A Singing Christmas Tree and 3 More Holiday Displays You Have to See to Believe

It’s time to the deck the halls in Pure Michigan! Many Michigan cities are already twinkling with holiday spirit. We’ve rounded up just a few of the most unbelievable holiday displays from around the state – one of them even sings! Check them out below. 

America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree – Muskegon
This Muskegon area event presented by Mona Shores High School has become a tradition for families near and far as a way of kicking off their holiday and getting into the spirit of the season. With its 25,000 colored lights, 15 tiers that reach 67 feet up into the majestic Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, over 275 singers, the Singing Christmas Tree must be seen to be believed.

Photo via Singing Christmas Tree - Mona Shores Choir on Facebook

Photo via Singing Christmas Tree – Mona Shores Choir on Facebook

Michigan’s Official Christmas Tree – Downtown Lansing
The 2014 official state Christmas tree is a 63-foot blue spruce tree harvested in Kingsford in the Upper Peninsula. Nearly 9,000 lights wrap the tree outside the Capitol Building in Downtown Lansing. Each year, Michigan’s official Christmas Tree is lit during Silver Bells in the City which draws thousands of spectators (nearly 70,000 in 2014!).

Photo via Instagram user @brettking

Photo via Instagram user @brettking

Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland – Frankenmuth
The world’s largest Christmas store with over 90,000 square ft of decorations is a shopper’s dream! Bigger than 1 1/2 football fields in size featuring over 50,000 trims, gifts, and collectibles. There are more than 350 decorated Christmas trees displayed in Bronner’s salesroom, and approximately 100,000 outdoor Christmas lights that illuminate Bronner’s grounds every evening throughout the year. Get more Bronner’s fun facts here.

Photo courtesy of Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland

Photo courtesy of Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland

Menorah in the D - Campus Martius Park, Detroit
Celebrated this year on December 16th, Menorah in the D is a community-wide menorah lighting event at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit.  The 26 ft tall menorah was designed and built by the artists Erik & Israel Nordin of the Detroit Design Center in Corktown.

Photo courtesy of @MenorahintheD on Instagram

Photo courtesy of @MenorahintheD on Instagram

Have you seen any unbelievable holiday displays near you? 

Pure Michigan December 2013 Events Roundup

The holiday season is upon us in Pure Michigan! From holiday lights to holiday shopping, there are plenty of festive events to help make the season bright this December. Below is a roundup of a few of the many events taking place around the state throughout the month. For a complete listing of events, visit michigan.org.

Week of November 25, 2013

Festival of Trees
November 21, 2013 – December 1, 2013, Muskegon Museum of Art
The Muskegon Museum of Art presents 11 days of beautifully decorated holiday trees, wreaths and fun activities for the whole family. Admission: $7 per adult, $3 per child 17 and under.

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World
November 26, 2013 – January 5, 2014, 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.

Frankenmuth Holiday Celebration & Candlewalk
November 29, 2013 – December 1, 2013, Frankenmuth
The perfect way to start the Christmas season. Hot chocolate and cookies at 6pm. Ceremony starts at 6:30pm. Candlewalk from the River Place to the Chamber Platz for the lighting of the Tannenbaum. Santa will be in the Pavilion from 6:30-8:30pm on Friday, November 29. Phone (800) FUN -TOWN or (989) 652-6106 for more information.

Made in Michigan & Holiday Market
November 29, 2013 – December 1, 2013, Hart
Kick-off the holidays with a Made in Michigan & Holiday Market, and lighted Christmas parade in Hart. The last entry of the parade is Santa Claus and he stops at Hart Commons and visits with children. So bring your camera for a picture prefect setting! There will be Michigan artists, crafters, creators, carolers, hay rides, area activities, and Christmas specials at the merchants and restaurants. Santa Claus visits kids at Hart Commons on Friday, November 29 at 7pm (after parade), Saturday, November 30, at noon, on Sunday, December 1 at 1pm, and Saturday, December 7 at noon. Santa Claus will have an indoor location in downtown Hart, if it is too cold. Saturday in Silver Lake is a Silver Lake Tree Lighting. Come and enjoy hay rides, carolers, cookie contest, Santa and more!  For more information, click here.

