The Best Christmas Shows and Events in Michigan

What is your favorite holiday event? We have searched for the best in Christmas Shows and Events to bring you the best the season has to offer. Do you enjoy a Christmas Parade, the Nutcracker Ballet, Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes, or maybe it is the local tree lighting ceremony.

Pleaseet us know if we have missed your holiday favorites and we'll get it added to the site. We wish you a Merry Michigan Life!

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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.

Canceled for the 2020

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

2021 Dates: TBA

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.

Cancelled for 2020

To ensure that this year’s event is bigger and better than ever, the Saugatuck Douglas Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is putting out an open invitation to any local businesses or groups who might be interested in participating in this year’s Christmas Parade!

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.

Share some holiday spirit with furry and feathered folks at John Ball Zoo's annual "enrichment" day. The event, designed to help zookeepers keep animals interested in their surroundings, allows patrons to donate food, toys and other items to brighten a critter's day. Go online to johnballzoosociety.org for a wish list.

2020 Cancelled

Weekend to be Announced - Ontonagon Michigan host a Hometown Christmas. It starts on Friday Night with a tree trimming on River Street, Saturday hosts breakfast with the Grinch, the Gingerbread House Contest, Pouring of the Lead (fortune telling) Craft Sales, etc., Sunday is the annual evening Parade and the home and business contests

2021 Dates TBA

Downtown Kalamazoo has a long tradition of creating the best holiday memories with Santa. Thursdays through Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more than 8000 parents and children come through from 76 zip codes to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, write wish lists to Santa, decorate cookies, and receive a FREE book to take home.

Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Grand Rapids Symphony and about 100 children fuse their talents to bring the classic story to life. After a sold out world premiere, The Nutcracker, re-imagined by Polar Express author Chris Van Allsburg, returns for two weekends at DeVos Performance Hall.

December 4, 2021

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.

Dec 11, 2021

A Crystal Christmas takes place on the the 2nd Saturday of December and boasts an Ice Shack parade of hilarious Northwoods themed floats!

Events will take place throughout Crystal Falls, MI. Schedule of events will continue to be updated.

2021 Dates: TBA

There is something for everyone at the popular annual Winter Glow event – East Lansing’s free, outdoor winter festival in downtown East Lansing with a wide variety of fun-filled seasonal activities.

Enjoy a Fantasy Horse Drawn Carriage ride through the uniquely decorated streets of Frankenmuth. During the Christmas Season carriages are draped with garland and twinkling lights. While sitting on the crushed velvet seats of our Vis-à-vis enjoy holiday themed music along with the horse's jingling sleigh bells.

Clare Christmas Festival / Santa, Reindeer, Carriage Rides, Music, Trees, and much more! / For information call 989-386-2442

2021 Dates: Waiting to hear

The first weekend in December we hold our annual Festival of is Grass Lakes annual Christmas Festival of Lights. Enjoy breakfast with Santa; carriage rides to the Coe House Museum. The Coe House is open and decked out for the season. The United Methodist Church has their annual craft and bake sale, Santa makes a visit to the Depot.

Not running in 2020

The Holly Jolly Trolley travels around downtown Kalamazoo to provide people with easy access to parking lots, stores, restaurants, and more. Bring your friends and family and ride in the heated comfort of an old-style trolley. The ride is free! View the Holly Jolly Trolley route

2020 Dates: Nov 27-29 Dec 4-7, 11-14, 17-24, 26-30

Costumed villagers prepare for the holiday season in the Village’s homes and shops. The Colwell Opera House presents live entertainment, and Santa Claus visits with the children. See model trains and craft demonstrations, and enjoy holiday music and unique shopping opportunities.

Nov. 14, 2020

The City of Kalamazoo’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will again be held at Bronson Park, the heart of Kalamazoo. The Mayor, City Commissioners, City Manager and Santa will all be on hand to read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’, light Kalamazoo’s Christmas trees, and kickoff what is sure to be another great holiday season!

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