Holiday + Christmas Events in Lansing: Tree Lightings, Reindeer Visits, Live Nativity Scenes, + More 2023

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Where to find Holiday + Christmas Events around Lansing 2023

‘Tis the season when the air gets colder, we say “see ya” to all things fall, and we look forward to the magic and fun the holidays bring.

Holiday time means different things to different people, but rest assured Lansing has something for everyone.

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Holiday event in Lansing, MI

No matter what’s on your holiday bucket list – whether it’s meeting Santa, witnessing a live nativity, seeing real reindeer, cutting down your own Christmas tree, attending a tree lighting ceremony, or driving around to see holiday light displays – the Capital City’s got you covered with a diverse offering of Christmas and holiday events and activities.

Read on to find the best events happening in Lansing this Christmas season.

You’ll find performances, concerts, parades, and events you didn’t know existed, all reflecting the spirit of our community and ready to help us get into the holiday spirit.

Cookie decorating event at Woldumar Nature Center

This diversity of traditions is one of the things that makes Lansing Lansing: the love, care, and holiday spirit that reminds us just what this season is all about.

Plus, this list might help keep us busy from now till January!

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Holiday event at Horrocks in Lansing, MI

Get the hand warmers and hot cocoa ready and keep reading to see the best Christmas and holiday events happening in Lansing this year.

2023 Christmas + Holiday Event Guide: Live Nativity, The Nutcracker, Performances, Reindeer Visits + more!

You can almost feel the holiday magic in the air!

Those fond fuzzy feelings of love and joy are still just as alive for me as an adult as they were when I was little and in big part because of the awesome Lansing community that continues to hold phenomenal Christmas events and holiday fun.

Let’s get to planning, shall we?!

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Holiday Event in downtown Lansing

Your Holiday and Christmas Event Planning starts here:

All Things Santa

Do you know where Santa will be this year in the Lansing area?! Now you will –  with a list the size of Santa’s belly!

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Santa at a Holiday Parade

Find out where to take pictures with Santa, eat with Santa, go on a sleigh ride with Santa, and more with the Santa Finder guide!

Santa at Peacock Farms
Seeing Santa at Meijer Gardens

Holiday Lights & Event

This holiday bucket list item gets better and better with more and more holiday lighting festivities, shows, and homes added to the mix every year!

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Drive-thru light show Event in Lansing, MI

You’ll find drive-thru lighting events from mini to mega and a list of houses that usually have light shows. We will continue to confirm locations as the new year approaches.

Light show with music in Lansing, MI

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Farms

Cutting your own real Christmas tree is way more than just the tree!

It means hot chocolate, horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa sightings, and trees galore at many farms around the Greater Lansing area!


Holiday Fun Around Michigan and Beyond

If you’re looking to venture out of the Greater Lansing area this holiday season, West Michigan has plenty of holiday cheer to go around including parades, activities, and events.

And don’t forget about the southwest part of the state. Our friends at KZOO KIDS have the intel on a reindeer ranch tour and other holiday events.

And for those looking for a holiday adventure straight out of a movie, we suggest a trip to Chicago at Christmas. Decorated storefronts, ice skating downtown, and enough holiday cheer to fill The Bean if that were possible!

Whatever you decide, Lansing, we hope your time with your family is full of the best holiday memories this year!

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