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Wayne County Lightfest
Event Info
Starts Thursday - Nov. 16, 2023 6:00 PM
Ends Sunday - Dec. 24, 2023 10:00 PM
Location Merriman Hollow Park

7651 N. Merriman Road, Westland, MI

The address for the Lightfest is 7651 N. Merriman Road, which is 2.5 miles south of I-96. Please note that the access to the Lightfest is only available north of the Merriman Road Bridge, due to bridge work being underway. Please be prepared for longer entrance times.

The Wayne County Lightfest is a magical five mile stretch of Hines Park, displaying nearly 50 display and more than 100,000 lights!

The Lightfest is open Wednesday - Sunday now through December 24 from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM. The Lightfest will be closed Monday and Tuesday evenings.

Due to overwhelming response to the Lightfest, wait times may be longer than normal on weekends.

Lightfest Fees:
Cars: $5 cash
Commercial van/RV/limo: $20 cash
Mini-bus: $25 cash
Bus (40 passenger): $50 cash

There are three food trucks at Perrin Park, which is halfway through the Lightfest. There are also restrooms and a large Santa's mailbox.

Wayne County Parks offers radio alerts to update visitors with important show information. By tuning in to AM 1640 within 3-5 miles of the Lightfest entrance, visitors can receive regular updates on wait times, traffic flow, and event costs.

During the Lightfest, Hines Drive closes to traffic for set-up and operations from 5:00 PM - 11:30 PM from Ann Arbor Trail to Outer Drive.

Toy Night, which allows visitors to donate a new, unwrapped toy in lieu of paying the car entrance fee, will take place on Wednesdays November 22, November 29, December 6 and December 13, 2023.

Vehicle fees are paid in cash on site but if you are looking to pre-purchase tickets for employees, friends or family in advance, you can purchase tickets at the Nankin Mills Interpretive Center in Westland Monday - Friday from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. The price for tickets is $5 per car. The address for the Nankin Mills Interpretive Center is 33175 Ann Arbor Trail in Westland. Pre-paid tickets can be purchased with cash, check or Visa/Mastercard at Nankin Mills or over the phone with a credit card by calling (734) 261-1990 and the tickets will be mailed to you. Please note that tickets purchased in person at the Lightfest are the same price but must be paid by CASH only.

In addition, bus groups can pre-register their busses and pay ahead of time by check, Visa/Mastercard or cash. Please call (734) 261-1990 for more information as bus pre-registration must be done at least one week in advance.

Please do not get out of your vehicles to take pictures during the Lightfest. There are many cords and wires surrounding the displays and it is not safe to exit your cars during the show except for the location of Perrin Park.

Do you know it is the 30th anniversary of the Lightfest? Help us celebrate by purchasing a 2023 long sleeve shirt from the Lightfest Run/Bike events! The cost is $15 if you purchase in person at the Nankin Mills Interpretive Center and $20 if shipped. Sizes available are Small, Medium, X-Large and XX-Large. Cash or check are available as forms of payment at the Nankin Mills Intpretive Center Monday - Friday from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. We can also make arrangements over the phone by calling (734) 261-1990.

For more information about the Wayne County Lightfest, please call (734) 261-1990.