Campus Martius Park – Holiday Lights & Skating Rink

Kick off your holiday festivities in downtown Detroit at Campus Martius Park, the heart of the city. Every November, Detroit’s classic triangular park becomes a winter wonderland with Michigan’s largest Christmas tree and an internationally-ranked outdoor ice skating rink. Holiday decor and music fill the air as visitors sip hot cocoa and glide across the rink with breathtaking views of the city’s skyline in the background. When you’re ready to warm up, peruse the spacious holiday market featuring gifts, food, drinks, and seasonal events. End your time at Campus Martius by enjoying the park’s nightly tree lighting displays featuring choreographed lights and music.

Adress: 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Phone: (313) 962-0101

Noel Night in Midtown & Cultural Center

On the first Saturday of December each year, Midtown Detroit hosts the beloved community tradition, Noel Night. Nearly 70 participating venues like the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History remain open with free admission. Sing carols, enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, watch ice sculptures take shape, and explore the district’s churches, retail stores, galleries, and restaurants as they open their doors for holiday festivities. Finish off your Noel Night by enjoying fireworks over the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Adress: Midtown Detroit

Phone: (313) 872-0190

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

From late November through the New Year, the Detroit Zoo’s Wild Lights transforms the front half of the zoo into a magical illuminated forest and village. Millions of LED lights and over 280 animated animal and nature sculptures make the event a family favorite. Experience classic holiday tunes, ice carvers, model train displays, holiday crafts, and photos with Santa during this special seasonal event. You can even pay extra for the opportunity to drive your own vehicle through a separate portion of the dazzling light display.

Adress: 8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067

Phone: (248) 541-5717

Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum

This quirky Detroit museum houses an extensive collection of vintage mechanical machines and coin-operated games spanning the late 1800s to the 1980s. Kids and adults alike will love admiring the flashy lights, carnival-esque sounds, and nostalgic amusementpark rides inside this warehouse-turned-museum. Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum stays festive during the holiday months with extensive Christmas decor throughout the galleries. The vintage games and machines provide a trip down memory lane while the elaborate decorations add seasonal cheer.

Adress: 31005 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Phone: (248) 615-9503

Greenfield Village Holiday Nights

Greenfield Village, an 80-acre open-air history museum, comes alive each November and December for Holiday Nights. The historic village and its buildings dating back to the 17th century provide the perfect backdrop for old-fashioned holiday cheer. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride, learn how toys and candies were made generations ago, and enjoy fireside carolers, costumed presenters, and a magical reindeer stable. Holiday Nights makes for a memorable evening celebrating the holidays past and present.

Adress: 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124

Phone: (313) 982-6001

Christmas Tree Lighting at Campus Martius Park

Each holiday season, Detroiters gather at Campus Martius Park for an elaborate tree lighting ceremony like no other. The 65-foot Michigan Christmas tree dazzles onlookers with a choreographed light and music show perfectly synchronized to festive holiday tunes by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The tree is adorned with over 19,000 red, green, and white lights programmed for dynamic performances each evening during the holiday season. Make sure to bundle up and arrive early to reserve a good viewing spot!

Adress: 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Phone: (313) 962-0101

Matilda R. Wilson Carillon Tower Bell Concert

Nestled on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus is one of the finest bell towers and carillons in the world. The Charles Baird Carillon, housed inside the Burton Memorial Tower, puts on free holiday concerts performed by students and guest artists. The performances feature bells ranging from small to gigantic filling the tower with joyous chimes. Hearing the University of Michigan bells ring out holiday tunes and carols is the perfect way to revel in the spirit of the season with your ears and eyes.

Adress: 1107 N. University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone: (734) 764-0583

Nutcracker Ballet at the Detroit Opera House

Make your group’s holiday complete by experiencing Michigan’s legendary dance company, the Moscow Ballet, perform the cherished Christmas tradition that is the Nutcracker Ballet. Between the elegant Russian dancers, imaginative set designs, dazzling costumes, and the masterful score by Tchaikovsky, the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is a feast for the senses. Your group will cherish the magic and fantasy of this classic holiday ballet.

Adress: 1526 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

Phone: (313) 237-7464

Rent with Party Bus Detroit to Hit Every Holiday Attraction

Party Bus Detroit wants your group to make the most out of every special seasonal event around the Motor City. Our diverse fleet of vehicles can get your crew to multiple holiday happenings in comfort and style. Let us coordinate your group’s transportation so you can relax and soak in the holiday spirit. Give our team a call at 313-209-8428 to explore your Detroit holiday transportation options. Happy holidays from your friends at Party Bus Detroit!