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On the 'Nice List': Christmas, holiday events in 2023

Metro | Published December 22, 2023


METRO DETROIT — Christmas may be over, but the holiday fun continues.

Dec. 29-30
Home for the Holidays: Includes self-guided tour of Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, also free hot cocoa, 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores, see availability at

Aurora: Features one-mile walk through forest filled with lights, sounds and more, Glenlore Trails, 3860 Newtown Road in Commerce Township, see times and special events at

Holidays at Meadow Brook: Includes Winter Wonder Lights, Meadow Brook Hall, 350 Estate Drive in Rochester, see availability at

Holiday House Tour & All Aboard! Model Railroad Exhibit: Noon-3 p.m., Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road,

Dec. 29-31
Holly Dazzle: Renaissance Christmas featuring half-million lights along walking path and more, 5-10 p.m. Dec. 29-30 and 5-9 p.m. Dec. 31, 12600 Dixie Highway in Holly,

Ice skating:
10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Riley Park Ice Rink, 33113 Grand River Ave. in Farmington, see themed dates at

• 5-8 p.m. Fridays, noon-8 p.m. Saturdays and noon-7 p.m. Sundays through end of February (except Dec. 31), Warren City Square, One City Square,

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays, noon-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon-10 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays through February, Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road in Sterling Heights, see adjusted hours, closures and theme nights at

11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays, noon-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon-11 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays until Dec. 31, then new hours until Feb. 19, The Rink at Royal Oak in Centennial Commons, 221 E. Third St.,

Read the story: Royal Oak ice rink returns through February

Light shows:
5-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 5-8 p.m. Fridays-Sundays until Jan. 15, Innovation Hills Park, 2800 W. Hamlin Road in Rochester Hills, (248) 656-4673

• Big, Bright Light Show includes downtown Rochester illuminated 5 p.m.-midnight until Jan. 21,

Read the story: Downtown events help foster a holly jolly holiday

Tunnel of Lights, open daily 5-9 p.m., select dates include live music, food trucks and Santa visits, Blossom Heath Park, 24800 Jefferson Ave. in St. Clair Shores, see full schedule at

Read the story: Tunnel of Lights, Holiday Market to brighten festive season in SCS

Wild Lights features millions of LED lights and about 500 sculptures, select nights until Jan. 7, Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak,

Read the story: Detroit Zoo’s Wild Lights to shine through early January

For more events, visit our Community Calendar at To upload your own events for free, create an account at