Ultimate 2021 Guide of December Michigan Calendar of Events, Festivals, Art Fairs, Christmas Trains, Christmas Markets, Best Things to Do in Michigan in Winter! + New Years Eve and Holiday Activities This Weekend

The ULTIMATE SOURCE of 2021 December Michigan events and things to do for families, couples and friends this summer! Grab our Boredom Zapping Ideas for fun in Michigan and add them to your events calendar! 

+Best Southwest Michigan events monthly calendar. See what's happening in Michigan today! Music festivals and activities with kids.

Destinations: DetroitTraverse CityFrankenmuthAnn ArborKalamazooPetoskeyCharlevoixHoughton LakeMidland, South Haven, St. JosephGrand RapidsBattle Creek, Upper Peninsula and more!  

Plan your December Michigan trip or winter vacation around our inspiring festivals and events! 

  • While we make every effort to verify our listed events, please visit the event website, Facebook page or call them prior to your visit to check dates/times, make reservations, buy tickets and ask questions.  Our list is for ideas only and we are not responsible for event changes or cancelations or updates.  

December Michigan events are full swing! Cosmic light shows, steam trains, Christmas lights and visiting Santa are just a few of December events to look forward to!

Traveling Michigan in December is absolutely stunning as our nights are cool but our days are sunny and still perfect for discovering forest walks! 

Let's travel Michigan together!

Join us on Instagram where I've posted all of our December Michigan adventures!  We hope you enjoy our December Michigan fun things to do!

Get ready for Santa Visits, Sled Dog Adventures and Fun for couples, solo travel and friends this December!!

Looking for Michigan Deals and Discounts on Cyber Monday? Check these spots...

*Shepler's Ferry for Mackinac Island

*Wharton Center for Performing Arts

*Paddling Michigan offers amazing discounts on paddling Pictured Rocks when you buy in December.

THE BEST December Michigan Events 2021

**Please be sure to visit a particular event/locations's website to verify dates, times, happenings and details.  We make every possible effort to be verify these event details but as we are human, mistakes can occur and event dates/times can change.  If you see an error below, PLEASE let us know and we will correct it.

  • Meadow Brook Hall's Holiday Walk, Friday, Nov. 26 – Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2021. 350 Estate Drive, Rochester, Michigan. It’s the most wonderful time of year!

Meadow Brook Hall’s annual Holiday Walk brings the magic of the season alive with an unforgettable series of activities and special events. Experience the wonder of more than 50 magnificent trees—including a 10-foot tall Poinsettia tree created by 150 live plants, dazzling trimmings, and lights galore! (FEE)

  • Annual Wonderland of Lights - Thursday through Sunday, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 20 - December 26, 2021 (closed on Thanksgiving, November 25, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day) Where: Potter Park Zoo!

Tour grounds with friends and family as thousands of lights and decorations transform the zoo into a holiday spectacle. Events, fall fun and animal encounters for all to enjoy!

  • Kerstmarkt, Holland, MI, Weekends: Saturday, November 20 - Saturday, December 11, 2021, Experience a delightful outdoor European-style market with holiday items, delicious food and artisan demonstrations at the 8th Street Marketplace (corner of 8th Street and Pine Avenue).

 “Kerstmarkt” in the Dutch language means “Christmas market.”

It's a fun venue for local artisans and specialty shops to sell their wares while shoppers gather, enjoying traditional food, drink and entertainment.

Want to see Incredible Michigan Christmas Lights?

  • HollyDazzle at the Michigan Renaissance Festival - 12600 Dixie Hwy. Holly, MI, Nov 26-Dec 31, 2021. Holly Dazzle is a magical three-quarter mile outdoor trail featuring pretty lighted Christmas scenes including Santa Claus, Sledding Penguins and Candy Land Castle in a magical winter wonderland walk through at the Renaissance Village. Get your tickets online! Free Parking!
  • Santa's Rock n Lights (Madison Heights) November 22 – December 31, 2021
  • Metro Health Christmas & Holiday Traditions, November 23, 2021 - January 2, 2022, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.
  • Be wowed with the glow of over 300,000 colorful lights, virtual visits from Santa, rooftop reindeer and 46 international trees and displays.

