Below is a list of just a few Michigan festivals & events for the month of December. As usual, there’s no way to get them all, so please add links and information for those we missed and reviews of ones we have here in the comments below!
November 20 – January 6
Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World – Grand Rapids
Activities, performances and demonstrations consist of a variety of cultures and countries, highlighting gift-giving customs, holiday traditions, superstitions, decorations and cuisine. Frederik Meijer Gardens are transformed with 300,000 lights, over 40 international trees and displays, strolling carolers and horse-drawn carriage rides. Nationally-known railway garden designer, Paul Busse, returns to create a seven-foot high train trestle and landscapes.
November 29 – December 2
Michigan Christmas Show – Novi
The Michigan Christmas Show includes holiday entertainment and music, arts and crafts booths, numerous shops, magnificent wreaths, and beautifully decorated trees. The Christmas show also has a Santa’s workshop and play land, in which people of all ages can get their picture taken with Santa.
November 30 – December 3
The 25th Christmas Creche Exhibit – Ann Arbor
The Christmas Creche Exhibit hosts more than 1000 creches from 111 countries. Each creche artistically portrays the birth of Jesus Christ. Admission is free. Exhibits include a large Christmas French Santon Village – which includes 115 santons (little saints), a Neapolitan Presepio – a type of nativity from the 1700s, with nine antique figures, a Native American creche, an Inuit creche, and even a whimsical creche made of teazel weed.
November 30, December 1-2
Holiday Balloon Fest – Battle Creek
The Holiday Balloon Fest has fantastic sights to see. Two evening glittering balloon glows, and four frosty balloon flights. The Fest has over 70 hot air balloonists. With an attendance of over 25,000 people the Holiday Balloon Fest a fun filled festival.
Annual Noel Night in Midtown Detroit
The Annual Noel Night hosts over twenty institution for the public to enjoy free of charge. Visit the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Science Center, and many more. Other activities include family craft activities, carriage rides, shopping and performances by over 50 area music and dance groups. The festivities end with a sing along down Woodward Avenue led by the Salvation Army Band.
December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, &23
The Santa Train – Coopersville
The Santa Train departs from historic Coopersville. Each vintage passengar car has a special seat reserved for Santa. Santa’s Eves will escort each child to Santa when it is their turn.
December 1 – 23
Annual Dickens Festival – Holly
The Annual Dickens Festival Takes place every Saturday and Sunday from December 1 until December 23.
Every Saturday and Sunday starting December 1 until December 23. “Join in the fun as Charles Dickens’ Merry Old England comes alive …” The festival includes a children’s parade, festival singers, giant bubble making, the Haul-a-Maid game show, chimney sweeps, and Christmas Carol Sing-Alongs.
December 6 – 9
Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend – Manistee
Visit the Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend for an authentic Victorian parade with period costumes and horse-drawn unites, a Ramsdell Theatre production, tours of historic buildings, concerts, special museum and art exhibits, the festival of trees, and roasting chestnuts.