The holidays are all about being bright and merry, right? The best way to accomplish this is by visiting the brightest bulbs throughout metro Detroit (with a cup of hot chocolate in hand). We made a longer list for all of Michigan in a Pure Michigan post, but here are my Metro Detroit favorites:
- Campus Martius: Start in the heart of Detroit in Campus Martius. Here you will find a huge, beautiful tree, an ice rink and a mini igloo full of decorated snowmen (part of Somerset’s The Snowman Collection). If you want to see some more lights, head down Woodward Avenue and the buildings are all aglow! Where to get your hot chocolate: Fountain Bistro.
- Wild Lights: This is one of the best places to take kids! You can walk all around the Detroit Zoo and see tons of lights – in the shapes of animals, butterflies, snowflakes and more. You can stop by the Reptile House for some real animals and the Wild Adventure Zone to watch The Polar Express 4D. Seasonal beverages (including your favorite chocolatey drinks) will be available. Where to get your hot chocolate after you leave the zoo: Gayle’s Chocolates.
- Downtown Rochester: The Big, Bright Light Show – another staple for every family! All the buildings are lit up in different colored lights. This year the lights will be up throughout January (every Sunday)! Where to get your hot chocolate: Dessert Oasis Cafe.
- Wayne County Lightfest: In Hines Park you can gaze at over 50 animated light displays. This is Lightfest’s 21st year and they have a few new displays including a 40-foot abominable snowman! Where to get your hot chocolate: Stop at the Westland Shopping Center Coffee Beanery.
- Adam’s Castle: This is a not so well kept secret in Bloomfield Hills and somewhere I visited every year when I was younger. If you travel down Adam’s Castle Drive in between Big Beaver and Wattles, you will find a cul-de-sac with a beautifully decorated house/castle that the street was named for. Where to get your hot chocolate: Birmingham Chocolate.
- Edsel & Eleanor Ford House: Wander the grounds of the Ford House in Grosse Pointe to see canopies of lights (over 80,000 bulbs), carolers and Santa! They sell hot chocolate and even some mulled wine.
- Huckleberry Crossroads: This village in Flint provides Santa sightings, crafts and of course lots of lights. You can take a ride on the Huckleberry railroad or drive through yourself to see it all! Where to get your hot chocolate: Inbetween Cafe.
Where are the brightest places you’ve visited around Detroit?