It can be tempting to go into hibernation during the winter, but don’t let the cold weather deter you from enjoying your great state! Michigan offers a number of free or low-priced events and activities that will make you happy you bundled up and braved the cold. Treat yourself, or grab your sweetie, for a fun night on the town in one of these Michigan cities:

  • Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World (November 21 through January 7): The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park hosts this exhibit of what the holidays means to various cultures around the world with showcases like carolers and international displays and trees.
  • Noel Night (December 2): Saturday, December 2, marks the 45th annual Noel Night. Wander around Detroit’s Cultural Center where you can partake in free admission to venues such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum and the Detroit Public Library, enjoy music and entertainment by more than 200 local artists and purchase goods from vendors across the city.
  • Flushing Candlewalk (December 7-8): Candles with light Flushing’s streets during the Flushing Candlewalk where visitors can partake in a variety of activities and performances, like wood carvings, a train display and horse-drawn wagon rides.
  • Wild Lights (Weekends in December): The Detroit Zoo will light up the night (using more than 5M LED lights, to be exact) during its Wild Lights light display. Advance and day-of tickets range from $10 to $16 per person across all time slots, while visitors can purchase tickets for an untimed visit and admission to the zoo’s skating rink or 4-D Theater for $18.
  • Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland (December): Christmas sing-alongs, holiday light displays and free movie presentations are just a few of the fun activities that can be enjoyed at Frankenmuth’s Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland in December. Visit their “Events” page for detailed dates and times.
  • Light up the Bluff (December through February): In December, Lake Bluff Park will be home to a beautiful light display at Light up the Bluff. Festivities kick off December 1 with a Community Tree Lighting ceremony, including singing of Christmas carols by the St. Joseph High School Choir.

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