10 Merry & Bright Walk Through Christmas Lights Experiences in Michigan for 2023

Walk through Christmas lights in Harbor Springs.

Walk Through Christmas Lights

Is taking a walk through Christmas lights on your Christmas activities bingo card? It’s on mine!

More and more holiday light festivals are popping up across the state. While special features of each destination differ, the magic of trees aglow after dark brings magic to each of these events.

Where will we find you walking this Christmas season?

(Feature image is Enchanted Trail at the Highlands in Harbor Springs.)

Glenlore Trails Walk Through Christmas Lights

Tips for Visiting Walk Through Christmas Lights

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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, while others request a donation.

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Walk Through Christmas Lights in Michigan for 2023, Listed

Here’s where to find places in Michigan hosting walk through Christmas Lights Displays:

HollyDazzle - Christmas Lights Display
Walk-Through Christmas Lights in Holly, MI
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12600 Dixie Highway, Holly, MI 48442
Last updated in 2023
Ticket Pricing:
Adult $22
Child $9
Adult + Child Bundle $22
4 and under FREE
Open Hours:
Runs Nov 24 - Dec 31, 2023, Fri - Sun.

Fri. & Sat.: 5 PM - 10 PM
Sunday: 5 PM - 9 PM

Open Rain, Snow or Shine!

Glenlore Trails - Aurora - Christmas Lights Display
Walk-Through Christmas Lights in Commerce Township, MI
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Glenlore Trails - Aurora
3860 Newton Road, Commerce Township, MI 48382
Last updated in 2023
Glenlore Trails is an immersive night walk located in Commerce Michigan.

Every Thursday to Sunday evening the forest comes to life in a dazzling display of light, sound, and wonder.
Visit Michigan’s original illuminated forest this holiday season!

It's a one-mile outdoor path with interactive, story moments, and other entertainment.
(You may encounter live performances along the trails! From flow dancers to musicians, to theatrical moments.)

Expect the experience to take an hour.

On-site concessions include light snacks, beverages, and Glenlore merchandise.

The trail through the woods is maintained, but it is not paved. It's stroller-friendly.

There are restrooms along the trail.
Ticket Pricing:
Tickets range from $15 – $25.
Rates vary with day and age of attendee.
Ages 3 & under are free.

Tickets are on sale now.
Open Hours:
Nov 17 - Dec 30, 2023

This walk-through Christmas Lights event runs weekly, Thursday to Sunday, starting November 17, 2023.

Tickets are timed, with start times between 5:30 - 9 pm.

Glenlore Trails is a rain-or-shine event.

The Detroit Zoo's Wild Lights - Christmas Lights Display
Walk-Through Christmas Lights in Royal Oak, MI
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The Detroit Zoo's Wild Lights
8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Last updated in 2023
35 MAGICAL NIGHTS OF LIGHTS: Wild Lights is the Detroit Zoo’s annual holiday light display. Guests will enjoy masterfully designed light displays and festive vignettes featuring millions of twinkling LED lights illuminating buildings, trees, sculptures, and a walk-through light tunnel!

FIELD OF LIGHT: Engage your senses as you watch lights move and change colors to the sounds of holiday music.

UNDERWATER TRAIL: Dive into an underwater scene that takes you to the depths of the sea. At the trail end, you’ll encounter an interactive wall where you can trigger the ocean to move, sway and glow as you move your body.

ENCHANTED TRAIL: Stroll through a pathway illuminated by trees and animals as you follow a fairy flitting through the forest overhead. Join the fairy on her journey as the lights sparkle and shine around you.

TOYLAND AND WISHING TREE: Immerse yourself in this childhood wonderland featuring life-sized toy sculptures of light. Highlights include a 40-foot-long train, which serves as the perfect photo op for family and friends. Don’t forget to make your holiday wish at the wishing tree!

THE POLAR EXPRESS 4D THEATER EXPERIENCE: You’re invited on an extraordinary adventure to the North Pole this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ with the SimEx-Iwerks 4D Version of the Holiday Classic! *Additional Fee

WILD LIGHTS LODGE: Warm up inside this festive oasis filled with holiday décor, live entertainment, bar service, s’mores and more!
Ticket Pricing:
Several different ticket packages are available.
General admission starts at $17.
The Wild Lights Total Experience Package is $75.
Parking is $8 (free with total experience package)
Open Hours:
This one-of-a-kind experience runs from Nov. 19, 2022, to Jan. 8, 2023.

