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Christmas Lights in Michigan 2022-2023

Millions of lights illuminate the holiday season in Michigan


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There's no better way to get into the Christmas spirit in Michigan than enjoy one of the magnificent light displays, which are so bright that you can see them from space. Considering that winters in Michigan tend to be chilly, drive-through light shows are always a popular option. However, some of the displays can be explored best on foot with a cup of hot chocolate in hand.

Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village (select nights in December 2021)

The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village is undoubtedly one of the most visited spots in Michigan. Every winter it gets even more popular with beautiful Holiday Nights. Stroll through this historic village, smelling roasting chestnuts and s'mores, listen to carolers, and enjoy festive illumination and fireworks. Entertainment also includes ice-skating, horse-drawn carriage rides and festive meals.

Nite Lites in Jackson (November 25–December 31, 2021)

Located at Michigan International Speedway, Nite Lites is a 3-mile (4.8-km) drive-through light display, one of the longest in the state. The main highlight of the show is the 250-foot (76-m) glowing tunnel. Additionally, 65 theme displays, a forest of sparkling trees, and other attractions will surely put you in a Christmas spirit. Nite Lites is open from 5:30 to 9 pm Sunday through Thursday and until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets start at $25 per car.

Wild Lights at Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak (mid-November–early January)

Detroit Zoo looks fantastic during a few special festive nights in November, December, and January with skilfully designed sparkling displays, animal habitats, and tasty holiday treats. The zoo is lavishly decorated with more than five million lights and garlands, illuminating the trees and buildings. The main highlight is over 200 animal light sculptures located throughout the zoo. Entertainment also includes holiday movies at the 4-D Theater, carousel rides, and skating.

The Wayne County Lightfest (late November–late December)

One of the largest in Michigan, Wayne County Lightfest at Hines Park in Westland, Michigan is a dazzling drive-through display, which is open from mid-November through New Year's Eve. Its main highlight is an infinite light tunnel, surrounding you through all the twists and turns of Hines Drive. You'll see glowing candy canes, snowflakes, Santa, reindeer, and rainbows. At the end of your trip, you can stop by Santa’s workshop and grab a snack. A magical 6.5-km (4-mi) stretch of Hines Park features nearly 50 animated displays with over 100,000 lights. Drive or run, walk, and bike through one of the largest holiday displays of the Midwest!

Rochester, Michigan, Christmas Lights (November 22, 2021–January 3, 2022)

Downtown Rochester is a must-see during the holidays, when buildings and trees are adorned with over one million shimmering Christmas lights. The display is on from 5 pm to midnight, starting from late November up to early January. The illumination is the brightest on Main Street, from South Bridge to Romeo Road, and on Fourth Street, from Walnut to Water streets. A perfect destination for holiday shopping or family dinner, Rochester is also known for its Christmas Parade and caroling.

Christmas Lite Show (November 24, 2021 - January 1, 2022)

Christmas Lite Show is Michigan’s largest holiday attraction. The impressive light show takes place from late November to early January at Lake Michigan Credit Union Ballpark. It features over 50 animated displays and a million of lights. The beautiful two-mile route can be viewed from the comfort of your own car from 5:30 to 9 pm. The light show is extended to 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets start at $25 per family vehicle.

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