The Holidays at Meadow Brook Hall

Meadow Brook’s Annual Holiday Walk has arrived. The Great Estate is opening its halls for self-guided tours through the decorated rooms of the mansion from November 23rd to December 23rd. Elegant details include over 50 glimmering trees and a 10-foot tall Poinsettia tree made of over 150 live plants. A trip to this signature holiday event in Oakland County is something you won’t want to miss!

Preview Meadow Brook Hall’s Holiday walk before you go:

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Oakland County U-Cut Tree Farms

Cute baby girl in red Scandinavian dress at the Christmas tree farm.

Oakland County is home to seven “u-cut” tree farms. Enjoy the holiday tradition of cutting your own tree whether it’s your first adventure or an annual tradition. Check out our interactive map and full list to find the best tree farm for you:

Christmas Tree Farms in Oakland County

Before you head out to find your special tree, prepare yourself with these tree farm tips:

  • Dress for the weather, and be prepared for snow.
  • Check ahead for special events such as Santa visits, hayrides, hot cocoa and cider.
  • Some farms may not accept credit or debit cards; call ahead or bring cash or checks just in case.
  • Avoid tripping or falling by watching out for hidden stumps while walking on the farm.
  • Prepare your home ahead of time to make sure your tree’s path inside is obstruction-free.
  • Read through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)‘s comprehensive list of tree and decoration safety precautions to avoid hazards to your safety and property.

For more tips visit the Michigan Christmas Tree Association website here. Stay warm and have fun!

Family stands beside a Christmas tree in a forest.

Do you have a favorite tree farm that’s missing from the list or map? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter, by contacting us at socialmedia@oakgov.com, or leaving a comment below.


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Experience the Detroit Zoo Wild Lights in Oakland County

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo Sign and Water Tower

Light up your holiday season with an adventure to the Detroit Zoo Wild Lights. This spectacular display of 265 sculptures, trees, and buildings is comprised of more than five million LED lights! Wild Lights illuminates the zoo for 24 nights throughout November and December.

Check out this preview of the Detroit Zoo Wild Lights before you take your trip:

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Give Back with Operation Good Cheer at the Oakland County International Airport

An airplane hanger is filled with mountains of wrapped gifts and dozens of bicycles waiting to be loaded into airplanes for Operation Good Cheer.

Operation Good Cheer delivers nearly 20,000 gifts to more than 6,700 foster children across Michigan from their home base at the Oakland County International Airport. Every year, donors wrap and sort gifts from children’s wish lists which are then flown to 26 airports across the state. Agency workers then pick-up the gifts and deliver them to foster children in time for Christmas.

This year’s annual event takes place on December 7th and 8th at Pentastar Aviation. Operation Good Cheer is looking for volunteer ground-crew members, pilots, and planes (big or small) in addition to gifts and wrapping supplies. Register as a volunteer at the sign-up link below:

Operation Good Cheer Volunteer Sign-Up

Operation Good Cheer is celebrating 47 years of making Christmas wishes come true. Child and Family Services of Michigan, Inc. started the charity in 1971 when a group of generous individuals gathered to wrap, organize, and deliver Christmas gifts to children in need. Check out the video below to see their hard work in action:

Stay up-to-date with Operation Good Cheer by following their Facebook page. Learn more about the program on Child and Family Services of Michigan, Inc.’s website.


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Find Your Christmas Tree on an Oakland County Tree Farm

Family with Christmas tree in forest

Residents celebrating Christmas can turn their annual tree trip into a family adventure inside the idyllic rural landscape of northern Oakland County. As the year comes to a close and Fall makes its final, blustery turn to Winter, there may be no better place to experience the seasonal change than among the fresh pines of a Christmas Tree Farm.

Oakland County’s award-winning GIS team has developed an interactive map to help residents find the perfect tree farm for a seasonal outing.

Tree Farm Map

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