Christmas Light Shows and Displays Near Grand Rapids – The Big List!

Paramount Drive Holiday Lights Bradley

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

Where to see the Best Christmas Light Shows Near Grand Rapids

Here’s our yearly roundup of where to see Christmas lights near Grand Rapids.

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

Thornapple River Dr Laraway Lake Ada Christmas Lights Bennett
Near Thornapple River Drive and Laraway Lake in Ada

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.

 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SCAVENGER HUNT  

Printable Holiday Lights Scavenger Hunt

Download your own copy of the Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt here.

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  GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS  

2019 Christmas Light Displays and Exciting Christmas Light Shows Near GR

How we Make our Christmas Light Displays 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 2019 or a GRKIDS friend has told us the display is up for 2019.

Addresses without an asterisk are unverified locations, which have previously had displays, but have not been visited by us yet in 2019. 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.

  DOWNTOWN GRAND RAPIDS  

Downtown Grand Rapids Christmas Lights

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.

GR Ford Holiday Lights

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.

Rosa Parks Circle Lights

  EAST OF GRAND RAPIDS  

Forest Hills / Ada / Cascade

Alto / Lowell 

11336 Trent SE Lowell Holiday Lights

  • 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.

  WEST OF GRAND RAPIDS  

Grandville/ Hudsonville / Jenison / Wyoming

  • Sun Meadow Lane in Hudsonville is a decorated cul-de-sac with light synchronized to music. Tune into 105.1. Features singing penguins, Christmas tree with a burst of fire, large Nativity, stars and twinkle fairies.
  • ** 7065 Georgetown Ave, Hudsonville | Four nice houses in a row
  • 6167 Heathcross Dr, Hudsonville | Lighted driveway arches and a yard filled with candy canes and holiday characters.
  •  ** VanBuren and Stevendale Dr, Hudsonville | Music and lights from 7-10 PM each night! 4 different songs.

  NORTHEAST GRAND RAPIDS  

Confirmed Christmas Lights Near Rockford & Comstock Park

The Christmas Lite Show at Fifth Third Ballpark
4500 West River Dr NE Comstock Park, MI 49321

Fifth Third Christmas Lite Show train and car

A mile long drive thru the Fifth Third Ballpark with light exhibits. Admission is charged per vehicle.


311 Dana St NW, Comstock Park, MI, 49321

Awesome display with 4+ houses. Lights are synced to Christmas music on a radio station. PLUS a GR Kids reader told us Santa is here on Saturdays starting at 6:00 PM.


84 10 Mile Rd NE, Comstock Park, MI

A few readers recommended this home as having a “great display”


1369 Trevor Ct NE, Grand Rapids | End of cul-de-sac near Plainfield & 4 Mile Rd. Several lighted displays, some with motion. Every day, dusk to 9 PM.


Paramount Estates neighborhood west of Northland Drive

Paramount Drive Holiday Lights Bradley
Photo courtesy of Martie Bradley

Lots of houses participate, local favorite.


6171 Blythefield Ave NE, Rockford, MI

Lights Synchronized to Music 5:30pm till 8:45pm. 88.7  FM


6632  Ramsdell NE, Rockford, MI

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, elves & thousands of lights.


2931 S Saddle Ridge Ct, Rockford, MI

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.


326 17 Mile Rd, Kent City, MI

“My daughter loves this house,” says one reader.


Corner of Knapp and Ball 

Lights & inflatables.


Nights of Lights at The Castle in Canadian Lakes
Canadian Lakes, MI 49346

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.

Unconfirmed Christmas Lights North of Grand Rapids

These homes have been rocking the Christmas decor in the past, but we have not spotted them officially in 2020.

  •  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.
  • Rogue River and Woodwater, Belmont | Nativity and lighted yard decorations.
  • 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

  NORTHWEST GRAND RAPIDS  

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 | 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. Note: This show is not running in 2019, but will return in 2020.
  • 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!

