Michigan December 20, 2017
Visit These 9 Magical Christmas Attractions In Michigan Before Santa Arrives
Christmas is less than a week away, but that doesn’t mean the celebrations have to start winding down! There’s still plenty of time to get out and bask in the joy of the holiday season. No matter what your age, there’s something truly magical about December in Michigan. Here are nine Christmas attractions to explore before Santa makes his stop in the Great Lakes State.
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1. Olde World Canterbury Village (2369 Joslyn Ct, Lake Orion)
When you’re ready to pick up those last-minute items on your list in one of the most festive atmospheres imaginable, make the journey to Olde World Canterbury Village. This Lake Orion shopping center is like something out of a fairy tale, with countless holiday lights and a variety of welcoming stores that fully embrace the spirit of the season. There’s even a shop called "Always Christmas," which is just as festive as it sounds!
2. Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village (20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn)
Step back in time and appreciate an old-world Christmas at this one-of-a-kind event, which can be found within the Henry Ford Museum. On select nights through the end of the month, Michiganders of all ages will gather to try some classic ice skating, admire costumed carolers, and marvel at beautiful holiday decor.
3. Rosa Parks Circle (135 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids)
Venture to downtown Grand Rapids for an incredible Christmastime adventure under the stars. Rosa Parks Circle offers one of the most beautiful ice-skating setting imaginable, complete with countless Christmas lights and a bustling atmosphere that would even put a smile on Scrooge’s face. What’s not to love?
4. Crossroads Village (6140 Bray Road, Flint)
On select dates through the 30th of December, this historically themed village comes to life with Christmas cheer. Pick up a few gifts, enjoy live entertainment, partake in a few craft demonstrations, and visit with Santa Claus as you explore this beautiful destination. There are even carousel rides for younger visitors who are looking to add some extra magic to their experience.
5. Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo (8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak)
If you love visiting the zoo during summertime, you’ll appreciate it just as much when colder months roll around! Each winter, the Detroit Zoo comes to life with beautiful wildlife-themed holiday lights and decor. Stroll through a Christmas wonderland as you learn more about the animals housed at the zoo.
6. Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland (25 Christmas Ln, Frankenmuth)
Bronner’s is an absolute blast throughout the year, but nothing beats visiting during the Christmas season. This massive holiday store features everything from tinsel to ornaments to nativity scenes, and you could spend days exploring without seeing all it has to offer. Once you step inside, you’ll never want to leave!
7. The Big, Bright Light Show (Downtown Rochester)
Downtown Rochester is absolutely stunning each holiday season with its multi-million light display. Storefronts and restaurants throughout the area are covered in twinkling decor, and the atmosphere is decidedly festive. Finish up some last-minute shopping and marvel at this breathtaking scene.
8. Lightfest at Hines Park (7651 N Merriman Rd, Westland)
Hop in the car for one of the most festive family drives imaginable. Through the end of the month, visitors can pay a $5 fee per vehicle to meander through this two-mile lighted drive that brings the joy of the season to life. From animated displays to magical, twinkling lights, there’s something here to delight everyone.
9. Peacock Road Family Farm (11854 Peacock Rd, Laingsburg)
Through Christmas eve, eager visitors can venture to this charming farm for a visit with Santa Claus himself. Hop aboard the Peacock Express, which will transport you through the snowy woods and make a stop at Santa’s cabin. Sip on hot cocoa as you talk to the man in red, then explore the farm’s lovely little Christmas shop. What better way to prepare for the holiday?
Of course, this list only scratches the surface when it comes to fascinating Christmas adventures to be had in the Great Lakes State. Did we leave any of your favorites off our list? Feel free to share your ideas and recommendations in the comment section!