Michigan’s 10+ Best Drive Through Christmas Lights for 2022

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See Magical Christmas Lights from Your Car

Michigan has upped its Christmas activities game!

Now the weather can get as wild as ever, and we can still enjoy a great outdoors holiday experience with drive through Christmas lights.

If you find yourself in need of a megadose of Christmas Cheer or lights in your city are non-existent, you might just need to venture further afield and explore the 10 best drive thru Christmas lights displays in Michigan.

They’re sprinkled across the state, so wherever you live, you can find one within driving distance.

You can motor through campgrounds, stadiums, and woods filled with millions of lights while staying warm and snug in your vehicle.

We found Christmas light displays in the Grand Rapids area, Detroit metro, mid-Michigan, and Northern Michigan, to name a few places.

(Feature image was taken at Gilmore Car Museum)

Christmas Lite Show @ LMCU Ballpark in Grand Rapids

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Find millions of lights and animated displays at the most enchanting Christmas light drive through in West Michigan.
 
Stretching for nearly two miles, experience 30-45 minutes of dazzling holiday cheer from the coziness of your car.
 
If this isn’t your family tradition already, it will be.
 
Santa visits and free hot cocoa included on weekends.

Christmas Lite Show kids in car LMCU Ballpark

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Tips for Visiting Drive Through Light Displays

Check Dates & Times

The light shows on this list have set dates and times that they are open. Sync up your calendar to be sure you show up at the right time and place.

Check for Tickets

Some of the light shows require advance tickets. Many of the shows charge admission by the carload, while others request a donation.

Stock Up Your Car

You’ll want Christmas music, holiday snacks, and hot cocoa, plus PJs for the kids, and warm cozy blankets. Also, be sure you have a full tank of gas.

Have a Restroom Strategy

You’ll likely be in the car for a while. And, you might be drinking hot cocoa or hot apple cider. Plan accordingly.

Extend Your Trip

The reality is, not everyone lives within a reasonable driving distance of one of these Drive thru Christmas light shows. Consider renting a cabin near your destination and making it an overnight trip.

Drive Through Christmas Lights in Michigan for 2022, Listed

Here’s where to find places in Michigan with drive thru Christmas Light Displays:

Drive Through Christmas Lights in Comstock Park

Drive Through Christmas Lights Fifth Third Christmas Lite Show grand Rapids 2020

4500 W River Dr NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321

Last updated in 2022

Christmas Light Show Details

West Michigan's largest Christmas Lite Show at LMCU Ballpark, Comstock Park (near Grand Rapids.)

Enjoy nearly two miles of Christmas magic with over a million lights, animated displays, lighted tunnels, and more, without leaving the comfort and warmth of your car.

Visit Santa's House Fridays - Sundays and Dec 21 - 23. Free to see Santa.
It's $12 to take photos with your own device. (Due to limited space, they will not be photographing and printing photos as in the past.)

You can ride the Memory Lane train for an extra fee. They also have a Winter Wonder Walk in November.

Ticket Pricing
Admission is charged per vehicle.
Tickets start at $30

Open Hours
Wed, Nov. 23, 2022 – Sat, Dec. 31, 2022
Sunday-Thursday // 5:30 - 9:00 P.M.
Friday-Saturday // 5:30 - 10:00 P.M.

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Drive Through Christmas Lights in Westland

Drive Through Christmas Lights Wayne County Lightfest Westland 2020

7651 N. Merriman Road, Westland, MI 48185

Last updated in 2022

Christmas Light Show Details

The Wayne County Lightfest is a magical four-mile drive thru Christmas lights show in Hines Park, displaying nearly 50 animated, themed displays and more than 100,000 lights.

This year, Wayne County will offer radio alerts to update visitors with important show information.

By tuning into AM 1640 within three to five miles of the Lightfest entrance, visitors can receive regular updates on wait times, traffic flow, special event and event costs.

Once inside, visitors can make a stop at Perrin Park, mid-way through the show, to drop off a letter to Santa in the giant mailbox.

You can also patronize two onsite food trucks.

On Opening Night (November 17), the Lightfest will be opening early and there will be free admission from 6:00PM - 6:30 PM during the "Lights On" ceremony.

