Pure Michigan Holiday Light Events 2012

Frederick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids (photo credit: Dusty Brown)

The holiday season has arrived in Pure Michigan! That means there are plenty of parties, family visits, festive food and of course beautiful lights brightening up the state. Here’s a roundup of some of the many great events going on across Michigan that feature amazing light and holiday displays! For a full list of holiday light events, please visit michigan.org.

Heritage Holidays
Now – December 15, 2012, Ray
Heritage Holidays will take place on Fridays, November 30, December 7 & 14 and Saturdays, December 1, 8 & 15, at the Historic Mill at Wolcott Mill Metropark. Experience holiday traditions of the past and create new ones of your own. Visit the mill where you will meet Santa Claus and make keepsake crafts reminiscent of Christmas past. Experience a 1950s Christmas in the barn and enjoy a cup of hot mulled cider from Mrs. Claus. Cut your own log cookie in the lumbering barn, watch the light show at the gazebo and warm up by the bonfire with a s’more. Fee: $1 per person. For more information visit the website.

Holiday Road Light Show
Now – December 25, 2012, Norton Shores
This 15 minute show features synchronized lights to music inside a 3,300-square-foot storefront illuminated with 120,000 LED lights. Show times are Tuesday-Thursday 6pm to 9pm; Friday and Saturday evenings 6pm to 10pm; Saturday and Sunday afternoons 1pm to 4pm and Sunday evenings 6pm to 9pm. Christmas Eve 1pm – 4pm & 6pm -9pm and Christmas Day 6pm – 9pm. The event is free but requires a pass for entry that is available 24 hours in advance. The show is located at the Pointes Shopping Center at 1040 E. Sternberg Road, Norton Shores, Ml. For more information visit their Facebook page or call (616) 446-1426.

Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
Now – December 27, 2012, Dearborn
Step into a Christmas card from the past. Don’t miss the most popular holiday event in the area, complete with candlelit paths, live entertainment, costumed presenters, horse-drawn wagon and Model T rides, delightful holiday shops, Santa and live reindeer, ice skating, a spectacular fireworks display and more. Dates include December 1, 7-8, 14-16, 18-23 and 26-27; 6:30pm-10pm.  For more information visit their website here or call (800) 835-5237.

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World
Now – January 6, 2013, Grand Rapids
Experience the most magical time of year as Meijer Gardens transforms into a world of winter magic with the glow of 300,000 lights, more than 40 captivating international trees and displays, strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides and more surprises than can fit under the tree. The Gardens Holiday Express train exhibit, a holiday favorite designed by railway garden designer Paul Busse, winds its way through three separate indoor gardens. For more information visit the website here or call (888) 957-1580.

The Big, Bright Light Show
Now – January 6, 2013, Rochester

The Big, Bright Light Show in Rochester

You are invited to brighten your holidays in downtown Rochester with The Big, Bright Light Show! All the buildings on Main Street from the south bridge to Romeo Rd. will be covered in over a million points of light, along with East and West Fourth Street. Also, there will be large, lighted displays on Walnut from Third to University, The Dazzling Tree of Lights at the Depot Plaza (E. University & Water), and The Snowflake Spectacular on the Western Knitting Mill on Water Street. The Big, Bright Light Show will debut on November 26 during Lagniappe at 7pm. The display will be lit every evening from November 26 – January 6, 2012. For more information on this event, visit the website link or call us at (248) 656-0060.

Jack Frost Festival of Lights Parade
December 7, 2012, Ironwood
This annual event kicks off the holiday season and visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Jack Frost plus Gingerbread House display and Gogebic Range Band Christmas Concert. For more information contact (906) 932-1122.

Light up the Bluff and Live Mannequins
December 7, 2012, St. Joseph
It is a night of holiday excitement in downtown St. Joseph. Light Up the Bluff will begin at 6pm at Lake Bluff Park. Come witness a spectacular Christmas display of holiday lights along Lake Bluff Park, from Ship Street to Park Street. Carolers will be singing your favorite holiday songs as you stroll along sipping a cup of hot chocolate and viewing the thousands upon thousands of beautiful lights. At 6:30pm join in the Community Tree Lighting Ceremony with music by the St. Joseph High School Choir. At 7pm, join St. Joseph in welcoming an exciting new event to downtown: Live Mannequins! Holiday cheer will come alive in storefronts and windows of participating downtown businesses. Both events are free to the public and a wonderful way to welcome in the holiday season! For information, contact (269) 985-1111.

Christmas Celebration & Parade
December 8, 2012, Harrison
The parade starts at 6pm at the Fairgrounds with Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony after the parade. Refreshments, Christmas carols, sleigh rides, reading of a Christmas Story and Santa Claus. For more information visit the website or call (989) 539-6011.

Where’s your favorite place to see holiday light displays in Michigan? Share with us below!

  • ScottNunn

    A Christmas Light display listing without Frankenmuth shows how incomplete the list is. Frankenmuth has been illuminated for the holidays for generations, not to mention Frankenmuth is home to Bronner’s, the worlds largest christmas store.

  • http://www.sogenius.com/ TonyBennett

    With all due respect, Scott, a list with any interesting destinations is better than no list at all.  And it says in the first paragraph “For a full list of holiday displays please vist Michigan.org”

    I’m not sure this is meant to be an all-encompassing list, just trying to give us some ideas.  Besides, most everyone here already knows Frankenmuth is our Christmas Capital.