Holiday Events in Metro Detroit 2017


The leaves are falling from the trees and the holiday lights are going up along the streets and shops in Detroit and the surrounding areas! Holiday events in Metro Detroit are filling the calendar, giving people of all ages a chance to celebrate their special holiday.

The excitement of the Detroit holiday events begins on November 17, with the 14th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony. The lighting event begins at 5 pm and is free to the public. Make plans to enjoy the stunning sight of a “Michigan-grown, 60-foot Norwegian Spruce wrapped in more than 19,000 multi-colored lights and ornaments”!


Events in Metro Detroit This Holiday Season

A number of tree lighting events in Detroit and area communities are held toward the end of November and into early December, including:

  • Clawson at Memorial Park at Blair Memorial Library on Wednesday, November 29, at 6:30 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Hazel Park at the Hazel Park Viking Ice Arena on Tuesday, November 21, at 6 pm. Check out their Facebook page here to stay updated on events.
  • Madison Heights at the Civic Center Plaza at the Gazebo on Monday, November 27, at 6:30 pm
  • Southfield at Burgh Historical Park on Tuesday, November 28, at 6:30 pm. More about this event here.
  • Warren at Warren City Square on Saturday, December 2, from 5pm-8pm. Check out the events page here.
  • Waterford at Town Hall, Tuesday, November 28, from 6pm-8pm. Find out more about the event here.

On Thanksgiving Day, America’s Thanksgiving Parade, “one of the country’s largest and most spectacular parades in the United States” rolls through Detroit’s historic Woodward Avenue. The parade is a cherished holiday tradition that dates back to 1924!


Up for some wild lights this holiday season? Check out Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo. Beginning November 18 and held every weekend through December 31, the Detroit Zoo invites you to enjoy the spectacular sight of “five million LED lights (that) will illuminate trees, buildings and more than 230 animal sculptures throughout the front half of the Zoo.” Ticket prices for this holiday event vary, based on the hour and the day.

The holiday events in Detroit continue with the Menorah in the D on December 12. The 7th annual menorah lighting festivities begin at 5:30 pm with marshmallow roasting, fire juggling, and a long list of exciting activities for everyone in the family. The menorah lighting ceremony starts at 6 pm.

During select nights in December, Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village offers the opportunity to enjoy carolers, fiddlers, and sleigh bells in an old-fashioned setting, complete with roasted chestnuts and warm bonfires. There is an admission and a parking fee, but the Village offers a number of discounted admission dates throughout the month.

Among the many Detroit Christmas events in 2017 is the 45th Annual Noel Night in Midtown Detroit on Saturday, December 2, from 5-10pm. Over 100 venues participate in this holiday tradition that includes carriage rides and holiday shopping. Noel Night strollers are encouraged to visit the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Center, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Public Library during this “Cultural Center-wide holiday open house.”

The holiday events in Metro Detroit continue all through the month of December, with many spilling over into the early days of January. Mark your calendars now and check them out!

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Reviewed and edited 12/6/17