It’s Time for Outdoor Winter Fun in Oakland County!

Child ice-skates with his family

There’s so much fun to be had this winter in Oakland County. From skiing and snowboarding, to skating and more, the opportunities for outdoor recreation are endless!

Bundle up, grab your gear, and head out to an Oakland County Park, trail, hill, or lake to stay active and enjoy the winter season. Check out our full list of outdoor winter activities below, or scroll down to use our interactive map.

Outdoor Winter Fun in Oakland County

Grab your ice skates to glide around the rinks at Annie Lathrup Park in Lathrup Village, or set out for a downhill skiing adventure at Alpine Valley in White Lake. Hook the “catch of the day” while ice fishing at Orion Oaks County Park in Lake Orion or choose from several other locations in the county.

If you’re planning to ice fish or ice skate on a lake, remember that no ice is 100% safe. Ice must be at least 5″ inches thick to safely enjoy these activities. Before you head out, view these important Ice Safety Tips from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

Our interactive map will help you find activities near you. The icons on the map and legend show various activities, like tobogganing, downhill skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating, ice fishing, sledding, and cross-country skiing. Clicking the arrows below the icons in the legend will allow you to see a list of locations for that activity.

Do you know of any other outdoor winter activities in the Oakland County area? Let us know by contacting us at socialmedia@oakgov.com, or leaving a comment below.


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Oakland County Indoor Activities

Great Lakes Crossing sign in Auburn Hills.

There are so many opportunities for indoor fun in Oakland County! Take a trip to a mall, jump around at a trampoline center, or attempt an exciting escape room puzzler. With more than 200 locations for indoor fun in the county, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect activity for you.

Click the button below to check out our full list of indoor fun, or scroll down to use our interactive map.

Indoor Fun in Oakland County

Head over to Palazzo di Bocce in Lake Orion or Whirlyball in Novi for unique sporting experiences, catch a show at Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester, or play arcade games and laser tag at Safari Playground in Walled Lake.

For an entire day of fun, visit Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills and check out their new Michigan themed play area, catch a movie at AMC Star Great Lakes, visit Sea Life Aquarium and LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, or go bowling and play arcade games, karaoke, billiards, ping-pong, and darts at Round 1 Bowling & Amusement.

Use our interactive map to find locations near you. The legend lists a wide range of activities, like archery, arts and crafts, gymnastics, ice and roller skating, museums, rock climbing, theaters, and many more.

Map listing various indoor locations in Oakland County, such as bowling alleys, escape rooms, and movie theatres.

Do you know about another indoor activity 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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Fire & Ice Festival in Oakland County

The Fire & Ice Festival in Downtown Rochester is back January 18th–20th for another year of family fun and winter festivities that you can enjoy for FREE. The three-day community celebration will be packed with events like tube sledding, ice skating, dog sled rides, cross-country skiing, ice sculptures along Main Street, fireworks on Friday and Saturday night, The Big, Bright Light Show, live music, TasteFest, and so much more!

Take a look at our video for a preview of the fun:

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Oakland County Holiday Lights Map

Celebrate the season with a tour of holiday light displays in and around Oakland County! Show off your decorated property or visit one of the many holiday light displays using the 2nd annual Oakland County Holiday Lights Map. Use the map below to discover festive homes like My Light Show in Waterford, community displays such as the Big, Bright Light Show in Downtown Rochester, and popular attractions like Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo.

Submit your display or find one to visit using the interactive Oakland County Holiday Lights Map. Residents, communities, and businesses in the area can submit their own properties and, once approved, they will show up on the map for others to visit in person.

Holiday Lights Map

Submit Your Holiday Lights Display

Enter your own property into the Oakland County Holiday Lights Map by following the instructions below:

  • Visit the Oakland County Holiday Lights Map webpage from your mobile device or desktop computer. Mac desktop users should use Safari or Firefox for optimal experience.
  • Press the “+ Submit Your Light Display” button on the top right corner of the webpage.
  • Upload a picture of your decorated property, the title of your holiday display, your address, and a description of what visitors should expect to see.
  • Press the “Accept Terms and Submit” button.

That’s it, you are done! Wait a few hours and check back to view your property on the Oakland County Holiday Lights Map.

Please note, all submissions will go through an approval process before showing up on the Oakland County Holiday Lights Map. Submissions without a photo will not be accepted. Only submit photos of your own property and be aware that by uploading your submission, you are encouraging people to visit your property.


Check out the 2018 Oakland County Holiday Lights Map to submit and travel to your favorite decorated displays in and around Oakland County. Before planning your trip, continue reading below to learn about three of last year’s holiday lights displays and their charitable impact upon the community.

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The Big, Bright Light Show

Wide shot of a decorated downtown covered in red, green, blue, and orange holiday lights.

Celebrate the joy of the holiday season in Downtown Rochester at The Big, Bright Light Show! Up and down Main Street, buildings will be covered by more than 1 million lights. This nightly, free event lights up Downtown through January 6th, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to midnight.

Preview the dazzling lights before you go:

Since 2006, the show has become an annual tradition for thousands of people from across the region. The festivities begin each year prior to Thanksgiving during Lagniappe when the lights are turned on for the first time and the town celebrates by giving a “little something extra” to guests.

Throughout the season, spectators gather to walk through Downtown, see the many-colored lights, and shop at decorated stores. Most stores are open Monday through Saturday, until 9:00 p.m.

New this year, The Big, Bright Light Show has been extended past January 6th to illuminate every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through the Fire and Ice Festival on January 18th – 20th, giving visitors more time to enjoy the famous lights.

Blue and orange lights are draped next to a lamp post labeled "Downtown Rochester."

Learn more about The Big, Bright Light Show at Downtown Rochester’s website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Share your photos using #TheBigBrightLightshow and #ChristmasCity.


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