Big 3: Top events Saturday and Sunday

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
Cars drive through the Wayne County light fest.             Photos are of the opening night of the Wayne County Light Fest in Westland, November 18, 2010.    (David Guralnick / The Detroit News)

1. Light Shows at Detroit Zoo and Merriman Hollow Park: This year is the 25th anniversary of the Wayne County Lightfest, family-friendly light show tradition. Cruise through this festive path of holiday lights. The Santa Shelter will be open with refreshments and a chance for a photo with the big jolly guy through Dec. 23. Festival hours are 7-10 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 6-10 p.m. Sat.-Sun. through Dec. 31. 7651 Merriman, Westland. (734) 261-1990. Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo also starts this week. While the lights are something to see — 5 million covering buildings, trees and animal-shaped sculptures. This holiday tradition also includes ice carving, chorale performances, a wildlife photography exhibit and the “Polar Express 4-D Experience.” Sat.-Sun., plus Nov. 23-25 and 30 and Dec. 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 20-23 and 26-31. $11 and up. 8450 W. 10 Mile, Royal Oak.  

2. Marvel Universe Live at Little Caesars Arena: See all your super strong, colorful Marvel heroes live on stage at this arena stunt show where the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange team up to save the world from Loki’s evil plot. 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Sat., and noon and 4 p.m. Sun. $20 and up. 2645 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-7000.

3. Audra McDonald at Hill Auditorium: This multi-Tony Award-winning Broadway star will perform songs from American musical theater. She’ll be joined by pianist Andy Einhorn, bassist Mark Vanderpoel and Gene Lewin on drums. 8 p.m. Sat. $20 and up. 825 N. University, Ann Arbor. 

Melody Baetens