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Christmas events in Michigan 2017: Holiday lights, parades, concerts and more By MLive Media Group

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31st Annual Mistletoe Market Holiday Art & Gift Salethrough Dec. 24; South Haven Center for the Arts in South Haven;

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Wonderland of Lights, Nov. 17-Dec. 31 (Thursday-Sundays); Potter Park Zoo in Lansing;


Holiday Kerstmarkt, Various dates through Dec. 9; 8th Street Market Place in Holland;


Outdoor European-style market with holiday items, delicious food and artisan demonstrations in Holland. Located at the 8th Street Marketplace at the corner of 8th Street and Pine Avenue.

The Kerstmarkt dates for 2017 are:


Friday, November 24, 11 – 5
Saturday, November 25, 9 – 5
Tuesday, November 28, 3 – 8 
Friday, December 1, 3 – 8
Saturday, December 2, 9 – 5
Friday, December 8, 3 – 8 
Saturday, December 9, 9 – 5

International Festival of LightsNov. 18-Dec. 31; Downtown Battle Creek,


Rooftop Landing Reindeer FarmWeekends through Dec. 24; Clare;


Big Bright Light ShowNov. 20-Jan. 1; Downtown Rochester;

According to "The buildings in downtown Rochester will be covered with more than 1 million points of glimmering holiday light. The display will be lit every evening (5 pm – Midnight)."

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Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the WorldNov. 21-Jan. 7; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids;


Christmas Lite Show, 5:30-9:30 pm Nov. 22-Dec. 31; Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park;


Nite LitesNov. 23-Dec. 30; Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn;

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

$20 per car / vehicle

$35 per mini-bus

$65 per tour bus


Tree Lighting Ceremony5 pm Nov. 24; Bronson Park in Kalamazoo;

The Mayor, City Commissioners, City Manager and Santa Claus will attend to read “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” light Kalamazoo’s Christmas trees, and kickoff the holiday season. Special visits by WMU’s A Moment of Magic and Ms. Greater Kalamazoo. The event hot chocolate is donated by Bob Evans.


Glow Owosso, Nov. 24; Owosso;

Start off with the Glow Run, or stroll downtown for some hot cocoa and shopping. The lighted parade is at 6:45, followed by the lighting of the city Christmas tree and horse and carriage rides and a visit with Santa.


Holiday Celebration and Candlewalk6 pm Nov. 24; Frankenmuth River Place in Frankenmuth;

The festivities begin at the River Place Shops at 6pm. Candlewalk from the Frankenmuth River Place Shops to the Chamber Platz for the lighting of the Tannenbaum. Santa will be in the Chamber Pavilion from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.


Holiday Trail Celebration5-9 pm Nov. 24; Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville;

Enjoy a festive tour through Crystal's quaint resort village. Each trail stop offers unique activities, entertainment, food & beverage and retail sales. Get your “trail stop sticker” at five or more locations to receive a chance to win one of several great prizes.


Parade of Lights7 pm Nov. 24; Downtown Sault Ste. Marie;


Fantasy of Lights, 7 pm Nov. 24; Downtown Howell;

Holiday Walk and Market12-5 pm Nov. 24; W.K. Kellogg Manor House in Hickory Corners;

Lights SpectacularNov. 24 & 25; Treetops Resort in Gaylord;

Chesaning Christmas Candlewalk, Nov. 24 & 25; Downtown Chesaning;


Nuncrackers, the Nonsense Christmas MusicalWeekends, Nov. 24-Dec. 9; Holland Civic Theatre in Holland;

Holly Dickens Festival, Friday after Thanksgiving, Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 24-Dec. 10; Downtown Holly;

Christmas Experience, Nov. 24-Dec. 24; Deer Tracks Junction in Cedar Springs;

Marshall’s Merry Mile, Nov. 24-Dec. 30; Calhoun County Fairgrounds in Marshall,

Christmas at Crossroads Holiday MagicNov. 24-Dec. 30; Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad in Flint;


Canadian Brass Christmas8 pm Nov. 25; Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo;


Aglow on the Avenue6 pm Nov. 25; Downtown Ludington;

Holidays in the CityNov. 25; Hackley Park in Muskegon;

Stafford’s Downtown Petoskey Holiday ParadeNov. 25; Downtown Petoskey;

Nutcracker Tea1 pm Nov. 25; The Whiting in Flint;


Santa TrainSaturdays and Sundays Nov. 25-Dec. 24; Coopersville and Marne Railway in Coopersville;

Sparkle In the ParkNov. 25-31; Hopkins Park in Bear Lake;

Christmas Songs and Stories with John BerryNov. 26; City Opera House in Traverse City;

Vienna Boys Choir: Holiday7:30 pm Nov. 27; Midland Center for the Arts in Midland:

27th Annual Cannonsburg Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration, 6-9 pm Nov. 27; Cannonsburg Village;

Marshall Christmas ParadeNov. 27; Downtown Marshall;


Vienna Boys Choir: Holiday7:30 pm Nov. 28; The Wharton Center in East Lansing;

