Metro Detroit at Christmastime

Last weekend I got to go to Michigan to my hometown area for a couple days to see my brother graduate from college. I’m so proud of him! We made some good memories in the few days we were there. It always goes by too fast, but I’m glad I had a chance for some Pure Michigan fun.

I’m recovering from the cold I caught on the plane, but overall it was a nice trip back home and I got to enjoy a little “white Christmas,” since it’s currently in the ’60s in Alabama. We also got to check out some favorite Christmas decorations, so I’m sharing a few in this post for you Metro Detroiters or those interested in visiting the area before the season ends. I’m probably leaving out a lot of good spots, so let me know in the comments what your favorite Christmas displays in the area are!


Downtown Rochester Big Bright Light Show

My all-time favorite Christmas light event is the downtown Rochester Big Bright Light Show! I think it is definitely worth making a trip to, even if you live far away. All of the buildings get decked out in sparkling colors, and it’s truly a magical walk to take, especially with a little snow on the ground.


Downtown Royal Oak

Another area that decorates really nice is downtown Royal Oak! They have a big, pretty tree and lots of lights on the smaller ones scattered through every block. While you’re there, warm up at one of my favorite tea rooms in the area, Goldfish Tea! Try the gunpowder 😉


Campus Martius, Detroit

Probably the biggest and brightest in the area, Campus Martius’ tree is beautiful. This was the first year I’ve gotten to actually walk around there, and they had a cute holiday pop-up market set up for the holidays. There is an ice skating rink set up and lots of sparkling decorations — it’s just such a festive place to be. Stop and have a snack at one of the local eateries for even more fun.


Wolcott Mill Heritage Holidays

If you’re looking for a more rural Christmas experience, check out Wolcott Mill. They had the Heritage Days last weekend so that’s something fun to plan on going to next year, but They also had some really cute outdoor decorations, near the gorgeous snowy hiking trail.

What’s your favorite holiday lights display tradition in Detroit or where you live? Let me know in the comments below!


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