  • Meadow Brook Winter Wonder Lights! The Holidays at Meadow Brook in Rochester Michigan are simply dazzling! November 26 – December 30, 2021 
  • Festival of Wreaths, The Muskegon Museum of Art, 2021 – a wreath walk event to enjoy decorated wreaths from the sidewalk or street from November 24 through December 5, 2021. A Walking Guide with the location of all the wreaths was available at the Muskegon Museum of Art Store and at participating businesses starting November 24.
  • Visit Frankenmuth this month! Carriage tours, fudge, Christmas lights, ice skating and so much more! Grab our Frankenmuth Christmas guide!
  • The Big Bright Light Show, Rochester, Mi, November 23, 2021 – Monday, January 3, 2022. This show is spectacular! Starts at 5:00 p.m. 308 1/2 Main Street, Rochester, Michigan 

Where is the Rochester light show? The buildings of Main Street are aglow with over 1 million “big, bright” lights.

Are the Rochester lights on? Sure are, right after Nov 23rd!

  • Alden B. Dow Home & Studio Holiday Tours, Midland Michigan, December 1st-31, 2021.  Alden and Vada Dow made Christmas a joyous and playful, family celebration. This Christmas, tour the home to see the beauty and fun of their zooming scale trains, mechanical toys, shimmering Christmas tree decorations, joyous holiday music and lovely comforts they created for everyone to enjoy. Visit their website for tickets.
  • 12 Days of Christmas Sale, Dec 1 – 12, 2021, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, 925 S Main St, Frankenmuth, MI. Get all of your Christmas shopping done while wandering along the beautifully decorated sidewalks in Frankenmuth River Place Shops! December 1st through December 12th. Fun Frankenmuth December events. 
  • Candlewalk, December 2-3, 2021, 108 E Main St Flushing, MI. Come to picturesque downtown Flushing to enjoy hot chocolate, S’mores, roasted chestnuts and more.  See Santa at Thursday night’s parade and enjoy visiting with Santa. Great Christmas shopping! Come enjoy “Candlewalk,” one of Flushing’s premiere family events. Enjoy horse drawn wagon rides, ice carving and chainsaw carving.
  • The Downtown Rochester Kris Kringle Market: On West Fourth St. between Main & Walnut. Friday, December 3, 2021, 4 – 10 p.m. and Saturday, December 4, 2021, Noon – 10 p.m. This lovely market was inspired by the 700-year old tradition of the open-air Christmas markets throughout Europe. Come on out to Rochester for one-of-a-kind shopping, specialty foods, fresh greens & wreaths and handcrafted gifts for the holiday.  Incredible Michigan Christmas markets!
  • Keepsake Arts and Crafts Shows:
    1. December 3, 4, 2022 - Clarkston High School
    2. December 10, 2022 - Horizons Conference Center
  • Midland Nativity Exhibit - Dec 3, 4, and 5, 2021, 11:00 am. -9 p.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1700 W. Sugnet, Midland.  See a self guided tour of over 1,000 Nativity scenes from around the world! 
  • Horse Drawn Carriage Rides - 201 E. Division St, Sparta, MI

  • North Pole Polar Express Train Ride - IT SELLS OUT VERY QUICKLY (before end of October)- Saturdays and Sundays, November to December. Departing from Owosso, MI. Embark on a nostalgic journey back in time to the Christmas of yesteryear when you climb aboard the North Pole Express, pulled by the world-famous Pere Marquette 1225 steam train! Depart from the Steam Railroading Institute for a four-hour, round trip excursion to the Village of Ashley’s Country Christmas. One of my favorite events in November and December!

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  • Downtown Marquette Farmers Market, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Late Fall Market 2021, Occurring 11/07/2021 - 12/18/2021 on Saturdays at the Marquette Commons.  This outdoor market features fresh produce, small farm raised meat and eggs, flower bouquets and more.
  • Escanaba Winter Farmers Market, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Winter 2021, Occurring 11/06/2021 - 12/18/2021 on Saturdays at the Civic Center in Escanaba. Baked goods and meat products, including fish, eggs, and other miscellaneous goods.
  • Kerrytown District KindleFest, Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI. An Outdoor Holiday Market, December 3, 2021

Come out for Midnight Madness throughout the business districts of Ann Arbor and The KindleFest Market, or Christkindlmarkt as known in Germany. 

