With Thanksgiving behind us, Christmas music on the radio and events like the 15th annual Detroit Christmas Tree Lighting kicking off the season, it’s easy to get in the holiday spirit! Thankfully, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate the excitement in Michigan. As the snow falls and Christmas lights illuminate our neighborhoods, check out these Michigan activities that will help you gear up for the holidays.

Noel Night

Midtown Detroit near Wayne State University hosts the 46th annual Noel Night on Dec.1. The event will have over 120 participating venues, including the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Historical Museum, with performances by more than 200 local music, theatre and dance groups. The event is free to the public, but bring your spending money to enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn carriage or take care of some holiday shopping with local vendors.


What better way to celebrate the holidays than to visit the “Best Christmas Town” in the state? Frankenmuth is home to Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, the world’s largest Christmas store. This location has nearly 750 employees during the busy season but keeps the Christmas spirit alive all year. The town also hosts Christkindlmarkt, an annual event hosted by the Frankenmuth Farmer’s Market where visitors can shop for gifts, try an eclectic mix of food and enjoy the holiday festivities. This event takes place November 23-25 and November 30-December 2.

Wild Lights

If you love Christmas lights, then visiting the Detroit Zoo’s Wild Lights event should be at the top of your list of holiday activities. The Detroit Zoo uses more than 5 million LED lights to light up buildings, trees and more than 265 sculptures throughout the park. The event runs November 23-25, 30 and December 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 20-23, 26-31. This year, individuals can purchase the “Polar Package”, including a one-time admission to the Wild Lights event and a ticket to the “Polar Express 4-D Experience.”

Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village

On top of all the other activities included in Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village, such as ice-skating, carolers, holiday cooking demonstrations, historic rides on Model-T’s and more, treat the family to an authentic holiday meal at the Eagle Tavern. Holiday Nights are also featuring a new happy hour event, complete with cocktails and live holiday jazz music at the Greenfield Village Pavilion.

Christmas for the Animals

Taking place December 1, John Ball Zoo’s annual Christmas for the Animals event is full of fun activities for the entire family. Admission is free for the day and animals receive gifts of their own in honor of the holidays. While its past year’s activities have included music, ice carving demonstrations and more, it should be noted that John Ball Zoo hasn’t released the full list for this year. That said, the event is sure to be a fun-filled day, full of holiday cheer!