Hines Drive will be closed to traffic for Lightfest set-up from Ann Arbor Trail to Outer Drive from 5:30 PM - 11:30 PM.

Ticket Pricing
Cars $5 cash
Commercial van/RV/limo $20 cash
Mini-Bus (20 passenger) $25 cash
Bus (40 passenger +) $50 cash


Toy Night, which allows visitors to donate a new, unwrapped toy in lieu of paying the car entrance fee, will take place on Wednesdays, November 23, November 30, and December 7, 2022. Commercial vehicles will not be considered for free admission.

Open Hours
November 17, 2022 - December 31, 2022
Wednesdays - Sundays, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

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Drive Through Christmas Lights in Rochester

Drive Through Christmas Lights The Big Bright Light Show Rochester MI 2020

Downtown, Rochester, MI 48306

Last updated in 2022

Christmas Light Show Details

You can drive through the downtown lights or you can get out and walk.

You are invited to brighten your holidays in Downtown Rochester with The Big, Bright Light Show!
The buildings in downtown Rochester will be covered with more than 1 million points of glimmering holiday light.

Ticket Pricing
Free!

Open Hours
The display will be lit every evening (5 pm - Midnight) from November 21 - January 21, 2023.

Most stores are open Monday - Saturday, until 9 pm.

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Drive Through Christmas Lights in Clarkston

Drive Through Christmas Lights magic of lights detroit metro Clarkston 2020

33 Bob Seger Drive, Clarkston, MI 48348

Last updated in 2022

Christmas Light Show Details

A 200-foot light tunnel and over 40 Scenes of holiday lights displays will be featured during Magic of Lights™, the unique and thrilling family-friendly drive-through holiday lights festival spread over a 1-2 Mile course.

Magic of Lights™ features a variety of festive scenes celebrating our grandest holiday.

Magic of Lights™ guests will slowly guide their vehicles through the winding 1-2 Mile course to view sparkling LED displays depicting the favorite characters of the season, including animated snowmen, elves, poinsettias, candy canes, and more!

Ticket Pricing
$20 standard vehicle ($25 at the gate) Mon - Thurs
$25 standard vehicle ($30 at the gate) Fri - Sun
$40 limo / party bus (no tickets at the gate Mon - Thurs
$50 limo / party bus (no tickets at the gate) Fri - Sun

Open Hours
Nov. 18th - Dec. 31st, 2022
Sun-Thurs 5:30 PM -10 PM
Fri-Sat 5:30 PM -11 PM

Thanksgiving: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Christmas Eve: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Christmas Day: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
New Year’s Eve: 5:30pm – 9:00pm

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Drive Through Christmas Lights in Grand Blanc

Drive Through Christmas Lights Bicentennial Park Drive Thru Christmas Lights Display Grand Blanc MI 2020
Bicentennial Park Grand Blanc Ride through CHristmas Lights

1505 E Grand Blanc Road, Grand Blanc, MI 48439

Last updated in 2022

Christmas Light Show Details

Enjoy Holiday Wagon Rides around Bicentennial Park with a stop at Santa's Workshop to meet Santa & his Elves!

The wagon rides travel around the lit park path with a short stop at Santa's Workshop.

They'll also have a holiday tree lighting with fireworks on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2022

and you can walk through the Christmas lights on December 16, 2022.

Ticket Pricing
$15 Residents
$18 non-residents

Advanced tickets required

Open Hours
Holiday Wagon Rides thru the lights happen on Dec 9th & 10th, 2022.

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Drive Through Christmas Lights in Flint

Drive Through Christmas Lights Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic 2020

N Bray Rd, Flint, MI 48505

Last updated in 2022

Christmas Light Show Details

Make memories to last all year when the spirit of the season fills the streets and shops of Crossroads Village, with thousands of lights sparkling and Santa waiting to say hello.

Join friends and family for an evening ride on the Huckleberry Railroad and watch Village artisans make vintage crafts. You’re sure to find gifts for everyone on your list.

A family tradition for over 30 years!

Carry on your tradition with Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic or make new ones this year with Crossroads Village’s Holiday Magic Drive Thru.

Ticket Pricing
$10 per car

Holiday Magic Tickets (not the drive thru lights) are sold separately and can be purchased for the village only or a train ride and village combo.

