time of year, isn’t it?

Top (L to R): Reindeer at the Ice Fest in downtown Ferndale, Big, Bright Lights show in downtown Rochester.
Bottom (L to R): Mike and Margaret’s crazy lighted house in Troy, Giant Gingerbread House supporting the Salvation Army at the Royal Park Hotel in downtown Rochester.

Do you love Christmas lights as much as I do? If so, check out these 5 spots to see rockin’ light displays in metro Detroit:

The Big, Bright Light Show + bonus! Go see the Giant Gingerbread House at The Royal Park (Downtown Rochester, Mich.)

Bundle the kids up and stare in wonderment at more than 1.5 million points of colorful lights. {FREE, but you may want to purchase something from one of the adorable downtown boutiques/restaurants to show support!}

Wayne County Lightfest (Hines Dr. and Merriman in Westland, Mich.)

Take the 4½ mile trek through 39 light displays, packed with rainbows, snowflakes, candy canes and more, in the form of nearly one million lights. {$5 per car.}

Livonia Lights (34836 Bridge St., Livonia, Mich. 48152)

This display at a private residence celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and features more than 40,000 lights synchronized to music. Tune into 88.5 FM and listen to the music corresponding with the lights. {FREE}

Our Dancing Lights (3111 Paramount Ln., Auburn Hills, Mich. 48326)

Another dazzling synchronized light and music display at a private residence with more than 43,000 lights and more than 1 mile of extension cords used! On-lookers can tune into 90.3 FM to hear the corresponding music. {FREE, but encourages a donation to The Rainbow Connection charity}

And near my neighborhood…(photo above):

Mike and Margaret’s House (3074 Troy Dr. Troy, MI 48083)

…just another display of amazing lights! {FREE}

To find light displays near you, check out Christmas Light Finder.

What have I missed? Where are the most amazing lights around the D?


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  1. says

    Wow – these are all great, but I LOVE that top picture on the right with the storefronts all lit in different colors! I’ve never seen that done before; it’s gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Mrs. Weber says

      It was such an incredible move for the downtown area…I’m sure it has done wonders for its restaurant and shopping scene!

  2. says

    Awesome tips! We still have to go see the gingerbread house at the Royal Park. I want to go see that one on Paramount too – heard it’s awesome. I always love downtown Rochester this time of year. I just wish it would snow – lights are so much prettier in snow than the rain. There’s a home in a neighborhood in Rochester Hills (in Stoney Creek Ridge near 26 & Dequindre) that had a ton of lights last year & you tuned your car radio to a station for the choreography. I’ll try and get the address & add it here if I do.
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    • Mrs. Weber says

      I need to go out and play your “Ho Ho Ho” game…I just love the concept and it would be super fun with all these cool light displays!

  3. says

    The Rochester downtown lights always make me so happy.

    There’s a house at the corner of 12 Mile & Washington in Royal Oak that has a TON of stuff. Enough that people park and walk around to look at it. It’s a little cheesy, and my kids love it :)

    • Mrs. Weber says

      I agree…our lights are pretty boring, but at least we have them. I get a little sad when I’m driving and there’s barely any lights in a sub. At least get those fake deer or something!

  4. says

    My husband and I were driving home from dinner one night and caught Mike and Margaret’s house out of the corner of our eye and had to turn around! Loved it. Been trying to get the kids to see it, but each time we’ve driven by, the lights have been off. Hoping to see them Saturday night though.

    I have to agree about the house on 12 Mile near National in Royal Oak. We go to that house every year (several times a year when we lived in Royal Oak). It is crazy cheesy and way more than even the Griswolds, but a fun family tradition to visit. Love your list and will be adding more places to visit.

    • Mrs. Weber says

      Hi Denny,
      This list is from a few years ago, so it’s outdated. It looks like the Livonia one *should* be up and running soon…Not sure about Troy, and it looks like the Auburn Hills house is taking a break this year. The rest are up and running!