New winter light show at Meadow Brook Mansion

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Emily Morris

The Meadow Brook Mansion has a tradition of celebrating the holiday season with decorations. The outdoor lights will be a new addition though.

Rachel Yim, Senior Reporter

To spark the Christmas season, Meadow Brook Hall is presenting its brand-new show, Winter Wonder Lights, featuring festive displays and music.

“Our new outdoor light show is going to be a spectacle,” Shannon O’Berski, external relations director at Meadow Brook Hall, said.

The Meadow Brook Mansion has lights across the outside of the building, where people can walk around and explore. The light show also includes concessions with glow-in-the-dark cotton candy and meals, selfie stations and bonfires.

The Winter Wonder Lights is also designed with a number of health and safety measures to ensure the safety of its visitors during the pandemic. Due to the state’s public health order limiting outdoor gatherings through Tuesday, Dec. 8, all outdoor holiday light shows are now running after Friday, Dec. 11 to Wednesday, Dec. 30.

According to O’Berski, all parts of the light show will be outdoor, and all guests must complete and submit a health form on the day of their visit. Meadow Brook Mansion staff have also established a one-way tour route, timed ticket entry and mask requirements to guarantee safety.

In addition to Winter Wonder Lights, the Meadow Brook Hall will also be hosting its annual OU Night on Wednesday, Dec. 16, where faculty, staff, alumni and their guests will receive a discounted rate of $15 – compared to $22 for general admission for adults.

In past years, Meadow Brook Hall has also hosted its traditional daytime indoor Holiday Walk. Unfortunately, it is canceled this year due to the emerging and ongoing health and safety challenges surrounding COVID-19. O’Berski hopes for both the indoor Holiday Walk and the light show to return next year, as 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the Holiday Walk.

While canceling our indoor Holiday Walk is disappointing, we look forward to showcasing our grounds in a whole new way – with Winter Wonder Lights – and building upon our tradition of being a major holiday destination in the state,” O’Berski said.

All tickets for Winter Wonder Lights must be purchased online in advance and students need to show their Oakland University ID at time of ticket redemption. To book tickets for the light show or for more details about the event, visit meadowbrookhall.org/holidays.

Everything about this project has been exciting and filled with surprises,” O’Berski said. “We are expecting more people than ever before to visit for Winter Wonder Lights, and I cannot wait to share Meadow Brook with so many new families.”