The Best Kalamazoo Christmas Lights: BIG list of Displays that Sparkle & Shine in SWMI + Driving Routes

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Experience Holiday Magic with Christmas Lights and Displays in Southwest Michigan

There is something captivating about Christmas lights: thousands 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 lights is a favorite Christmas event 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 the top spots for Christmas displays in Southwest Michigan.

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Holiday House 5777 in Scotts MI

Christmas Lite Show @ LMCU Ballpark

Find millions of lights and animated displays at the most enchanting Christmas light drive-through in West Michigan.
 
Stretching for nearly two miles, experience 30-45 minutes of dazzling holiday cheer from the coziness of your car.
 
If this isn’t your family tradition already, it will be.
 
Santa visits and free hot cocoa are included on weekends.

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Christmas Displays near Kalamazoo

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.

🎄 Christmas Lights in Kalamazoo

Bronson Park Lights

200 South Rose St Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Bronson Park in Downtown Kalamazoo will be lit up for the season starting Nov 25, 2022 at 5:00 PM at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Everyone in the community is invited to celebrate the holiday season and the diverse traditions that make it so special.

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

SCHEDULE
Bronson Park is lit for the season starting Nov 25, 2022.

🎄 Christmas Display in Portage

Celery Flats Holiday Card Walk & Decorated Trees

7328 Garden Ln Portage, MI 49002

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

Be sure to bring your letters for Santa: there's a mailbox in the pavillion.

PS: Be sure to find the KZOO Kids decorated tree!

SCHEDULE
Celery Flats is lit for the season starting Dec 3, 2022.

🎄 Christmas Display in Kalamazoo

Christmas Card Lane

Lauderdale Drive Kalamazoo, MI 49006

A tradition since 1965, more than 40 houses display large, plywood Christmas Cards in their front yards in Westwood.

Christmas Card Lane is located on Lauderdale Drive, off W Main Street, between Kendall Avenue and Coolidge Avenue.

SCHEDULE
Cards and lights start appearing around the second week of December and disappear just after the new year.

Lights are lit from dusk until 11:30 PM.

🎄 Christmas Lights in Kalamazoo

Downtown Kalamazoo Lights

Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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

🎄 Christmas Display in Kalamazoo

Downtown Kalamazoo's Decorated Windows

Kalamazoo, MI 49007

While there is no official contest in 2022, many businesses in Downtown Kalamazoo will have their windows painted for the holiday season.

Pictured: Pop City Popcorn's 2022 Window (artist: Amy L Geischen)

🎄 Christmas Display in Scotts

Holiday House 5777 Inflatables

5777 Clovermeadows Ave Scotts, MI 49008

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.

Visitors are allowed on the grounds but must stay on the lighted paths for safety (MANY cords that are tripping hazards).

SCHEDULE
Nov 24, 2022 - Jan 1, 2023
• 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM (Sunday - Thursday)
• 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM (Friday + Saturday)

🎄 Christmas Lights in Kalamazoo

Lights on Rockingham

3284 Rockingham St Kalamazoo, MI

Tune to 93.1 on your radio to enjoy this light show on Rockingham Street in Kalamazoo.

The show runs 7 days/week; the owners ask that you dim your headlights and do not block any driveways while enjoying the show.

The light show consists of 1,608 rgb computer-controlled lights (pixels). The big Christmas tree, called a "mega tree," is 10ft tall and has 800 lights.

SCHEDULE
Everyday, 6PM - 10PM

🎄 Christmas Lights in Portage

Portage City Center Lights

300 Library Ln Portage, MI 49002

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

SCHEDULE
Portage City Center is lit for the season starting Dec 3, 2022.

🎄 Christmas Lights in Kalamazoo

Reindeer Ranch Rustic Lighted Walk • Fee • Ticketed Event

2921 6th St Kalamazoo, MI 49009

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.

Includes 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
Reindeer Ranch Tours with Lighted Walk
• Dec 8 - 23, 2022 (Thursdays & Fridays)
• Dec 26, 2022 - Jan 8, 2023 (Daily)

Reindeer Tours with Lighted Walk + Santa (Weekends Only)
• Nov 26 - Dec 18, 2022

TICKETS
Tickets must be purchased in advance online.

Reindeer Ranch Tours with Lighted Walk
Reindeer Tours with Lighted Walk + Santa (Weekends Only)
• $15/person (Ages 2 and older)

Weekday Tours (excludes lighted walk; no Santa)
• $10/person (Ages 2 and older)

🎄 Christmas Lights in Three Rivers

River Lights of Wonder in Three Rivers

207 E. Michigan Three Rivers, MI 49093

Be prepared to be filled with wonder and hope at the light display located in Three Rivers, MI.

Celebrating our 5th year anniversary! Immerse yourself in Christmas, as the St. Joseph's river comes alive with Christmas lights, music, and the story of Christmas narration.

Shining hope and light into Southwest Michigan’s winter darkness, this Christmas event has become a much-loved tradition.

River Lights of Wonder is FREE to visit.

SCHEDULE
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Nov 26 & Dec 24, 2022
(drive-through experience )

Dec 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 2022
(full experience)

🎄 Christmas Display in Scotts

Santa's Mailbox in Scotts

5868 Wheatlands Ave Scotts, MI 49008

Drop off a note to Santa and receive a message back from this house in Scotts, located near the HolidayHouse 5777 inflatables.

Tip: Santa's Mailbox is not waterproof so be sure to drop off your letters in a plastic bag and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

SCHEDULE
Santa's mailbox is up and running as as of Nov 21, 2022.