Open Hours
Open for Christmas Lights Drive Through Only nights: December 5, 12, 19, 24 and 26
Hours for Drive Through Only nights: 5:00pm-9:00pm

Village & Train Rides
November 25-27
December 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 21-23, and 28-30
4:00pm-9:00pm

Christmas Dinner Buffet – Seating Starts at 5:30 PM & 6:00 PM select weekdays and 5:00 PM & 5:30 PM select weekends. Reservations suggested. Walk-ins are accepted, based on availability.

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Drive Through Christmas Lights in Lansing

Lansing Holiday Light Show drive through christmas lights

5339 Aurelius Rd, Lansing, MI 48911

Last updated in 2022

Christmas Light Show Details

The Lansing Holiday Light Show™ at Cottonwood Campground kicks off its inaugural season as the only drive-through light show in Lansing, Michigan!

It features dozens of dazzling, larger-than-life holiday themed displays to delight the entire family.

Visitors are welcomed to bundle up in their car, pack a favorite snack or beverage and tune their radio to enjoy the synced light performance as they travel the .5 mile route.

The show is open evenings beginning at 5pm sharp, select dates November 17 - December 31, 2022 and tickets can be purchased online through the "buy tickets" button on our website or at the door on select days! All tickets are valid for a single admission, valid only on the date listed on your ticket. Don't miss out on this great opportunity and Buy Tickets Now!

Ticket Pricing
$25 / carload - allows you to attend one time, on any day without needing to pick a day or time in advance

$62.50 / carload season ticket - allows you to attend multiple times, on any day without needing to pick a day or time in advance

Tickets purchased for Fridays or Saturdays must be purchased in advance. There are NO gate sales on either night. Tickets for any other day of the week can be purchased at the gate.

Open Hours
Thursday - Sundays, November 17 - December 18, 2022
December 19 - December 31, 2022 (closed Dec 24)

Show begins at 5 PM all evenings. Check website for end time.

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Drive Through Christmas Lights in Hickory Corners

Gilmore Car Museum drive through christmas lights

6865 W Hickory Rd, Hickory Corners, MI 49060

Last updated in 2022

Christmas Light Show Details

Winter Wonderland: A Holiday Lights Spectacular is back for its 2nd year with an expanded drive-through and walk-through nighttime holiday lights experience across the spacious 90-acre Gilmore Car Museum campus.

Enjoy a driving tour through the lighted grounds, surrounded by festive music and decorations, then visit the inside of the museum to meet Santa Claus and explore the Gilmore’s Festival of Trees as you walk through galleries filled with hundreds of classic cars.

Plus:
-Classic cars from the museum’s collection dramatically displayed inside Gilmore Snow Globes
-Dashing Through the Snow family rides in Ford Model Ts, a Checker Taxi Cab, a ’63 Cadillac convertible, and several other vintage cars from the collection
-A giant, one of a kind inflatable maze
-A stop inside Santa’s Garage, the big man’s hot rod workshop, located inside our 1930s Shell Station
- A nostalgic 1960s fresh Christmas tree and wreath lot, complete with a vintage Shasta camper trailer
-Gourmet hot chocolate, adult drinks, holiday-themed food & sweets, and holiday gift shopping

Ticket Pricing
At Door: Adult (18+) - $20
Youth (age 5 - 17) - $12 / Child (age 4 and under) - FREE

Online: Adult (18+) - $17.50
Youth (age 5 17) - $9.50 / Child (age 4 and under) - FREE

Open Hours
Fri Nov 25, 2022 - Dec 30, 2022
Open Thursday through Sunday, 5p to 9p.

Additional open dates:
Tuesday, December 13th
Monday, December 19th
Tuesday, December 20th
Wednesday, December 21st
** CLOSED on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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Drive Through Christmas Lights in Marshall

The Marshall Merry Mile at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds 1

720 Fair St, Marshall, MI 49068

Last updated in 2022

Christmas Light Show Details

The Calhoun County Fairgrounds are lit up for the holiday season.

Marshall’s Merry Mile is a spectacular light display that is an annual tradition for many.

Bring the whole family to enjoy the drive thru Christmas lights this year.

