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.

cover image: River Lights of Wonder

Christmas Lights
Holiday House 5777 in Scotts MI

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

200 South Rose St Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Bronson Park in Downtown Kalamazoo will be lit up for the season starting Nov 24, 2023 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.

Bronson Park is lit for the season starting Nov 24, 2023.

TREE LIGHTING: Nov 24, 2023 at 5:00 PM

🎄 Christmas Display in Portage

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!

Celery Flats is lit for the season starting Dec 2, 2023.

TREE LIGHTING: Dec 2, 2023 at 6:00 PM

🎄 Christmas Display in Kalamazoo

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.

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 Fennville

6054 124th Ave Fennville, MI 49408

NEW for 2023!
Crane Orchards is opening its orchard for a magical holiday drive-through light show.

With a mile of lit winter wonderland, experience the orchard like never before and enjoy holiday magic from the comfort of your car.

Nov 29 - Dec 31, 2023

Wednesday - Thursday: 6-9 PM
Friday - Saturday: 6-10 PM
Sunday: 6-9 PM

Closed Monday + Tuesday

Vehicles 8 passenger capacity & under: $20
Vehicles 9 capacity or more: $25

* No busses, RVs, commercial vehicles, limos, semi-trucks, or vehicles towing trailers permitted.
* Vehicles must be under 9.5' tall and less than 24' long to enter.

🎄 Christmas Lights in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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

🎄 Christmas Display in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Welcome to Gingerbread Wonderland in Kalamazoo! Find decorated windows and other themed decor downtown.

Pictured: Pop City Popcorn's 2023 Window (artist: Amy L Geischen)

🎄 Christmas Display in Scotts
5777 Clovermeadows Ave Scotts, MI 49008

The residence is a must-see with 235 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).

Estimated Opening Day: Nov 17, 2023
• 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM (Sunday - Thursday)
• 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM (Friday + Saturday)

🎄 Christmas Lights in Kalamazoo

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.

Start Date: To be announced for 2023 (typically, early December)
Everyday, 6PM - 10PM

🎄 Christmas Lights in Portage
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.

Portage City Center is lit for the season starting Dec 2, 2023.

TREE LIGHTING: Dec 2, 2023 at 6:00 PM

🎄 Christmas Lights in Kalamazoo

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.

Reindeer Ranch Tours with Lighted Walk
• Nov 18 – 19
• Dec 7 – 22 (Thursdays & Fridays)
• Dec 26 – Jan 7 (Daily, excludes Jan 1)

Reindeer Tours with Lighted Walk + Santa (Weekends Only)
• Nov 25 – Dec 23, 2023 (Saturdays & Sundays)
• Friday, Nov 24

Tickets must be purchased in advance online.

• $15/person (Ages 2 and older)

🎫 Buy Tickets

🎄 Christmas Lights in Three Rivers

207 E Michigan Three Rivers, MI 49093

River Lights of Wonder is a fun and free event for the entire family. Drive through the light show next to the river and see the story of Christmas as you enjoy some hot chocolate.

The show runs Fridays and Saturdays throughout December PLUS on Christmas Eve. Fridays and Christmas Eve feature outdoor activities only; Saturday offers indoor and outdoor.

River Lights of Wonder is FREE to visit.

5:45 PM - 8:30 PM, Fridays + Saturdays

Friday Dates
Dec 1, 8, 15, 22
(outdoor activities)

Saturday Dates
Dec 2, 9, 16, 23
(indoor + outdoor activities)

Christmas Eve
(outdoor activities)

🎄 Christmas Display 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.

Santa's mailbox start date to be announced for 2023 (typically, around Thanksgiving)

🎄 Christmas Lights in Mattawan

58280 Blue Stem Cir Mattawan, MI 49071

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

NEW for 2023: The Grinch! Visitors are invited to take a photo with the famous Dr. Seuss character.

Light show starts on November 11, 2023

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

🎄 Christmas Lights in St. Joseph

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 1, 2023 - Feb 14, 2024.

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

For more information, call (269) 983 5541.

Dec 1, 2023 - Feb 14, 2024
• 5:30 AM - 8:30 AM
• 5:30 PM - Midnight

TREE LIGHTING: Dec 1, 2023 at 6:00 PM

🎄 Christmas Lights in Comstock Park

4500 West River Dr Comstock Park, MI 49321

For 26 years, this Christmas Lite Show has captivated families with two miles of animated displays with its Drive-Through Lights and Memory Lane Train!

Nov 22, 2023 - Dec 31, 2023

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

Drive Through Lights
• $30 per family vehicle (car/SUV/minivan) if purchased online
• Purchase Tickets Online or at Ticket Window
• Ticket window purchases on-site incur an additional $5 fee

**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)

🎫 Buy Tickets

🎄 Christmas Lights in Marshall

720 Fair St Marshall, MI 49068

Drive through lights at Calhoun County Fairgrounds.

Special events include Live Nativity and Santa visits on select days.

Nov 30 - Dec 30, 2023
• Thursdays through Sundays: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Special Events
• Eggnog Jog: Dec 6 (registration required)
• Santa Visits: Dec 9, 16, 23
• Live Nativity: Dec 8, 9


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

🎄 Christmas Lights in Richland

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!

2023 Dates
Nov 25, 26, 30
Dec 1-3, 6-10, 13-17, 20-23 (Wednesdays – Sundays)

Special Event: Senior Night (Nov 29, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM)

Pre-purchase your tickets online to guarantee entry.

Tickets go on sale starting Nov 18 at 8:00 AM.

🎫 Buy Tickets

🎄 Christmas Lights in Hickory Corners

6865 Hickory Rd Hickory Corners, MI 49060

Winter Wonderland at the Gilmore Car Museum returns for its 3rd year!

• 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

Nov 24, 2003 - Dec 30, 2023
• Thursday - Sunday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Additional open dates:
• Monday, Dec 18
• Tuesday, Dec 29
• Wednesday, Dec 20

Tickets are NOT date-specific. You may use your ticket on any day between Nov 24, 2023 - Dec 30, 2023.

Visitor Tip: Save $2.50/ticket by purchasing online.

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

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

🎫 Buy Tickets

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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