WELL, THANKSGIVING IS OVER AND IT LOOKS LIKE THE HAPPIEST TIME OF YEAR HAS COME AROUND AGAIN. THAT'S RIGHT...WE'RE SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON. THE DETROIT HALLS ARE DECKED, THE SLEIGH BELLS ARE A-JINGLING AND WE'RE ALL RUNNING AROUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE WONDERING HOW WE'RE GOING TO GET THROUGH IT ALL. BUT AMIDST ALL THE MADNESS, REMEMBER IT'S ALSO A TIME FOR REFLECTION. THERE ARE PLENTY OF HAPPENINGS RIGHT HERE IN METRO DETROIT WHERE YOU CAN TAKE A MOMENT TO ENJOY THE FESTIVE SIGHTS OF THE CITY WITH THE FAM. 

 Zoo lights via  @detroitzoo . 

Zoo lights via @detroitzoo

WILD LIGHTS AT THE ZOO: This is an event that happens every year and 2017 is no exception. The zoo is illuminated with more than 5 million LED lights adorning trees and buildings and creating over 230 animal sculptures. The display happens on Sunday nights and select weeknights, weekend nights may vary. Packages may also include ice skating and a viewing of Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer in 4-D. Check the web site for dates and pricing details. The Zoo lights make for a rockin family adventure. You can purchase tickets HERE

DETROIT THEATRE: Detroit is known as a performing arts community and every holiday season the city is alive with a variety of seasonal shows. Experience performances like A Christmas Holiday Spectacular at The Fisher Theatre, Elf the musical at the Fox Theatre, The Nutcracker at The Detroit Opera House or A Christmas Carol at the Meadowbrook Theatre. There are also holiday concerts galore.  If you haven’t seen Home Alone at the DSO – you haven’t lived.  So much fun to see Kevin escape the sticky bandits with a live orchestra. 

 Eastern Market via Curbed Detroit

Eastern Market via Curbed Detroit

EASTERN MARKET - HOLIDAY MARKETS: Part of the holiday madness is always finding that perfect gift. Well, don’t stress! On Sunday, December 3, December 10, December 17, and Tuesday December 19, the Holiday Market will provide a one stop shop that will take care of all your gift giving needs. It will feature local vendors from the Detroit area selling a variety of goods including candles, accessories, knit wear, home goods, books, lotions and more. Get out your wagons and take the kids down to pick out local gifts for relatives and friends.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS IN GREENFIELD VILLAGE: Greenfield Village is a historical community of over 80 acres of vintage homes and charming streets. For the holiday season, it transforms into a winter wonderland offering ice skating, holiday cooking demonstrations, meetings with Santa and his reindeer, horse drawn wagons, a carousel, a fireworks finale and more. Check their web site for ticketing information and find out why Reader’s Digest has named Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village one of the top 10 Christmas experiences in the country. 

HINES PARK LIGHT FEST: Sometimes, during the holiday season, it’s fun to just get in the car with the family and look at local displays. Hines Drive is the longest drive-through holiday light display  at 4.5 miles long.  It is a great neighborhood excursion. You can start in Dearborn and end up in Plymouth or Northville to visit the downtown area for dinner or hot cocoa.  These two suburban areas are known for their large, impressive houses, around Christmas time, neighbors outdo each other with awe- inspiring lights and thematic displays. And the best part...it’s free!!

 Winter in Detroit Capitol Park Market. 

Winter in Detroit Capitol Park Market. 

WINTER IN DETROIT: See previous post HERE with all the deets! You don't want to miss this one. 

This holiday season, there is no shortage of things to do in the Detroit area. These are just examples of the many opportunities locals and visitors will have to meet with Santa, go ice skating, shop for gift items, see a show or just enjoy the company of family and friends. 

Wishing you and yours an unforgettable holiday!

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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