Weeknights and Sundays: 5 PM - 9 PM
Fridays and Saturdays: 5 PM to 10:30 PM

DECEMBER: 1-3, 8-10, 13-23, 26-31
JANUARY: 2 - 7

The Enchanted Trail @ the Highlands - Christmas Lights Display
Walk-Through Christmas Lights in Harbor Springs, MI
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The Enchanted Trail @ the Highlands
600 Highland Drive, Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Last updated in 2023
Snowshoe or walk!

This unique winter experience is a magical 1.5-mile walk along a beautifully lit winter trail through the woods, where you’ll experience the soft warm glow of lights and interactive displays. Midway, take a break at the rustic yurt where you can cozy up around a bonfire with s’mores and warm drinks (cash bar, too!)

The Enchanted Trail is free for ages 5 and under.

The approximate timing is 25-30 minutes walk each way, plus time spent at the yurt; plan on an hour and a half for this experience.
Ticket Pricing:
Tickets start at $19 per person
Children ages five and under are free
Open Hours:
The Enchanted Trail will be operating on select dates and times:
December 2023: 9, 15-17, 22-31
January 2024: 1-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28
February 2024: 2-4, 9-11, 16-25

Begins at 5:30 PM with time slots until 8 PM

Gull Meadow Farms - Christmas Lights Display
Walk-Through Christmas Lights in Richland, MI
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Gull Meadow Farms
8544 Gull Rd, Richland, MI 49083
Last updated in 2023
Gull Meadow Farms’ Walk Through the Lights event takes your family through a colorful experience where you walk through multiple greenhouses all decked out with different Christmas themes.

Beautiful lights, a warm and cozy feel, Christmas music, and family farm festivities are the perfect recipe for a heart-filled tradition we know you will love.

In addition to the greenhouses filled with Christmas lights, there are several staged spots for the perfect picture as well as some petting farm goat friends to greet you along the way.

PLUS a brand new outdoor space this year with even more lights and a choreographed light show for you to enjoy.

• Grab a signature hot beverage (Santa’s Cocoa, Polar Express, or Silent Night Cider) for your walk-through experience and some cool light specs or Christmas glow products!

• Dress for the weather: The greenhouses are heated but getting from one greenhouse to another requires some time outside.

• Lights are best viewed when the sun begins setting, but the experience is open during the daytime if that works better for your schedule.

• Be sure to stop in the market after your experience for donuts, cider and gifts!
Ticket Pricing:
Admission is $10 or $12/person (children UNDER 36″ are free). There are peak times and off-peak times for tickets and they are priced accordingly online.*

To keep guests spaced out and the flow moving, please pre-purchase your tickets online to guarantee entry. If time slots are sold out, walk-up admission is not guaranteed.

*Tickets are NON-refundable so be sure that you purchase the date/time that works for your schedule. You do have the opportunity to switch your ticket date/time up to 36 hours before your initial selected date. Tickets incur a $0.49/ticket fee at checkout.
Open Hours:
Opens November 25, 2023

Dates for 2022:
November 26-27
December 1-4, 7-11, 14-18

Timed tickets are available for purchase.

The Carter's Christmas Lights Marquette - Christmas Lights Display
Walk-Through Christmas Lights in Marquette, MI
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The Carter's Christmas Lights Marquette
1313 N Vandenboom Ave, Marquette, MI 49855
Last updated in 2023
This friendly family welcomes visitors to enjoy their large walk-through Christmas lights display every December.

Meander through their wooded while enjoying all sorts of winter and holiday scenes. There are some great photo opps here.

Please thank the owners and be courteous to their property.
Ticket Pricing:
Open Hours:
December 1 - 31, 2023

Check their Facebook page for the most up-to-date open times/hours

Colors of Christmas Wonderland - Christmas Lights Display
Walk-Through Christmas Lights in Newaygo, MI
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Colors of Christmas Wonderland
7683 S Croton Hardy Dr, Newaygo, MI 49337
Last updated in 2023
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 24, 2023 - January 1, 2024
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Wonderland of Lights at Potter Park Zoo - Christmas Lights Display
Walk-Through Christmas Lights in Lansing, MI
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Wonderland of Lights at Potter Park Zoo
1301 S Pennsylvania Ave, Lansing, MI 48912
Last updated in 2023
Thousands of lights create an extraordinary holiday display at the 31st annual Wonderland of Lights!

