Just a week or so ago, I learned about Nite Lites at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, one of the largest Christmas light shows in all of Michigan. I was elated, and told my husband we had to go. He agreed.
You see, both of us remember going to Domino’s Farms in Ann Arbor to see the Christmas light show. It was an event; my parents and my brother, along with my grandparents, would all pile in the car for a driving tour of the elaborate light displays. I think my favorite part was the “tunnel” of lights. And since that light show had been discontinued years ago, it hadn’t crossed our minds. That is, until a local parent told me about Nite Lites.
Nite Lites is a 2 mile long car ride through an elaborate light show, complete with train rides, games for kids, the option to see Santa, and more. It draws around 37,000 people annually — how did we not know about this? I feel like we’ve been hiding under a rock or something.
Anyways, we took the boys out for our annual Christmas dinner (dubbed as such because we give the waitress an especially nice tip), and then headed to see the light show.
When we arrived, the line of cars waiting was about a mile long, and we spent a number of minutes inching forward while Toby was practically jumping out of his seat in excitement.
Once we were inside the fairgrounds, Toby was allowed out of his carseat, and he rode shotgun with me for the light show. Toby was brimming with excitement as he peered through the front windshield, craning his neck to count the big candles by the “official” entrance.
As we passed each item of interest, Toby would declare, “that’s my favorite too!” He liked the semi truck, the train bearing presents, Rudolph bowling (complete with animation), to name a few. It really brought back the magic of Christmas for me, that feeling of excitement and childhood wonder. I’m so glad we were able to let Toby experience the same thrill of seeing such elaborate Christmas light displays. Zack slept through the light show, of course, but no matter. This will definitely be an experience that we repeat in the years to come. Nite Lites met and surpassed our expectations!
While nothing compares to the actual experience of driving through a light show, I figured you might enjoy seeing a few smartphone captures from our drive.
If you want to visit Nite Lites 2014, there is still time!! The Christmas light show (which went up November 27th) runs until December 30th at the Jackson County Fairgrounds — every evening, 5:30 – 9:00 pm. It costs $15 per vehicle, or $30 per bus. So bring the family!