Where to see Christmas Lights Around West Michigan

Updated for 2018!

Here’s our yearly roundup of where to see Christmas lights around Greater Grand Rapids. (If you searched for Christmas lights near me, then you’re in the right place!)

*feature image courtesy of Martie Bradley, and is of the Paramount Estates neighborhood in NE Grand Rapids.

Another holiday season means another chance to “ooh” and “ahh” over displays that would make even Clark Griswold jealous because we have such great Christmas light displays and musical Christmas lights here in West Michigan.

Our elves have scoured the land along with listening to your proclamations of THE. BEST. places to catch a good Christmas light show. So take a peek at the list, print a copy of our Holiday Light Scavenger Hunt and load up the kids…it’s time to take in the magic of lights and music.

Pro-Tip (and a fun tradition): Bring hot cocoa and treats. And have kids wear their pajamas — sleepy little ones can be put right to bed after a night of holiday light hunting.

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Christmas Light Displays – How We Make the List

The list of where to see Christmas lights is crowd-sourced from reader comments. (We need your help!)

We ask on Facebook for recommendations; if someone tells us there is a great display at X address, we will include it. We can’t drive around to every location to verify a light display, and what some people think is a worth-the-drive display, others might not want to bother with, so please use our list with that in mind.

**Addresses with double asterisks are verified listings, meaning either a Grand Rapids Kids team member has seen it in 2018 or a GRKIDS friend has told us the display is up for 2018.

Addresses without an asterisk are unverified locations, which have previously had displays, but have not been visited by us yet in 2018. If you have seen one of these sites, please let us know in the comments so we can keep this post updated. Thank you!

If you do find something we should add to the list, leave us a comment below and we will make the update.

Where possible, we have linked locations to a Google map to help you navigate your way through the list.

Printable Holiday Lights Scavenger Hunt

Download your own copy of this Holiday Countdown here. OR, grab your free copy in our Family Fun Guide at one of these local organizations.

2018 Holiday Light Displays

Downtown Grand Rapids
Downtown Grand Rapids is lit up and pretty spectacular this time of year! You can drive and see the lights, but even more fun is taking a short walk with your family.

If you go, check out the lights along Monroe Center from the Children’s Museum down to Rosa Parks Circle. Walk down Pearl and into the Amway Grand. The JW is dazzling in blue, and the riverwalk is pretty, too. Head over to the Gerald R. Ford presidential museum for another Christmas tree.

North of GR / Rockford
  • **Nite Lights 4500 West River Dr NE Comstock Park, MI 49321 | A mile long drive thru the Fifth Third Ballpark with light exhibits. Admission is charged per vehicle.
  • **311 Dana St NW, Comstock Park | Awesome display with 4+ houses. Lights are synced to Christmas music on a radio station.
  • **84 10 Mile Rd NE, Comstock Park | A few readers recommended this home as having a “great display”
  • Several light displays between 131 and M-37 on 10 Mile Rd NE, Comstock Park | 3 big displays and the rest is just nice and simple.
  • Paramount Estates neighborhood west of Northland Drive | Lots of houses participate, local favorite.