🎄 Christmas Lights in Mattawan

Silvergrass Holiday Lights

58280 Blue Stem Cir Mattawan, MI 49071

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

SCHEDULE
Light show starts on November 12, 2022

Sunday - Thursday: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

🎄 Christmas Lights in St. Joseph

St. Joseph Light Up the Bluff

301 State St St. Joseph, MI 49085

Light up the Bluff will transform Lake Bluff Park into a winter wonderland (featuring 1 million holiday lights) from Dec 2, 2022 - Feb 14, 2023.

The lights will remain on through Valentine’s Day in Michigan’s Most Romantic City.

For more information, call (269) 983 5541.

SCHEDULE
Dec 2, 2022 - Feb 14, 2023
• 5:30 AM - 8:30 AM
• 5:30 PM - Midnight

🎄 Christmas Lights in Comstock Park

The Christmas Lite Show at LMCU Ballpark • Fee • Ticketed Event

4500 West River Dr Comstock Park, MI 49321

For 25 years, this Christmas Lite Show has captivated families with two miles of animated displays with its Drive-Through Lights and Memory Lane Train!

2022 SPECIAL EVENTS
Enjoy the Christmas Magic up close by walking or riding through the lights. Each of these events occurs just one night each in November.

• Winter Wonder Walk (Nov 12, 2022)
• Reindeer Bike Ride (Nov 13, 2022)

SCHEDULE
Nov 23, 2022 - Dec 31, 2022

Drive Through Lights
• Sunday - Thursday: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
• Friday - Saturday: 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Memory Lane Train
• Sunday - Thursday: 5:30 / 6:30 / 7:30 PM
• Friday - Saturday: 5:30 / 6:30 / 7:30 / 8:30 / 9:30 PM

TICKETS
Drive Through Lights
• $30 per family vehicle (see website for RVs, buses, and other vehicle pricing)
• Purchase Tickets Online or at Ticket Window

**Lite Show Tickets that are purchased are good for one-time use on any date between Nov 23, 2022 – Dec 31, 2022**

Memory Lane Train
• $35 per bench seat, which seats 2 adults (small children may sit on laps for free)
• Purchase Tickets Online Only (No Ticket Window purchases)

🎄 Christmas Lights in Marshall

The Merry Mile at Calhoun County Fairgrounds • Fee • Ticketed Event

720 Fair St Marshall, MI 49068

Drive through lights at Calhoun County Fairgrounds

SCHEDULE
Sneak Peek: Nov 28, 2022

Dec 1 - 30, 2022
• Wednesdays through Sundays: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Special Events
• Eggnog Jog: Dec 7 (registration required)
• Santa Visits: Dec 10,17,23
• Live Nativity: Dec 9,10

TICKETS
$10/Car
$20/Bus

**Purchase at ticket booth. Both cash and card are accepted**

🎄 Christmas Lights in Richland

Walk Through the Lights at Gull Meadow Farms • Fee • Ticketed Event

8544 Gull Rd Richland, MI 49083

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!

SCHEDULE
Nov 26-27, 2022
Dec 1-4, 7-11, 14-18, 2022

TICKETS
Pre-purchase your tickets online to guarantee entry.

🎄 Christmas Lights in Hickory Corners

Winter Wonderland at Gilmore Car Museum • Fee • Ticketed Event

6865 Hickory Rd Hickory Corners, MI 49060

Winter Wonderland at the Gilmore Car Museum returns for its 2nd year with an expanded drive-through and walk-through nighttime holiday lights experience:

• 1 mile drive through lights
• "Dashing Through the Snow" family rides through the lights in vintage cars
• Giant maze of holiday inflatables
• Hot chocolate, adult drinks, food & sweets
• Santa visits
• 1960s fresh Christmas tree and wreath lot
• Outdoor artwork exhibits from legendary automotive illustrators

SCHEDULE
Nov 25, 2002 - Dec 30, 2022
• Thursday - Sunday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Additional open dates:
• Tuesday, Dec 13
• Monday, Dec 19
• Tuesday, Dec 20
• Wednesday, Dec 21

TICKETS
Tickets are NOT date-specific. You may use your ticket on any day between Nov 25, 2022 - Dec 30, 2022.

At Door:
• Adult (18+) - $20
• Youth (5 - 17) - $12
• Child (4 & under) - FREE

Online:
• Adult (18+) - $17.50
• Youth (5 - 17) - $9.50
• Child (4 & under) - FREE

Driving Route: Kalamazoo Christmas Lights

images: Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership, Rocket Fizz, Cherri’s Chocol’art, Pop City Popcorn

Ready to go for a ride? We’ve put together a driving route for Kalamazoo to maximize your Christmas lights experience.

In addition to displays, we’ve included some stops for treats and photo ops along the way:
1. Santa Statue
2. Santa’s Workshop (Radisson)
3. Cherri’s Chocol’art (hot cocoa, Monster Shakes)
4. Rocket Fizz (candy, pop)
5. Pop City Popcorn (popcorn, local treats)
6. Bronson Park + Candy Cane Lane
7. Ride Holly Jolly Trolley
8. Christmas Card Lane

Driving Route: Portage Christmas Lights

images: Water Street Coffee, Chocolatea, Y’OPA, Main Street Pub

Ready to explore lights in Portage? We have some suggestions here too:

1. Y’OPA Frozen Yogurt (frozen yogurt, coffee, hot cocoa)
2. Water Street Coffee (coffee, hot cocoa, treats)
3. Portage City Hall
4. Portage District Library
5. Chocolatea (tea, Boba tea, coffee, hot cocoa, treats)
6. Celery Flats
7. Main Street Pub (dinner)

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