GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (ABC 4)- This December, tons of West Michigan organizations, business and groups are hosting festive events to ring in the holiday season! Enjoy everything from Christmas light shows, parades, theatrical performances and markets with your loved ones. ‘Tis the season to explore local happenings around town by referring to our Big 4 Guide featured below!

The Christmas Lite Show at LMCU Ballpark on Nov. 25, 2022.
A scene from the Christmas Lite Show at Fifth Third Ballpark in Plainfield Township on Nov. 25, 2020.

Christmas Lite Show Drive Thru

Location: LMCU Ballpark, 4500 W River Dr NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321

Recurring daily through Dec. 31 at 5:30 p.m.

“West Michigan’s largest, animated drive-through light show is back for another year of magic!”

The Christmas Lite Show at LMCU Ballpark features two miles of animated displays, millions of lights, tunnels and holiday music for families to experience! Purchase tickets online or at the ticket window for as low as $30.

View event information and hours online.

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Photo courtesy of Potter Park Zoo.

30th Annual Wonderland of Lights

Location: Potter Park Zoo, 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave, Lansing, MI, 48912

Recurring weekly from 5-8 pm on Thursday-Sunday until Dec. 23

Take a stroll through Potter Park Zoo as you and your loved ones and friends enjoy holiday music, explore unique displays, or grab a bite to eat at the Savanna Grill. Admission rates are charged at the gate.

View details online.

Winter Wonderland: A Holiday Lights Spectacular

Location: Gilmore Car Musuem, 6865 W Hickory Corners

Recurring Thursday-Sunday until Dec. 30

For the second year, the Gilmore Car Museum is offering a walk/drive-through experience to view holiday lights across its 90-acre campus. According to the museum, the “Winter Wonderland” features lighted grounds, festive music, a festival of trees, a meet and greet with Santa Claus, decorations, and classic cars.

Guests will also be able to enjoy hot cocoa, adult drinks, holiday treats and gifts, holiday inflatables and mazes, a tree and wreath lot, family rides in classic cars, and art exhibit and much more.

View details here.

Additional December events and activities

Grand Rapids

Everett’s Gardens Christmas Drive Thru Light Display | Nov. 18- Dec. 17 from 6- 8 pm | 240 84th St. SE, Byron Center, 49315 | Details

University of Michigan Health-West: Christmas & Holiday Traditions | Nov. 22- Jan. 8 | Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park | Details

BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley | Dec. 2-Dec. 30 | Founders Brewing Company, 253 Cesar E. Chavez Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 | Details

Winter Lights Walking Trail | Dec. 2- Jan. 31 | Ada Village | Details

Aquinas College Christmas Lights Display | Dec. 6- Jan. 4 | 1607 Robinson Road SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49506 | Details

Gaslight Village Holiday Sip & Shop | Dec. 8 from 4- 8 pm | 2166 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49506 | Details

Grand Rapids Ballet- The Nutcracker | Dec. 9-18 | DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 | Details


2022 Michigan Made: Holiday Art Exhibition | Nov. 2- Dec. 23| Lansing Art Gallery, 300 S. Washington Sq. Ste 100 | Details

Downtown Lansing Kringle Holiday Market | Nov. 17- Dec. 17 | 400 S. Capitol Ave | Details

Lansing Holiday Light Show | Nov.17- Dec. 18 | Lansing Cottonwood Campgrounds, 5339 S. Aurelius Rd. | Details

Holiday Nights of Lights | Dec. 2- Dec. 18 | Frances Park, 2701 Moores River Dr. | Details

Kalamazoo / Battle Creek

Spooge: A Christmas Miracle | Dec. 8- 16 | Dormouse Theatre, 1030 Portage St. | Details

Christmas in the Village | Dec. 10 from Noon- 8 pm | Village of Vicksburg, MI | Details

Holiday Market and Self-Guided Tour | Dec. 10 & 17 from 11 am- 4 pm | 3700 Gull Lake Drive Hickory Corners, MI 49060 | Details

December to Remember | Dec. 15 from 5- 7 pm | City of Kalamazoo Parks & Recreation, 200 S Rose St. | Details

Holiday Ice Revue | Dec. 17 at 7 pm | 3600 Vanrick Dr. | Details


Magic at the Mill | Dec. 2- 17 from 5-7 pm | Windmill Island Gardens, 1 Lincoln Ave, Holland, MI | Details

Annual Holiday Train Show | Dec. 7-17 | Howard Miller Community Center, 14 S. Church St. Zeeland, MI | Details

The Promise is Jesus | Dec. 9-17 from 7-9 pm | The Knickerbocker Theatre, 86 E 8th St #3504, Holland, MI | Details