Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Hills plans to ramp up the yuletide spirit this year with a new outdoor attraction on top of its usual Holiday Walk inside the mansion.
Winter Wonder Lights, an interactive light experience, will take place on the grounds of the National Historic Landmark in Rochester Hills.
The estate will include immersive animated lightscapes created by designers, artisans, and fabricators from metro Detroit and across the country. The displays will be paired with sound. There will also be family activities, warming stations, bonfires, photo spots, and more.
“For nearly 50 years, Meadow Brook Hall has delivered a breathtaking holiday experience, transporting visitors through our historic mansion for Holiday Walk,” says Shannon O’Berski, external relations director of the hall.
“In 2020, we are reimagining the holidays to create Michigan’s most dazzling immersive light experience with Winter Wonder Lights. The new light show will be a high-profile entertainment destination that will appeal to the young, old, and everyone in between.”
The event will run from Friday, Nov. 17 through Wednesday, Dec. 30.
Holiday Walk will return for its 49th season and take place from Friday, Nov. 27 through Wednesday, Dec. 23. It features more than 50 Christmas trees, including a 10-foot tree created from 150 live poinsettia plants, hundreds of feet of garland, and thousands of lights.
More information about the events is available here.
Meadow Brook is located on the campus of Oakland University and is fully self-supporting, relying on events such as the annual Holiday Walk for the preservation and interpretation of the hall.
The original Tudor revival estate was built by Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of automotive pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, lumber baron Alfred Wilson, in 1929. The 88,000-square-foot mansion has 110 rooms and is the fourth largest historic mansion in the country. In 1957, the 1,400-acre property was donated to Michigan to establish a college.