The Nutcracker – Detroit Opera House
November 29, 2013 – December 1, 2013, Detroit
The Opera House continues its annual holiday tradition with the return of BalletMet Columbus’ production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. For four magical performances, this quintessential holiday event features a talented cast of more than 100 professional company dancers and local children, with larger-than-life characters, narration by Sir Roger Moore, and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played by the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra.

Week of December 2, 2013

Midnight Madness
December 6, 2013, Ann Arbor
It’s party time in the Main Street area! Stores open late, holiday sales, Santa Claus and Miss Washtenaw County roaming the sidewalks from 7-9pm!

Jack Frost Festival of Lights Parade
December 6, 2013, Ironwood
This annual event kicks off the holiday season with the Jack Frost Festival of Lights Parade, visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Jack Frost, plus a Gingerbread House display and Gogebic Range Band Christmas Concert. For more information contact (906) 932-1122.

Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
December 6, 2013 – December 28, 2013, The Henry Ford
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. It’s America’s premier holiday celebration! For information call (313)982-6001.

Noel Night
December 7, 2013, Detroit
The annual Noel Night takes place at 75 Midtown venues, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the Detroit Public Library, amongst many others, each opening their doors to the public free of charge during this Cultural Center-wide holiday “open house.” Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 120 area music, theatre, and dance groups. For information call (313) 577-5088.

Jingle Bell Parade
December 7, 2013, Grand Haven
The popular Jingle Bell Parade is an annual event in downtown Grand Haven the first Saturday evening of December with “lighted” entries and featuring Santa & Mrs. Claus. The parade route through downtown ends at Central Park for the lighting of the Christmas tree and enjoyment of hot chocolate provided by the Salvation Army. Parade start time is 6pm. For additional event information, contact the Chamber at (616) 842-4910.

Week of December 9, 2013

Great Lakes Comic Expo
December 14, 2014, Roseville
Comic book, toy, and collectible show at Roseville VFW Hall; 25671 Gratiot Ave. Roseville, MI 48066 (just south of I-696, between 10 and 11 Mile Roads). 11am to 4pm. Regular admission is $3, and children 10 and under are free.

Holiday Expo & Craft Show
December 14, 2013, Kalamazoo
Over 100 vendors, crafters and artists from across Michigan. Great holiday shopping for everyone on your list. Admission is free. Hours: 9am-4pm in Expo South.

 Winter Fantasy Art Show
December 14, 2013, Petoskey
Mixed-media art & fine craft show featuring local artist and unique holiday gifts handcrafted in northern Michigan. 10am to 4pm at 4-H Center at the fairgrounds. Free parking and admission. For a list of participating artists and vendors, visit the website link.

Candlelight Stroll
December 13, 2013 – December 28, 2013, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
Glowing candles and twinkling lights are the highlights of this delightful evening stroll. Guests will be welcomed with sounds of holiday music filling the grand halls. While enjoying the trees, ornaments and other trimmings, hear stories of the Ford family holiday traditions at the Estate. Candlelight Strolls are offered December 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28. Tickets $15. For information call (313) 884-4222.

Week of December 16, 2013

Karen Newman – Christmas Eve on Woodward Avenue
December 18, 2013, Fox Theater
Once again, Detroit’s own, Karen Newman, invites audiences to experience “Christmas Eve on Woodward Avenue.” . “Christmas Eve on Woodward Avenue” is titled after Newman’s holiday hit single, which has become a seasonal tradition on local radio and in Detroit’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and will feature original songs and holiday favorites. For information call (800) 745-3000.

Home for the Holidays | Concert
December 20, 2013 – December 22, 2013, Detroit
Be there for Detroit’s favorite holiday musical tradition. Share it with family and friends, and marvel in the spectacle of the season. It’s a sparkling holiday celebration. And yes, Virginia, there will be a Santa Claus! Ticketed event. For information call (313) 576-5111.

Kalamazoo Reptile & Exotic Animal Show
December 21, 2013, Kalamazoo
Buy, sell, or trade a variety of reptiles, amphibians, small mammals and other exotic pets. Admission for adults is $4, children $2, children under six are free, Family Max – $15. Hours are 10am-3pm in Room A.

