Around Town—Holiday Fun for All!

Whether you're looking for some holiday cheer to have with the whole family, or if you're wanting to find a special holiday gift, there are lots of things going on around the Greater Lansing area. Remember to check your local community for other fun events. Click the event title link for more information and registration details. 

Night Lights Christmas Parade and Festivities

December 1 | 7 pm | Grand Ledge Fire Barn

The 45th Annual Night Lights Christmas Parade is a spectacular nighttime parade starting at the Grand Ledge Fire Barn and then making its way down Bridge Street. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make their appearance at the end of the parade on a red fire truck. Kids can then visit with them at the Sun Theater and watch a free movie - "Shrek The Halls". 

Howl at the Moon

December 1 | 7 pm | Harris Nature Center

Bring your best friend (2-footed or 4-footed) on a guided hike through the moonlit woods.
Dogs must be on a leash. Flashlights are permitted. $3 per person, payable at the walk. Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road, Okemos, MI.

Winter Glow

December 2 | 2 - 5 pm | Downtown East Lansing

East Lansing’s free, outdoor winter festival with a wide variety of fun-filled seasonal activities.
The Winter Glow activities will be located in Ann Street Plaza, Fountain Square and inside the East Lansing Marriott. The outdoor spaces are adjacent to the intersection of Albert and M.A.C. avenues.

Hometown Family Christmas

December 2 | 6 pm | Eaton Rapids

The ER Chamber of Commerce will be having the Hometown Family Christmas. The parade will start at 6 pm. Please come out and enjoy all of the festivities planned for this spectacular event which include bands, choirs, children's characters, food, crafts and more...and of course, a very Special Guest...SANTA CLAUS! 

Green Friday Shopping

December 1 - 2 | East Lansing

Green Friday shopping event will take place in conjunction with the Winter Glow! Shoppers are invited to downtown for a special East Lansing version of the popular day-after-Thanksgiving Black Friday sales.

MSU Arts & Crafts Holiday Show

December 2 - 3  | East Lansing

The MSU Arts & Crafts Holiday Show is one of the largest in the state. This year’s show will include many returning favorites as well as brand-new artists. There will be a broad range of vendors selling handmade items, including: candles, furniture, jewelry, home and yard decor, aromatherapy, clothing, children’s toys, paintings, photography, sculptures and more!

Holiday Hullabaloo

December 2 | 10 am - 7 pm | Old Town Lansing

Come see what the Hullabaloo is about! Stop into our participating Old Town businesses to enjoy treats, crafts, and a whole bunch of holiday cheer at participating businesses.

Williamston Chamber Holiday Light Parade

December 2 | 6 pm | Downtown Williamston

The 21st Annual Williamston Chamber Light Parade to be held in downtown Williamston where you can meet Santa, listen to music and enjoy the lighted parade.

Winter Wine Stein & Spirits

December 6 | 5 - 9 pm | Potter Park Zoo

Celebrate the wintery season with our WINTER casual after hours bash at the zoo! Enjoy tastings of beer and wine and sample fabulous hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants as you listen to holiday tunes and meander through the zoo, featuring our holiday favorite Wonderland of Lights. Tickets can be purchased online until 3 p.m. and at the gate until 8 p.m. on December 6.  Must be 21 or over to attend.

Christmas Craft Show

December 9 | 10 am - 4 pm | Grand Ledge City Hall

Do your holiday shopping and get some unique gifts. 310 Greenwood Street, Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Dinner with Santa

December 11 | 6 pm | DeWitt

Santa is coming to DeWitt for what is sure to be a great night. Each child will receive a gift from Santa and a picture from Ashley Photography. There will be arts and crafts, a story time, and DARA will provide dinner, beverage and dessert. Space is limited so register early. Child: Res $6.00 / Non-Res $10.00 Adult: Res $3.00 / Non-Res $7.00

Christmas Decorating Contest

December 20 | 6 pm | Eaton Rapids

The City of Eaton Rapids' Christmas Decorating Contest will take place on Wednesday, December 20th with judging at 6:00 pm. There will be winners for Business and Residential.  1st Place will be $150 off of your utility bill; 2nd Place is $100 off of your utility bill and 3rd Place is $50 off of your utility bill. The Judging Criteria is as follows: First Impression/Design - 45 points; Originality - 20 points; Environmental Elements (Conservation) - 10 points; Suitability to Site - 10 points. 


For local community information or to get additional information on events, please visit these links:

Delta Township Parks & Recreation

Charlotte Chamber of Commerce

Delhi Charter Township

DeWitt Area Recreation Authority

Downtown Lansing

City of East Lansing 

City of Eaton Rapids

Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce

Greater Lansing

Mason Chamber of Commerce

Meridian Township

Lansing City Market

Lansing City Pulse

Lansing State Journal

Old Town Lansing

Potter Park Zoo

City of St. Johns 

Williamston Area Chamber of Commerce