WESTLAND (WWJ) – A grand opening ceremony complete with fireworks is being held Thursday night as the kick-off for this year’s Wayne County Lightfest.

The ceremony will be held on Hines Drive in the Westland, Merriman Hollow area, beginning at 6 p.m.

As the Midwest’s largest and longest drive-through light show, Lightfest features more than 45 giant animated holiday themed displays and more than one million lights. The complete Lightfest route is more than four miles of long.

Bring the family to see this spectacular display from 7 to 10 p.m. starting Nov. 15 through Dec 31. (closed on Christmas Day). There is a $5 fee per vehicle.

Dec. 4, 11 and 18 will be Toy Nights. On these three nights, the community is invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy in lieu of the $5 vehicle fee. Wayne County workers will collecting the toys, which will be given as Christmas presents to children who are less fortunate.

When you’ve reached the end of the Lightfest drive, don’t forget to stop for a visit to Santa’s Workshop, at Warrendale Park. Santa will be there starting Thanksgiving Day until Dec. 23. Children can bring their wish lists for Santa and drop them off in the giant mailbox, where Santa’s elves will pick up the letters each night.

Although Lightfest begins at 7 p.m., Hines Drive will be closed to traffic beginning at 5:45 p.m. nightly. Visitors enter Wayne County Lightfest at Hines Drive and Merriman Road in Westland.

For more information, visit www.waynecounty.com or call Wayne County Parks at 734-261-1990.


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