6 Dazzling Drive-Thru Light Shows to Check Out in Michigan

Get in the holiday spirit from the comfort of your vehicle
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Drive through The Big Bright Light Show in Rochester or get out of your car and walk around the downtown area. // Photograph by Emily Morris

A pandemic-proof activity, drive-thru shows across the state are lighting up the sky with holiday cheer. Here are six light shows in Michigan that are worth a visit.

The Big, Bright Light Show

This Rochester light show is a hard-to-miss spectacle of over 1 million lights. All of downtown Rochester is lit up from 5 p.m. to midnight each night. Although spectators are welcome to drive through the light show, they can also walk along the sidewalk and visit the local stores and restaurants (open for carry out or delivery). Nov. 19-Jan. 3. No cost. Downtown Rochester Hills; downtownrochestermi.com

Wayne County Lightfest

The longest drive-thru light show in Michigan spans four miles and features more than 100,000 lights and almost 50 animated displays. Guests will enter at a ticket booth on Merriman Road. Masks are required during payment and when existing a vehicle, but they can be removed for the 20-30-minute drive. At the end of the show, guests are welcome to stop by Santa’s Workshop at Warrendale Park. Old Saint Nick will be there from Nov. 26 to Dec. 23 to celebrate the holidays. Nov. 25-Dec. 31 (closed on Dec. 25). $5 (cash only) per vehicle. Hines Park, 7651 N. Merriman Road, Livonia; waynecounty.com

Nite Lites

Situated along the Michigan International Speedway, the Nite Lites show spans over three miles. The show includes a light tunnel, which surrounds vehicles in sparkling lights as they drive through. Although the attraction usually includes indoor festivities too, this year the show is standing alone without additional activities to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines. On Dec. 7, Nite Lites will host a special night to thank veterans for their service with free admission. Nov. 26-Dec. 31. $25-100 (cash or credit accepted). US-12 entrance, 12626 US-12, Brooklyn; nitelitesshow.com

Magic of Lights

This drive-thru experience — which has locations across the country in states like Florida, New Jersey, and Connecticut — features holiday scenes and character displays that come to life through LED technology and digital animations. Nov. 13-Jan. 2. $25+ (tickets available online and at the gate). DTE Energy Music Theatre, 33 Bob Seger Dr., Clarkston; magicoflights.com.

Christmas Lite Show

Stretched across two miles, the Christmas Lite Show is decorating Grand Rapids once again. The drive-thru attraction is home to over 40 animated displays. Guests are welcome to come on holidays, too — the display is open on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. Nov. 25-Jan. 2. $25 (cash or credit accepted) per vehicle. Comstock Park, 4500 West River Dr., Grand Rapids; christmasliteshow.com

Bicentennial Park Drive-Thru Lights Display

The light display will feature a range of sweeping, draped string lights and animated displays. This one-stop attraction has an alternative admission for the season of giving. Attendees are asked to donate an unwrapped new toy or five non-perishable foods as their payment. Guests can then enter the drive-thru display and will receive hot cocoa and cookies for the drive. Dec. 11, 12, 18, 19. No fee, but donations are requested. Bicentennial Park, 1505 E. Grand Blanc Rd., Grand Blanc; exploreflintandgenesee.org

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