Features artisans, farmers and retailers selling their holiday wares plus traditional food, mulled wine and beer in a festive outdoor market.

  • Santacon Bar Crawl 2021 - Downtown Royal Oak, Dec 4, 2021, 2:00 - 7 p.m.  Includes: Santa Hat or Holiday Headband, Lanyard for Beer, Cocktail & Shot Specials, Keepsake Photo Station, Christmas Carol Karaoke Station and
    Pictures with Santa
  • 12 Bars of Christmas Crawl - Ann Arbor, 12 Bars of Christmas Crawl, Saturday December 4th, 2021 from 12 pm - 8 pm! It's the most wonderful crawl of the year! Scorekeepers Sports Grill and Pub Drawings for Prizes, 310 Maynard Street, Ann Arbor, MI 
  • Zonta Homewalk, Midland Michigan.  Both in-person and virtual tour options. One ticket provides access to both! In person tours December 4-5, 2021 from 1 - 5 P.M. Virtual tours December 4 - 31, 2021. Tickets $20/$25 the day of the walk. This homewalk celebration includes five spectacular area homes including one that was featured in the very first tour. Midland Michigan Christmas home tours 2021. 

  • Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI is one of the top Christmas experiences in the country! December 3-5, 9-12, 16-23, 26-28, 2021, Time: 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Members pre-show entry at 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale November 3, 2021 and they sell out fast!
  • Christmas in the Village - Sat, December 4, 2021. Christmas craft show, light parade, kids craft corner, book fair, Sat 11 am‑8 pm, 606 Lake Street, Roscommon, MI (Near Houghton Lake).  Fun Houghton Lake events for your calendar.
  • Ann Arbor Holiday Art Fair- Sat, December 4 – Sun, Dec 5, 2021, Washtenaw Farm Council, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. Awesome Ann Arbor December Events 2021 for your calendar. Sat 10 am‑6 pm, Sun 11 am‑5 pm
  • Manistee's Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend, December 2-5, 2021. The Victorian city of Manistee kicks off the festivities with its annual Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend.

This popular event brings as many as 10,000 visitors to Manistee to experience the wonder of a Christmas gone by. The highlight of the parade is the Belgian draft horses that pulls a 30' Christmas tree down River Street in downtown Manistee.

  • Northern Michigan University Theatre & Dance presents: Elf the Musical, Friday, December 3, 2021 - December 4, 2021 and Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - December 11, 2021 at the Forest Roberts Theatre, 1401 Presque Isle Ave, Marquette, MI 49855. Grab your tickets for Elf the Musical!
  • Frankenmuth ChristKindlMarkt, "A Handmade Christmas" Fri, weekends: November 26-28, December 3-5 and December 10-12, 2021. Friday-Sat 11 AM – 8 PM, Sunday 11-4 PM. Frankenmuth Farmers Market, 534 N Main St, Frankenmuth. Frankenmuth is fondly known by some as "Christmas Town, USA" and now you can see why. Enjoy a traditional German holiday market set in a quaint winter wonderland at the North end of Frankenmuth. Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. 
  • Holiday Open House, Friday, December 3, 2021, 6 pm-9 pm, A holiday celebration, downtown Petoskey.
  • Merchants Holiday Open House 2021 - December 4, 1 – 4 PM, Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, 368 E Main St, Harbor Springs, MI. The annual Merchant Holiday Open House will be held Saturday, December 4th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Enjoy a fun-filled evening of shopping, hot and cold refreshments, and holiday treats. Super fun Petoskey December events 2021 event.
  • Merry Marketplace at Crooked Tree Arts Center, Traverse City, MI. Each week will feature different artists, so come out the times!  December 2 - December 4, December 9 - December 11 and December 16 - December 18, 2021
  • Winter Songs & Carols, Sat, December 4, 2021, 7:30 PM, Grace Episcopal Church, 341 Washington St, Traverse City, MI. Join in for a beautiful evening of inspiration, togetherness, and music! Lovely Traverse City December Michigan Events 2021.
  • Grand Rapids Toy Show, Sat, December 4, 2021, 9 AM – 3 PM, 
    5625 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming, MI. Awesome Grand Rapids December Michigan Events 2021.
  • Merchants Holiday Open House 2021 - December 4, 1 – 4 PM, Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, 368 E Main St, Harbor Springs, MI. The annual Merchant Holiday Open House will be held Saturday, December 4th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Enjoy a fun-filled evening of shopping, hot and cold refreshments, and holiday treats. Super fun Petoskey December events 2021 event.
  • Christmas at Wings, 31st Annual Art and Craft Show" Dec 04 - Dec 5, 2021. Wings Event Center, Kalamazoo, MI. "Christmas at Wings" is the largest Holiday craft show held in Southwest Michigan. Over 340 craft exhibitors. Free parking. Free admission. Strollers are NOT permitted.

