Nothing gets you in the mood for the holidays quite like holiday lights. Going for a drive during the holiday season to look at the lights on houses can be so magical. We’ve put together a guide of some great spots to see some holiday light displays in West Michigan!
Grand Rapids Holiday Light Displays
This is Michigan’s largest light show! It takes place from November 23rd to December 31st, and it features over 50 animated displays and over a million lights. You can view it from the comfort of your own car, and tickets start at $25 per family vehicle.
This exhibition honors cultures and holiday traditions from around the world with 46 unique displays. This is a stunning immersive experience that is educational and beautiful. With the exhibit running through January 8th of 2023, you have plenty of time to go check it out!
The village of Ada lights up 30 Fraser Fir Pine trees and more than 25,000 lights along Ada drive and beyond. The loop is just under a mile, which is a perfect walk for families and people of all ages. It begins and ends near the Ada Village General Store, and the lights will stay on every night from December 3rd to January 31st!
Visit Everette’s Garden to see their drive through light display for only $5 a vehicle! While you are there, you can pick out your Christmas tree and enjoy a s’more by a campfire. This light display is open on Fridays and Saturdays from November 18th to December 17th from 6-8pm.
Bring your own beverages for the vintage trolley ride. As soon as you board the vintage trolley, you’ll be whisked off on a 4 hour tour that includes all the best holiday light displays in Grand Rapids. Possible sights or stops on the tour could include: The Christmas Lite Show at Fifth Third park, residential displays in surrounding areas, East Grand Rapids Christmas Tree and light displays, Rosa Parks Circle and the Grand Rapids Christmas Tree. After soaking in the urban winter wonderland, we’ll head back to Founders Brewing Co. and rave about all the seasonal sparkles we just saw. There will be music, fun, trivia and prizes on the trolley! 21+ only.
If you’re looking for something indoors, the planetarium at the Grand Rapids Public Museum is the way to go! They are hosting a show called Let It Snow! That feature thematic animation, immersive special effects, and full-dome scenery set to festive holiday music. Check the event schedule here for dates and times.
Lakeshore Holiday Light Displays
Over 400,000 multicolored lights and displays will light up the trees and businesses in Spring Lake’s downtown corridor. Stop by for meet & greets with Santa, food, drink, & photo-ops! Some businesses will offer extended hours to greet you with holiday cheer and special gifts! The lights will shine every night through New Years for your viewing pleasure. Gather your loved ones, and start a new tradition with some Spring Lake Sparkle!
Fridays & Saturdays, through December 17 you can stop by Magic at the Mill in Holland! This ticketed event will feature a ‘tulip field’ of 1,000 LED blossoms displaying a synchronized light and music show. The windmill and park grounds will be lit up and attractions such as the carousel, street organ and shops will be open. There will also be an opportunity for kids to greet Sinterklaas (the Dutch predecessor of Santa Claus) along with snacks and beverages. Tickets must be purchased in advance!
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