    Photo courtesy of Martie Bradley

  • ** 6171 Blythefield Ave NE, Rockford | Lights Synchronized to Music 5:30pm till 8:45pm. 88.7  FM
  • ** 6632  Ramsdell NE, Rockford | Second house South of Belding Rd (M-44). There is life-size Nativity, reindeer, sleigh, lighted candy canes surround yard, trees, lots of snowmen, polar bears, penguins talking snowball, elves & thousands of lights.
  • ** 2931 S Saddle Ridge Ct, Rockford | Dancing lights set to music. Tune your radio to 96.3.
  • ** 11 Mile Rd (between Algoma Ave and Jewell Ave), Rockford | Cottages on the Rogue developmet. One house is amazing! It just about covers the whole scavenger light hunt.
  • ** Rogue River and Woodwater, Belmont | Nativity and lighted yard decorations.
  • 326 17 Mile Rd, Kent City | “My daughter loves this house,” says one reader.
  • ** Corner of Knapp and Ball | Lights & inflatables.
  • Corner of Pine Meadows Dr NE and Blanca Dr NE, in Sierra Estates.
  • Sparta Chamber of Commerce | Has a beautiful 60′ tree and street trees lighted up, and a cute little “lane” you can stroll through for free.
  • ** 48 Carrie St, Sparta | “Great Christmas light display!” There is a Santa handing out candy canes.
  • ** 7683 S Croton Hardy Dr, Newaygo | Located at the Croton Township Campground
  • **Drive: An hour north of Grand Rapids and you’ll see a royal site, a castle covered in 100,000 LED lights. Before heading there, make sure you a grab a FREE vehicle pass online. Then, sit back and enjoy cruising by The Castle in Canadian Lakes.
Northwest / West of GR / Walker
  • ** 12385 92nd Ave, Allendale | Family friendly, well done. Tune to the station in your car, listen, and watch! Nightly, 5:30 – 10 PM.
  • **Abby’s Lights at 147 Sunset Hills Ave NW. Grand Rapids | The show now contains over 12,000 LED lights run on 64 channels to music you can hear right from your car at 99.9 FM. Showtimes run every 15 minutes or so. Check Facebook page for status.
  • **Across Lake Michigan Drive from Abby’s Lights on Fairview there are some decorated houses. It’s worth checking out just for the HUGE Santa at one house!

  • ** 13880 Ironwood Dr NW, Grand Rapids | Snowflakes, trees, gingerbread people, a skater scene with penguins, and Christmas minions. NEW addition in 2018: A pickle light. See if you can find it as it’s placed in a new hiding spot every week! Lights are synchronized to music being broadcast on 95.1 FM. Facebook page is “Loomanaries.”
  • Candy Cane Lane – Madison St in Coopersville
  • On NW Macomb in Standale, Northwest side of the Lake Michigan-Wilson intersection | Tune the radio to 92.3 and lights will sync to music. Lights run from about 6:00-9:00 PM.
  • **1839 Stark, Walker
Southeast Grand Rapids / Kentwood
  • Coe Dentistry, 4760 Kalamazoo Ave SE Kentwood  | On Kalamazoo between 44th and 52nd, east side of the street–you can’t miss it!
  • **1890s schoolhouse on the corner of 84th Street SE, and Kalamazoo Ave in Gaines Township. Enjoy 40,000 lights on 30-foot trees with illuminated belfry, deer, icicles, and candy canes.
  • Princeton Estates | Small displays throughout the whole neighborhood with NATIVITY LANE on Pembroke St SE. “If there was a Christmas neighborhood contest, I think they’d win,” said one second grader.
  • 5374 Effingham is also in Princeton Estates | It’s called the countdown clock house for obvious reasons once you see it. It has every inflatable figure imaginable, complete with lights and music.

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Grandville/ Hudsonville / Jenison / Wyoming
Forest Hills / Ada / Cascade
Alto / Lowell / East of GR

  • 11463 Barnsley SE, Lowell (Whispering Hills)
  • ** 10216 Cascade Rd SE, Lowell | Inflatables, anyone? This place is bananas for them!
  • ** 1415 Baywicke Dr SE, Lowell
  • 7475 Parsonage Rd, Saranac | A light show with about 10,000 lights. The lights are synchronized to the music of multiple Christmas songs (usually about 4 songs) which are broadcast to your car through channel 89.1. The best viewing is from halfway up the driveway.
  • Clarksville has several displays on W. Ferneys Ave and Lind Ave, on the Northwest side of town. One display is synched to music on 103.9 FM. Others have lights and inflatables, including a brontosaurus. Keep a watchful eye out for the alligator and palm tree.
  • 198 Ferney’s Ave in Clarksville |Fully decorated corner lot with other lit houses in the neighborhood. 15,000+ lights on house, fence, garage, shed, and in 18 trees up to 25′ tall. Also, Nativity scene, flying Santa display, dozens of assorted lit figures. Everything should be lit until around midnight through Jan. 1st.
Byron Center / Zeeland

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21 Comments

  1. Katy Shelton December 10, 2018 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    48 Carrie St in Sparta.
    Great Christmas light display.
    And Santa is handing out candy canes !!