Hours: Saturday 9am-4pm and Sunday 10am-4pm

Christmas at Wings will feature a display of products like ceramic, jewelry, digital, photo, fiber, metalwork, sculptures, glass, mixed media, wood, graphics, paintings, food items such as Jerky, Sauces, breads, nuts, fudge, stained glass and more. A favorite December Michigan event!  

  • 5th Annual 12 Bars of Christmas Crawl-Grand Rapids. Sat, December 4, 12 – 8 PM, The B.O.B. 20 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI.  Put on your best holiday onesies, Santa suits, ugly sweaters, and elf costumes! Fun Grand Rapids December Michigan Events 2021.
  • Christmas in the Village - Roscommon, December 4, 2021.Christmas tree lighting, electric light parade, see Santa! Wood carving, Reindeer run, petting zoo, see live Reindeer! 
  • Holiday Pops - December 5, 2021, 2 – 4 PM, DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI. Awesome Grand Rapids December Michigan Events 2021. What is there to do in Grand Rapids in October? Well, this!
  • Holiday Displays at Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 Enjoy colorful displays for Christmas, scavenger hunts throughout the building, along with cheerful Christmas decor, three floors of core exhibits! So much to do and see in Grand Rapids this Christmas! 
  • Winter Dog Sledding Adventures, Otter River Sled Dog Training Center and Wilderness Adventures, 35605 River Road, Tapiola, MI. Mushers will navigate a 6 seater sled, powered by sled dogs, along the beautiful trails near the Otter River.

Learn how a dog is trained from puppyhood to lead dog status, what kind of diets are required and all the details of this great sport. On snowy days you can be a passenger or learn to drive your own sled. What an awesome December Michigan event! 

Learn more about Michigan dogsledding! 

