The holiday season is upon us and what better way to celebrate than by going to see a light show with your family and friends this season? Stepping into a winter wonderland where the holiday spirit comes to life in a spectacular symphony of lights is timeless and the best in Michigan is right in our backyard.

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Travel +Leisure knows that the shine of those twinkling lights is the highlight of the holiday season each year and a tradition that has spanned generations. Their team took the time to put together a list of "The Best Christmas Lights Display in Each State".

"Christmas lights actually have a history that dates back to the pagan rituals of northern Europe. In winter, a bit of illumination has always served as a representation of hope that the sun would once again shine brightly, ending the darkness of December", T + L said.  "Winter light traditions have come a long way, from early Yule Logs to candles on the German Christmas tree — perhaps the most flammable Christmas light iteration — to the LED Christmas light displays we know and love today".


So, what light display took the top spot for Michigan? None other than Genesee County's Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad. A local favorite tradition for many in Mid-Michigan, it's no surprise it was singled out as the best of the best in the Mitten State. Here's what T + L has to say about their top pick for Michigan;

"A real-life Polar Express, Michigan's Huckleberry Railroad takes guests on a 40-minute holiday-themed ride, passing by Christmas lights and ending at Crossroads Village, a living history museum that recreates life in the Great Lakes at the turn of the 20th century. Visitors can also take in the sights from the comfort of their cars during the Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic drive-through experience, or you can purchase a combo ticket and enjoy both the train and village offerings".

Whether you're a local seeking a new holiday tradition or a visitor eager to experience the magic, Crossroads Village lights are shining just for you. So, grab your family & friends, bundle up in your coziest scarves, and head out for a luminous journey through Genesee County's gem of Christmas light displays, the best in Michigan.

See the full list of "The Best Christmas Lights Displays in Every State" here.

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