Iconic Detroit City Lights

Bright lights, big city!


Downtown Detroit is aglow with sparkling lights, LED displays and thematic colors that make the city beam. Now that it’s getting dark out earlier we have more time to appreciate Detroit’s twinkling lights and displays.


Detroit Skybridge


The pedestrian bridge linking the Guardian Building and One Woodward recently got a colorful makeover. The bridge has been outfitted with lights that shift in color making it look like a color bar hovering between the buildings. Head to the Spirit of Detroit Plaza to get a full view of the chameleon skybridge.


Ally Detroit Center



The second-tallest building in Detroit is well-known for its postmodern architectural design topped with gothic-inspired spires. The spires were designed specifically to blend in with the city’s historic skyline. Every night the building shines color-changing lights from each of its spires creating a hauntingly beautiful look.





In 2011, the Renaissance Center added colored LED lighting on top of its towers. The building also added a large illuminated LED display featuring General Motors’ various vehicle brands. The lights also change to support special events. As the tallest building in Detroit, the lights and displays can be seen from all areas of Detroit.


Cobo Center


The final piece of Cobo Center’s 2015 renovation was eye-catching – and still is. A giant video board spans Jefferson Avenue serves as the convention center’s marquee making it the largest signage display in Detroit. The video screen can broadcast promotional messages, public service messages and can even broadcast live events from inside Cobo. It’s sometimes so bright at night you might think you’re in Times Square, NYC.


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Building



While the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Building may not have out-of-this-world light displays, they find other ways to mark holidays and certain Detroit events. The building arranges its office lights in certain patterns and uses color blocking to craft out unique shapes visible from the surrounding highways and Greektown. They’re known for displaying a Christmas tree before the December holiday, and a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon in October.


MotorCity Casino Hotel



The casino hotel is most notable for the sweeping roof design, a 304-foot-long stainless-steel ribbon that’s a nod to Detroit’s automotive history. Along the unique roof and on each floor of the hotel, the exterior features LED tube lights which form stunning visuals visible from downtown and the highway. It looks like no two color patterns are the same!


Ambassador Bridge



Well-known as the main connection linking Detroit and Windsor, the Ambassador Bridge can be seen day or night easily. The bridge features old-fashioned clear lightbulbs illuminating the journey from one country to another.


One Woodward


Not far from the Detroit Riverfront, One Woodward is a prominent building in Detroit’s skyline from the waterfront and Canada. The 28-story building features colored lighting throughout each floor, but its crown center at the top of the building dazzles each night. The building changes its colors throughout the night and often changes colors to participate in special community events.


What other displays light up Detroit’s downtown? Let us know in the comments!

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