Ticket Pricing
$10 per car/truck/van
$20 per bus (larger groups w/15+ people)
Purchase at the Fair Office

Open Hours
Merry Mile Drive Thru Christmas Lights are open:
December 1 - 30, 2022
Thursdays - Sundays
6:00 - 9:00 pm

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Drive Through Christmas Lights in South Haven

Jellystone Christmas in the Park drive through christmas lights

03403 64th Street, South Haven, MI 49090

Last updated in 2022

Christmas Light Show Details

Christmas in the Park is a lighted celebration at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort that will surely put you in the Christmas Spirit!

The drive through light show features over 60,000 lights along a 1/2 mile drive throughout Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort.

PLUS enjoy fun festive activities afterwards!

Family activities available for an additional fee include Christmas tie dye, cookie decorating, sleigh ride, and s'more kit. A free craft is also available. Purchase individually or as an inclusive package for $40.

Stop by Mrs. Claus Bake Shoppe to get sweet treats including donuts, sundaes, fudge and more.

AND visit with Santa!

Ticket Pricing
$20 / car up to 8 people

Additional activities and food additional cost

Open Hours
Nov 23 - Dec 23, 2022

Thurs - Sun, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Activities open 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Drive Through Christmas Lights in Brooklyn

Drive Through Christmas Lights nite lites at Michigan Internation Speedway Brooklyn 2020

12626 US-12, Brooklyn, MI 49230

Last updated in 2022

Christmas Light Show Details

It's the largest Michigan Christmas Drive Thru Light Show!
There are many unique animated displays on the 5-mile-long trail.

AND - 2022 is the premiere of the NiteLites Express!
The open-air train ride through the light show runs nightly (rain or shine) and seats 4 people on a bench. $60 per bench

Also, they will host the 8th Annual Nite Lites Christmas 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, November 19, 2022, with a 6:00PM 5K Fun Run and a 5K Walk at 6:30PM.

Ticket Pricing
$30 per car/vehicle (Sun - Thurs)
$35 per car/vehicle (Fri & Sat)
$45 per limo/motorhome/mini bus
$100 per tour bus

Nov 24, 2022 - Dec 31, 2022
Sun - Thurs | 5:30 - 9
Fri - Sat | 5:30 - 10

Open Hours
Nov 24, 2022 - Dec 31, 2022
Sun - Thurs from 5:30 - 9pm
Fri - Sat from 5:30 - 10pm

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Drive Through Christmas Lights in Newaygo

Drive Through Christmas Lights The Colors of Christmas Drive Thru Lights Newaygo MI 2020

7683 S Croton Hardy Dr, Newaygo, MI 49337

Last updated in 2022

Christmas Light Show Details

The Croton Township Campground will be open for you and your family to drive through or hike through "The Colors of Christmas" light displays.

A portion of all donations will be donated to Newaygo Country Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. All remaining donations go to help maintain and grow the lights and displays.

The Colors of Christmas is non-profit and runs off donations and sponsorships from local businesses.

Ticket Pricing
FREE to everyone - A $5 donation is suggested & appreciated

Open Hours
November 25 - January 1, 2022
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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Drive Through Christmas Lights in Bear Lake

Drive Through Christmas Lights Sparkle in the Park Drive Thru Christmas Lights Display Bear Lake MI 2020

Hopkins Dr, Bear Lake, MI 49614

Last updated in 2022

Christmas Light Show Details

Sparkle in the Park features more than 80,000 lights set up in nearly 50 holiday displays from November 26 - December 31, 2022 (5:00pm-10:00pm).

The lighted displays include angels, Christmas trees, Santa and his reindeer, a salute to troops, snowmen, various animals and several Christmas scenes, all arranged in Bear Lake’s lakeside Hopkins Park, US 31 corridor, and village homes.

Sparkle in the Park is free.

Donation boxes are available near Toyland Bear Lake for those who wish to make a contribution which will help buy material for next year’s Sparkle in the Park.

Contact Pauline Jaquish at 231-342-7285 for additional information.

Ticket Pricing
Admission is Free, donations are appreciated.

Open Hours
November 26 - December 31, 2022
(5:00pm-10:00pm)

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