Week of December 23, 2013

Ski Free with Santa on Christmas
December 25, 2013, Bellaire
Ski free with Santa on the slopes of Schuss Mountain from 9am – 4:30pm. Pick up your No Charge lift ticket at the Schuss Mountain Lift Ticket Window and enjoy your holidays out on the slopes! For more information contact (800) 678-4111.


Little Ceasars Pizza Bowl
December 26, 2013, Ford Field
College football bowl game matching up a Big Ten team and a MAC team.

 Trans-Siberian Orchestra | Concert
December 27, 2013, Palace of Auburn Hills
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) phenomena has grown year after year and has played over 1,500 shows for more than 10 million fans in the past 15 years, becoming one of the world’s biggest arena rock acts. Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) will celebrate their first 15 years of touring with an encore and final performance of their multi-platinum rock opera, “The Lost Christmas Eve” as part of their 2013 Winter Tour

Hockeytown Winter Festival
December 27, 2013 – December 31, 2013, Comerica Park
Outdoor hockey is coming to Comerica Park featuring alumni showdown. Join us this December for all the excitement!

Week of December 30, 2013

2014 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
December 31, 2013 – January 1, 2014, Downtown Ludington
It’s a high-energy, FREE event packed with fun for everyone! Beginning at 9:30pm in the North James Street Plaza, come enjoy music, an entertainment tent, commemorative light-up glasses, fireworks and of course the highlight of the evening, Michigan’s largest environmentally friendly New Year’s Eve Ball, dropped at the strike of midnight. Bring your family and friends to experience this amazing night! Also a featured highlight of the New year Celebration is the Resolution Run 5K. December 31st at 9am at OJ DeJonge Middle School North Gym. For more information on the New Year’s Eve Downtown Ludington Ball Drop, visit the website link.

 New Year’s Eve at Shanty Creek Resorts
December 31, 2013, Bellaire
Ski for free from 6:30pm to 11pm at Summit Mountain and then ooh and ahh at the fireworks at midnight.

These are just a few of the many events happening next month in Pure Michigan. Please visit michigan.org for a complete listing. 

Will you be at any of these events in December? Let us know! 

Pure Michigan December Events Roundup

The holiday season is in full swing this December in Pure Michigan! From craft shows and concerts to holiday lightings and ball drops, there is an event for everyone to enjoy throughout the month.

For a complete listing of Michigan’s December events, visit michigan.org/events.


Week of 12/2/12

Holiday Walk – Puttin’ On the Glitz
November 23 – December 22, 2012, Rochester
You’re cordially invited to celebrate the holidays in style. Step back to an age of gilded opulence as you stroll through the iconic home of the automotive aristocracy…the Dodge-Wilson family…a world bedecked with dazzling jewelry, glamorous gowns and stunning decorations at the Meadow Brook Hall’s 41st annual Holiday Walk, November 23 through December 22. Tours are self-guided and are Monday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm (last admittance at 4pm), and special evening hours Monday, December 17 through Thursday, December 20 from 11am until 9pm (last admittance at 8pm). Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children 17 and under (accompanied by an adult); children age two and under are free. On Tuesdays and Thursdays seniors age 62 and older will receive $5 off admission. For more information on this event, visit the website link or call (248) 364-6200.

Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic
November 23, 2012 – December  30, 2013, Flint
This is a special time at the Village, when thousands of lights sparkle like tiny stars and the Huckleberry Railroad takes you on a festive night-time ride! You’ll find villagers making vintage crafts, shops full of great gifts and Santa himself bringing smiles to faces. Your family will love this six-week-long celebration that opens November 23 with a glorious fireworks show and continues after Christmas, through December 30! Dates are November 23-25, 30, December 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 19-23 and 26-30 from 4 to 9pm. Village only – Adult (13 to 59) $10, Senior (60+) $9, Child (25 months-12 yrs.) $8. Children 24 months and under free. Village/Train – Adult (13 to 59) $13, Senior (60+) $12, Child (25 months-12 yrs.) $10. Children 24 months and under free. For details, reservations and group rates, visit the website link or call (800) 648-PARK, ext. 6.

