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Wayne County Lightfest 2023 in Midwest

A Christmas fantasy drive-through not far from Detroit

Dates: November 16–December 24, 2023

Wayne County Lightfest
Wayne County Lightfest
Wayne County Lightfest

The Wayne County Lightfest is a dazzling drive-through display that is open from mid-November through New Year's Eve. An infinite light tunnel will surround you through all the twists and turns of Hines Drive. You'll see glowing candy canes, snowflakes, Santa, reindeer, and rainbows. At the end of your trip, you can stop by Santa’s workshop and grab a snack. Wayne County Lightfest is a favorite ​local tradition, a must-see for those who wish to get into a Christmas spirit before the holidays.

Wayne County Lightfest is located at Hines Park in Westland, Michigan about 16 mi (25 km) west of downtown Detroit. The entrance to the light display is from Merriman Road (between Ann Arbor Trail and Warren Ave.) Every November, the Lightfest opening ceremony is accompanied by music, refreshments, and fireworks. There is entertainment provided by Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit and an appearance by Santa. The ceremony will conclude by turning on the switch to kick off the annual Lightfest.

A month-and-a-half-long Christmas fantasy is the annual local tradition and an absolute necessity for all kids in the area. A magical 6.5-km (4-mi) stretch of Hines Park features nearly 50 animated displays with over 100,000 lights. Visitors can not just drive, but also run, walk, or bike through one of the largest holiday displays of the Midwest.

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