Winter Festival of Lights

2018 Winter Festival of Lights

November 17 – December 31, 2018

Creating holiday magic for a brighter world is what Battle Creek’s International Festival of Lights is all about. The beautiful light structures will return in all their 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. 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 the winter of 2018, the historic Battle Creek International Festival of Lights will be incorporated into the new and exciting Battle Creek Winter Festival of Lights. This festival will focus on the magic, diversity, and joy of Battle Creek.  Laughter and singing are often heard as festival goers simply cannot resist getting into the holiday spirit.

This Battle Creek Winter Festival of Lights will include 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 singing competitions to circus acts, there will be something to do for everyone at the Winter 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

Parade and Open House - November 17th

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!


November 24th

Winter Carnival

The Winter Festival Carnival is a fun-family friendly event that will be packed with games, activities, face-painting, live music, food, and winter merriment! We will also have trees throughout festival market square for non-profit groups to decorate, as well as a community canvas.


December 1st

Caroling in the Creek

A day for music lovers on a Saturday in December, the Caroling in the Creek day will feature a caroling contest between local signing groups, choirs and individuals. After the sets, a local band will perform. In a city not short of a great variety of
talented musicians from all ages, genres, and walks of life, anyone attending this musical day in Festival Market Square will be inspired to sing along!


December 8th

Holiday Festival Circus

From street performers to large circus stage acts, Festival
Market Square will be packed with acrobats, jugglers, dancers, magicians, and more. On this day of merriment and fun, which will take place on a Saturday in December, attendees won’t know who to watch first!


December 15th

Crafting in the Creek

Artistic spirit will be abundant all over Battle Creek on this
Saturday event for creative and fun-loving people. With a focus on the diversity in winter and holiday cultures around the world, a variety of artists will lead artist workshops,
demonstrations, and take home crafts and gifts for attendees of all ages and artistic skill.


December 22nd

Multicultural Day

The theme of this Saturday in December will be embodying the winter spirit by having an open exchange of idea and traditions. Local non-profit and multicultural groups will be invited to
participate in whatever way they are willing or able on this day, be it through workshops, crafts, performances, or showcasing what they do for Battle Creek.


Every Weekend:

  • Horse Drawn Wagon Rides The best way to experience the great structures of the historic Festival of Lights is on a horse drawn wagon ride through the lights!
  • Hot Chocolate Grab a hot chocolate to keep warm on a chilly day!
  • Santa’s Den & Kids Zone The Kid’s Zone will provide an array of free, family-friendly things to do on Saturdays, November 24 - December 22. Kids Zone includes Visit with Santa and his elves, Holiday arts and crafts, Holiday and traditional games, Face painting, and more
  • Music and/or stage entertainment

Be a part of the magic!

Email if you would like to volunteer for any of the events (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

Small Business Development Fund

Gallagher Uniform


Climax Telephone Company

Lakeview Ford

Kellogg Community Credit Union

And any more to come!