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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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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Holiday Celebrations Throughout Oakland County

Twin, decorated trees covered in twinkling lights and beautiful ornaments sit on either side of a lit fireplace.

The excitement and anticipation that arrives with the holiday season is in the air. During this celebratory time, there are many seasonal events happening in Oakland County. You’ll find everything from parades, light shows, and seasonal excursions to special performances, holiday markets, and craft fairs.

View our list of holiday happenings using the button below:

List of Holiday Happenings in Oakland County

Signature events include the Detroit Zoo’s Wild Lights, the Big, Bright Light Show in Downtown Rochester, and the Dickens Festival in Holly. Whether you’re searching for something to do with your kids, friends, or family, you are sure to find a jolly time in Oakland County!

Twinkling lights illuminate two giraffe stands at the entrance of the Detroit Zoo.

Do you know about a holiday celebration happening in the Oakland County area? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter, by contacting us at socialmedia@oakgov.com, or leaving a comment below.


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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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Sunny Smiles and Fun Prizes at the Great Marshmallow Drop

Residents from throughout Southeast Michigan flocked to Catalpa Oaks in Southfield, to take part in this year’s Great Marshmallow Drop. The free family-focused event puts a special twist on the traditional Easter Egg hunt by raining 15,000 marshmallows from the sky. Hosted annually by Oakland County Parks and Recreation, the Marshmallow Drop is known for its festive cheer, fantastic prizes, and up-close views of the marshmallow-coptor.

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