Local holiday events


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Jenny Kim, Feature Editor

Detroit Zoo
Detroit Zoo’s ‘Wild Lights’ event is ongoing from November to January, displaying millions of LED lights on trees, buildings, and over 280 sculptures through the first half of the zoo. Guests of all ages are welcome as the lights glimmer starting at 5pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. With a ‘Wild Lights’ admission, you can experience the North American premiere at the Detroit Zoo, with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which showcases award-winning photos.

Frankenmuth gets very festive when the holidays arrive. As you drive under the ‘Willkommen to Frankenmuth’ sign, your self-guided driving tour begins down Main Street.

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There are horse-drawn carriage rides down the well lit street that glimmers in the night. The new Ice Rink is open everyday of the week from mid-November to mid-February. By the Spectacular Christmas Tree, you can watch one of the 7-minute light and music shows. In addition, Frankenmuth has the world’s largest Christmas store, Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, with over 50,000 trims and gifts, 300 decorated trees, and 6,000 styles of ornaments that can also be personalized right on the spot.


Campus Martius Park located in Detroit welcomes visitors with a tall tree with half a million Christmas lights twinkling in the dark.

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The popular family-friendly ice skating rink attracts visitors from outside the Metro Detroit region. Skate rentals are available by the ticket booth. The streets surrounding the ice rink fill with people taking pictures to capture this beautiful memory for the longest time.