Whether a Michigan native, a transplant to The Wolverine State, or you are just visiting for the holidays, you are in for a treat, because throughout the country, Michigan is known as one of the best states to celebrate Christmas and that is because of the amazing communities that we have here.
If you are ready to experience what the Great Lake State has to offer you this holiday season here are the top Christmas towns in Michigan for you to visit this year:
- Yeah, this one had to top the list, because I mean, how could it not? How would you like to spend Christmas, in Christmas? Located in the Upper Peninsula, this unique town is tiny, but boy is it festive! Make sure to drop off your letter to Santa while you are there so that you can have a Christmas Postmark to save for later.
- Holland is one of to most festive of the towns on this list. First of all, let’s discuss the revolutionary sidewalk system that they have in Holland. The sidewalks are HEATED, so you never have to worry about slipping on snow and ice while you stroll through the town! The entire town is decorated festively and there is plenty of holiday cheer throughout.
- Yes, Grand Rapids is more city than town, but it still deserves a mention. Somehow, Grand Rapids is able to maintain a strong sense of small-town community charge during the holidays. Twinkling lights decorate the trees lining the sidewalks through town, you can head to Rosa Parks Circle to enjoy some ice skating, or you can any of the holiday festivities that happen throughout the month of December.
- Can I just say that I love the names of all of these great festive towns in Michigan? Northville is no exception. If you are traveling through the area for the holidays, you must visit this quaint little town. Throughout the month of December, Northville is home to a holiday market, art exhibit, and more holiday celebrations throughout town.
- Outside of Christmas, Holly may have the most festive town name on this list. The streets of Holly are filled with holiday cheer throughout the month of December and the town even hosts an annual festival which celebrates Charles Dickens! This festival features carolers and period dressed townspeople in a holiday parade.
- Rochester is a great place to spend the holidays, especially if you are a fan of Christmas lights. Downtown Rochester hosts an annual Big, Bright Light Show where you can see millions of twinkling Christmas lights throughout the city blocks. Not even Scrooge could turn away from the holiday spirit here.
- Frankenmuth is an old world Bavarian town that embraces the holidays throughout the entire year! The period-specific architecture, the unique shops, and Bronners Christmas Wonderland located right in town all make Franenmuth a wonderful Christmas town to spend the holidays in.
- If you really want to celebrate your holidays festively, you simply must take a trip to Mackinac Island, which was named by HGTV as “One of the Top Ten Christmas Towns in America.” There are no cars allowed on the island, so you almost have to ride in a horse-drawn carriage to get to your location. The historic homes are decorated beautifully throughout the month of December and the island is home to several holiday festivals and bazaars.
- Charlevoix is a winter wonderland perfect for holiday celebrations. Surrounded by snow blanketed hillsides, the town is host to an annual holiday parade, Christmas carolers throughout the month, a community yree lighting, the Merchant’s Holiday Open House and more! Don’t forget to visit Santa while you are there!
- Okay, we are adding another big city on the list, but Detroit truly is one of the best places in Michigan to celebrate the holidays! Every year, many of the city’s museums and cultural institutions open up for free entry to the public. Throughout December you can find horse-drawn carriages, lots of unique shopping experiences, carolers, craft shows and more! Don’t discount the performing art scene in Detroit either as there are some amazing live performances, theatre shows, dance groups and more to enjoy!
While in Michigan, be sure to check out Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village to see how they celebrate at The Henry Ford! Roasting chestnuts, carolers, fiddlers, and more leading up to a nightly fireworks display as the finale!
What say you, fellow Michigan fans? Have I missed any great Christmas towns?
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