Thanks to all who entered – this giveaway is officially closed! Winners will be notified by email after the drawing, and have 24 hours to respond.

It is time to deck the halls because December 1 is National Christmas Lights Day! We here at Wonder and Wander – Jackson love Christmas lights and are happy to have so many wonderful displays through Jackson County. As a kid, it was a family tradition to pile in the minivan and drive through our small-town to view the Christmas lights and “Ooh” and “Aah” over the displays. As an adult, I’ve tried this with my family, and sometimes we find some awesome displays, and sometimes we strike out.

Enter: Nite Lites – A Drive-Thru Christmas Light Show!

I still fondly remember the first time my family went through the Nite Lites holiday display. Held at that time at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, I was dazzled by the twinkling lights, whimsical displays, and general holiday ambiance. Now held at Michigan International Speedway, Nite Lites is a can’t miss holiday destination that has become a tradition for many Michigan families. 

Touted as “Michigan’s largest Christmas light display”, Nite Lites features over 6 miles of light displays. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, Nite Lites is not doing any in-person portions this year – only drive-thru viewing!. From animals to tunnels and even a “Twelve Days of Christmas” display, Nite Lites is sure to make your holidays glow. 

We are excited to announce that Night Lites has provided Wonder and Wander – Jackson with four free passes to giveaway! Winners must be able to visit the display during the 2021 season, which runs from November 25-December 31. (Editor’s note: we love visiting during the weeknights as there is less traffic than the heavily visited weekends!)

To enter for your chance to win, you must leave a comment on this blog post (scroll to the bottom of this post to find the comment box). In your comment, you must tell us your favorite holiday tradition! Please be sure to fill out your name, e-mail address, and put your favorite holiday tradition in the comment box (this way we’ll have a way to contact you if you win!)

This giveaway is open thru December 7 at 8:00 p.m. EST with winners being contacted via e-mail that evening. Winners must respond by e-mail within 24 hours to claim their prize, or a new winner will be selected. 

Wishing you all good luck, and a magical holiday season (and stay tuned – we’ll be sharing a video from our visit to this wonderful display soon!). 

Nite Lites runs from November 25 to December 31 at Michigan International Speedway. You can find more information about Nite Lites at

National Christmas Lights Day – and a Nite Lites GIVEAWAY! (Giveaway is closed)

36 thoughts on “National Christmas Lights Day – and a Nite Lites GIVEAWAY! (Giveaway is closed)

  • December 1, 2021 at 7:53 am

    We are hoping to catch this event this yet! It looks beautiful and I think our littles would absolutely love it.

    • December 2, 2021 at 3:24 pm

      My favorite is spending the time with my kids and fiance. Doing crafts and Christmas cookies

      • December 2, 2021 at 7:20 pm

        My favorite tradition is decorating are tree on thanksgiving, watching Christmas movies, lol and decorating cookies for Santa

        • December 4, 2021 at 7:22 pm

          My name is Ellora, and I love watching Elf with my family every year with some hot Cocoa and popcorn!

    • December 2, 2021 at 4:46 pm

      We created our own tradition of Chinese food and jammies all day long!!

    • December 3, 2021 at 6:54 am

      Our favorite tradition as a family is to chow down on cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning and to search for the pickle on the tree.

  • December 1, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Such a generous giveaway! Thank you! My favorite tradition tends to change often but I enjoy decorating the tree with my kiddos. Hearing their excited giggles and, “ooohs and ahhhs,” as they gently unwrap our ornaments and find the perfect place to hang it on the tree warms my heart. We usually make an afternoon of it and put on Christmas music. Then once the tree is decorated we flip on the lights and dance in the living room.

  • December 1, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    My favorite Holiday traditions are decorating cookies with family and attending a candlelight Christmas Eve service together!

  • December 1, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    Hi my favorite holiday tradition is going to Bronners in Frankenmuth.

  • December 1, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    My favorite tradition is making and decorating Christmas cookies with my daughter and making chocolate covered pretzels

  • December 1, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Nite Lites is totally one of my very favorite traditions! I can remember going to the fairgrounds the first year I had my drivers permit and realizing it’s a lot more work to be the driver! Lol

  • December 1, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    We take pictures at candy cane lane. It’s a very cool background. We also take a matching pajama photo too.

