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The Best Places to See Christmas Lights in Ann Arbor

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Christmas Lights definitely add some brightness to the short winter days. They make it so much easier to come home in the dark at 5:30p. If you’re looking for Ann Arbor Christmas Lights, we’ve got the list of what to see. There are Drive-Through Events, Walk-Through Events, and Individual Houses or businesses. Some of the surrounding towns are creating maps of individual locations to see.

I was quite surprised to hear from colleagues in other cities about homes that have admission fees, donation suggestions, and musical tracks for their Christmas light displays. I’ve never heard of anything like this in Ann Arbor. For years, there was no one destination that springs to mind as the “Griswold” house like in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. But, in 2021 we finally got one! Check out the home on Shadford Rd in Burns Park (Find the details in the Standalone Displays Section below).

This year, we are highlighting our big event displays – drive through and walk through even though most are a bit beyond Ann Arbor. Most are operating by now.

For individual houses and businesses, we really need your help. We have added a submission form at the bottom. So if you’ve seen a standalone or know of a big display not currently on our list, add it there for use to review. We will be checking in with the ones on the list for 2022. Dexter and Manchester are also creating lists of houses with holiday decorations and we will be sharing those. We will add those once available.


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Ann Arbor Christmas Lights Map

This list of Christmas Light Events & Locations will help you find the right event for you.


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Prepare for Looking at Lights

If you’re going to be out looking for lights, be sure to get in the mood first. Bring along some hot cocoa and get the holiday tunes cranking in the car.

Why not bring some lights with you? Get your glow on by wearing some lights

Ann Arbor Christmas Lights: Drive Through Events

These Christmas Light displays are a drive-through event. You’ll pay admission at the entrance and follow the path through the lights.


Gift of Lights

Head to the Indian Creek Zoo for a drive-through lights show

There is a separate walk-through which includes walk through lights, Santa, and character visits. The walk-through can be pre-purchased for $10/car load in advance or $4/person in the gift shop. The pre-purchase includes a tram ride, otherwise it is $4/person.

At a Glance

Address: Indian Creek Zoo, Consear Road, Lambertville, MI, USA
Season: Seasonal – November 17, 2022-December 23, 2022
Hours: Thursdays-Sundays through December 10, then nightly
Price:
$30/car, $25/car for non-members. Add-on the walk through display for $10/car or $4/person after the drive-thru



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Nite Lites at MIS

There are two entrances off of US-12. From Westbound US12 use the Lot 8 Entrance. From Eastbound US12 use Graves Farm Entrance.

New for 2022 is the Nite Lites Express, an open air train which runs nightly at 6p, 7p, & 8p. You can purchase a row on the train (fits 4 people, plus kids can sit on the lap). Train tickets can be bought online in advance.

Admission Tickets are bought on site. They accept cash and credit cards.

At a Glance

Address: Michigan International Speedway, 12626 U.S. 12, Brooklyn, MI, USA
Season: Seasonal – November 24, 2022-December 31, 2022
Hours: 5:30-9p Sunday-Thursday and 5:30-10p Friday and Saturday
Price:
$30/car Sundays-Thursdays, $35/car Fridays & Saturdays, $45/limo/motorhome/mini-bus



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Wayne County Lightfest

The Wayne County Lightfest runs nightly from November 16 through December 31 (except for Christmas).

Drive through the lights at Merriman Hollow Park.

As in 2020 and 2021, there will not be a Santa shelter in 2022. However, half-way through there will be.a Santa mailbox and two food trucks at Perrin Park.

At a Glance

Address: Wayne County Lightfest, North Merriman Road, Westland, MI, USA
Season: Seasonal – November 17, 2022-December 24, 2022
Hours: 6-10p
Price:
$5/car, $20/commercial van, RV, limo, $25/mini bus, $40/bus



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Ann Arbor Christmas Lights: Walk Through Events

These events are walk through trails with lights. The group includes trails that charge admission and free walkthroughs featuring trees decorated by the community.


Walk Thru the Lights

Hamlett Lavender Farm will have a Holiday Farmstand on Friday and Saturday nights.

They will have plenty of outdoor Christmas lights, a warm fire, and Christmas music to enjoy.

Santa, Mrs Claus, & the Grinch will be there on Friday nights.

The farmstand will feature their lavender bath & body products, baked goods, and 10 other local crafters.

