International Festival of Lights

2016 International Festival of Lights

November 19 – December 31, 2016

Creating holiday magic for a brighter world is what Battle Creek’s International Lights Fest 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 along the Battle Creek River and light the way along State Street every night throughout this festive six-week event. Families, individuals, and children of all ages stroll through the twinkling lights to experience the magic and beauty of the season. Singing and laughter are often heard as festival goers simply can’t 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 that will be announced in the fall. Keep watch for details as this magical event draws near!

 

Important Information

If you are interested in being a part of the International Festival of Lights, contact the following:

IFOL Manager

Email: Contact us

Small Business Marketplace

Click here for vendor application

Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here for more information on our sponsorship opportunities.

IFOL Warming House

Hosted by River's Edge

33 North McCamly Street, Battle Creek, MI
November 19th - December 23rd

The Warming House – hosted by River’s Edge, located at 33 North McCamly Street – serves as a fun gathering place for chilly festival goers! Visitors can enjoy a variety of treats, warm up with hot cocoa and chat with Santa! The Gingerbread-themed Warming House will serve as the “hub” of this year’s festival activities, and will feature an outdoor, heated entertainment tent.

Warming House special attractions:

                                              Visit with Santa!                                                       Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides (FREE!)

                                              Saturdays – 5:00-8:00PM                                          December 3rd, 10th & 17th; 6-8PM
                                              Sundays – 1:00-4:00PM                                            Pickup/Drop off at Warming House

 

Live Entertainment

November 19th - December 23rd

Warming House Heated Tent
(33 N. McCamly St.)
5:00–8:00PM

Enjoy a diverse roster of FREE local & regional bands every weekend, including a special Thanksgiving Eve performance on November 23rd!

November
19 - Chameleon (Top 40)
23 - Tony Fields & Doug Decker (R&B/Motown/Funk)
25 - Jake Kershaw (Blues)
26 - Uprizin Steel Band (Caribbean/Top40)

December
2 - Reggae Lou (Reggae/Top 40)
3 - Kari Holmes Band (Country)
9 - Hipshott (Classic Rock)
10 - Skeletones (R&B/Funk/Blues)
14 - Karaoke with Nola Batch (popular songs)
15 - Jared Blake (Country) 6:00-7:00PM
16 - Big Boss (Blues/Classic Rock)
17 - Erika Scherry (Country/Pop)
23 - Deep Fried Pickle Project (JUGabilly)

 

Small Business Marketplace

December 10th

Warming House Heated Tent
(33 N. McCamly St.)
11:00AM - 3:00PM

Shop a variety of vendors offering unique holiday gift ideas, including:

  • Too Koi Designs (unique t-shirts & signs)
  • Stacy's Creations (etched glass & personalized creations)
  • RiversEdge (unique gift baskets)
  • JosHats (one-of-a-kind knit hats & accessories)
  • Glow Toys & Novelty (light up toys, plush animals)
  • Eli's Doces (delicious authentic churros) - tentative

Additional vendors pending - check back often!

Kids Corner

Sundays only, November 20th - December 18th

Warming House Heated Tent
(33 N. McCamly St.)
1:00PM - 4:00PM

This delightful new FREE attraction features children’s activities on Sunday afternoons.

  • Santa Claus
  • Live Reindeer (November 20th, 27th & December 11th only)
  • Holiday Karaoke
  • Entertainment
  • Arts & Crafts

 

 

IFOL Entertainment Roster & Community Events

Check back often for new additions to the entertainment roster!

November


19     Battle Creek Community Foundation Holiday Open House
Kool Family Community Center, 200 W. Michigan Ave.
2:00PM - 5:00PM

        Live Band: Chameleon (Top 40)
Warming House Heated Entertainment Tent (33 N. McCamly St.)
7:00PM - 9:00PM (approximate begin time; immediately following parade)


20    IFOL Kids Corner
Warming House Heated Entertainment Tent (33 N. McCamly St.)
1:00PM - 4:00PM


23    Tony Fields & Doug Decker (R&B/Motown/Funk)
Warming House Heated Entertainment Tent (33 N. McCamly St.)
5:00PM - 8:00PM


25    Jake Kershaw (Blues)
Warming House Heated Entertainment Tent (33 N. McCamly St.)
5:00PM - 8:00PM


26   Uprizin Steel Band (Caribbean/Top40)
Warming House Heated Entertainment Tent (33 N. McCamly St.)
5:00PM - 8:00PM

       Small Business Marketplace
Warming House Heated Entertainment Tent (33 N. McCamly St.)
11:00AM - 3:00PM


27   IFOL Kids Corner 
Warming House Heated Entertainment Tent (33 N. McCamly St.)
1:00PM - 4:00PM

December

2    Reggae Lou (Reggae/Top 40)
Warming House Heated Entertainment Tent (33 N. McCamly St.)
5:00PM - 8:00PM


3    Small Business Marketplace
Warming House Heated Entertainment Tent (33 N. McCamly St.)
11:00AM - 3:00PM

      Kari Holmes Band (Country)
Warming House Heated Entertainment Tent (33 N. McCamly St.)
5:00PM - 8:00PM

      Brass Band of Battle Creek:  "Sounds of the Season"
W.K. Kellogg Auditorium (50 W. Van Buren St.)
7:30PM


4    Kids Corner
Warming House Heated Entertainment Tent (33 N. McCamly St.)
1:00PM - 4:00PM (featuring performances by PALamazoo)


9    Hipshott (Classic Rock)
Warming House Heated Entertainment Tent (33 N. McCamly St.)
5:00PM - 8:00PM


10  Small Business Marketplace
Warming House Heated Entertainment Tent (33 N. McCamly St.)
11:00AM - 3:00PM

      Skeletones (R&B/Funk/Blues)
Warming House Heated Entertainment Tent (33 N. McCamly St.)
5:00PM - 8:00PM

      Tinsel Toes 5K Run
Full Blast (35 W. Hamblin Ave.)
5:30PM


11  Kids Corner
Warming House Heated Entertainment Tent (33 N. McCamly St.)
1:00PM - 4:00PM

      Shari Rarick School of Dance Holiday Show (Ann J. Kellogg Elementary School, 306 Champion Street)
1:30PM & 3:00PM


14  Karaoke with Nola Batch (popular songs)
Warming House Heated Entertainment Tent (33 N. McCamly St.)
5:00PM - 8:00PM


15  Jared Blake (Country) - NBC's The Voice Alum special performance
Warming House Heated Entertainment Tent (33 N. McCamly St.)
6:00PM - 7:00PM
Sponsored by A Forever Recovery


16  Big Boss (Blues/Classic Rock)
Warming House Heated Entertainment Tent (33 N. McCamly St.)
5:00PM - 8:00PM

     Live Nativity Scene
Commerce Pointe (77 E. Michigan Ave.)
6:00-9:00PM


17  Erika Scherry (Country/Pop)
Warming House Heated Entertainment Tent (33 N. McCamly St.)
5:00PM - 8:00PM

      Live Nativity Scene
Commerce Pointe (77 E. Michigan Ave.)
6:00-9:00PM


18  Kids Corner
Warming House Heated Entertainment Tent (33 N. McCamly St.)
1:00PM - 4:00PM

      Live Nativity Scene
Commerce Pointe (77 E. Michigan Ave.)


23  Deep Fried Pickle Project (JUGabilly)
Warming House Heated Entertainment Tent (33 N. McCamly St.)
5:00PM - 8:00PM