The Capital Area hosts many fantastic activities for friends and families during the holiday season.

Check out the categories below! 

November 16 | 5-9pm

The city will glow with thousands of lights for the Silver Bells in the City celebration, bringing together family and friends from across Michigan and beyond to kick-off the holiday season. The Electric Light Parade, Silver Bells Village, lighting of the State Christmas Tree, and musical entertainment are all part of this Lansing tradition.

For All Ages

Downtown & South Washington Square, Lansing

517-487-3322


November 17-18

Bring your children for a hot pancake breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Troppo. The morning includes cookie decorating, writing letters to Santa and holiday arts and crafts.

Tickets are $20 per person for adults and children over the age of 2. Children under age 2 are free.

For Children & their Accompanying Adults

Troppo, Lansing

517-371-4000



November 17-18 | 12-4pm

It’s time for Van Atta’s annual holiday celebration! We will have visits with Santa from noon - 3PM. Live music, donuts from Groovy Donuts, kid's crafts and refreshments will be going on from noon - 4PM. We will also have special sales running both event days. These sales are good all weekend. We always have a wonderful time getting jolly with everyone at our open house! This event is free and RSVP is not necessary. We hope you can make it!

For All Ages

Van Atta’s, Haslett

517-339-1142

Thursdays-Sundays, November 22nd-December 30th | 5-8pm

Thousands of lights create extraordinary animal exhibits and holiday lights displays at the 24th annual Wonderland of Lights! There will be cookies, crafts and animal encounters for all to enjoy!

$7 adults, $5 for kids 3-12 and free for kids under 3! (Premium and Deluxe PPZ Members receive free admission to this event)

For All Ages

Potter Park Zoo, Lansing

517-483-4222

December 1 | 2-5pm

This year’s Winter Glow will feature ice carving, horse and carriage rides, a special outdoor holiday farmer’s market, a heated music tent, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus (3-6 p.m. inside the Marriott, photos are $5), family friendly activities and games, holiday ukulele music by Sigh Studio of Music, winter photo scenes, marshmallow roasting, merchant activities, roasted nuts, a community art project and donation-based hot chocolate with the East Lansing Art Festival and much more.

For All Ages

Fountain Square, East Lansing

517-319-6888

December 1 | 10:30-12pm

Watch The Santa Clause on the big screen (Tim Allen--PG). Downtown parking is free on weekends.

For All Ages

Capital Area District Library, Downtown Lansing

517-367-6363

December 1 - January 1 (closed on Mondays)

Embrace the holiday spirit and join the Friends of Turner Dodge House and Lansing Parks and Recreation for the annual Turner Dodge House Festival of Trees! All 3 floors will feature as many as 60 trees decorated for the Holidays! Money raised from the admission price will go toward projects to preserve and enhance the house.

$5 per person - Children 12 and under FREE

For All Ages

Turner-Dodge House and Heritage Center, Lansing

517-483-4220

December 6 | 12-7:30pm

Enjoy our displays of poinsettias and the 16' poinsettia tree under evening lights. Bring your camera and the kids. Santa will arrive in his sleigh at 5:30 pm. MSU poinsettias, centerpieces and wreaths will be for sale. Enjoy some holiday refreshments.

This is a free event, but please register at this link.

For All Ages

MSU Horticulture Gardens, East Lansing

517-355-5191

December 9

Join Santa and the Friends for an old-fashioned Christmas in the Village! Historic buildings will be open and decorated for the holidays. Volunteers in period dress will share their Christmas traditions from days past. Gift shop will be open.

For All Ages

Meridian Historical Village, Okemos

517-853-4384

December 21-22 | 7-9pm

A Lansing tradition returns this December at Pennway Church of God. For over five decades, people from all over mid-Michigan have thrilled to Pennway’s stirring presentation of The Living Nativity. Featuring a full cast, live animals and the joyful songs of Christmas. The celebration continues indoors where you can enjoy refreshments, take a selfie with Santa, and make a Christmas craft.

For All Ages

Pennway Church of God, Lansing

517-882-0223

November 16 | 5-9pm

The city will glow with thousands of lights for the Silver Bells in the City celebration, bringing together family and friends from across Michigan and beyond to kick-off the holiday season. The Electric Light Parade, Silver Bells Village, lighting of the State Christmas Tree, and musical entertainment are all part of this Lansing tradition.

