by Jill P
Christmas season is here! Yes, we have a ton of stuff to do in our own area, but there are also some super cool things that are within driving distance that you may want to include in your holiday bucket-list this year. Here are some of our favorites and some recommended by our readers. See the event’s website directly for information on dates, location, ticket prices, and more details.
HOLIDAY FAVORITE EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Nite Lites Jackson | Jackson County Fairgrounds from November 26- January 3
The 2015 season will be the 20th year for Nite Lites in Jackson! One of Michigan’s largest Christmas light displays, this animated drive-through display is over one mile long! Each year the Jackson County Fairgrounds are filled with dancing lights featuring scenes with reindeer, Santa Claus and the Nativity among the millions of lights. Pricing: $15 per vehicle.
Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village | Dearborn from December 4 – 27
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! Note: you’ll want to get your tickets soon as this event sells out quickly!
Christmas Lite Show | Grand Rapids
Christmas Lite Show uses more than 40 animated displays that stretch almost 2 miles. ow in its nineteenth year, Christmas Lite Show is a family tradition for thousands of folks in the Grand Rapids area and beyond. Pricing: $17 for a car.
(photo courtesy of St. Joseph Today)
Light Up the Bluff | St. Joseph on December 4
Over 1 million lights come alive along Lake Bluff Park as it is transformed into a winter wonderland from December 4th through Valentine’s Day. Grab your sweetheart or entire family and take a stroll through the Park under arches of sparkling lights from December 5 – February 15th. Fun for the entire family!
Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World | Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids from December 15- 30
The annual Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibition brings the glow of 300,000 lights, strolling carolers, rooftop reindeer and more than 40 international trees and displays. Plus, while you’re there you will want to check out the Railway Garden exhibition that incorporates garden design, miniature buildings, and model trolleys and trains, especially if your kiddos love trains.
Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree | Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in Muskegon from December 3-5
If you’ve ever watched the Extreme Christmas Tree episode on Nexflix, you’ll know that the Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree is something that you’ll want to see in person. Our family went to a performance last year and loved it. Get your tickets soon as many of these shows sell out.
Here’s some fun details about the Signing Christmas Tree:
- Years in Existence: 31 years
- Tree Height: 67 Feet
- Number of Singers in the Tree: 240
- Number of Orchestra Members Performing: 50
- Number of Christmas Lights on the Tree: 25,000
Wild Lights | Detroit Zoo in Detroit on November 20-22, 27-29 &
December 4-6, 11-13, 18-23, 26-31
More than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and more than 100 animal sculptures throughout the front of the Detroit Zoo. Experience the magic as you take in the lights and sights with holiday entertainment and special activities for guests of all ages.