Glenlore Trails ‘Aurora,’ the possible demolition of Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum, and More Metro Detroit News

Explore the latest community new covered by Hour Detroit this week including details on Downtown Detroit Markets, Wayne County Lightfest, and more.
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Glenlore Trails ‘Aurora’ to Open This Weekend

Glenlore Trails has announced the return of its popular illuminated winter walk-thru forest trail. “Aurora,” which will open for the season this Friday, Nov. 17, 2023. It will remain open every Thursday through Sunday, except major holidays, until Dec. 30.

Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum Faces Threat of Demolition

Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum is a beloved Farmington Hills destination. But now its longtime location could be demolished under a proposed redevelopment project in Hunter’s Square, the plaza on 14 Mile and Orchard Lake Road where the museum is located.

The Highlands in Harbor Springs Celebrates 60 Years With New Attractions

The Highlands resort in Harbor Springs is turning 60 years old, and they’re celebrating the milestone with a new line-up of attractions, including the first D-Line bubble chairlift in the Midwest, dining options, and more for the winter of 2023.

Downtown Detroit Markets to Return for 2023 Holiday Season

The Downtown Detroit Markets and Cadillac Lodge returned to Cadillac Square on Nov. 9, with more than 20 vendors as well as seasonal activities and special promotions in the coming months. The markets and lodge will remain open through Jan. 7.

Wayne County Lightfest Kicks Off This November

Wayne County Parks is kicking off the 2023 holiday season with three days of events that culminate in the start of the 30th annual Wayne County Lightfest on Nov. 16, 2023. The five-mile drive-thru display features hundreds of thousands of multi-colored lights, including 50 animated displays.

Where to Get Thanksgiving Dinner in Metro Detroit

Whether you’re looking for a dine-in experience or a to-go option you can heat up at home, metro Detroit restaurants have Thanksgiving dinner covered. Here’s what 10 local spots are serving up in 2023.

Blake’s Tree Lighting Ceremony and Other Holiday Events

Blake Farms is getting into the holiday spirit. The family-owned business will host a variety of seasonal activities this month and next at its Orchard & Cider Mill in Armada and Blake’s Backyard in Almont. Among the standout events is Blake’s Extravaganza Nov. 18-19 and 24-26, and the tree lighting on Nov. 18.

Celebrate the Holidays with the Detroit Tree Lighting and Light Up Beacon Park

Considered the “official kick-off” to the holiday season, the 20th annual Detroit Tree Lighting runs 4-9 p.m. on Nov. 17 at Campus Martius, with additional events scheduled all weekend. Down the street from Campus Martius Park are Light Up Beacon Park and Detroit’s Children Tree from 4-9 p.m.

Bedrock is Offering Free Trolley Rides Through Downtown Detroit for the Holidays

This holiday season, Bedrock, the commercial real estate firm behind Book Tower and the Hudson’s Site project, is offering free trolley rides across downtown Detroit through Jan. 7. The crimson and gold trolley, decorated with festive firs, will stop at five prime shopping and dining locations, starting at the newly renovated Book Tower

America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Turkey Trot in Detroit

Turkey Day is right around the corner, and so is Detroit’s favorite Thanksgiving tradition, America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This 97th annual event, which is presented by Gardner White, hits the streets of Detroit on Nov. 23, 2023, with area marching bands, floats, big heads, clowns, and more.

Development Projects in Pontiac

Over the last 50 years, Pontiac’s downtown has had businesses including trendy restaurants and art galleries come and go while 1970s megaprojects became decrepit eyesores that failed to produce meaningful economic development or prosperity for the residents. Today, however, Pontiac appears to be undergoing a systemic transformation. Here’s a look at some of the ongoing projects.


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