  • Southern Exposure Herb Farm: Dec 2-5, Dec 9-12, & Dec 16-19, 2021. For a fun Christmas event, visit Southern Exposure! Holiday Craft - Let your holiday spirit flow as you create a festive holiday decoration. Gift Shop - Visit their gift shop to find gifts, stocking stuffers and lovely treasures. Festival of Trees - See beautifully decorated trees, vote for your favorite. Treats - enjoy tasty treats and hot beverages!
  • 2021 Great Lakes Expo, December 7 - December 9, Amway Grand Plaza, 
    187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI, Plant pathologist Mary Hausbeck will make 3 presentations at the 2021 Great Lakes Expo. Pickling Cucumber session, Processing Vegetables session and Processing Squash. Put this informative Grand Rapids December Michigan event on your 2021 calendar.
  • Cool Yule Lighted Parade, South Lyon, Saturday, December 7, 2021
  • Holiday Lighted Parade, Lake Orion, Saturday, December 7, 2021
  • Holiday Lights Parade, Berkley, Saturday, December 7, 2021
  • A Magical Cirque Christmas, Tue, December 7, 2021, 7:30 PM Midland Center for the Arts, 1801 W St Andrews Rd, Midland, MI. The world’s greatest entertainers unite for a spellbinding and incredible holiday production.
  • Dow Gardens Christmas Walk, December 9–11, 2021 & December 16–18, 2021, 5–7:30 p.m. (Christmas Walk events held during the week of December 16–18 will be silent walks.) Stroll the gently-lit pathway, meet Santa’s reindeer, and enjoy warm beverages available for purchase from Travelin’ Tom’s Coffee of Saginaw. No admission is charged for these free old-fashioned evenings of candlelight and music.
  • West Michigan Beer Tours - Beer lovers holiday shopping and walking brewery tour of downtown Kalamazoo. December 11, 2021.Buy your tickets early.  Add to your Kalamazoo December events 2021 calendar.
  • Santa's Workshop at Castle Farms5052 M-66 North, Charlevoix, MI  on December 11, 2021 and December 12, 2021.  Would you love to build and craft with Santa in his Workshop at Castle Farms?  Santa’s Workshop sessions are at pre-scheduled times throughout the day.  Participate in crafts, hot cocoa and a treat.  Photos with Santa in his Workshop are also included! 
  • Official Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl | Detroit, MI - Bar Crawl,  Dec 11, 2021, 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM and December 18, 2021, Sat, 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM Register early!
  • Trail of Lights -Davison, December 8, 13 & 14, 20 & 21, 2021. Take a Horse Drawn Wagon Ride through the magical Trail of Lights, enjoy holiday music, hot chocolate, crafts and take your own picture with Santa. Walking tours are available December 15, 22-23 and 27-29.
  • Dexter Daze Light Parade, Saturday, December 14, 2021
  • Storytime Adventures, Thu, December 16, 2021, 11:00 – 11:30 AM. Great Lakes Children's Museum, 13240 S W Bay Shore Dr, Traverse City, MI. Fun Traverse City December Michigan Events 2021.
  • Winter Wonderland at Cannonsburg Ski Area - Enjoy walking through the woods on a lighted path in the winter wonderland setting.  Christmas lights and music, December 17, 2021 6-8 pm, December 18, 2021 5-8 pm, December 22, 2021 6-8 pm and December 23, 2021 6-8 pm. 6800 Cannonsburg Rd, Belmont MI  49306
  • Grand Rapids Ballet: The NutcrackerSat, December 18, 2021, 2 – 6 PM, DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Home for the Holidays,  Dec 18 and Dec 19, 2021. Saturday: 7:30 PM; Sunday: 3:00 PM. Corson Auditorium, 4000 M-137, Interlochen, MI. Guest conductor and principal TSO trombonist Tom Riccobono takes the baton for a celebration of holiday classics featuring a Victorian-styled orchestra.  Lovely Traverse City December Michigan Events 2021.
  • Boyne City Farmer's Market, Sat, December 18, 2021, 9 AM – 12 PM, Boyne City - City Hall, 319 N Lake St, Boyne City, MI, Winter Market -Indoor
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Dec 28 – Wed, Dec 29, 2021. Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI, The TSO is such a highly-anticipated Michigan winter concert!
  • New Year’s Fest, Fri, Dec 31, 210 Farmers Alley, Kalamazoo, MI. New Year's Fest provides 30 different entertainers who perform inside 10 buildings surrounding Bronson Park. Admission is through a button that allows entry to all venues including a heated tent. Fri 5:30 pm‑12 midnight. Awesome Kalamazoo December Events 2021. Check out more Michigan New Years Eve Events!

This page is intended to be used as a guide only.  Traveling Michigan is not responsible for changes to event descriptions, event times or details being altered without notice or cancellations

Embark on a Michigan Christmas Train Adventure!

All Aboard!  This November and December, celebrate the joy of Christmas by experiencing a nostalgic Michigan train ride!

Try Michigan Dog Sledding! What a Great Christmas Gift!

Michigan Dog Sledding is a fun experience for family and a very romantic date for couples!  Michigan Dog Sledding and Races: Where to Experience in Upper and Lower Peninsula! (Top Winter Things To Do!)

SANTA Houses in Michigan! Come See Santa!

Midland Santa House, Midland MI-located on the corner of Main St. and M-20 in Downtown Midland. The Santa House will be open daily from Nov. 27 to Dec. 23. See Santa free of charge!