Take a stroll around the zoo, enjoy holiday music, and marvel at the twinkling light displays during this series of magical Michigan winter evenings.

* Please note that Santa will be available for photos on zoo grounds during the Wonderland of Lights event on Fridays and Saturdays only. Santa will not be present on Thursdays and Sundays.
Ticket Pricing:
Admission rates charged at the gate are below:

$9 adults
$5 for kids 3-12, seniors (60+), and military
Free for kids under 3 years old
Open Hours:
November 18 – December 23, 2023
(closed on Thanksgiving)

Thursday - Sunday
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Holiday Stroll at Canterbury Village - Christmas Lights Display
Walk-Through Christmas Lights in Lake Orion, MI
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Holiday Stroll at Canterbury Village
2325 Joslyn Ct, Lake Orion, MI 48360
Last updated in 2023
Walk-thru outdoor Holiday experience at Canterbury Village in Lake Orion.

𝗛𝗢𝗟𝗜𝗗𝗔𝗬 𝗦𝗧𝗥𝗢𝗟𝗟 will be the most memorable experience of the holiday season.

Canterbury Village transforms to a winter wonderland to provide a true Holiday setting that brings the spirit of Christmas to life!

This family-friendly event is hosted outdoors where you stroll through the quaint Village that is glowing with almost a million festive lights, enjoy a 7-minute amazing light show choreographed to classic holiday songs, and enjoy the sounds of professional carolers, and live Christmas performances.

Experience recreations of favorite holiday scenes throughout, live holiday characters roaming to greet guests, and classic characters like Frosty, Buddy The Elf, The Grinch, Olaf, Jack Frost, Anna and Elsa and more!

The Children’s Caroling Corner will showcase some classics songs on a large screen for everyone to sing along to, while enjoying smores and hot chocolate. Also, on the C-Pub outdoor patio enjoy a variety of beers, hard ciders, wine, and cocktails surrounded by firepits and the sounds of Christmas carols.

The holidays would not be complete without a visit with Santa Claus, so bring your cameras to capture the moment. (Free photos from professionals available.) In addition, Santa’s personal mailbox will be in place and children can bring their letters, with special delivery directly to the North Pole.
Ticket Pricing:
$14.99 per person for advance online ticket purchases
Additional service fees will apply

Children under 2, Veterans & active-duty members with military ID get in FREE

Open Hours:
2023 Dates:
November 22
November 24 – 26
December 1 – 3
December 8 – 10
December 15 – 17
December 21 - 23

Winter Wonderland at Gilmore Car Museum - Christmas Lights Display
Walk-Through Christmas Lights in Hickory Corners, MI
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Winter Wonderland at Gilmore Car Museum
6865 W Hickory Rd, Hickory Corners, MI 49060
Last updated in 2023
Winter Wonderland: A Holiday Lights Spectacular is back for its 3rd year with a 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.

-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
-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 24, 2023 - Dec 30, 2023
Open Thursday through Sunday, 5 PM - PM.

Also open Dec 18 - 20, 2023 (Mon - Wed)

** CLOSED on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Winter Magic at Fernwood - Christmas Lights Display
Walk-Through Christmas Lights in Niles, MI
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Winter Magic at Fernwood
13988 Range Line Road, Niles, MI 49120
Last updated in 2023
LIGHTS at Fernwood will return to the garden for the 2023 winter season.

November 24, 2023 - January 6, 2024 LIGHTS will magically illuminate evenings at Fernwood once again with a professionally designed show featuring two extraordinary light tunnels, three warm fire pits, a fun winter craft station, nature-inspired light sculptures, festive music, and sounds, and more!

Visitors will make bright memories during the most magical garden lights Southwest Michigan offers this holiday season while enjoying hot chocolate, other seasonal drinks, snacks, and festive light-up merchandise for all ages!

Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged, as each available time slot is limited. Several nights were fully sold out in 2021 and 2022. Parking is included in the ticket price.
Ticket Pricing:
Adult $15
Youth (3-12) $8
Children 2 and under FREE

Thursday night family night pricing:
Adult $10
Youth (3-12) $5
Children 2 and under FREE
Open Hours:
November 24 - December 23, 2023
Thursdays - Sundays

December 27, 2023 - January 6, 2024
Closed January 1

6 PM - 9 PM

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