County holiday display to open next Thursday
The display will then be open from 6 until 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday until Saturday, Dec. 24. The Lightfest is closed Monday and Tuesday evenings. Wayne County officials noted that the overwhelming response to the Lightfest last year may increase wait times may be longer than normal on weekends.
A special Bike Through the Lights event is planned for 7 p.m. Nov. 15. Bike riders will bike to the Warrendale Picnic Area and back (16K). Participants can turn around at any point and all participants will receive a 2022 Lightfest hat, bike light and post event snacks. All riders must wear a helmet and have a light due to two-way bike traffic.
The ride will start and finish at Merriman Hollow Park at the corner of Merriman Road and Hines Drive. Hines Drive will be closed to traffic during the event. Pre-registration for the bike ride is required at (734) 261-1990.
This year, Wayne County will offer radio alerts to update visitors with important show information. By tuning into AM 1640 within three to five miles of the Lightfest entrance, visitors can receive regular updates on wait times, traffic flow, special events and event costs. Visitors can make a stop at Perrin Park, mid-way through the show, to drop off a letter to Santa in the giant mailbox , patronize two food trucks and visit the restroom.
Pre-purchase tickets are available at the walk-up window at the Nankin Mills Interpretive Center at 33175 Ann Arbor Trail in Westland from 1 until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets this year are priced at $5 per car, cash only. Pre-paid tickets can be purchased with cash, check or Visa/Mastercard or over the phone with a credit card by calling (734) 261-1990 and tickets will be mailed. In addition to the $5 fee for cars, Lightfest admission for a commercial van/RV/or limo is $20 cash, a mini-bus (20 passenger) is priced at $25 cash and admission for a 40 passenger bus is $50.
In addition, bus groups can pre-register and pay ahead of time by check, Visa/Mastercard or cash. Call (734) 261-1990 for more information but bus pre-registration must be done at least one week in advance.
The Lightfest is sponsored this year by: DTE Energy; ITC Holdings, Inc.; Fryz Services, Inc.; Community Alliance Credit Union; Cole, Newton & Duran Certified Public Accountants; Allied Building Services; Consumers Energy; Friends of Wayne County Parks; SMART and Fox 2 News.
For more information, call the number listed above.