Best Michigan Christmas Towns You Must Visit This Holiday Season! (Lovely Hallmark Towns!)

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Best Michigan Christmas Towns | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

When Christmas nears, Chris and I love to bundle up and visit all the lovely Hallmark Christmas Towns in Michigan. It's such a great way to get into the Christmas spirit! 


  • And one of Michigan Christmas towns involves an incredible steam train ride, can you guess which one? 

Are you ready? Let's go! 

If you are looking for the best Christmas towns in Michigan, keep reading!

Frankenmuth Michigan Christmas Town Should Be at the TOP of Your Michigan Bucket List!

We have been asked, "What is the name of the Christmas town in Michigan?" As you might have guessed, Frankenmuth is a super popular Bavarian village to visit during Christmas.

So if you are wondering, "Where should I go for Christmas in Michigan," we say, "Frankenmuth!!"

From the moment you arrive in Frankenmuth Michigan, you will be engulfed in the Christmas spirit...It happens to everyone, even the Grinch!

  • Many people, and I'd have to agree, think Frankenmuth is the best Christmas town in Michigan... 


Well, there are so many things to in Frankenmuth at Christmas! You can go on a nostalgic horse drawn carriage ride, go ice skating, shop the Bavarian Inn Castle Shops, get hot chocolate, go on a Christmas lights driving tour and so much more!

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See our guide ---> 9 Magical Things to do in Frankenmuth at Christmas!

Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village is so Charming at Christmas!

It's so fun to bundle up warmly as you wander this lovely Michigan Christmas "town." You'll hear carolers, smell the freshly cut wreathes and trees, sip creamy hot chocolate and enjoy the happy feel of Greenfield Village at Christmas as you stroll down Main Street.

It's a great place to shop for holiday goods and stocking stuffers for everyone on your Christmas list.

Hungry?  There are several places to enjoy food and warm beverages.

You can also take an unforgettable ride on a historic Model T or cuddle up in a lovely horse-drawn carriage. 

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Oh and you can visit with Santa with his real live reindeer (so incredibly cute!)

There are several dining experiences too.

If you get cold, there are plenty of shops to step into or you can huddle around communal hot fire pits.

Pro Tip: You will need to buy your tickets for Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village very early, most likely before November or whenever they first go on sale as they sell out very quickly.

Visit Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad for a Norman Rockwell Christmas

My friends, if you want to feel like you just stepped into a Norman Rockwell painting, you absolutely must visit Crossroads Village in Flint Michigan.  You can wander through several vintage buildings, enjoy a buffet dinner, ride a vintage carousel and Ferris wheel. 

But the crem de la crem of the night is the riding the vintage Huckleberry railroad! 

Midland Michigan Is Wonderful During Christmas!

Were you surprised that we included Midland in our list of favorite Michigan Christmas towns? 

Well, I just found a couple fabulous downtown stores called Serendipity Road and Heather 'n Holly where I bought most of my local Christmas presents! 

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Heather N' Holly as a wonderful assortments of chocolates and treats that are perfect for Michigan Gift Baskets, stocking stuffers and more! I appreciate the great assortment of delicious gift items!

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Serendipity Road has so many fantastic gift items! I love that the great choice of Michigan items including syrup, coffee, soaps, clothing and home décor.  

Midland Santa House: Come see Santa! 

Midland Santa house is a huge Michigan attraction that you must check out! The lines are long during the evenings the closer you get to Christmas! 

Oh, and for more fun Michigan fun, ride the FREE Northern Star train! The short ride takes you in a scenic loop of the downtown area, past the Loon's stadium. Perfect for seeing Christmas lights!

Grab the schedule on our Midland Santa House page.  Registration is not required. 

Downtown Rochester Hills Christmas Lights are Magnificent! 

If you want to see incredible lights from the comfort of your vehicle, hop on over to Rochester Hills this Christmas season.  Their drive through lights are absolutely incredible and FREE!

Visit Ashley Michigan Christmas Town and Ride the Polar Express Stream Train!

So guys, if you love trains and cheerful Michigan Christmas, you have to check out the Michigan Polar Express Train!  You can shop for gifts and stocking stuffers (Chris and I purchased personalized ornaments) and enjoy a small town meal.

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Oh, and you can see Santa! 

But do you want to know the best part?

You get to ride on a steam train to get there!

The Pere Marquette steam train from Owosso, Michigan to be exact!  The Polar Express steam train is an incredible experience for sure! 

Read our guide and see more photos, video and tips ----> Ride the Incredible Polar Express Michigan Christmas Train!

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