Best Christmas lights 2021

By: Mark H. Stowers

It seems every Clark Griswold wanna be finds a way to shine each Christmas. The holiday season just isn’t complete without homes, businesses and other displays of dazzling lights are set up and turned on. DTE generators are working overtime in Oakland County where holiday lights are fully lit and ready to be adored by one and all. Here are our best places to see Christmas lights 2021!

  • A quick jaunt to Rochester to Meadow Brook will quickly get you in the holiday mood. One of the most dazzling outdoor settings – Winter Wonder Lights – is sure to entertain both young and old. Lights and magic combine for the perfect holiday setting from November 26th to December 30th. The historic mansions and grounds come to life across Meadow Brook Hall and the Campus of Oakland University. Lights, magic and music accentuate the season as does festive concessions such as the glow in the dark cotton candy. Seasonal specialty drinks, bonfires and more await holiday visitors. The season includes Starlight Stroll, Holiday Tea and Santa Saturdays. Click here for ticket information.
  • The Northville Symphony of Lights at Northville Christian School has more than 150,000 lights set to the beat of holiday music. The setting is dedicated to celebrating the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of Jesus. Each day from beginning at 6:00 p.m. a 20-minute light and music show entertains the masses from December 1 to January 1. The set up takes 100 volunteers and over 400-plus man hours to assemble. The lights are synchronized to a combination of contemporary Christmas songs such as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra classic, Christmas Eve Sarajevo, a Disney classic as well as traditional Christmas music. The popular Christmas light show has been named one of the top 12 Christmas light displays in Michigan by OnlyinYourState.com. It’s also been featured on MLive, the Detroit Free Press & many other news outlets around the Detroit area. This makes for a great activity for the entire family. Check out their Facebook page or more information.
  • The Livonia area seems to be a popular area for holiday lighting. The Bazillion Lights display began in 1996 when a simple request to “decorate our home” turned into one of the best Griswold house impressions of holiday lights. Growing bigger and better each year, the home located near Middlebelt and Plymouth Roads is a holiday favorite. Just google, Bazillion Lights for more information.
  • Shelby Township’s Vineyard Avenue Light Show is sure to please and invigorate the holiday spirit. Now in its fifth year, show hours are Sunday through Thursday, 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. And Friday and Saturday from 6:00 p.m. until 10:45 p.m. Their 2021 playlist includes three shows with songs such as Patriots medley, Away In a manger, Feliz Navidad and Fancy Like, Military/Police/Fire/EMS Tribute, classic Christmas TV show Snow Miser and Heat Miser, Rockin’ around the Christmas tree and Snoopy verse Res Baron Christmas. Soldiers night before Christmas, Mele Kalikimaka, Dominick the Donkey and Little Drummer Boy make up the third show’s music. Each show lasts approximately 12 minutes with 2 1/2 minutes of intermission sequences. The light show is located at 46600 Vineyard Avenue Shelby Charter Township.
  • Davison is home to another creative light display. AJ and J’s Christmas Light Extravaganza is a residential display that runs Sunday through Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The hours are extended one hour (except Sundays) from 12/17 to 12/26. The address is 11036 Davison Road.
  • In Oxford, the Marshall Family Lights comes to life each day now with 240 channels of Light-O-Rama Animations. Now in its eighth year, the LED light display continues to bring visitors to the neighborhood from miles around. Located at 659 Thornehill Trail, the display also celebrates other holidays throughout the year.
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To find other creative lights, check out the Oakland County Holiday Lights Map. Last updated in 2018, you’ll have to take good with the bad and hope you don’t happen upon a shutdown display. Many creatively designed lighting displays are listed.

And it’s not too late to put that Clark Griswold touch on your own home or business. Zoro’s Lighting offers rentals or purchase of holiday lighting. The award winning Livonia business will come set up and take down a creative lighting display not only for the holidays but for any social event on your calendar. Leave the hard work and Griswold angst to the professionals and just flip the switch each day and enjoy the season with family, friends and clients.


Get out and celebrate your inner Griswold with holiday lighting all over Oakland County and beyond.


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