The Best Christmas Light Displays in Michigan

One of my families new favorite holiday traditions is to venture out and see the holiday light displays. Some homes are decorated in all white lights that sparkle and light up the night. Others homes and businesses are adorned in reds, greens, blues along with the traditional golds and silver.

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Five Symphony locations in Michigan have a drive-true light displays not only for the joy of their residents but also for the public. The event is free but they do have a mitten tree where you can donate to keep someone warm in a local shelter. See details below for each location. Merry Christmas Michigan!

We turn on our holiday music and yes we even sing along when we are not saying "wow look at that!". Because of that we search the state for the best holiday light displays (and even the locations where we can purchase our own) and share them here. We wish you a Merry Michigan Life!

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November 20, 2020 through January 3, 2021

Experience the magic of the Detroit Zoo in winter as you take in the lights and the sights and enjoy holiday entertainment and activities for guests of all ages. More than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and more than 100 animal sculptures throughout the front of the Zoo.

November 16 – December 31, 2019

Creating holiday magic for a brighter world is what Battle Creek’s International Festival of Lights is all about. Once again, this traditional festival of lights will return in all its splendor and beauty to delight visitors from both near and far.

November 20 from 6-8 p.m.

Festivities in Lansing start with the Annual Silver Bells in the City always the Friday before Thanksgiving. The Silver Bells in the City is scheduled in downtown Lansing. in downtown Lansing. The lighting of Michigan’s official state Christmas tree will take place just after 7:30 p.m.

Come out to see the Holiday Lights at Shawhaven Farm. Ride past a beautiful Hanukah lights display, continue through the streets of the village all decorated up in the holiday spirit. See Santa coming down the chimney. Watch the animated light show to the music of the holidays.

2020 Dates: 11/25/20 - 12/31/20
(Closed Christmas Day)

While it may be a little different this year, the Wayne County Lightfest will be taking place in 2020!

The Lightfest's magical 4.5 mile drive through holiday light display is a tradition for families all over Metro Detroit. There are new displays this year along with 45 other animated themed displays.

MIDDLE OF NOVEMBER - JANUARY 3, 2021

You are invited to brighten your holidays in downtown Rochester with The Big, Bright Light Show! The buildings in downtown Rochester will be covered with more than 1 million points of glimmering holiday light.

November 27 - December 27, 2020
Thur - Sun | 6 pm – 9 pm

Marshall’s Merry Mile is a spectacular light display is an annual family tradition.
At the Calhoun County Fairgrounds in Marshall. Bring the whole family to enjoy the holiday lights this Christmas. All proceeds will go to the Calhoun County Fairgrounds see website to pricing.

Tree Lighting: Fri, Nov 20, 2020 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Parade: Sat, Nov 21, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm

Wyandotte Michigan knows how to put on a holiday party. The Parade route begins at Northline near the Police/Court Building and ends at Eureka Avenue. The parade begins at 10 am and usually runs approximately one hour.

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 – Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 7:00pm

The Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees is a holiday spectacular unlike any other, featuring trees, wreaths, stockings, tablescapes, centerpieces and Gingerbread Houses designed and donated by the Metro Detroit community.

Thanksgiving - New Years Day | Free - Donations Accepted

Sparkle in the Park will create over 50 holiday displays that visitors can drive by or take leisurely walks through with the family.

Bear Lake’s Sparkle in the Park | 7727 Hopkins Dr. Bear Lake, MI 49614

Friday - Sunday: 9am - 5pm

Country Christmas Tree Farm & Gifts is a full service Christmas Tree Farm. Christmas Trees, Christmas Wreaths and boughs, Christmas decorations, saws provided, trees tied, sleigh rides

Canceled for the 2020

Binder Park Zoo is a great place to create holiday memories and traditions.

November 25, 2020 thru Jan 2, 2021

You don't want to miss the Christmas Nite Lights at Fifth Third Ball Park. West Michigan's largest, animated, drive thru light show, entertaining people of all ages. The event is located at Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, exit 91, off US 131.

Open every night 6pm-11pm November 27 - January 1st.

The Colors of Christmas is a drive-thru wonderland of lights and Christmas displays. Every night from 6:00pm to 11:00pm starting the day after Thanksgiving until January 1 - the Croton Township Campground will be open for you and your family to drive through or hike through "The Colors of Christmas" light displays.

2020 Dates: ?

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season at the fifth annual ‘Winter Snow Fun’ Holiday Parade in Marquette’s Downtown District. Bundle up with friends and family as illuminated floats, tinsel-strewn trucks and colorful carolers transform Third Street into a magical scene from the North Pole.

Saturday December 5, 2020 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Parade of Lights on Main Street comes alive with the lights of the Holiday season. Watch the many colorful floats, marching groups, and listen to the seasonal songs as they meander down Main Street. Children will beam with excitement as they watch for Santa Claus and his sleigh. This is not an event to miss!

December 4 – 5, 2020

Feel the Spirit of the Season as the Ramsdell Ballroom is transformed into a winter wonderland with live Christmas trees, wreaths and other holiday decor designed by local holiday enthusiasts! Browse the items that are up for bid through silent auction all weekend, ending with the final sales on Sunday.

Nov. 26 thru Dec. 31, 2020

Where: Michigan International Speedway
US-12 Entrance only, 12626 US-12, Brooklyn, Michigan 49230

Time: 5:30 pm - 9 pm Sunday thru Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm Friday & Saturday

December 5, 2020, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Christmas in Lights in Iron River is the first Saturday of December and features a lighted parade of more than 30 floats carrying 1000’s of lights followed by a stellar fireworks show.

Day after Thanksgiving through January 1, 2021

The Colors of Christmas is a drive-thru wonderland of lights and Christmas displays. Every night from 6:00pm to 11:00pm - the Croton Township Campground will be open for you and your family to drive through or hike through "The Colors of Christmas" light displays.

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