Magical Michigan Christmas: 17 Best Things to Do and Holiday Events This Season. Hint: See Santa, Reindeer, Frankenmuth Christmas Store, Steam Trains & Lights Galore! 

Michigan Christmas: Best Holiday Events, Things to Do, Sleigh Rides, Drive Through Lights, Christmas Villages to Visit!Michigan Christmas: Best Holiday Events, Things to Do, Sleigh Rides, Drive Through Lights, Christmas Villages to Visit!

Michigan Christmas | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

Are you wondering what there is to do for Christmas in Michigan?

Grab your mittens as we about to embark on sleigh rides, visit Santa, ride steam trains, visit Christmas villages, pet adorable reindeer, see Christmas lights and explore the World's Largest Christmas store in Frankenmuth, Michigan!


Where should I go for Christmas in Michigan?

  • Visit Greenfield Village's Holiday Nights at Henry Ford for donuts, carolers and Christmas joy!
  • Visit Crossroads Village and Ride the Huckleberry Railroad (super cool steam train!) for a True Michigan Christmas in Flint
  • Explore Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, located in Frankenmuth! It is the World's Largest Christmas store!
  • Wander the vast Downtown Market in Grand Rapids-Great place for gifts, workshops, meals and more!
  • See Michigan's Official Christmas Tree at our lovely State Capital in Lansing!

Henry Ford's Greenfield Village: Holiday Nights is a Wonderful Michigan Christmas Event!

Henry Ford's Greenfield Village Holiday NightsHenry Ford's Greenfield Village Holiday Nights

WOW!  We absolutely love visiting Henry Ford's Greenfield Village during Holiday Nights each December!  It's a wonderful way to get into the Christmas mood!


Watch Fresh Donuts Being Made at Henry Ford Greenfield Village During Holiday Nights in Michigan

Visit with Santa, sip sweet hot chocolate or indulge in soft, freshly made donuts (see them freshly made before your eyes)!

Explore several buildings including a lovely church with stained glass windows, learn more about Webster's dictionary and see what you could have purchased in a general store in the 1900's!



We loved seeing the spectacular Christmas feasts that were lovingly prepared in a wood burning stove!  We learned about figgy pudding too!



Click the arrow above to hear the incredible caroling! 

Grab a ride in these quaint horse drawn carriages!




There are several stalls at Greenfield Village's Holiday Nights to purchase tasty food such as sandwiches and stew for affordable prices. 

Warm your hands over several open fires and grab a bag of the BEST salted caramel kettle corn you will have this year!



We were so surprised to see Santa's reindeer; This is mama and her 18 month old fuzzy reindeer daughter!  What a lovely way to celebrate Michigan Christmas!


Visit Crossroads Village and Ride the Huckleberry Railroad for a True Michigan Christmas

Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad = Wonderful Michigan Christmas!Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad = Wonderful Michigan Christmas!

We absolutely love visiting Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad each winter season. It's a fantastic way to get into the Christmas Spirit!



Be sure to book your tickets ahead of time so you can ride the steam train and enjoy a yummy buffet dinner. 


Visit Bronner's - The Best Michigan Christmas Store Located in Frankenmuth!

Bronner's Christmas Wonderland - Frankenmuth Michigan. Michigan's Christmas VillageBronner's Christmas Wonderland - Frankenmuth Michigan. Michigan's Christmas Village

Did you know that Bronner's, Frankenmuth Michigan's Christmas Store, is the largest Christmas store in the world? 

  • The retail space is 2.2 acres which is 1.7 football fields!
  • Their average daily electricity bill is $1,250.00!!!  
  • Bronner's Christmas Wonderland sells so much lights that if you spread them all out, end to end, the lights would span about 530 miles! That's a lot of twinkle power!

Bronner's Christmas Wonderland - Frankenmuth Michigan. Michigan's Christmas VillageBronner's Christmas Wonderland - Frankenmuth Michigan. Michigan's Christmas Village


Bronners (the Frankenmuth Christmas Store) is open year round!  We recommend spending at least 2 hours to explore the vast store as Bronners Christmas Wonderland has every ornament, decoration and lights you could ever wish for!

Sometimes heralded as the Frankenmuth Michigan Christmas town, this quaint village is worth the visit any time of year!

Visiting Frankenmuth should be at the top of your Christmas things to do in Michigan wish list!


Visit the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids

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Address: 435 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

There are tons of workshops (learn how to create "wow factor" Christmas cocktails!), classes and fun at the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids! Explore food stalls, grab great gift ideas and feel the cheer at every turn!


Grand Rapids Downtown MarketGrand Rapids Downtown Market

You'll find spices, oils, cupcakes, sea food, vegetables, meats and treats galore! It's a breathtaking place to purchase gifts, meals or grab gift cards!


See the Magical Christmas Trees and Handmade City Replicas at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids!

Frederik Meijer Gardens - Michigan ChristmasFrederik Meijer Gardens - Michigan Christmas

Enjoy over 300,000 colorful lights, visit with Santa, see the rooftop reindeer and check out dozens of beautifully decorated international trees and displays at Frederik Meijer Gardens this Christmas!



Plus, explore the glassed in area near the Christmas trees to see dozens of handmade replicas of buildings in Grand Rapids.

And the best part?

