Best Michigan Christmas Lights: Where to See Light Shows and Drive Through Lights in Grand Rapids-Comstock, Frankenmuth, Westland, Kalamazoo, Detroit and Rochester Hills

Best Michigan Christmas Lights | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

Every year as a child, my parents would bundle us up and we would drive around our city's neighborhoods in search of Christmas lights. It was always a fierce contest between by brother and I to be the first to spot the biggest, brightest and most over-the-top lights. 


This tradition has continued as it is such a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit.  Chris and I hope you have a wonderful and joy filled Christmas this year.  

If you are looking for the best light shows in Michigan and Michigan drive through Christmas lights, you've come to the right place!

Keep reading for the best:

  • Grand Rapids light show and Christmas lights
  • Frankenmuth Christmas lights
  • Detroit Christmas lights
  • Wayne County Christmas lights
  • Kalamazoo Christmas lights
  • Rochester Hills Christmas lights (Drive through and lights walk)
  • Jackson Christmas light show

Where to See Grand Rapids Christmas Lights!

This Christmas season, we highly recommend visiting Fredrick Meijer Gardens and also Nite Lights, the drive through Christmas light displays at Fifth Third park in Grand Rapids.  Both are wonderful places to see Christmas lights this holiday season.



Every November and December, Frederik Meijer Gardens, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan is twinkling with thousands of Christmas lights!  Dozens of trees are decorated to represent countries and cultures from all over the world. 

Be sure to visit on a day when the weather is cooperating as you will definitely want to wander outside!

  • Check out the Children's garden, find the dozens of magnificent sculptures throughout the grounds and wander along the scenic boardwalk that offers magnificent views of the vast ponds.


❤️ We love wandering Frederik Meijer gardens as the Christmas lights are everywhere and it is a cheerful place to visit when it’s cold ! Of course, we had to get a couple pics pretending we like each other (chris actually cooperated in this pic!)


Drive Through Christmas Lights at the Christmas Light Show in Grand Rapids Michigan!


Another great option is the magnificent drive through light display at Fifth Third park in Grand Rapids. This awesome Grand Rapids light show is worth seeing especially if you love Michigan drive through Christmas lights!

Comstock Park Christmas Lights Location: 4500 West River Drive NE, Comstock Park, Michigan.

We love that you can remain inside the warmth of your vehicle while slowly weaving through 2 miles of light tunnels and moving light displays. 

There is a fee (think of all the electricity! but it's worth it!) but you can drive through the lights a second time for free if you like!  We did! 

If you want the full experience, you can also book an open air train ride that slowly chugs around all the lights!  What a fun Christmastime adventure!

So come on out to see Comstock Park Christmas Lights!


See Frankenmuth Christmas Lights!


You absolutely must visit Frankenmuth during the Christmas season! Their entire downtown area is lit up with thousands of twinkling Christmas lights! 


Where to See Downtown Detroit Christmas Lights + Detroit Region

  • This winter, if you live near Detroit, be sure to visit the Detroit Zoo beginning in mid November to see the sparkling "Wild Lights."  Bundle up warm as you wander through light tunnels and oohh and ahhh at all the sparkling lights!
  • Santa's Rock n Lights (Madison Heights) November 22 – December 31. Drive through sparkling lights that are animated to Christmas music!
  • See the Annual Detroit Tree Lighting - Held at Campus Martius Park in Mid November-See our November calendar for current dates/timeFree. See spectacular live entertainment, Olympic figure skaters, and award-winning local performers and skating clubs.  Enjoy dazzling lighting attractions, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, hot chocolate giveaways, food trucks, visits from Santa, and much more! 
  • See the spectacular Michigan-grown, 65-foot Norway spruce sparkling with ornaments and 20,000 lights.  See Santa and special guests light the Tree just after 7pm!  Fun things to do in Detroit in November!

    Live entertainment on The Rink and stage at Campus Martius Park.


See Wayne County Christmas Lights!

Wayne County Lightfest: Another option to see Michigan Christmas lights is to attend Lightfest at Hines Park in Westland. This light show features giant animated displays and more than one million lights!

Location: The entrance for the Lightfest is at 7651 Merriman Road in Westland. 

The Wayne County Lightfest runs from from late November through December 31 (closed December 25) with the entrance being at Merriman Hollow Park in Westland.

The Lightfest has five miles of dazzling displays and a chance for a photo with santa! There is a fee per vehicle so be sure to have cash on hand-it's around $5.00. 

The Westland Christmas lights are incredible, some may say they are one of the best Christmas lights in Michigan!


Kalamazoo's Bronson Park is a Sparkling Wonderland!

So, my friends, you need to bundle up and head to Bronson Park in Kalamazoo to wander through the lights! We lived in Kalamazoo for many years and absolutely loved walking through the larger than life candy canes, lovely Christmas manger and pretty twinkling trees.

Oh, and it's free!


Rochester Hills Christmas Lights are Absolutely Jaw Dropping! 2 Places to See Them!

Rochester Hills Christmas LightsRochester Hills Christmas Lights

1. Every Christmas season, Downtown Rochester Hills Michigan is ablaze with incredible Michigan Christmas lights! Several blocks of storefronts are lit in celebration of the season.

And the best thing?  You can slowly drive and enjoy the Rochester Michigan Christmas lights from the warmth of your vehicle!

Oh, and it's FREE!  Don’t you wish your downtown was lit like this? We think its one of the best Christmas lights in Michigan!


2.  Visit Meadow Brook for Winter Wonder Lights! The Holidays at Meadow Brook are simply dazzling! November 26 – December 30, 2021.  Both indoor sights and outdoor lights will delight families, couples and people of all ages. 

By day, their annual holiday walk transports visitors through the historic mansion decked in shimmering splendor, while Winter Wonder Lights transforms the estate at night into a breathtaking light show featuring music, seasonal treats and holiday magic.


Jackson Christmas Light Show

Come out out to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI for Nite Lites, their annual drive through Christmas Light Show!  Nov. 25 thru Dec. 31, 2021.  

They are open every day, including the holidays!  

Where? Michigan International Speedway

US-12 Entrances: westbound use Lot 8 entrance, eastbound use Graves Farm Entrance. 

Time: 5:30 pm - 9 pm Sunday thru Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm Friday & Saturday

Fee per vehicle.

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