Updated November 2019
It is officially the holiday season! This means cities all across Michigan are getting ready to set up their holiday light displays. Lights are the perfect way to get people into the holiday spirit and are a great activity for all ages. Whether you are looking to do something fun with family or plan a romantic date night this season, here is a list of Michigan’s most magical light displays to check out this year.
Rochester’s Big, Bright Light Show
The Big, Bright Light Show in Rochester Hills is a favorite for people all across Michigan. Starting on November 25th this year, nearly every building in downtown Rochester is completely lit with its own set of lights – from top to bottom! The Big, Bright Light show is displayed every evening from 5 pm – midnight all the way through January. It really is a magical experience to walk through this spectacular display of lights.
Silver Bells in the City – Lansing, Michigan
What better place to see a holiday light display than at our state’s capital! This year will mark the 35th annual Silver Bells in the City in downtown Lansing on Friday, November 22nd. It starts with a magical light parade that features businesses across Michigan, high school marching bands, and the arrival of Santa Claus at the end. Shortly after the parade is the lighting of the State Christmas tree with fireworks to follow. Along with multiple other attractions, shopping, and events, this is one light display you won’t want to miss. The tree is lit all through the holiday season, so if you can’t make the event you can still drive by and see the tree anytime.
Wild Lights at Detroit Zoo
This spectacular light display at the Detroit Zoo features more than five million LED lights that shine over buildings, trees, animal sculptures and more. Beginning on November 16th, the Detroit Zoo will light up for only 24 nights. As you walk through the zoo, you’ll be able to enjoy holiday entertainment and fun activities. Wild Lights is the perfect attraction for people of all ages – and kids under 2 get in for free!
Christmas at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad – Flint, Michigan
Holiday cheer can be found all throughout Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad in Flint, Michigan. Experience a holiday light show, shopping, crafts, live entertainment and activities unlike any other on their opening night, November 29th. Imagine a winter train ride on the Huckleberry Railroad and seeing beautiful Christmas lights and winter scenery. It is truly a magical ride for everyone to experience! And if you can’t make it on opening night – that is okay. Each weekend in December the lights will shine and train rides are offered, but make sure to purchase your tickets early so they don’t sell out.
Christmas Lite Show at Fifth Third Ballpark
Come and experience West Michigan’s largest and most animated holiday light production! This drive-thru light show is at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park and features nearly two miles of animated light displays, lighted tunnels, animation, and so much more. They also added on an extended trail that features an addition of 10,000 lights and updated displays. The light show begins on November 27th and runs through January 4th. Tickets for the Christmas Lite Show are available online for purchase now! This show is a perfect event for the whole family to experience.
Nite Lites – Brooklyn, Michigan
This famous Jackson holiday light display is expanding and moving to the Michigan International Speedway. For the past several years, the Nite Lites display was held at Jackson County Fairgrounds, but this expansion has allowed the display to double in size. Beginning on November 28th, people can experience a 3-mile magical light show in the comfort of their own cars. It features 65 different themes, huge Christmas trees, a lighted tunnel and much more. Santa Claus even makes an appearance on certain nights throughout December. Grab your family and come see a light production you won’t want to miss this year.
ZooLights Festival at Binder Park Zoo – Battle Creek, Michigan
The magic of the holiday season awaits you at Binder Park Zoo during their ZooLights Festival. Nightly entertainment, lighted paths, carousel rides, and more holiday activities are found throughout the park. There is even time with Santa and Mrs. Claus. You can even see a few of the zoo’s winter-hardy animals. A fun activity for children is having dinner with Santa Claus! Seating is limited for this activity, so make sure you purchase your tickets beforehand. The ZooLights festival begins on November 29th and runs through December 22nd on select days each week.