Christmas events spread holiday cheer throughout Michigan

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Christmas events spread holiday cheer throughout Michigan

JenniferLaukonis, Staff Writer

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  As Christmas quickly approaches, Michigan is known to host many holiday-themed events each year. Lakeview students often go to these events and find them to be a great place to get into the holiday spirit.

  One Christmas event in Michigan is the Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo. The Royal Oak event includes over five million lights that light up the zoo. These lights illuminate trees, buildings, and 265 sculptures; over 220 of these sculptures are animals.

  Samiya Byrd, ‘20 has gone to the Wild Lights multiple times through the years.

  “It is a great event to go to with your family and friends. Not only can you see the lights, you can also visit animals and get hot chocolate,” Byrd stated.

  The Wild Lights occur on select nights from Nov. 17 to Dec. 31. Ticket prices range from $11-17, and walk-up tickets are $17. The event takes place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on select weekdays and from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

  Another event that is great for getting into the holiday spirit is Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village in Dearborn. This includes ice-skating, live music, costumes, decorations, horse-drawn wagons, fireworks, and much more. Here, visitors can walk into Christmas and experience the holiday in ways that people did in the past through taking part in the activities such as riding in a Model T, riding in a horse-drawn wagon, and making historic crafts. Ticket prices range from $23.75 for members to $28 for those who are not members.

  Carissa Morisette, ‘20 has been to the Holiday Nights multiple times and has found it to be a great family activity for the holidays.

  “It was nice to find a fun activity where my family be I could spend time time together. Christmas is probably my favorite holiday, and spending time in a place like Greenfield Village really made me enjoy Christmas even more,” Morisette stated.

 The 46th annual midtown Detroit Noel Night is also set up to take place on Sat. Dec. 1, 2018. This one-night event has over 120 participating Midtown locations including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, Wayne State University, and many others. Noel Night is an open house for people of all ages to enjoy activities such as crafts, horse carriages, shopping, and performances.

  Lorelei Krembel, ‘20 went to the Detroit Noel Night a few years back and found that she was instantly put into the Christmas spirit.

  “The event is fun for all ages, and everything screams Christmas. The shopping was my favorite part, but everything else was great too. I think it would be a fun experience for anyone,” Krembel mentioned.

  The Big, Bright Light Show is known to many across Michigan for the millions of lights that cover shops in Downtown Rochester. The display is lit every evening through January 6, 2019 and welcomes visitors to admire the lights and to do some shopping while they are at it.

  Lilli Hancock, ‘20 finds herself going to see the Big, Bright Light Show almost every year as she shops for Christmas gifts.

  “I love to go to Downtown Rochester during this time of year to shop and see the lights. The shopping is great, and the lights make everything more special for this time of year,” Hancock stated.

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