  2. Glenda Hewartson December 10, 2018 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    3450 minnie ave sw wyoming has nice lights lots of blow molds!

  3. Erin December 9, 2018 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Last night (Saturday) at 6:30, 11461 Foreman in Lowell and 9131 68th St in Alto didn’t have any lights.

  4. Stephaney Wheeler December 7, 2018 at 8:53 am - Reply

    The house on 17 mile in Kent City is up and running…beautiful as usual!

  5. Andrea December 5, 2018 at 11:15 am - Reply

    The one across Lake Michigan Drive is on FAIRWAY and I can confirm it’s up and running (with Santa and a dragon) for 2018 🙂

    • Renee Compston
      Renee Compston December 7, 2018 at 10:50 am - Reply

      Thanks for verifying that for us!

  6. Jennifer Dallett December 4, 2018 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    There is one in Belmont on the corner of Rouge River and Woodwater Dr. that has inflatables and a huge nativity along with lights that dance to music. You have to put your windows down to listen to the music

    • Renee Compston
      Renee Compston December 7, 2018 at 10:51 am - Reply

      Perfect! Thanks for letting us know.

  7. Jaime Racalla December 4, 2018 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    There is a fun display at 1839 Stark in Walker!

    • Renee Compston
      Renee Compston December 7, 2018 at 10:47 am - Reply

      Added it — thank you!

  8. Deb December 4, 2018 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Hopkins MI – 2187 132nd Ave Hopkins MI 49328. Lights are synchronized with music. The show runs nightly 5:30pm to 1130pm, through January 12, 2019. Check them out on facebook – Veenstra Christmas Lights!

  9. Meghan Boss December 4, 2018 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    There is no longer a display in the 4000 block of Boulder Ridge neighborhood in the Rockford section. 🙂

    • Renee Compston
      Renee Compston December 7, 2018 at 10:44 am - Reply

      Thank you — we’ve removed it from our listings!

  10. Melyssa December 4, 2018 at 10:52 am - Reply

    2537 Valleyview St. SW in Wyoming has a really fun display synced with music again this year!

    • Renee Compston
      Renee Compston December 7, 2018 at 10:43 am - Reply

      Thanks — we’ve added it!

  11. Sue December 4, 2018 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Georgetown Ave is up and lit again this year!

    • Renee Compston
      Renee Compston December 7, 2018 at 10:43 am - Reply

      Great, thanks!

  12. Scott Meendering December 2, 2018 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    4231 Pineway Dr. SW is covered in more than 21,700 lights including a dancing tunnel of lights over driveway, sign offering Love, Joy, and Peace, juggling snowman, winking and waving gingerbread boy, toy soldier actually looks like he is drumming, full size nativity, singing squirrel in the tree, 20ft train with moving smoke, stars shooting to the sky, swinging bell, and a rooftop sign wishing Merry Christmas to all. This display has 160 channels of animation set to music. The show runs from 5:15 to 11:30PM and includes 3 songs running approx 10 minutes.

    • Renee Compston
      Renee Compston December 2, 2018 at 10:13 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your comment, Scott! We’ve added your information.

  13. Andre November 4, 2018 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Too early for 2018? 2024 Johanna Ave Wyoming, MI 49509… Tune car to 107.7FM and sing along with “Will; The singing Christmas House”. Lights and music show nightly with clasic AND modern songs for all ages to enjoy.

    Shows run from 6:30pm-10pm daily.

    • Renee Compston
      Renee Compston December 2, 2018 at 10:12 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Andre! We’ve added your listing.

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