For All Ages

Downtown & South Washington Square, Lansing

517-487-3322

Wonderland of Lights

Thursdays-Sundays, November 22nd-December 30th | 5-8pm

Thousands of lights create extraordinary animal exhibits and holiday lights displays at the 24th annual Wonderland of Lights! There will be cookies, crafts and animal encounters for all to enjoy!

$7 adults, $5 for kids 3-12 and free for kids under 3! (Premium and Deluxe PPZ Members receive free admission to this event)

For All Ages

Potter Park Zoo, Lansing

517-483-4222

November 23 | 6-7:30pm

The Mason Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 18th Annual Mason Holidays Celebration! We would like to invite you to join us for the tree lighting where the Citizen of the Year and winner of the 5th grade poster contest will give the command to light the tree. The parade with its lights all aglow will arrive downtown shortly after the tree lighting.

For All Ages

Ingham County Courthouse, Mason

517-676-1046

December 7 | 7-10pm

The 47th Annual Night Lights Christmas Parade is a spectacular night time parade packed full of lots of lights and music! It starts at the Grand Ledge Fire Barn and then makes its way straight down Bridge Street. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make their appearance at the end of the parade, trading in their red sleigh for a red fire truck.

For All Ages

Grand Ledge

517-627-2383

November 23-25

One of Lansing’s favorite holiday traditions, The Nutcracker is a fun-filled performance for the entire family. Presented for the 38th year by Capital Ballet Theatre, The Nutcracker combines the artistry of mid-Michigan’s best young dancers and the awe-inspiring direction of award-winning choreographer Gregory M. George. From sword fights and sugar plums to some of Tchaikovsky’s most beloved music, The Nutcracker is a holiday treat you’ll want to share with those you love.

Tickets start at $22 for students and $35 for adults, and are available here.

For All Ages

Wharton Center for Performing Arts, East Lansing

517-353-1982

December 1-2

A broad range of vendors will be selling handmade items, including candles, furniture, jewelry, home and yard decor, aromatherapy, clothing, children’s toys, paintings, photography, sculptures and more! The annual show has four floors of booths - making it one of the largest holiday arts and craft shows in the state.

For Adults

MSU Union, East Lansing

517-355-3554

December 9 | 3-4pm

Members of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra present a short concert for kids, followed by a related craft.

For Children & Their Accompanying Adults

Capital Area District Library, Downtown Lansing

517-367-6363

December 16 | 3-5pm

Seasons Greetings! It's the most wonderful time of the year, and the Lansing Symphony is delighted to bring you an afternoon of timeless carols and festive tunes. Hometown guests and the MSU Youth Chorale join in the fun for this mid-Michigan community tradition. Fill yourself with the joyful spirit of the holidays, and share it with friends, family, and the Lansing Symphony!

Tickets are $20-$55, and are available here.

For All Ages

Wharton Center for Performing Arts, East Lansing

517-487-5001

December 21 | 8pm

The spirit of the season comes alive in this joyous holiday show, which includes dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Don’t miss this ultimate holiday tradition from the #1 Christmas music artist in history!

Tickets start at $36 and are available here.

For All Ages

Wharton Center for Performing Arts, East Lansing

517-353-1982

December 1-2

Shipshewana On the Road shows are two day sales where independent vendors offer their products or merchandise for sale to the general public.

For Adults

The Summit Sports and Ice Complex, Diamondale

269-979-8888

December 1-2

A broad range of vendors will be selling handmade items, including candles, furniture, jewelry, home and yard decor, aromatherapy, clothing, children’s toys, paintings, photography, sculptures and more! The annual show has four floors of booths - making it one of the largest holiday arts and craft shows in the state.

For Adults

MSU Union, East Lansing

517-355-3554

December 1

Join us for the 5th Annual SLCC Craft Fair. Your holiday shopping is as easy as 1-2-3 with our large vendor selection of home made goods.

For Adults

South Lansing Christian Church, Lansing

(517) 281-8946

December 9 | 3-4pm

Members of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra present a short concert for kids, followed by a related craft.

For Children & Their Accompanying Adults

Capital Area District Library, Downtown Lansing

517-367-6363

We. Love. Lansing. And we wanted to share that love with you. That’s why we built this site, and that’s why we’re inviting you and your family to check out our church!

Join us on Sunday mornings at 9 or 11am this Holiday Season, and come out for our Christmas Eve services on December 24 at either 5 or 7pm.

We think you’ll find a place to belong at South!