Reservations are required to attend. Admission is free

At a Glance

Address: S&R Lavender Farm, 10722 Stinchfield Woods Road, Pinckney, MI, USA
Season: Seasonal – November 25, 2022-December 23, 2022
Hours:
Price:
$5/person (children 1 & under are free)



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Winter Wonder Lights

Head to Meadow Brook Hall on the Oakland University Campus for Winter Wonder Lights.

Tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Meadow Brook Hall also hosts Holiday Walk, an indoor daytime holiday event. Join them on Saturdays December 3-17 for Santa Saturdays. Santa and his reindeer will be available to meet.

At a Glance

Address: Meadow Brook Hall, 350 Estate Drive, Rochester, MI, USA
Season: Seasonal – November 25, 2022-December 30, 2022
Hours: Through December 15: Thursdays & Sundays 5:30-7:30p, Fridays & Saturdays 5:30-8:30p. December 16-30: 5:30-7:30p (closed 12/24-26)
Price:
Adults: $22, Youth (3-12): $12. Seniors 62+ $18 on select nights



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Wild Lights at Detroit Zoo

The Detroit Zoo is bedecked with millions of LED lights and over 280 sculptures at Wild Lights.

New for 2022 is an Enchanted Trail – walk through the immersive forest of lights while listening to holiday sounds.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition makes it’s debut during Wild Lights. Admission to the exhibit is included with your Wild Lights admission.

Add-on a Polar Express 4D movie, or access to the Polar Patio for all you can eat food & dessert dining experience.

At a Glance

Address: Detroit Zoo, 8450 West 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI, USA
Season: Seasonal – November 19, 2022-January 8, 2023
Hours: 5-10:30p Fridays and Saturdays, 5-9p Sundays & select weekdays
Price:
$17-24. Include the Polar Patio for $32-43 total admission package. Other packages available



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Toledo Zoo Lights Before Christmas

Each year the Toledo Zoo celebrates the holidays with Lights Before Christmas. They add over 1 million lights to the zoo grounds and have over 200 illuminated animal images across the zoo.

Santa will be at the Arctic Encounter from 4-9p daily from November 18-23.

Don’t miss the Ice Slice ($3), Holly Jolly Express train ride ($3, weekends only), Carousel ($3). The Wild Pass allows unlimited rides the day of purchase for $25. 4 and 7 pass bundles area available.

Members receive free admission and members with the experience pass receive free rides.

At a Glance

Address: Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH, USA
Season: Seasonal – November 18, 2022-December 31, 2022
Hours: 3-9p – last admission at 8p. Note the zoo is not open during the day except for New Years Eve.
Price:
$26/Adults, $23/Kids (2-11) & Seniors (60+)



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Glenlore Trails Aurora

Glenlore Trails returns for the 2022 Holiday Season with Aurora.

Glenlore Trails is an immersive night walk where the forest comes alive with lights, sounds, and wonder. The event is family friendly.

Experience the magic and wonder of Aurora ✨❄️This immersive night walk is perfect for a night out with family,…

Posted by Glenlore Trails on Wednesday, November 9, 2022

At a Glance

Address: Glenlore Trails, 3860 Newton Road, Commerce Charter Township, MI, USA
Season: Seasonal – November 17, 2022-December 23, 2022
Hours: 5:30-9p Thursdays-Sundays. Closed Thanksgiving, December 15 & 17
Price:
$25/adults (13-64), $15/Youth (4-12), $20/Seniors (65+)



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Holiday Light Trails

Several local towns are creating lists of their local homes and businesses that are decorated. We are sharing the lists here. If you visit and any individual house or business on the list is truly a standout, add it below for our standalone display.


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Ann Arbor Standalone Displays

Standalone displays are always the hardest for us to capture. We rely a lot on user feedback. Our list of houses and businesses has not been updated since 2018, so we will need lots of help this year. Fortunately, my daughter needs to get nighttime driving hours towards earning her license, so she can chauffeur me to check them out.

Note, we list dates as December 1-31 for most of these. We don’t have exact dates and don’t guarantee that they will be operating on any specific night.


Lohr & Textile

2022 Update – Will not have their typical display due to safety concerns with the new traffic light at Lohr & Textile.

Every year the house at the corner of Mallard Cove Dr, Textile, and Lohr Rd is decked out for the holidays. The house is on the southwest corner of the intersection. If you are not turning on Mallard Cove, you can best see it heading west on Textile or south on Lohr.. If you are driving east on Textile, you will not get a great view of the front of the house.

