2023 Rochester Big Bright Light Show MI | Magical Drive Through Rochester Christmas Lights in Michigan! Where and What Time Do the Lights Go On in Rochester?

2023 Rochester Big Bright Light Show Michigan | Magical Drive Through Rochester Christmas Lights in Michigan! Where and What Time Do the Lights Go On in Rochester?

By Sherry Trautman | Travel-Mi.com | Updated October 10, 2023

Each year, it's a holiday tradition for Chris and I to wander hand-in-hand while enjoying the incredible Rochester Michigan Christmas lights. Their Big Bright Light Show is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit!

  • The buildings and storefronts in downtown Rochester will be blanketed with more than 1 million sparkling holiday lights the week of Thanksgiving! It's absolutely breathtaking!
  • It's a lot of work to make downtown Rochester sparkle! It takes a couple crews about eights weeks, beginning in October, to install all the lights on the storefronts along Main Street.

Definitely place the Downtown Rochester Christmas lights on your must-see Michigan bucket list today! Your family will love it!

When is Rochester's The Big Bright Light Show in Michigan? 

The Rochester Christmas lights come on November 20, 2023 - January 7, 2024

The lights will come on every night at 5:00 pm to midnight during this time. Most stores are open Monday - Saturday, until 9 pm. Friday and Saturday nights are super busy, so if you like less crowds, try to visit during the week!

Mark your calendars to make incredible family memories this holiday season! 

Where is the Rochester light show? Where can I see Rochester lights in Michigan?

The Christmas lights in Rochester are all along S Main Street/S Rochester Road in Rochester, Michigan (Oakland County). You'll see why these Michigan drive-through Christmas lights is such an extremely popular destination! See our map above.

What time do the Rochester Christmas Lights go on?

Wondering what time the downtown Rochester Christmas lights go on?  The Rochester Christmas Lights come on at 5:00 pm until Midnight, presented by Fox Automotive.

Visit Rochester During Lagniappe! Kick-Off of the Big Bright Light Show on Monday, November 20, 2023

Lagniappe 2023 - Kick off for the Big Bright Light Show in Rochester, MI on Monday, November 20, 2023 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm as merchants offer Lagniappe (Creole for “a little something extra”) as a thank you for support throughout the year.

Then get ready for some hometown fun: The Big Bright Light Show officially light-ups the night sky at 7:00 pm. This marks the beginning of the massive holiday display of lights! Holiday activities include carols at 6:00 pm and a chance for the kids to share their Christmas lists during a special appearance from Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and some of the reindeer at 7:15 – 9:00 pm. Don't forget to get some selfies in front of millions of points of glimmering lights all along Main Street! 

I Mean, WOW! How Incredible Are These Rochester Michigan Christmas Lights in Oakland County!? 


The streets are simply buzzing with people and holiday cheer. It's fun to window shop, get some hot chocolate to stay warm and wander down Main Street! 

Bundle up warm!  It's usually quite cold while walking the streets enjoying the lights and holiday cheer.

Where do you park for Rochester lights?

Here is a downtown Parking Lot Map. This map shows free and paid lots if you wish to park and see the Rochester Michigan Christmas lights up close. There are several lots along W. Ally Street.

See the Rochester Michigan Christmas Lights from the Warmth of Your Vehicle!

We love that you can simply drive along S. Main Street and see all the lights from the warmth of your vehicle.

However, if you wish to get in some Christmas shopping, the downtown Rochester stores are generally open until 9:00 p.m.

Get into the holiday spirit by visiting the downtown Rochester Big Bright Light Show this Michigan holiday season!

Hungry? Grab Dinner at the Rochester Mills Brewing Company 

Stop by the Rochester Mills brewery to warm up with a pint and meal!

Love Christmas? See TONS of Fun Things to Do!

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