All of the structures are made from materials found in nature, so take plenty of time to try and spot acorns, leaves, roots and bark used to make the incredibly intricate buildings!


Frederik Meijer Gardens - Michigan ChristmasFrederik Meijer Gardens - Michigan Christmas


As you can see by our cheesy grins, we are pretty happy here! Humm, OR maybe Chris is grimacing from me squishing him....no, definitely grins, he love me!  lol!


Be WOWED By Michigan's Official Christmas Tree!

Lansing Capitol Christmas TreeLansing Capitol Christmas Tree

Get a head start on your holiday cheer as the Lansing State Capitol tree is usually placed on the front lawn about two months before Christmas!  It's absolutely magical so be sure to check it out! 


Michigan State Capital in LansingMichigan State Capital in Lansing

While you are there, tour the Lansing State Capital, it's absolutely magical! Here are more things to do in Lansing, too! 


Top Michigan Christmas Events and December Festivals!


See Christmas Lights! Check Out Our Favorite Drive Through Light Display!

Where Can I Go See Christmas Lights in Michigan?

Driving to see Christmas lights is a tradition in our family, we absolutely love it!

  • Grand Rapids - Fifth Third Ball Park is ahhhhmazing!
  • Rochester Hills lights up their entire downtown!
  • Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo is grrreat!
  • Greenfield Village - Holiday Nights

Need Awesome Christmas Gifts?

Everyone loves Michigan Made Gifts!!

Grab some awesome University of Michigan Christmas ornaments for U of M graduates, fans or alumni!

We adore handmade Michigan shaped cutting boards! Perfect Christmas, Mother's day, birthday, anniversary or Michigan souvenir! 


Rochester Has Amazing Christmas Lights at the Big Bright Light Show!

Rochester Michigan's Fantastic LightsRochester Michigan's Fantastic Lights

Where is the Rochester light show? Right downtown! The Big Bright Light Show is incredible. 

And the Best Part?

It's free!  Either drive or walk though the downtown area!

What time do the Christmas lights come on in Rochester Mi? November through the end of January!



Visit Grand Rapids - Fifth Third Ball Park Has Fantastic Christmas Light Show!


If you really want to get into the Christmas spirit, you will love driving though Fifth Third Ball Park's fantastic lighted display! There is a fee.


Try Michigan Dog Sledding! What an Great Michigan Winter Activity! (Makes a Great Christmas Gift, too)

If you are looking for an extreme Michigan winter activity, you need to try dog sledding!  Depending on the company, you can either drive the team or go for a ride.  

Check out our detailed map and places to experience exhilarating dog sledding in Michigan!


Go on a Michigan Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride! (Makes a Great Christmas Gift, too)


Michigan sleigh rides are great things to do in winter!  Generally available December through March, gather your family and loved ones for horse drawn sleigh rides across beautiful snowy terrain!  

See our map and details of the best horse drawn sleigh rides in Michigan!


See Live Reindeer in Michigan!

Rooftop Landing Reindeer FarmPhoto By: Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm

Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm, located at 2706 E Stevenson Lake Rd, Clare, Michigan is a great place to see reindeer! 

And Our Favorite Thing?

You can pet and feed these lovely creatures!

Plus:

  • See Santa beginning mid November (see their website for schedule)
  • Heated barn with cute Christmas Alpacas for petting and photos.
  • Enjoy warm donuts, caramel cider and other treats!


Visit Detroit Zoo or Binder Park Zoo's Winter Light Displays!

Detroit Zoo: Walk along the wild side at Detroit Zoo's Wild Lights! The Zoo is even more magical during the winter with sparkly sights and Christmas entertainment!

There is fun and activities for zoo goers of all ages. See more than five million LED lights lights that twinkle in the trees, buildings and animal figures throughout the front of the Zoo until December 31st.

Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek: Visit for Zoo Lights! Wander along beautifully lighted paths to see animals on exhibit that enjoy winter. You can also visit Santa, hear stories read by Grandma Claus and ride the FREE carousel! There's also up-close animal meet and greets, treats and fun for everyone!


Best Things to Do at Christmas in Michigan!Best Things to Do at Christmas in Michigan!

Ride the Christmas Trains

  • Midland Michigan - Ride the Northern Star train! Enjoy a 20 minute ride from the front of the Midland County Courthouse to Dow Diamond and back!  The Northern Star offers rides until right before Christmas. 

What a great Christmas family event!  It's a wonderful way to kick off a Michigan Christmas!  


  • Ride the North Pole Express Train! FYI, all train tickets for the North Pole Express ride are sold by the Steam Railroading Institute, information can be found at their website michigansteamtrain.com. 

The North Pole Express stops at the Village of Ashley's Country Christmas! In November, the village is  transformed into an old fashioned Country Christmas.  It is so fun to wander the streets while seeing 1940's Christmas decorations. Enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride, see street entertainment and grab a meal at their several food stops along the way. 

Plus you can shop!! Discover the perfect handmade gifts, home decor and Christmas souvenirs! 

And if you are very very good this year (and for Pete's sake, don't lie, Santa will know), you can see Santa and his reindeer.


Stay in the Loop!

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See what's going on in Michigan in December!

January has tons of activities too! Lots of events, festivals and FUN!


Isn't Christmas in Michigan Wonderful? What are your favorite things to do?

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