We’ve updated our Holiday Lights Guide for 2016. Click here for the current information.
The below information is from 2014.
We love holiday lights! There’s something magical about seeing a special holiday lights display. But where can you find them? We’ve asked our KZOOkids.com readers for suggestions and added some of our own, too.
8544 Gull Road, Richland
- Come check out our Christmas Light Show. Over 30,000 lights choreographed to music. The light show is viewed from outside in front of the Gull Meadow Farms Market, so be sure to dress for the weather. You can always stop in the market before the show and grab some hot cider or coffee to keep you warm. The cost is FREE! The light show runs Tuesdays – Saturday at 5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm, and 6:30 pm. The show is around 10 minutes long.
7400 Division Drive, Battle Creek
- December 18-23 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Enjoy the Zoo decorated for the holidays! Stroll along lighted paths viewing some of our weather-hardy animals on exhibit enjoying the winter season. Then head indoors for time with Santa, stories with Grandma Claus, unlimited FREE carousel rides, up-close animal meet and greets, seasonal holiday refreshments, special activities, and more. $4 Binder Park Zoo Members, $5 Non-members, Children under 2 are FREE
Portage City Center
City Center and Celery Flats Historic Area, Portage
- Kicks off with Traditional Holiday and Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 6 at 7:00 pm.
200 S Rose St, Kalamazoo
- Kicked off with Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 28 and also know as Candy Cane Lane. Stop in before one of the downtown shows, take a break during the Holly Jolly Trolley, and walk through anytime to help get you in the holiday spirit. Also, mark your calendar for the New Year’s Eve Fest on December 31.
Kalamazoo Community Church, 2435 N 26th St, Kalamazoo
- Christmas Card Drive at Kalamazoo Community Church. Each year, families and groups create new Christmas Cards to adorn the 1/2 mile long entrance drive into the church. This year, the lighted Christmas Card Drive will be displayed from December 5th to 28th. This free family Christmas attraction is open to the public.
READER SUGGESTIONS – BASED ON PLACES FOUND IN 2013
Note: We haven’t verified these two listings for 2014 yet. These are readers suggestions and will be updated as soon as we have more information.
Lauderdale Road off of W Main, Kalamazoo
While not a traditional Holiday Lights, this is a cute drive to view Large Christmas Cards with seasonal greetings. Per their Facebook page, the Christmas Cards are typically set-up by December 10.
Christmas house on Long Rd
Off Oakland Drive on Long Road, Kalamazoo
WITHIN A ONE HOUR DRIVE
Why not make take a road trip to see some Holiday Lights that are worth the drive? These are some suggestions from our KZOOkids.com readers and other local parents.
Jackson County Fairgrounds, 200 W. Ganson St., Jackson
- The more than 1.5-mile presentation is known as Michigan’s largest Christmas light display. Runs November 27 to December 30 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. $15 per vehicle / $30 per bus.
Fifth Third Ball Park, 4500 West River Dr, Comstock Park
- Nite Lites tour with forty creative and animated displays covering over a mile of fun with approximately a million lights. Runs November 26 – January 3rd from 6:00pm – 9:00 pm. $15 per vehicle $22.00 per limo.
Lake Boulevard, St. Joseph
- Over 1 million lights come alive along Lake Bluff Park as it is transformed into a winter wonderland runs from December 5 through Valentine’s Day. Free. While you’re there, make sure you check out the Silver Beach Carousal all decked out for the holidays.
ZOO LIGHTS – MORE THAN ONE HOUR DRIVE
If you’re heading out of town this holiday season, why not check out one of the light displays within a few hours or so of Kalamazoo? Last year, we checked out the lights at Lincoln Park Zoo and had a blast! Be prepared for these places to be busy.
- Wonderland of Lights is open on Thursdays through Sundays, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm only from November 21 through December 28. Admission for Wonderland of Lights: $6 adults, $4 for kids 3-12 and free for kids under 3.
- More than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and more than 100 animal sculptures throughout the front of the Zoo. Wild Lights will be held from 5:30 to 9:00 pm November 22-23 and 28-30 and December 5-7, 11-14, 18-23 and 26-31. Live entertainment, arts and crafts, ice carving and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit will add to the festivities.
- Visitors enjoy displays containing millions of lights and many other holiday-themed attractions. Enjoy a holiday-themed Festive Feast at the Holiday Lodge, Watch the Dancing Lights display near Cheetah Valley, hear the joyous sounds of carolers on selected evenings, and of course don’t forget visits with Santa in the Museum. Runs nightly through January 4 except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Years Day.
- Free, family-oriented holiday celebration, featuring luminous displays and holiday-season activities throughout zoo grounds. Festive activities include: Photos with Santa through December 23, free holiday crafts, animal encounters, musical light shows, ice skating, and more! Display days are: November 28–November 30; December 4 (Zoo Members Only); December 5–7, 12–23; December 26–January 4, 2014–15 .
Do you know of any Christmas Light displays that we’ve missed? Let us know in the comment section below. Also, email us a photo if you have one at jill@KZOOkids.com. Thanks!