Light up Your Holiday Season with Kalamazoo Christmas Lights + Decorated Displays

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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 light displays 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? We want to hear about it – drop us a line in the comment section.

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Important Message: Area businesses are working to implement procedures based on the new safety guidelines. For each of the attractions and events we mention, we include a link to the business website. Please use this link to confirm the details, hours of operation and any requirements guests must follow before visiting. Thank You!

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Christmas Display in East: Richland, Battle Creek, Comstock

LIGHTS: The Merry Mile at Calhoun County Fairgrounds

Address:
720 Fair St
Marshall, Michigan 49068
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About this Christmas Display
The Merry Mile 2020 is back!! Bigger and better than ever! More lights, more to see and enjoy, and lots of ooohs and ahhhs. $10 per car/truck/van; $20 per bus (larger groups w/15+ people)

Open: 6-9PM: November 27-28, December 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27

Christmas Display in Kalamazoo

LIGHTS: The Christmas Lite Show at Fifth Third Ballpark

Address:
4500 West River Dr
Comstock Park, Michigan 49321
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About this Christmas Display
For over 20 years, this Christmas Lite Show has captivated families with two miles of animated displays. This attraction offers a drive thru version or the Memory Lane Train ride through the lights.

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

November 25 thru Jan 2 | Sunday-Thursday 5:30 - 9:30 P.M., Friday-Saturday 5:30 - 10:00 P.M.

Christmas Display in Kalamazoo

LIGHTS: Downtown Kalamazoo

Address:
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007
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About this Christmas Display
Travel downtown to see the streets decked out for the holidays.

Photo: Downtown Kalamazoo Partnership

Christmas Display in West: Oshtemo, Mattawan, Texas Twp

LIGHTS: St. Joseph Light Up the Bluff

Address:
301 State St
St. Joseph, Michigan 49085
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About this Christmas Display
On Friday, December 4, Light up the Bluff, will transform Lake Bluff Park into a winter wonderland (featuring 1 million holiday lights).

The lights will remain on through Valentine’s Day and can be viewed 24/7.

Christmas Display in Kalamazoo

DISPLAYS: Downtown Kalamazoo's Window Decorating Contest

Address:
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007
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About this Christmas Display
Returning this year is the family favorite Downtown Kalamazoo Winter Window Decorating Contest – a friendly competition between downtown businesses to see who has the merriest display of them all.

This year, with the ongoing pandemic in mind, there are two ways to vote for your favorite display. Votes from both methods will be used to determine the winners.

• In-person voting: The community is invited to walk downtown to see 35+ business storefronts decked out for the holidays and vote for their favorite by scanning the QR code on the window.

• Social voting: Photographs of each participating business’s storefronts can be ‘liked’ on Facebook for a vote.

Voting opens on Small Business Saturday (November 28) and runs until December 16. The winners will be announced December 18, 2020.

Photo: Downtown Kalamazoo Partnership

Christmas Display in Portage

OVERSIZED CARDS: Holiday Card Walk in Portage

Address:
7328 Garden Ln
Portage, Michigan 49002
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About this Christmas Display
Take a stroll along Celery Flats Historical Area in Portage, and find yourself surrounded by giant holiday greeting cards, lights, and decorations.

Christmas Display in Kalamazoo

OVERSIZED CARDS: Christmas Card Lane

Address:
Lauderdale Drive
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006
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About this Christmas Display
More than 40 houses participate in this fun tradition of displaying large, plywood Christmas Cards in their front yards in Westwood.

Christmas Display in South: Vicksburg, Schoolcraft, Three Rivers

LIGHTS: River Lights of Wonder in Three Rivers

Address:
207 E. Michigan
Three Rivers, Michigan 49093
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About this Christmas Display
Take a trip to Three Rivers for an amazing display of Christmas lights along the St. Joseph River. A 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: https://www.riverlightsofwonder.com/calendar

Christmas Display in Portage

LIGHTS: Portage City Center Lights

Address:
300 Library Ln
Portage, Michigan 49002
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About this Christmas Display
Portage City Hall and the Portage District Library illuminate for the season with light-up characters and decorated trees.

Christmas Display in Kalamazoo

LIGHTS: Bronson Park & Candy Cane Lane

Address:
200 South Rose St
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007
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About this Christmas Display
Visit Bronson Park and Candy Cane Lane and visit the twinkling lights.

Christmas Display in East: Richland, Battle Creek, Comstock

DISPLAYS: Holiday House 5777

Address:
5777 Clovermeadows Ave
Scotts, Michigan 49008
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About this Christmas Display
The residence is a must-see with over 170 blow-ups arranged along paths for easy viewing. Decorations are weather-dependent, so check their Facebook page before you head over.

Time: Daily from 5 PM - 11 PM (weather permitting), November 21 - January 1

Christmas Display in East: Richland, Battle Creek, Comstock

LIGHTS: Walk Through the Lights at Gull Meadow Farms

Address:
8544 Gull Rd
Richland, Michigan 49083
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About this Christmas Display
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.

Tickets need to be pre-purchased to guarantee entry: https://gullmeadowfarms.ticketleap.com/walk-through-the-lights-2020/

Photo: Gull Meadow Farms

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

  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.

    1. I can’t seem to find your fb group on facebook. I’m in kalamazoo and would love to join the group.

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