Holiday Christmas Towns To Still Visit In The New Year

Becca Ballard

Here are the top Christmas towns in Michigan.

There is no place like Michigan when it comes to the holidays. Michigan loves celebrating the holiday season, in fact, so much that we have multiple towns that are committed to making it feel like Christmas year round. Cute towns filled with decor, restaurants and dessert, and amazing stores to shop at to make your home feel like the holiday spirit will never leave. Explore these four delightful towns this winter season for the ongoing Christmas spirit you know you want to keep alive. Michigan almost always delivers snowy filled days. But snow or not, these destinations will surely put you in the holiday spirit - even if the holidays are over with.

Frankenmuth

Festive is a word that doesn't even describe this Christmas year-round little town. Bavarian embraces Christmas year-round with the presence of Bronner's Christmas Wonderland. Sip on hot chocolate and sweets from the local candy store as you stop in the many shops and view the beautiful architecture as you stroll up and down Main Street. Bronner's Christmas Wonderland is the world's largest Christmas store at a whopping 320,000 square feet. Basically, every piece of Christmas decoration imaginable is here. Bronner's holds holiday events as well so be sure to check out their website here for more details.

Rochester

Ready for the ultimate light display? Rochester is the place to go! Millions (actually millions) of gorgeous lights are displayed completely covering each storefront. This big, bright light show illuminates the sky with Christmas lights every evening through the end of January. These lights are so beautiful as they line the main downtown strip, and especially unique from any other lights you'll see. Visitors from all over Michigan come to view this amazing lit up town and even make these lights a yearly holiday tradition. Maybe this will just be your new holiday tradition.

Downtown Detroit

Not only does Detroit have an enormous 60 foot Christmas tree in the middle of Campus Martius Park, but Detroit also has multiple Christmas displays. Decked Out Detroit's website has lots of information on what's going on downtown despite the current state of the pandemic. Here are the results:

  • Garden Maze: Capitol Park is now a winter garden oasis as it is decked out in decor with seating that abides by the social-distancing rules
  • Greenhouses at Cadillac Square: A courtyard makes up six greenhouses that feature stationary art installations from local Detroit artists
  • Window Art Installation: In partnership with Design Core, three Detroit artists created imaginative and pictureque holiday-themed window art at 1401 Woodward Ave
  • Lights at the Esplanade: Centered on holiday trees, there is a display of statues and iceberg-inspired shapes lining the edges of a walkway down Woodward Avenue

Downtown Grand Rapids

Lights line the streets of downtown Grand Rapids along with many amazing exhibit showcases at The World of Winter Festival. From a projected art show, ice sculptures and interactive art experiences, there is a ton to discover here in Grand Rapids this holiday season.

  • Hybycozo’s at Ah-Nab-Awen Park: Large-scale installations and artworks that investigate geometric exploration and patterns through light, shadow, and perception
  • Impulse on Monroe: Interactive art installation that consists of 15 seesaws that light up and create sound when put into motion by people
  • The Singing Tree at Canal Park: A lighting experience that transforms traditional displays into interactive experiences
  • Ice Luminaries at the Gillett Bridge: Interactive art installation featuring 10 giant "icicles" with lights frozen in the center, creating an illuminated experience
  • Winter Tumbleweeds at the Blue Bridge: Interactive art installation made out of over 5,000 pool noodles
  • “Seasonal Wonders” Projection Show at the Civic Auditorium: Walk on Lyon Street to experience a curated projection art show on the façade of the Civic Auditorium at DeVos Place

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