Flurry Fest
December 1, 2012, Charlevoix
Bundle up and come to downtown Charlevoix where the Flurry fest will entertain you with activities for the whole family. Some events include a hot chocolate contest, a visit from Santa and a reindeer, a free Christmas movie and live entertainment. For more information, contact the Charlevoix Downtown Development Authority at (231) 547-3257.

Holidays in Lakeside
December 1, 2012, Muskegon
There will be Santa, carriage rides, carolers, merchant specials, a community bake sale, holiday film showing and an abundance of holiday cheer from 11am – 5pm in downtown Lakeside. The Hoop Happy hula-hoop is planned for 11am at the Harbor Theater with lessons and demonstrations. For more information visit the website or call (231) 755-7606.

Holiday Craft Extravaganza
December 1-2, 2012, Novi
The Holiday Craft Extravaganza promises to be a trove of one-of-a-kind gifts, fine jewelry, gourmet treats, holiday décor and more. It takes place at the Suburban Collection Showplace December 1-2, 2012. With tons of crafters under one roof, the Holiday Craft Extravaganza will bring a unique and festive shopping experience to the Metro Detroit area with the list of exhibitors growing daily. For event information, visit the website link or call (248) 348-5600.

Downtown Midland’s Holly Jolly Days
December 1-9, 2012, Midland
Enjoy a festive atmosphere in Downtown Midland while doing your holiday shopping or enjoying a bite to eat with your family. Saturdays and Sundays – December 1 & 2, 8 & 9 – Downtown Midland will provide a holiday atmosphere from noon until 4pm with FREE horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling carolers, FREE hot cocoa and great holiday deals at participating stores. Call (989) 837-3330 for more information.

Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
December 1-27, 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 the website or call (800) 835-5237 or (313) 982-6001.

Christmas Tree Festival
December 1-30, 2012, Monroe
Get in the holiday mood – bring family and friends to the holiday event at the Monroe County Historical Museum. Trees and wreaths are decorated with creativity by Monroe classrooms, clubs & organizations! Also see the beauty of the festive Victorian room, and the museum itself is decked out in finery! For more information, call (734) 240-7780.

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

Imlay City’s Winter Playground
December 8, 2012, Imlay City
The Polar Express Parade will set foot at noon on Saturday, December 8th and march through the streets of Imlay City (Third Street and Main Street). Santa will greet children after the parade at the Historical Museum on Main Street. Mrs. Claus will be telling stories inside Focus Studio. Other Winter Playground activities include horse drawn wagon rides, a culinary expert creating a sculpture out of ice, and much more. For more information on this event, visit the website link or call (810) 724-1361.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
December 8, 2012, Flint
Renowned director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with sparkle and suspense one can only dream of in Holidaze. An international cast of over 30 multi-talented and brilliantly costumed artists come to life and perform astonishing feats of disbelief. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid-air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, snowmen balancing daringly, icemen powerfully sculpting, penguins spinning, puppets dancing, and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment accompanied by an original music score. For more information or showtime/ticket information, visit the website link or call (810) 237-7333.

Northpole Express
December 8-9, 2012, Owosso
Share the joy this holiday season by taking the family on a magical train ride to the North Pole. This exciting four-hour Journey includes hot cocoa, visits with Santa, holiday rides, model railroad displays, live entertainment, holiday crafts and shopping at the Kris Kringle Mart. Enjoy the nostalgic ambiance of riding the American rail while viewing the winter scenery of Mid-Michigan. Passengers depart from Owosso, Michigan, and ride in vintage passenger cars pulled by one of the Great Lakes Central’s historical Diesel Locomotives. Wearing pajamas is suggested-just like in the movie! General admission is $70 for adults and $40 for children 12 and under. Saturday & Sunday departure times of 10am & 4pm. Nov 24 & 25, Dec 1 & 2, Dec 8 & 9, and Dec 15 & 16. For more information, visit the website link or call (989) 725-9464.

Week of 12/9/12

Galloping Gourmet
December 13, 2012, St. Claire
Enjoy an evening of exquisite tastes and the merriment of a horse and carriage. Cuddle up in a horse-drawn carriage that will carry you around to St. Clair’s delightful restaurants where you’ll be served their finest cuisine. A wonderful holiday evening to share with friends and family! For more information, call (810) 329-2962.

