International Festival of Lights

2017 International Festival of Lights

November 18 – December 31, 2017

Creating holiday magic for a brighter world is what Battle Creek’s International Festival of Lights is all about. Once again, this traditional festival of lights will return in all its splendor and beauty to delight visitors from both near and far. Colorful displays sparkle and shimmer along the Battle Creek River, and light the way along State Street every night throughout this festive event.

Families, individuals, and children of all ages stroll through the twinkling lights to experience the magic and beauty of the season. Laughter and singing are often heard as festival goers simply cannot resist getting into the holiday spirit. One of the most popular displays that attracts viewers year after year is the Twelve Days of Christmas located on the back lawn of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

In addition to fabulous visual displays, the International Lights Fest also brings special entertainment and unique attractions! Get ready for an activity packed holiday season with downtown games, music, and merriment. From horse-drawn wagon rides to crafts to bike races to singing competitions, there will be something to do for everyone at the Festival of Lights. All activities are free and family friendly. Keep watch for details here and on our Facebook page as this magical event draws near!


Important Information

Battle Creek Christmas Parade

The Battle Creek Christmas Parade is produced and presented by the Harper Creek Optimist Club. Click here for details and registration information.

Questions about IFOL Activities?

If you have any questions about any of the activities or events, contact:

Sarah Phillips
Professional & Personal Wellness
26 1/2 W. Michigan Ave.
Battle Creek, MI 49017
Office (269)660-2568

Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here for more information on our sponsorship opportunities.

Activities and Schedule of Events

 Warming House - Sponsored by Bronson Battle Creek

This annual tradition serves as a festive gathering place for chilly festival goers on Saturday evenings. Visitors can warm up with hot chocolate and other treats, chat with Santa, and enjoy a different fun children’s activity each Saturday. This year, each week’s warming house will be hosted at a different venue around downtown Battle Creek to give festival goers the chance to explore all the wonders that Battle Creek businesses have to offer!

 November 25th, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Hall of Toys - 58 Michigan Ave W

December 2nd, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Battle Creek Books - 51 Michigan Ave W

December 9th, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Trek Bicycle store - 22 Michigan Ave W

December 16th, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Battle Creek Welcome Center - 34 W Jackson Street

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides

Saturdays: November 25th- December 16th from 6:00pm-8:00pm

This free annual activity takes place downtown and is one of the best ways to enjoy the lights of the season! Drop-off and pick-up conveniently located at the warming house of the week.

Parade and Open House - November 18th

Come downtown and get your spot for the downtown Christmas parade and the official start of the Festival of Lights! Before the parade, be sure to check out the Battle Creek Community Foundation for their Holiday Open House which will feature a variety of fun activities!

Crafting in the Creek Day – November 25th

Let the magic of the season spark your creative side! On this day from 5:00pm-8:00pm, different crafters will be stationed at businesses around the city to lead festival goers in creating arts and crafts they can take home! These may include painting, jewelry making, ornament design, kid’s crafts, etc. With crafts in various degrees of complexity, this event will be fun for people of all ages!

The craft locations include:
Trek Store - Ornaments and Holiday Rocks
8 Michigan Ave - Chihuly Style Ornaments
Hall of Toys - Slime Making
26 1/2 West Michigan Ave (3rd Floor) - Come add your touch of color to a huge 8ft x 24ft Holiday Community canvas that will be displayed all winter in the windows of 17 W. Michigan Ave.

Follow us on Facebook to see examples of some of the fun art projects that will be offered as the event approaches. Participation is free!

Downtown December Day – December 2nd

There is nothing better on a chilly December day than a good book! From 5:00pm-8:00pm, join us at Battle Creek Books for holiday story book readings and other fun holiday themed activities. Santa will be giving out FREE holiday books to kids while supplies last, sponsored by Southern Michigan Bank and Trust!

Live Nativity Scene – December 8th-10th

The FREE community-run presentation begins on the half hour from 6:00-9:00 p.m. each night. Location: Commerce Pointe, 77 E. Michigan Avenue

Festive Games and Athletics Day – December 9th

This is a day for getting out and active this holiday season! Check out the Tinsel Toes 5K here.  Afterwards, join us downtown from 6:30pm-8:00pm for free snow bike races and children races down Michigan Ave, coordinated by Trek Bicycle Store.

A Team Trivia contest will follow from 8:00pm-10:00pm at the Cricket Club! Follow us on Facebook for more details as the events draws closer.

Caroling in the Creek Day – December 16th

This singing extravaganza will put the whole city in the holiday mood! We will be inviting local singing groups and choirs to participate in this caroling contest. There will be prizes, refreshments, and various holiday entertainments. A karaoke contest will follow at one of the local businesses! Follow us on Facebook for more details as the event draws closer.

Are you a choir interested in participating? The registration is free and there will be prizes! Contact for more information.

Window Decorating Contest – November 11th – December 15th

Let’s make Battle Creek even more festive this season! If you are a non-profit and have a few creative team members, this contest is the perfect opportunity to spread the word about your organization, win prizes, and help bring more holiday cheer to downtown Battle Creek! See the flyer for more details.

The windows are all decorated, so vote for your favorite window here and help support a non-profit!

Let us host your holiday party!

Looking to offer your employees a unique and fun holiday party experience this holiday season? Let us help you! We have a venue location available for rent each Friday during the festival in the heart of downtown Battle Creek, which will include a variety of decor and activities options. Contact

Be a part of the magic!

Click here for information on our sponsorship opportunities.

Email if you would like to volunteer for any of the events (read books, help lead a craft, help with the children’s activities etc.)

Thank you to sponsors and to partners in fun!

Battle Creek Community Foundation

Kellogg Company

WIN 98.5

Professional and Personal Wellness

Trek Bicycle store

Battle Creek Welcome Center

Battle Creek Books

Hall of Toy

Cricket Club

Bronson Battle Creek

Southern Michigan Bank and Trust

And any more to come!