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6 Metro Detroit Christmas Light Displays that Won’t Break the Bank

Christmas light displays can be….dare we say, electrifying?  I know, I know, but, you can’t stop an electrical company from making an electrical pun, right?

If you are looking for some inspiration for your own home or simply wanting to enjoy the holiday spirit, here are some of the best displays to check out in the Detroit area.  Better yet, these displays are all either free or inexpensive.

So, grab a thermos of hot chocolate, gather up the family, and take a drive to check out some amazing light displays.

6 Metro Detroit Christmas Light Displays that Won’t Break the Bank

1. Wayne County Lightfest (Westland, MI)

You don’t even have to get out your car to enjoy this beautiful display of lights.  At only $5 per car, the whole family can ooh and ahh over the beautiful lights.  Or, check it out on certain Toy Tuesdays, where a new unwrapped toy donation can be given instead of the entrance fee.

2. Lakeshore Drive (Grosse Pointe, MI)

This stretch of Jefferson Avenue along Lake St. Clair is known for its large beautiful homes.  Many of these houses go all out with their lights for the Christmas season, so it is definitely worth a drive.

3. Big, Bright Light Show (Rochester, MI)

If you’ve never before checked out downtown Rochester, you should.  But, seeing it at night in December is even better.  That is because the store fronts are decked from top to bottom in twinkling lights.

4. Wild Lights (Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak, MI)

You can’t drive your car through the Detroit Zoo, but if you are worried about being cold while visiting Wild Lights, you can always stop at one of the warming stations featuring a bonfire, marshmallows, and hot chocolate.  Tickets range from $11-$17/person depending on the day and time you choose to go.  Entrance times are staggered to help prevent bottle necks along the walking path.

5. Holiday Walk at Meadow Brook Hall (Rochester, MI)

This event is a little pricier than the others.  Adults tickets are $20, children 6-12 at $7.50, and children under 5 are free.  However, these tickets include touring the inside of the beautiful of the estate, sending letters to Santa, and a nighttime viewing of the outside lights and outdoor activities such as bonfires and carolers.

6. Livonia Lights (Livonia, MI)

This family has created a fantastic light display in their own front yard in order to focus “…on the true meaning of Christmas – the gift of God’s incredible love through the birth of Jesus Christ in a humble manger.”

Featuring over 60,000 lights, this light display is also synchronized to music, which can be heard on channel 88.5 FM.

7. Christmas Light Finder (ChristmasLightFinder.com)

Looking for more awesome residential displays?  Check out Christmas Light Finder to find some near you.

Your Own Home’s Decorations

Maybe you don’t have lofty goals of having your home become a Christmas light attraction–that’s ok!  Whether you put up 100 strands of lights, or just 1, it is still important to follow all safety precautions.

  • Make sure that the lights have been tested and certified by an independent laboratory
  • Make sure that the lights and any extension cords are meant for outdoor use
  • Before hanging up lights, check for any broken cords or frayed ends
  • Be aware of water around extension cords and any water that may have gotten into outdoor outlets

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