A Christmas Carol
December 13-16, 2012, Petoskey
Charles Dickens classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge is brought to life on the stage in this beautiful downtown Petoskey venue. The Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come will all make an appearance. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and $10 for matinee performances. Thursday – Saturday performances are held at 8pm and Sunday performances are 2pm matinees. The play will be held again December 20th – 22nd. For event information, call (231) 348-1850 or visit the website

Greek Christmas Celebration
December 14-15, 2012, Marquette
Experience the local Greek Christmas customs which will include pastries, music, dancing and traditions of the season. Free with Marquette Regional History Center admission. 1pm – 3pm. For more information contact (906) 226-3571.

Kalamazoo Reptile and Exotic Animal Show
December 15, Kalamazoo
Buy, sell and trade a wide variety of reptiles, amphibians, small mammals and other exotic pets. Admission for adults is $4, children 6-12 $2, and under 6 free. There is a family max – $15. The event is from 10am-3pm in Room A at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds. For more information visit the website or call (269) 779-9851.

Week of 12/16/12

Home for the Holidays – Concert
December 21-22, 2012, Detroit
Share Detroit’s favorite holiday musical tradition with family and friends, and thrill to the spectacle of the season. It’s a sparkling holiday celebration. And yes, there will be a Santa Claus! For information visit the website or call (313) 576-5111.

Week of 12/23/12

Ski Free with Santa on Christmas
December 25, 2012, Bellaire
Ski free with Santa on the slopes of Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resorts from 9am – 4:30pm on Christmas Day, for more information contact (800) 678-4111.

Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl
December 26, 2012, Detroit
Come and enjoy the annual football game and festivities in downtown Detroit at Ford Field – Home of the Detroit Lions! The teams slated for the match up are the MAC #1 vs the Big Ten #8. Visit the Pizza Bowl website for more information.

Full Moon Night Skiing
December 28, 2012, Roscommon
Experience the magic of winter in a whole new light! Every full moon during the ski season we will light the Trapper’s Cabin trail with torches, creating a truly unique and memorable nighttime experience. We will also have a bonfire and serve hot chocolate at Trapper’s Cabin from 6-8:30pm. Skiers who need to rent skis must do so before 6pm, as the store will close at 6pm per the usual schedule. Join us for an evening you’ll never forget! For event information, call (800) 832-2663.

Week of 12/30/12

New Year’s Fest
December 31, 2012, Kalamazoo
New Year’s Fest is a community performing arts celebration in downtown Kalamazoo. The event features 24 performing artists in 10 buildings surrounding Bronson Park. Musical entertainment includes classical music, rhythm and blues, jazz, bluegrass and Christian contemporary. Performing artists include magicians, clowns, jugglers, storytellers and tricks. It’s a great event for families and for young adults with food featured at many of the sites. Admission is $5 for everyone over four years of age. For more information visit the website or contact (269) 388-2830.

Northville Nite
December 31, 2012, Northville
Happy New Year! Join us in traveling “Through the Decades” this New Year’s Eve! As you enter the gates you will travel back in time to the Roarin’ 20’s and travel through the decades all the way to the future! Enjoy activities like crafts, huge inflatable games, entertainment and much more. Make sure you stay until 7pm for the New Year’s Eve countdown! 4pm – 7pm.  Located at the Recreation Center at Hillside.  For more information, visit the website link or call (248) 349-0203.

Zac Brown Band
December 31, 2012, Detroit
Grammy Award-winning and multiplatinum-album selling Zac Brown Band will ring in the New Year at Joe Louis Arena at 8:30pm with special guests Blackberry Smoke and Levi Lowrey. For information call (800) 745-3000 or visit the Olympia entertainment site here.

Downtown Marquette Ball Drop
December 31, 2012, Marquette
Celebrate the New Year at the Downtown Marquette New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and watch the annual drop from the Savings Bank Building starting at 11:30pm at the corner of Washington and Front Streets in Marquette. Call (906) 228-9475 for details.

Don’t miss your chance to see what else is happening in cities across Michigan throughout the month. Visit michigan.org for a complete listing. What event or festival are you most looking forward to in December?