At a Glance

Address: Mallard Cove Drive & West Textile Road, Pittsfield Charter Township, MI, USA
Season: Seasonal – November 26, 2021-December 31, 2021
Hours: Dark
Price:



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Ann Arbor Bed & Breakfast

Ann Arbor Bed & Breakfast can be driven by day or night. They have a vast collection of holiday inflatables in the yard – and on the building. My personal favorite is the Millennium Falcon.

At a Glance

Address: Ann Arbor Bed & Breakfast Inn @ Rackham Gardens, @Rackham Gardens Condominium, 921 East Huron Street, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Season: Seasonal – November 22, 2021-December 31, 2021
Hours: Anytime. Inflatables were up in the afternoon
Price:



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Synchronized Lights & Music – 7th Street in Lawton Neighborhood

House on 7th just after you cross Scio Church, in the Lawton neighborhood. From 5:30-8 pm and synchronized to holiday music on 89.3. There are some Frozen and a hannukah song on the 30s.

At a Glance

Address: South 7th Street & Braeside Place, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Season: Seasonal – December 9, 2021-December 31, 2021
Hours: 5:30-8p
Price:
Free



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Shadford Dr

A homeowner on Shadford Dr in Burns Park shared their house with us in 2021. They’ve got tons of lights on the house and lit figures in the yard.

Shadford Rd Christmas Lights

We drove by on November 27 around 6p. We could see lights were up, but they were not on. We are setting a December 1 date in the list, but will try to verify later if they are back on.

At a Glance

Address: Shadford Road, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Season: Seasonal – December 1, 2022-January 1, 2023
Hours: 4:30-11p
Price:
Free



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West Stadium & Arella

A house on Stadium near Arella Boulevard is all lit up. Drive by and check out all the lights and displays.

At a Glance

Address: West Stadium Boulevard & Arella Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Season: Seasonal – December 1, 2021-December 31, 2021
Hours: After Dark
Price:
Free



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Easthaven Animal Hospital

Every holiday season Easthaven Animal Hospital is draped in Green lights.

They are located on Huron River Drive just south of Washtenaw Ave, but you can see the lights from Washtenaw.

At a Glance

Address: Easthaven Animal Hospital, South Huron Parkway, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Season: Seasonal – December 1, 2021-December 31, 2021
Hours: Nightly After Dark
Price:
Free



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Lewis Jewelers

Lewis Jewelers typically brings the sparkle of their jewels to the outside of the store. However, for 2022 year they have relocated to a new location in Westgate. From what I saw in Westgate, the new store has only a few lights and wreaths in the windows.

The old store was draped in blue and white lights with some trees decorated out front.

At a Glance

Address: Lewis Jewelers, West Stadium Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Season: Seasonal – December 1, 2021-December 31, 2021
Hours: After Dark
Price:



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Bazillion Lights

This house in Livonia is covered in a “Bazillion Lights”,. Not only are there a bazillion lights, they are animated to music.

Check out the video below from a previous display – all their videos seem to be from 2009. I am sure it is even better now.

They are aiming for a December 1 start date. Their last day is typically New Years Eve.

At a Glance

Address: Bazillion Lights, 29718 Robert Drive, Livonia, MI, USA
Season: Seasonal – December 1, 2022-December 31, 2021
Hours: 5:30-9:30p
Price:
Free



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IHA WestArbor

The IHA West Arbor Complex on Jackson Rd has several lit displays along Jackson Rd. It certainly brings some holiday cheer to that section of Jackson Rd.

At a Glance

Address: IHA West Arbor Medicine, Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Season: Seasonal – December 1, 2021-December 31, 2021
Hours: Nightly After Dark
Price:
Free



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Pamela Ave

Theres a house on Pamela Ave between Maple & Center Drive that is decked out in lights and displays in the front yard.

Note: We spotted the displays from Maple during daylight hours and did not see it lit this year.

At a Glance

Address: Pamela Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Season: Seasonal – December 1, 2021-December 31, 2021
Hours: Night
Price:
Free



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Any Others?

So, what light displays have I missed? Where does your family like to go to see Holiday Light Displays? As you see new holiday lights, add them to the form below.

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