1. Detroit Opera House
The C. Howard Crane-designed opera house is gorgeous on a regular day, with much of the Italian Renaissancestyle décor original to the 1922 building still in place. The opera house goes all out with the festive holiday décor, elevating this Detroit treasure to truly breathtaking.
When: Mondays November 30 – December 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Connect: michiganopera.org | 313.961.3500

2. Twinklin’ Holiday Lights 5K
Don your favorite holiday sweater and sneakers and celebrate the holidays with a guided run through downtown Grand Rapids. The city throws down with its holiday lighting displays, and the tour makes sure to pass by several special spots.
When: Evenings in December, by appointment.
Connect: grandrapidsrunningtours.com

3. Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
Get an up-close look into the lives of the Ford family during the Ford House Holiday Tour. Guided tours showcase the mansion’s stunning holiday decorations and the family’s Christmas traditions. The tour includes a visit to Santa’s Workshop in the South Cottage, with holiday crafts and games.
When: Tuesdays through Sundays during the holiday season.
Connect: fordhouse.org | 313.884.4222

Lansing isn't just the capital of Michigan, but it’s also the central hub for the entire state—literally; it’s located within 90 minutes of 90 percent of the state’s population, making it both eventful and accessible for groups located throughout the state.


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Congratulations to the finalists for Michigan Meetings + Events Best of 2020 readers’ choice awards. We look forward to celebrating with each of you at the awards celebration on Thursday, May 28, at the Gem Theatre in Detroit.

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