Portage Tree Lighting Guide: Food, Santa + Fun on December 3 in Celery Flats

Celery Flats Christmas Portage Tree Lighting Ceremony

Spread some Holiday Cheer in Celery Flats in Portage

The historical Celery Flats of Portage are known as a favorite spot for scenic walks and serve as a great backdrop for photographs all year long.

However, in recent years it is also growing as a must-see destination during the winter holidays.

We stopped by to grab some photos while the decorations were in process, leading up to one of our favorite Christmas events: the City of Portage Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 3.

Read on for a sneak peek of the decorations and planned festive activities:

Celery Flats Christmas Portage Tree Lighting Ceremony

Portage Tree Lighting Ceremony Highlights

The annual Portage Tree Lighting Ceremony starts near the library and continues with a fun celebration in Celery Flats.

This FREE event includes Santa, beverages, desserts, petting zoo, ice sculptures, music, and of course- LOTS of lights!

Visitors can return throughout the season for holiday photos and to visit all of the festive decorations.

Event Dates & Times Portage Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Celery Flats,7328 Garden Lane, Portage, MI

Holiday Tree and Card Walk

2022 marks the third year of decorated trees in Celery Flats, where local businesses join the festivities by adding their decorative touches to five-foot spruce trees.

Mixed among the trees are massive Christmas cards designed by local artists and organizations.

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Be sure to visit the decorated trees in Celery Flats


We are super excited to be part of the festive décor in Celery Flats for the second year in a row! Find our tree near the grain elevator.

Photo Ops at Celery Flats

Celery Flats is known for its Kodak-worthy moments during all four seasons, but the City of Portage has upped its game for the holidays.

In addition to the trees and oversized cards, there is a giant reindeer, a sleigh, and decorations under the covered pavilion.

Spots around the sidewalks also feature cute presents, wagons and snowmen.

This sleigh is covered in lights and offers a wooden bench for sitting
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This spot feels like a cozy living room with a fireplace and decorated trees.

Celery Flats History

The historical area in Celery Flats includes an original one-room schoolhouse from 1856, a 1931 grain elevator, and Stuart Manor.

Constructed in 1846 by William Welch, this house was the summer home of the second Michigan U.S. Senator, Charles Stuart.

These buildings and others are restored and available for tours and private events.

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Celery Flats Grain Elevator

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