Santa arrives at the Tridge, makes his way up Ashman St. and helps the community light the Courthouse for the Holidays. See him at the Santa House!  Here is the schedule for the Santa house and the North Star train mentioned below. 

Ride the Northern Star train which tours downtown Midland during the Santa House season.  The train departs from the downtown courthouse. Check the link above for the hours. What an awesome December Michigan event! 

Birmingham Santa House, Shain Park, 151 Martin Street, Birmingham, MI. Grab the kids and visit Santa in his quaint "home" under the pavilion in Shain Park.

The Santa House is accessible to all and barrier free.  Throughout the month of December. Check their website for details.

Santa Visits, Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, 25 Christmas Lane, Frankenmuth, MI. Bring your wish list to Bronner's! Check their website for updated hours and dates!

Visit The Best Michigan Christmas Towns!

Do you love visiting the Michigan Christmas towns to get into the holiday spirit?  There won't be any Scrooge's left after visiting these charming Hallmark towns!

Take Your Family or Your Loved One On a Winter Sleigh Ride in Michigan!

What a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors!  Horse drawn sleigh rides in Michigan are so scenic and exciting for everyone!

Best Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Michigan

We love celebrating Christmas in Michigan!  Find the best holiday events, light displays, sleigh rides and Christmas villages, oh my!

Best Michigan Christmas Tree Farms

This year, why not get a fresh cut tree? It's time to make some awesome family memories! Grab our interactive map to find the best Michigan Christmas Tree Farms near you! We even have a tree shipping option!

Michigan Christmas Holiday Home Tours and Walks 

Visit their websites for more info on meeting locations, ticket sales and more info.

  • Frankenmuth Holiday Home Tour, Cancelled 2021. 
  • Marshall Candlelight Walk, Cancelled 2021. 740 Verona Rd, Marshall, MI
  • Cadillac Garden Club Annual Holiday Home Tour, December 4, 2021, 9 AM – 3 PM, 4 homes will be decorated inside and out. Grab your tickets early!
  • Annual Zonta Homewalk - December 4 and 5, 2021. 1:00-5:00 pm, Midland, MI. Check their website for details

A Bit of Nostalgia for a Wonderful December Michigan Christmas!

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  • Dow Gardens Christmas Walk, December 2020 CANCELLED Midland, MI. 5:00 PM until 7:30 PM each evening. Meet Santa’s reindeer and listen to carolers sing the songs of the season. Step into the festive conservatory and experience a dramatic display of poinsettias, while enjoying the merry sound of a live string quartet. This is one of our favorite December Michigan events!
  • Antique Snowmobile Bridge Crossing, Mackinaw City, Saturday, December 11, 2021 , 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Antique and vintage snowmobiles will be driving over the Mackinac Bridge. Snowmobiles, which must be a minimum of 25 years old.

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Holiday Nights at the Henry Ford (MI) December 3-5, 9-12, 16-23, 26-28, 2021. Time: 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Members pre-show entry at 6 p.m. Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn, MI.

Mingle with merrymakers amid the smells of roasting chestnuts and warm bonfires: the sounds of carolers, fiddlers and sleigh bells. Every lantern-lit path takes you to a new winter wonder to discover. See Santa and pet live reindeer! Enjoy horse-drawn wagons!

Main Street brims with holiday goods, food and warm beverages. Historical home tours open the doors to centuries of favorite family holiday traditions. What an awesome December Michigan event!

You May Like: Learn more about Holiday Nights at the Henry Ford!

  • Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic 2021, Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad.  6140 Bray Road, Flint, MI. Village, train ride, buffet options. December 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 21-23, 26 and 28-30. Hours: 4:00pm-9:00pm 

Open for Drive Through Only nights: December 6, 13, 20, 24 and 27
Hours for Drive Through Only nights: 5:00pm-9:00pm 
$10 per vehicle

Stay for the Christmas Dinner Buffet!
See their website for details, reservations and tickets.  RESERVE EARLY! Lots of lights, plenty of cheer and good shopping for gifts and stocking stuffers! 

