Dec 12, 2017

Tunnel of Lights-Warren

If your family is like ours, going to see festive holiday lights is one of the best parts of the season. Many of us already know about the Wayne County Lightfest, Holidays at Greenfield Village, and downtown Rochester's Big Bright Light Show, but one of THE best holiday light displays in our area is actually right down the road in Warren!

Pack up the kids, grab the hot chocolate (with marshmallows if preferred) and head to 12 Mile & Schoenherr for the annual Tunnel of Lights on Eiffel Street.

The Skurda family began the tradition in 2009, and over time their neighbors and friends began to get involved too. "It grew pretty quickly every year and when we ran out of room on our yard we started putting our decorations on the neighbors yard and then next door to them, " said Heather Skurda. Now, nearly the entire block is aglow with a spectacular light show featuring over 100,000 lights the entire family will love!

Heather's husband Brent makes all of the arches for the neighborhood with another neighbor and starts putting them up in October.  Next year, they are anticipating even more of the block being decorated, so they plan on starting in September.

The Tunnel of Lights officially opens on the first Saturday of December, and every year it seems to get bigger and better. This year, Santa arrived on a firetruck to commemorate the event, and some of the neighborhood children were even dressed in holiday costumes passing out candy to those walking by.

While our family didn't make it to opening night, we did head over the next day and the weather was perfect for us to walk through the beautiful displays. Families were hanging out outside and it was a joyful evening.

What's nice is that because it's a free display in a private neighborhood, it's relatively relaxed and easygoing, with neighbors waving hello and everyone having a great time together. And although there is no charge, this is the first year they are accepting donations for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Michigan. Heather said they will pick a different charity every year going forward. 

Most of the decorations are on the east side of Eiffel with plenty of photo opportunities, but even the west side of the street has gotten into the Christmas spirit. I have a feeling over time the entire street will get involved.

This is DEFINITELY a display you'll want to get out of the car and walk through - so dress accordingly and bring the wagons or strollers in case the kids need a break. There is no parking on the east side of the street but plenty of parking elsewhere in the subdivision, then it's just a quick walk over to Eiffel. We are lucky enough that my sister lives around the corner so we threw all the kids in a wagon and walked over together. 

Eiffel Street is just west of Schoenherr and north of 12 mile, in the subdivision across from Warren Woods Middle School. The Tunnel of Lights begins at sundown and lasts through the evening. 

Do you know of a hidden gem light show that we should know about? Is there one in your neighborhood? Share in the comments!

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