March 3, 2024

Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Michigan

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Michigan is getting into the holiday spirit this month with plenty of festive things to do. Read on for a list of a few Michigan cities offering fun activities this holiday season. This list is courtesy of the West Michigan Tourist Association.

St. Joseph

\Downtown St. Joseph hosts heir 2022 Santa Series this month. Santa will be available for wish list conversations and holiday photo ops every weekend in December. How delightful!

Coldwater Country

Coldwater Country’s Little River Railroad offers the Holiday Express train this month, giving you a fun way to experience a steam engine. Visit with Santa on the train, enjoy holiday treats, and a Christmas tour of the depot. It runs Saturdays and Sundays, December 3, 4, 10 and 11.


There are plenty of holiday events and activities for visitors in Kalamazoo all month long, including the Gilmore Car Museum’s Winter Wonderland drive through light display, Gull Meadow Farms Walk Through the Lights, and Santa’s Workshop in downtown Kalamazoo.


The holiday season is a perfect time ice skating in downtown Lansing, open daily until 10 p.m. It’s located at the City Hall Plaza on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Capitol Avenue. Visitors can take in the sounds of holiday music and the beautiful state Christmas tree while skating. You can also check out the State Capitol Christmas Tree.

Union Pier

Join Garden Grove Inn in Union Pier on December 2-4 for a Kids Christmas Weekend! Your weekend includes Pizza Night upon arrival on Friday, plus a book reading of Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish, tickets to see the Eleanor Musical on Saturday afternoon, and breakfast both days.


The Muskegon Museum of Art has partnered with Downtown Muskegon businesses and organizations for the Festival of Wreaths to display wreaths that are designed by local artists and designers in their windows from through Dec. 11.

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids offers many holiday treats. One big one is the University of Michigan Health–West: Christmas & Holiday Traditions exhibition at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids. This year’s event features additional indoor lighting and a new immersive light experience at the Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater starting beginning at 6 p.m., Dec. 19 through 23 and 26 through 30.


Campus Martius is downtown Detroit offers so much fun during the holidays. Check out the huge, glorious Christmas tree or simply walk around with some hot cocoa. Don’t forget ice skating, too.

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