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 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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Three Kalamazoo Area Locations - Kalamazoo, Portage, and Otsego
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Stay Local to See these 7 Christmas Displays

You don’t have travel far and wide to see some spectacular Christmas lights. Your family can experience all of these displays within a 30 mile radius of Kalamazoo:

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1 – Battle Creek Winter Festival of Lights | Downtown Battle Creek

Walk along the river and throughout downtown Battle Creek to enjoy the beautiful light displays. Activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, Santa’s Den, live music and arts and crafts.

2 – Bronson Park and Downtown Kalamazoo | 200 South Rose St, Kalamazoo

Downtown Kalamazoo offers a number of spots for holiday lights, including a walk through Candy Cane Lane in Bronson Park.

While downtown, we also suggest a photo with the giant Santa near the Radisson and a ride on the Holly Jolly Trolley.

3 – Gull Meadow Farms | 8544 Gull Rd, Richland | (269) 629-4214

Visit Walk Through the Lights for over 100,000 lights shimmering in Gull Meadow’s greenhouses. The farm features choreographed light displays and one greenhouse dedicated solely to Christmas blow ups.

Christmas Light Displays near Kalamazoo

4 – Holiday House 5777 | 5777 Clovermeadows Ave, Scotts

The residence is a must-see with over 160 blow-ups arranged along paths for easy viewing. Decorations are weather-dependent, so check their Facebook page before you head over.

5 – Portage City Center | Portage District Library/Portage City Hall, Portage

Starting with the tree lighting ceremony on December 7, Portage City Hall and the Portage District Library illuminate for the season with light-up characters and decorated trees.

6 – River Lights of WonderRiverside Church, 207 E. Michigan, Three Rivers

Take a trip to Three Rivers for an amazing display of Christmas lights along the St. Joseph River that tell the story of Christmas.

  • November 30 – December 24 | Thursday – Sunday | 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

7 – Zoo Lights at Binder Park Zoo | 7400 Division Dr, Battle Creek | (269) 979-1351

See the Zoo transformed into a winter wonderland of lights and displays. Visit the winter animals and enjoy unlimited carousel rides.

  • November 29 – December 23 | Friday – Sunday | 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Tour these Giant Christmas Cards and Decorated Tree Displays

Holiday displays are more than just lights: visit these local spots for oversized greeting cards and decorated trees.

Barry County Festival of Trees | Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 W Hickory Rd, Hickory Corners | (269) 671-5089

Local organizations decorate and display trees in the Gilmore Car Museum for a good cause: bring canned goods to vote for your favorite trees. All “votes” will be donated to the Food Bank of South Central Michigan.

Christmas Card Lane | Lauderdale Drive off of West Main, Kalamazoo

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

Holiday Card Walk in Portage | Celery Flats Historical Area, Portage

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

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Kalamazoo Community Church | 2435 North 26th St, Kalamazoo | (269) 343-4522

All visitors are welcome to view a colorful Christmas Card Drive display at this local church.

These Christmas Lights are Worth the Drive

If you’re ready to expand your Christmas light horizons, we have you covered with more displays outside of Kalamazoo. Grab some snacks, but don’t pack your bags- all of these stops are within a two hour drive.

45 – 60 Minute Drives

Christmas Lite Show Fifth Third Ball Park, 4500 West River Dr, Comstock Park
For 22 years, this Christmas Lite Show has captivated drivers with two miles of animated displays. Catch the Memory Lane Train departing at select times.

  • November 27 – January 4 | Open Daily | 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM (Sunday- Thursday), 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM (Friday- Saturday)

Marshall’s Merry MileCalhoun County Fairgrounds, 720 Fair St, Marshall 
Enjoy a mile-long lights display at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds with Santa visits on select days.

  • November 23 – December 30 | Wednesday – Sunday | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

St. Joseph Lights up the BluffLake Bluff Park and Lake Blvd, St. Joseph
Visitors can take a walk through Lake Bluff Par and enjoy the view of over a million lights. Kids can enjoy a ride on the Silver Beach Carousel, all decked out for the holidays.

  • December 6 – February 15

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1 – 2 Hour Drives

Nite Lites Show  | Michigan International Speedway, 12626 US-12, Brooklyn
Stay cozy in the car for 20-30 minutes as you drive through this lights show at the speedway. Santa and live reindeer will visit on select dates.

  • November 28 – December 31 | Open Daily | 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Sunday- Thursday), 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM (Friday-Saturday)

Wild Lights – Detroit Zoo 8450 West 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak | (248) 541-5717
The Detroit Zoo transforms with over five million lights for 29 days, including over 200 animal sculptures. Families can also purchase tickets to see Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in their 4D theater.

  • November 16 – January 5 | Schedule varies (we recommend purchasing tickets online)

Wonderland of Lights – Potter Park Zoo1301 South Pennsylvania Ave, Lansing | (517) 483-4222
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Wonderland of Lights in Lansing with animal encounters, crafts, treats and thousands of lights! Santa will also visit on select days.

  • November 22 – December 29 | Thursday – Sunday | 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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