Mannheim Steamroller ChristmasNov. 28; The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor;

Parade of Lights, 6:30 pm Nov. 28; Downtown Holland;


America’s Tallest Singing Christmas TreeNov. 30-Dec. 2; Frauenthal Center in Muskegon;

Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas WeekendNov. 30-Dec. 3; Downtown Manistee;

Bethlehem Journey: A Living NativityNov. 30-Dec. 2; First Reformed Church of Portage in Portage;


Traverse City Light Parade and Community Tree Lighting, 6:30 pm Dec. 1; Downtown Traverse City;

Light Up Downtown - Winter Season Kickoff5-7 pm Dec. 1; Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink in Grand Rapids;

Paw Paw Village Tree Lighting, Dec. 1; Carnegie Center in Paw Paw;

Linden Holiday HappeningsDec. 1; Downtown Entertainment District in Linden;

Holiday Lighting Ceremony, 5:30 pm Dec. 1; Peppler Park in Rockford;


Holiday Parade and Tree LightingDec. 1; Downtown Marquette;

Sinterklaas Eve CelebrationDec. 1; Downtown Holland;

2017 Mackinac Island Christmas Tree Lighting, 5 pm Dec. 1; Downtown Mackinac Island;

Light Up The Bluff6 pm Dec. 1;

6th Annual Live MannequinsDec.1; Downtown St. Joseph;

Christmas in the VillageDec. 1-2; U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba;


2017 Mt. Pleasant Christmas CelebrationDec. 1-2; Downtown Mt. Pleasant;

Ionia’s Hometown HolidayDec. 1-2; Main Street in Ionia;

Cirque Dreams HolidazeDec. 1-3; Fox Theatre in Detroit;

Hastings Jingle & MingleDec. 1-3; Downtown Hastings;

Holidays in the HillsDec. 1-3; Brooklyn area;


An Evening in Bethlehem, Dec. 1-3;  Kentwood Baptist Church in Grand Rapids;

Grand Rapids Ballet presents The NutcrackerDec. 1-10; DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids;

Heritage HolidaysDec. 1-16; Wolcott Mill Metropark in Ray Township;

The Best Christmas Pageant EverThursdays - Sundays Dec. 1-23; Riverbank Theatre in Marine City;

39th Annual Christmas Tree Festival, Dec. 1-30; Monroe County Museum in Monroe;

Holiday Nights in Greenfield VillageDec. 1-30; Greenfield Village in Dearborn;


“Believe” Brass Band Holiday ConcertDec. 2; W.K. Kellogg Auditorium in Battle Creek;

Gaylord Santa Parade5:30 pm Dec. 2; Downtown Gaylord;

Christmas on Main StreetDec. 2; Downtown Entertainment District in Davison;

JinglefestDec. 2; Downtown Entertainment District in Fenton;

Children’s Christmas ParadeDec. 2; Downtown Paw Paw;


Christmas at the LightDec. 2; Tawas Point Lighthouse in East Tawas;,,7-282--212722--evt,00.html

Irontown Turns TinseltownDec. 2; Downtown Negaunee;

Santa TrainDec. 2; Houghton County Historical Museum in Lake Linden;

Biggest Little Holiday PartyDec. 2; Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City;

Hastings Christmas Parade “Light Up The Night”, Dec. 2; Downtown Hastings;


Jingle Bell ParadeDec. 2; Downtown Grand Haven,

Saline Christmas ParadeDec. 2; Downtown Saline;

65th Annual Christmas Parade, Dec. 2; Downtown Whitehall;

Christmas at the Lighthouse, Dec. 2; Leelanau State Park in Northport;,,7-153--450904--evt,00.html

Noel NightDec. 2; Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit;

21st Annual Holiday Tour & Taste of Ypsilanti, Dec. 2; Various Venues in



Holiday Express, 11 am & 2 pm Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10; Little River Railroad in

Coldwater;  (tickets sell out; check on availability)


Winter Glow2-5 pm Dec. 2; Downtown East



Midnight Madness and KindleFestDec. 2; Kerrytown District and Downtown

Ann Arbor;


2017 Tree Lighting & Traditional Holiday Celebration; 6-8 pm Dec. 2; Celery

Flats Historical Area in Portage;




Lowell’s Christmas FestivitiesDec. 2; throughout the Lowell area;

Nutcracker, Dec. 2 & 3; The Whiting in Flint;

Winter Holiday Festival12-6 pm Dec. 2 & 3; Olde World Village in Augusta;

Santa’s Train WonderlandDec. 2 & 3; Castle Farms in Charlevoix;

West Michigan Youth Ballet Nutcracker Ballet, Dec. 2-3; Forest Hills Fine Arts Center in Grand Rapids;

Holiday Parlour Tour & Christmas MarketDec. 2-3; Pere Marquette Depot in Bay



Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar, Dec. 2-4; Mackinac



BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley,  Dec. 2-30; Atwater Grand




Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Trans-Siberian OrchestraDec. 3 (two shows); Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids;

Mrs. Claus TeaDec. 3; W.K. Kellogg Manor House in Hickory Corners; http