A holiday tradition staple, nothing gets us into the season more than a display of holiday lights. Whether you are looking for a drive-thru tour of lights or large-scale spectacles, we have compiled the perfect list for you and your family this holiday season. Sit back, grab your hot cocoa and read all about our picks for Michigan’s best holiday light displays!
Alpena- Alpena Lights Christmas:
Tune into 102.3 FM at W. Washington Ave., between Tawas & 4th Street and see some holiday magic! All season long, you can watch the synchronized light show of singing snowmen, dancing candy canes and more from the comfort of your car. Click here for more information.
Rochester- The Big Bright Light Show:
Support local businesses and holiday cheer in Downtown Rochester! The city center is lit up every evening this holiday season with over 1 million shining holiday lights. For more information, check out Downtown Rochester’s website here.
Jackson County- Nite Lights:
At the Michigan International Speedway, get ready for miles of custom light displays. A drive-thru event, there’s new holiday scenes featuring the North Pole, reindeer, Santa Claus and more! To find out more about this magical experience, check out their website here.
Grand Rapids- Christmas Lite Show:
Open for another year of fun, the Christmas Lite Show has plenty of events for you and your family this holiday season. From Michigan’s largest animated drive-thru light show to riding in the Memory Lane Train, this event is fun for all ages. See more on their website here.
Charlevoix- Boss Family Christmas Display:
Open to the public since 1978, this holiday display in Charlevoix is a unique Christmas tradition. From the massive lit-up pine tree in the front yard to the Model-T sitting on the porch, the Boss Family has its display open for its 43rd year in a row. To keep updated on the display, you can look at their Facebook page here.
Detroit- Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo:
With millions of LED lights sparkling on trees, buildings and masterfully-crafted light sculptures throughout the zoo, guests are treated to the magic of the zoo in winter. Wild Lights guests of all ages will enjoy the festive vignettes, seasonal treats, and the animals playing in the snow. To learn more and to get tickets, visit their website here.
Muskegon- Muskegon GLOW:
Supported by donations from the public and the Muskegon City Commissioners, hundreds of thousands of lights have been strung up in downtown Muskegon for the holidays. The lights will remain up until January 5th, so make sure to check them out before they are gone!
Livonia- Perrin Family Lights:
Tune into 95.3 FM at 11820 Jarvis Street for some holiday cheer! Nightly until 10 PM, you can watch the synchronized light show of thousands of holiday lights synchronized to your favorite holiday tunes, all from the comfort of your car. Check out their Facebook page for more information here.
Lansing- Holiday Lights of Nights:
Hosted by the Lansing Parks and Recreation, the annual Holiday Nights of Lights is kicking off for the season. This is a drive-thru event in Frances Park and is free to the public. With no registration required, you can enjoy the serene drive through the park while looking at the dozens of light displays. For more information and for more Lansing holiday light shows, check out Lansing Family Fun here.
Flint- Christmas Holiday Magic:
A family-owned tradition for 30 years, the Christmas Holiday Magic at Crossroads Village is sure to make memories that last all year long. Peruse the shops in the vintage village, enjoy a ride on the Huckleberry Railroad and watch the skilled artisans make their crafts – all while enjoying the thousands of twinkling lights around the village. For more information and tickets, check out their website.