It’s never too early to start preparing for the holiday season which includes a trip to the Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend 2023. After all, there’s nothing more magical than gathering with family and friends to embrace the many delights of Christmastime. As December 25th draws closer, Michigan comes to life with all sorts of fun and vibrant events. This old-fashioned Christmas celebration will surely capture your heart, and you’ll want to make it a new family tradition. 

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Watch this video for an idea of the magic to come at one of the best holiday traditions in Michigan.

For a full schedule of the Old Christmas Weekend 2023, visit Manistee’s Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend web page. Have you attended these Michigan Christmas events in years past? We’d love to hear your memories and see your favorite photos in the comment section below! Happy (almost) holiday season, Michiganders!

While you’re in Manistee, book a room at the historic Dempsey Manor Inn & House MuseumIf you’re searching for another history-focused outing, be sure to check out Michigan’s oldest candy shop!

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Christmas in Michigan

What are some of the best Christmas events in Michigan?

  • Christmas towns: Without traveling too far and spending a lot of money, window shopping is one of the best reasons to visit small towns in Michigan during the holidays. Folks spend extra time and money just to offer some holiday excitement in the way of Christmas lights, decorations, and sometimes even live music. Visit some of the Christmas towns near me this holiday season, such as Rochester, Mackinac Island, and Traverse City.
  • Christmas light displays: This could also be a free event if you're walking, or it might cost a little gas money, but you'll be amazed at the efforts in your own neighborhood of holiday light displays. From twinkling reindeer to Santa on the rooftop, the imaginations flow freely in these nearby towns. Some events are larger and charge for vehicles to drive through, including The Big, Bright Light Show in Rochester; the Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad in Flint; or the The Big Reveal in Milford.
  • Christmastime Main Street: This time of year small-town main streets wrap the buildings in glitter and gold for the holiday season. Find one and explore, eat at a delicious restaurant, and do some gift shopping at a one-of-a-kind boutique that supports hand-made crafts from local artists. Try the one in Rochester located just 30 minutes from Detroit. And hey, if you're already that close to the big city, check out the main street over there.