Winter Wonderland at Gilmore Car Museum is Now Open!

Gilmore Car Museum Winter wonderland

Gilmore Car Museum

The Gilmore Car Museum, located northwest of Kalamazoo Michigan, has added a new nighttime holiday light show to their 2021 holiday offerings.

Gilmore Car Museum

6865 W Hickory Rd, Hickory Corners, MI 49060

The museum is home to nearly 400 antique autos and motorcycles from all eras in over a dozen historic buildings throughout the 90-acre historic campus. They also host special, themed events year-round as well.

Winter Wonderland at the Gilmore Car Museum

What to Expect at Gilmore Car Museum’s Winter Wonderland

When you arrive, you’ll be able to take an outdoor driving tour through beautiful colors, lights, music, and dynamic decorations. You’ll travel the museum’s winding roadways to see more than 25 individual-themed lights displays, lighted historic barns, and decorated vintage-era car dealerships.

Then, head inside the museum for a bevy of fun, including the Festival of Trees and a visit with Santa Claus.

Dress for the Outdoors

While there’s plenty to see and do indoors, you won’t be able to enjoy the full experience unless you come prepared for the weather.

Things to look forward to:

The Mega-Inflatables Path & LED Reindeer Feeding Wall

Definitely find the giant, one-of-a-kind pathway in the carriage house.

It takes you through 60+ holiday inflatables (some are gigantic!) and ends at an LED wall where you can feed virtual reindeer!

The inflatables are in the Carriage House

Feed the Virtual Reindeer
📷: Leslie Puckett

Photo Ops Galore

Be sure to take pics at the nostalgic 1960s fresh Christmas tree and wreath lot, complete with a vintage Shasta camper trailer.

And at the many other photo ops set up throughout the whole experience. Come with a fully charged phone battery – you’ll be clicking away all night.

Gilmore Car Museum Shata Trailer Photo Opp
Shata Trailer Photo Opp
Gilmore Car Museum Shata Photo Op
Photo Ops are Everywhere in and Outside of the Museum
Gilmore Car Museum

Yummy Beverages & Treats for Kids and Adults

Bring a few extra dollars, because you’ll be lining up for the gourmet hot chocolate, adult drinks, holiday-themed food & sweets, not to mention the holiday gift shopping.

Bonus – you can sip while you stroll! I recommend getting beverages pretty close to the start of your visit.

Mini Outdoor Holiday Market Sells Roasted Chestnuts
Stop by the Gilmore Bar for Spirited Drinks
Christmas Through the Years Displays
The Diner at the Gilmore Car Museum is Open. They Serve Meals & Milkshakes, to Name a Few Items

Build & Race Toy Cars at the Car Test Stand

Located near the Delorean in the front part of the museum, there’s a toy car build and test stand that is easy to miss.
Ask staff where it is if you can’t find it – your kids will love creating and racing their own creations down the track!

gilmore car museum
📷: Leslie Puckett
gilmore car museum
📷: Leslie Puckett

Santa is on the Schedule

The kids can visit St. Nick at the Gilmore Car Museum. He’s ready to listen!

And, they can leave letters for Santa with the North Pole Post.

Gilmore Car Museum Santa Visits
Santa Visits are Available at the Winter Wonderland Event

Enjoy the Christmas “Through the Years” Holiday Displays

Around every corner, it seems, there is a different Christmas Tree decorated according to the traditions of the time period on display.

It’s fun to give kids a glimpse of Christmas past. And if you’re visiting with grandparents, to share a bit of nostalgia of how Christmas was for them as a child.

Christmas Through the Years Displays
Find Christmas Tree Displays Through the Generations

There’s Short Drive Thru Light Show

Tune your radio to the designated FM station and watch the lights go by as you motor along the 1.5-mile long pathway through the museum campus. The light show is included with admission.

Drive Thru Light Show
Find Christmas Tree Displays Through the Generations

The Shell Station

Don’t miss a stop inside Santa’s Garage, the big man’s hot rod workshop, located inside the 1930s Shell Station.

It’s a great place to warm up, too.

Gilmore Car Museum Shell Station
Gilmore Car Museum Shell Station

Also Available:

Dashing Through the Snow family rides in Ford Model Ts, a Checker Taxi Cab, a ’63 Cadillac convertible, and several other vintage cars from the collection (Dashing Through the Snow family rides in vintage cars are an additional $20/family (of up to four people), and can be purchased onsite each night – first come first served, while supplies last.)

Gilmore Car Museum Winter Wonderland (1)

Winter Wonderland Admission & Dates

Winter Wonderland at the Gilmore Car Museum will run throughout the holiday season, from Wednesday, November 24, 2021, through Sunday, January 9, 2022.

Tickets are on sale now at

Wednesdays & Thursdays 5 – 9 pm
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 – 10 pm
Vehicle entry gates close one hour before end of each night.

Tickets are sold per person, and include access to the museum during that same evening.
Adults: $20 at door / $17.50 online 
Kids 5-17: $12 at door / $9.50 online
Kids 4 & under: Free

For questions or more information, visit, call (269) 671-5089 or email [email protected].

About Gilmore Car Museum
The world-renowned Gilmore Car Museum – North America’s largest auto museum with more than 400 vehicles on display — is located midway between Chicago and Detroit, just 20 minutes north of Kalamazoo, or 45 minutes south of Grand Rapids. The museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, whose mission is to tell the history of America through the automobile.

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