Holiday Lights 1

  • 13880 Ironwood Dr NW, Grand Rapids | Snowflakes, trees, gingerbread people, a skater scene with penguins, and Christmas minions. Also see if you can find the pickle light 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
  • ** 2460 Bristolwood Drive, Walker 49544

  SOUTHEAST GRAND RAPIDS  

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.
  • ** 4784 Wolf Run, corner of 48th St and Wolf Run, Kentwood.

Christmas light displays 4784 Wolf Run

  • ** 4671 South Stone Dr SE, Kentwood. Also has 2 nice houses decorated and it is in the same neighborhood as the Wolf Run house.
  •  ** 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. (A GR Kids reader told us the clock is not out this year.) It has every inflatable figure imaginable, complete with lights and music. Holiday LIghts 5374 Effingham

Christmas light displays 830 Walsh

  SOUTHWEST GRAND RAPIDS  

Byron Center / Wyoming

  LAKESHORE  

Lakeshore – Holland, Zeeland

Holiday light displays holland cement truck

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61 thoughts on “Christmas Light Shows and Displays Near Grand Rapids – The Big List!”

  1. 198 West Ferney’s Ave in Clarksville is lit again this year after a couple of years with a much smaller display. It is bigger than before, with over 20,000 lights and lots of holiday “stuff” to see on a corner lot in town.. Lights will be on every night until after midnight through Dec 26 and until at least 10 PM through the New Year.

  2. I’d like to add 1959 Rondo St in Kentwood. I have a light show running synced to music and you can listen on the radio on 88.3 every night from 5pm to 10pm.

  3. Woodhill Ct in Wyoming ( 52nd and Burlingame) has a couple good houses across from each other…big inflatables.

  4. John in Clarksville

    Our alligator didn’t get mentioned this year. Gonna have to step up our game! Look for us to do things bigger and better next year….

  5. Music syncronized lighting display at 7975 Verona Dr SW Byron Center, MI 49315. Sun-Thurs 6-9pm, Fri- Sat 6-10. 90.5FM. Also collecting donations for Hand2Hand.

  6. You can remove the house on Eldora Ct. in Byron Center – the house has been under new ownership for at least a few years and there is no longer a display there.

  7. Hi! Under the NE Grand Rapids list, you can remove the house on the corner of Pine Meadows & Blanca (Sierra Estates). 🙂 We bought that house this spring and while we enjoy decorating for Christmas, it’s not even close to the extent that the former owners decorated it. Thank you!

  8. Hi GR Kids team,

    We have changed the radio station to 94.1 FM for the 5811 Sage River Ct. SW/Sage River Holiday Lights listing in Grandville/Hudsonville/Jenison/Wyoming area.

    Thanks1

    1. 84th and Kalamazoo Ave schoolhouse display has 45000 lights on 30foot pines around the 1890 school. Quite a sight.

  9. Scott Meendering

    4231 Pineway Dr. SW in Grandville is covered in more than 22,000 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.

  10. The display in the 600 block of Macomb Ave in Standale is still there. The modern music and synchronized lights were awesome!

  11. 48 Carrie st in Sparta tomorrow night is the last night for Santa from 8 pm till 10 pm then he’s back to the north pole

  12. If your looking to find some great Christmas lights in Sparta please check out 108 Maple Street . We have About 3000 led lights

  13. 4695-4676 Rivera Ct SW, Grandville.

    14 houses decorated on a culdesac with several others lit up in the neighborhood. Worth the time to look at.

    1. Cute lights set to music at Greenridge Reality in Lowell on Main Street/Fulton! Every night until midnight thru December.

  14. 4695-4676 Rivera Ct SW, Grandville. Culdesac with every house (14) decorated for the holidays. About 1/2 are professionally done while the other 1/2 were done by the homeowners including the street light posts. Worth the drive!!

  15. 1369 Trevor CT NE, end of cul-de-sac near Plainfield and 4 mile. Several lighted displays, some with motion. Homemade displays, thousands of lights. From dusk to 9pm each night.

  16. 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 🙂

  17. Jennifer Dallett

    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

  18. 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!

  19. Scott Meendering

    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.

  20. 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.

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