Michigan Events November 23, 2017
by Sophie Boudreau 9 Magical Light Displays In Michigan That Will Simply Mesmerize You This Season
Christmas is right around the corner, and you know what that means: it’s time to start venturing out to explore some of Michigan’s most breathtaking holiday lights! There’s nothing more magical than a trip to one of these nine gorgeous Christmastime decor displays in the Great Lakes State.
1. Big Bright Light Show, Rochester (November 20-January 7)
Each year, downtown Rochester comes to life with millions — yes, MILLIONS — of breathtaking Christmas lights. Peruse the area’s downtown to do some shopping as you marvel at each storefront. Buildings are covered from head to toe in twinkling lights, and you’ll be in a holiday wonderland.
2. ZooLights at Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek (December 15-23)
Binder Park Zoo is a fun family destination during warmer months, but there’s something undeniably charming about visiting for its annual display of Christmas lights. Animal lovers will have a blast perusing the area, which gleams with beautiful decor. Admission is $6 for non-members and $5 for members.
3. Wayne County Lightfest at Hines Park, Westland (November 16-December 31)
Hop in the car and venture to Westland for a fun-filled adventure at Lightfest. This four-mile drive-through display features dozens of large animated displays, countless beautiful lights, and a cheery atmosphere that simply can’t be matched. The cost is $5 per vehicle, and the gorgeous decor will fill you with holiday cheer.
4. Light Up The Soo, Sault Ste. Marie (December 16-31)
Want to see the beautiful holidays lights of Sault Ste. Marie from way up in the sky? Venture to the city’s Tower of History for a chance to do just that. For a small admission fee, you’ll be transported 210 feet into the air via elevator — where you’ll gaze out over the brilliance of the area’s holiday decor.
5. Christmas at Crossroads, Flint (weekends in November and December)
Carolers in full costume, a Polar Express-type train ride, refreshments, shopping, and all sorts of stunning holiday lights? You’ll find all of this and more when you spend an evening at Crossroads Village in Flint. On weekends throughout November and December, this lovely locale comes alive with Christmas cheer — and you’ll want to see it for yourself.
6. Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo (Fridays, Saturdays, and select Sundays/weeknights in December)
Make your way to the Motor City for yet another zoo adventure, this time at the lovely Detroit Zoo. While the event is centered around all sorts of incredible light displays, there are plenty of other activities to keep guests excited — from viewings of "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" to carousel rides, this is so much more than just a holiday light event.
7. Parade of Lights, Holland (November 28)
This annual event brings together West Michigan residents of all ages for an exciting evening in downtown Holland. Watch as trucks, cars, and other vehicles travel through the streets in full holiday decor. Of course, Santa Claus himself will make an appearance — so be sure you’re on your best behavior!
8. Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village, Dearborn (select nights in December)
Venture to the Henry Ford museum for a heartwarming step back in time. As you explore Greenfield Village’s charming Christmas event, you’ll be delighted by everything from carolers to countless light displays to good old-fashioned ice skating. There’s no better way to appreciate the simple pleasures of Christmas.
9. Christmas Lite Show, Comstock Park (November 22-December 31)
Throughout the holiday season, this awesome display near Grand Rapids offers visitors the chance to get up close and personal with over a million twinkling lights. During your two-mile drive through the Christmas Lite Show, you’ll see beautiful yuletide scenes, lighted tunnels, and so much more — what’s not to love? Admission is $20 per vehicle, but the cost is so worth it.
Did we forget to include any of your favorite seasonal light displays throughout Michigan? Share your suggestions with us in the comment section below, and happy holidays!
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