Christmas at Crossroads Village offers costumed villagers, live entertainment, model trains and craft demonstrations, holiday music and, of course, visits with Santa himself. It’s holiday fun for the whole family. 

It is highly recommended that you purchase your Huckleberry Railroad train tickets early as they often sell out in advance. What an awesome December Michigan event!

You May Like: Learn more about Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad!

Christmas Flint Trip Idea-SHHH! Surprising Chris with this December Michigan trip! 

  • See a Cosmic Christmas Light Show at the Longway Planetarium in Flint 
  • Dinner at Whitey’s Restaurant in Davison
  • 40-minute Christmas train ride on the Huckleberry Railroad, a visit to Crossroads Village and Christmas Buffet (see above for more info!)
  • Flint Institute of Arts (free on Saturdays)


Cosmic Light Show: Showtimes November 26 - December 23, 2021

4:00 PM Tues./Wed./Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun.
7:00 PM Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun.
Additional Showtimes Dec. 21, 22 & 23, 27, 28, 29 & 30: 2:00 PM

Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan)

Whitey's Restaurant109 N State Rd, Davison, MI 48423 (11 miles from Longway Planetarium)

Huckleberry Railroad, Village and Buffet6140 Bray Road, Flint, MI (6 miles from Longway Planetarium)

Best Michigan Christmas Things to See and Do!

We LOVE Christmas!  Here are a few more Michigan Christmas ideas to brighten your holiday spirit!

Best Downtown Christmas Lights

Rochester Michigan Christmas LightsRochester Michigan Christmas Lights
  • We were absolutely blown away by downtown Rochester's stunning lights! What an awesome December Michigan event!
  • Crossroads Village, 6140 Bray Road, Flint, MI, Drive through only to see the Christmas lights. Open for Drive Through Only nights: December 6, 13, 20, 24 and 27, 2021. Hours for Drive Through Only nights: 5:00 pm-9:00 pm $10 per vehicle 
  • Wayne County Light Fest-Drive Through There is a small fee per car.
  • Fifth Third Christmas Lights Drive-Through, Grand Rapids, MI. Fee per car.
  • The Big Bright Light Show, Rochester, Mi, Tuesday, November 23, 2021 – Monday, January 3, 2022.  Starting at 5:00pm. Free.

We hope you enjoy our exciting December Michigan events and ideas of fun things to do!

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Let's ring in the new year in style! Grab out NEW YEARS EVE guide to the best Michigan parties, events and fun things to do!  Plus we have several ideas for kids.

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We about lost our minds when we started seeing numerous gorgeous pumpkin fields on County Line Road south of Traverse City. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My Mom and I were both yelling, "PULL OVER, PULL OVER!" We have only seen smaller fields and these beauties were as far as the eye could see. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Such orange scrumptious pumpkins!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #pumpkins #pumpkinfields #fall #ipulledoverforthis #travelpuremichigan #visitmichigan #pumpkinpatch #pumpkinseason #pumpkineverything #letsfall #fallishere #fallishere#michiganfall #fallvibesonly #puremichigan #travelingmichigan #fallisherefinally #explore #getoutside #photooftheday #traveling #adventureislife #travel #travelphotography #welivetoexplore #colorful #familytravel

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Event Centers in Michigan

Still bored? Don't forget to check these Michigan event centers/theaters/auditoriums across Michigan for concerts, events, shows or comedy entertainment! 

Here are a few Michigan event centers to inspire you!  

  • Cobo Hall-Detroit
  • Midland Center for the Arts-Midland
  • Dow Gardens-Midland
  • Kalamazoo State Theatre
  • Fire Keepers Casino
  • Soaring Eagle Casino-Mt. Pleasant
  • Wings Event Center-Kalamazoo
  • Miller Auditorium-Kalamazoo
  • Civic Auditorium-Kalamazoo
  • Chenery Auditorium-Kalamazoo
  • Kellogg Arena-Battle Creek
  • LMC Mendel Center-Benton Harbor
  • Franke Center for the Arts-Marshall
  • The Bob-Grand Rapids
  • Van Andel-Grand Rapids
  • Devos Place-Grand Rapids
  • Dow Event Center-Saginaw

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