Light up Your Holiday Season with Kalamazoo Christmas Lights + Dazzling Displays- 2021

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Experience Christmas Magic with Light Displays in Southwest Michigan

There is something captivating about Christmas lights. Hundreds of little lightbulbs gather together to wrap a tree, spin around a banister or encircle a wreath. Whether pure white or a rainbow of colors, their little twinkles can light up the night sky and fascinate children and adults alike.

Driving around to look at Christmas lights is an annual tradition in our family. Not long after Thanksgiving, the requests for evening pajama drives in search of the biggest or brightest displays escalate as December 25 draws near.

Whether you have your favorites or are looking to start your own tradition, we have rounded up the top spots for Christmas lights and oversized Christmas cards in Southwest Michigan.

Get ready to pack up the kids, warm up the cocoa, and watch those tiny lightbulbs make some big magic this Christmas.

As always, it is best to verify hours of operation and any costs before heading out.

Know of any other spectacular light displays in greater Kalamazoo? Let us know in the comments.

See also: Drive Through Lights in Michigan »

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Directory: Christmas Lights & Displays

Christmas Lights in Kalamazoo

Bronson Park Lights


Bronson Park in Downtown Kalamazoo will be lit up for the season starting November 26, 2021 at 6:00 PM at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Be sure to take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane during your visit.

Oversized Cards in Kalamazoo

Christmas Card Lane


More than 40 houses participate in this fun tradition of displaying large, plywood Christmas Cards in their front yards in Westwood.

Christmas Lights in Kalamazoo

Downtown Kalamazoo


Travel downtown to see the streets decked out for the holidays.

Christmas Display in Kalamazoo

Downtown Kalamazoo's 4th Annual Window Decorating Contest


Walk downtown to see 20+ business storefronts decked out for the holidays and vote for your favorite by scanning the QR code on the window.

Voting opens on Small Business Saturday (November 27) and runs until December 31, 2021.

Winners will be announced January 4, 2022.

Oversized Cards in Portage

Holiday Card Walk & Decorated Trees in Celery Flats


Take a stroll along Celery Flats Historical Area in Portage, and find yourself surrounded by giant holiday greeting cards, decorated trees and decorations.

NEW for 2021: Be sure to find the KZOO Kids decorated tree!

Portage's Tree Lighting Ceremony is December 4, 2021 at 6:00 PM.

Christmas Display in Scotts

Holiday House 5777 Inflatables


The residence is a must-see with over 185 blow-ups arranged along paths for easy viewing.

Decorations are weather-dependent, so check their Facebook page before you head over.

SCHEDULE
Daily from 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM (weather permitting), November 23, 2021 - January 1, 2022

Christmas Lights in Portage

Portage City Center Lights


Portage City Hall and the Portage District Library illuminate for the season with light-up characters and decorated trees.

Portage's Tree Lighting Ceremony is December 4, 2021 at 6:00 PM.

Christmas Lights in Kalamazoo

Reindeer Ranch Rustic Lighted Walk


Reindeer Ranch has added a lighted rustic walk for 2021!

Tour the Reindeer Ranch, learn about reindeer, where they come from and what makes them so special. Enjoy a cup of Hot cocoa and fire while enjoying the Christmas lights all around on your walk

NEW ADDITION TO TOUR -
Rustic, all natural lighted trail walk in the woods behind the reindeer pens. (not wheelchair or stroller friendly)

Be sure to check out our gift shop too!

SCHEDULE
Lighted tours available on weekends only. ALL tours must be booked in advance online.

Christmas Lights in Three Rivers

River Lights of Wonder in Three Rivers


Take a trip to Three Rivers for an amazing display of Christmas lights along the St. Joseph River. An online narration will take you on a journey of the very first Christmas.

This FREE event offers something for every age, from a candy cane maze to a romantic walking trail. On Friday and Saturday evenings, grab a bite to eat from one of our amazing vendors.

SCHEDULE
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
November 26 - December 25: Thursday - Sunday
December 26 - 31: Daily

Special Family Day on Saturday, December 11 from 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Christmas Lights in Mattawan

Silvergrass Holiday Lights


Holiday light display in Mattawan, featuring 15+ Christmas songs! Located in the Silvergrass neighborhood.

Light show starts Thanksgiving Evening.

SCHEDULE
Sunday - Thursday 6 PM - 9 PM
Friday and Saturday 6 PM - 10 PM

Christmas Lights in St. Joseph

St. Joseph Light Up the Bluff


On Friday, December 3, Light up the Bluff will transform Lake Bluff Park into a winter wonderland (featuring 1 million holiday lights).

SCHEDULE
The lights will be on from 5:30 AM - 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM - Midnight December 3, 2021 to February 15, 2022.

Christmas Lights in Comstock Park

The Christmas Lite Show at LMCU Ballpark


For over 20 years, this Christmas Lite Show has captivated families with two miles of animated displays. This attraction offers a drive thru version, a Winter Wonder Walk or the Memory Lane Train ride through the lights.

Tickets are required: https://christmasliteshow.com/tickets/

DATES
Nov 24, 2021 thru Jan 1, 2022
Sunday - Thursday: 5:30 - 9:00 P.M
Friday - Saturday: 5:30 - 10:00 P.M.

Christmas Lights in Marshall

The Merry Mile at Calhoun County Fairgrounds


2021 SCHEDULE
Sneak Peek: Friday & Saturday, Nov 26 + 27 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Merry Mile - throughout December
Wednesdays through Sundays: 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
(includes Christmas Eve, Christmas Day + NYE)

Musical Fridays: Dec 3, 10, 17
Santa Saturdays: Dec 4, 11, 18
Live Nativity: Dec 10 + 11

PRICING
$10/Car + $20/bus

Christmas Lights in Richland

Walk Through the Lights at Gull Meadow Farms


The Walk Through the Lights event takes your family through a colorful experience where you walk through multiple greenhouses all decked out with different Christmas themes.

Lights are best viewed when the sun begins setting, but the experience is open during the daytime if that works better for your schedule. On an overcast day, you can see them all inside the greenhouses.

Plan on 25-45 minutes for walk through the lights. If you are also scheduled to visit Santa, plan your trip accordingly.

Be sure to stop in the market after your experience and grab some delicious donuts, fresh cider, shop the amazing gift item selection, and much more!

Pre-purchase your tickets online to guarantee entry.

Christmas Lights in Hickory Corners

Winter Wonderland at Gilmore Car Museum


NEW for 2021: The full Winter Wonderland experience, presented by Hagerty, includes drive thru lights, 60+ inflatables, music, and dynamic decorations, as well as a visit inside the museum for the Gilmore’s decorated Festival of Trees among hundreds of classic cars, and a visit with Santa Claus.

TICKETS
Tickets may be purchased at the door or online.

Tickets are not date specific and can be used any day between November 24, 2021 and January 9, 2022.

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2 thoughts on “Light up Your Holiday Season with Kalamazoo Christmas Lights + Dazzling Displays- 2021”

  1. We have approximately 8000 lights and some dance to music.
    Also started a fb page called Kalamazoo area Christmas lights for others to share their displays.

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