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Night Lights: Where to find Christmas lights in West Michigan

Written by  Elma Talundzic
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Bring some cheer to those dark December nights with a visit to the best light shows in West Michigan. These events are great for all ages and a perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.

Christmas Lite Show

4500 West River Dr. NE, Comstock Park

Nov. 22-Dec. 31, 5:30-9:30 p.m., $20 per car

christmasliteshow.com, (616) 745-9955

One of West Michigan’s largest drive-through light shows is celebrating 20 years of entertaining people of all ages. This event was started by Bill Schrader and has grown through the years with the help of his family. Guests enjoy nearly two miles of more than a million lights arranged into animated displays, lighted tunnels and more. Don’t forget to stop at the Santa house and give him your holiday wish list. 

This year offers a new extended trail, an extra 10,000 lights and a few more updated displays. Climb on board and see the lights on the Memory Lane Train.

Nite Lites Winter Wonderland 

Michigan International Speedway, 12626 U.S. 12, Brooklyn

Nov. 23-Dec. 30, $20 per car 

nitelitesshow.com, (517) 937-6426 

Nite Lites Winter Wonderland has doubled in size at its new location at Michigan International Speedway. Enjoy three miles of brilliant lights with your loved ones without even having to step out of your car. 

This event features 65 different themes, a 250-foot lighted tunnel, six 30-foot trees and three 20-foot trees. Along with the spectacular lights on display, kids will have the chance to get their photo snapped with Santa and let him know their Christmas wishes. Santa’s reindeer make an appearance Dec. 8, 15 and 22 from 6-9 p.m. 

Also look for the puppet show, train rides and food/drink on special dates. Visit the website for more information.

Marshall’s Merry Mile

Calhoun County Fairgrounds, 720 Fair St., Marshall

Nov. 24-Dec. 30, 6-9 p.m., $6 per car

choosemarshall.com, (269) 781-8161

Check out Calhoun County Fairgrounds for Marshall’s Merry Mile. The dazzling light display runs through Dec. 30 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6-9 p.m. All of the proceeds go to the fairgrounds. 

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, 1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids

Nov. 21, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018, $14.50

meijergardens.org, (616) 957-1580

The Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibition at Frederick Meijer Garden is a must-see. With more than 300,000 lights, carolers, rooftop reindeer and 42 international trees on display, it’s an event that will put anyone in the holiday spirit.

Meijer Gardens honors holiday traditions around the world through its focus on authenticity. Get out of the cold and travel around the world with this event.

Lights Synchronized to Music

Some people love Christmas enough to broadcast their cheer all month, setting up massive light displays synced to music every year. Just drive up, turn your FM radio to the noted station and sing along to holiday tunes while you watch these lights dance.

Loomanaries: 13880 Ironwood Dr. NW, Grand Rapids, facebook.com/loomanaries

Abby’s Lights: 147 Sunset Hills Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, facebook.com/abbyslightshow

Hughes Musical Christmas Show: 10679 Deer Ridge Ct., Zeeland, Dec. 1-31, 5:30-9 p.m.

Neighborhoods That Go All Out

Sometimes, a little friendly competition goes a long way. These neighborhoods aren’t afraid to bring out all the bells and whistles for the holiday season.  

Paramount Estates: At intersection of Plainfield Avenue and Paramount Drive in Grand Rapids.

Princeton Estates: Bound by 52nd Street, Kalamazoo Avenue and 60th Street in Kentwood.

Sun Meadow Lane: At intersection of Sheldon Oak Drive and Sun Meadow Lane in Hudsonville.

West Ferney’s Avenue: At intersection of West Ferney’s Avenue and North Main Street in Clarksville. 

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