  • December 1, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    We have Christmas countdown figurines that are hidden each day (12/1-12/25) with silly clues left in stockings. A nice little advent chocolate is a fun way to celebrate finding a figurine! 🎄❤️

  • December 1, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is decorating with my kids and baking together.

  • December 2, 2021 at 12:16 am

    My favorite tradition is decorating cookies. Cookies are probably 60 percent of my diet in December!!

  • December 2, 2021 at 5:31 am

    Nite Lites is such a fun Christmas celebration for my family and I. My son is 4 now and is really enjoying all the Christmas lights and celebrations more this year!! Our favorite Christmas tradition is going to as many light displays as we can and spending quality time with family.

  • December 2, 2021 at 7:43 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is our annual cookie baking day with family and friends. We make 10-15 kinds of cookies and each have a big tray to bring home. Lots of cookies, laughter, and Christmas music

    • December 5, 2021 at 2:47 pm

      My favorite holiday tradition is the ornament exchange I do with my husband. We’ve been doing it since 2005. We now do it with my daughter who is 3. It’s the perfect way to fill up our tree and I love pulling out each ornament and remembering where we were at that stage in our lives.

  • December 2, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Every year we load up our 4 kids and family and friends in our huge van and head to the Nite Lites! At the end where the 12 days of Christmas are represented we play the Muppets version and sing through the whole thing laughing the entire time.

  • December 2, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    My favorite holiday memories are being at my grandparents house and celebrating with all my cousins as a kid. Now that I am a parent, I love watching that same excitement in my children now. Merry Christmas!!

  • December 2, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    Our favorite tradition is going to the Nite Lites at some point during the season 🙂

  • December 2, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    Our favorite tradition is just hanging out as a
    Family on Christmas Eve – the 4 of us. We make yummy food together and watch Christmas movies and play games. I hope to do this as long as possible with my girls!

  • December 2, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    Our favorite Christmas traditions are anything we do as a family. Lots of Christmas baking and dancing in the kitchen! 😍

  • December 2, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    This is such a fun giveaway. My favorite holiday tradition is putting at the Christmas tree up and looking at the ornaments from over the years. 🙂

  • December 2, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    Baking Christmas sweets and treats with my daughter and mom, just like I used to do with my mom and grandma. We used grandma’s handwritten recipes.

  • December 2, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    My favorite tradition is opening one present on Christmas Eve and it’s always a new set of matching family pajamas.

  • December 2, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    New Christmas pajamas that we open on Christmas Eve!

  • December 2, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    My favorite tradition is spending the month of December doing different things with my kiddos. One day we may decorate Christmas cookies, watch Christmas movies, drive around looking at lights, listening to Christmas carols. Every day it’s something new. We Sadly never went to see the nite lights yet and I think the kids would love it. 😊

  • December 2, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas Eve church service with my family. Singing Christmas carols in the candle light and remembering the true meaning of Christmas. ❤️

  • December 2, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    My favorite tradition is taking my two kiddos to nite lights with my parents! Watching the wonder and their excitement at every light display is so fun!

  • December 3, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Our family started a tradition of lighting off fireworks the day of our Holiday celebration with extended family!

  • December 5, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    We kick off the holiday season with Black Friday, turn the radio to 24 hour Christmas music, and sing along between shops. That weekend, we pick a Christmas movie to watch as a family.

    We also drive around to see lights, our favorites being any that go along to music.

    We have a huge extended family baking party over a long weekend and play cards.

    We always drive through the Nite Lites display at least once every year, too. I have a 12 year old who looks forward to it and a 1. 5 year old who is starting to see the magic of Christmas!

  • December 6, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas morning breakfast. For as long as I can remember (and in the family for several generations), we would eat Eggs Goldenrod in the morning before opening presents. It was always such a fun time getting together with family around the table.

  • December 7, 2021 at 9:13 am

    One of our favorite traditions during Christmas is going to cut our tree down and decorating it the same day. We also love going to Adrian to see the lighted trees and grabbing hot chocolate.

  • December 7, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    We love decorating our tree, Secret Santa shopping and making Christmas cookies with our family. Last year we started a new tradition of making popcorn and hot chocolate and driving around town to see everyone’s outdoor lights!

  • December 7, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking cookies with the family and leaving them out for Santa on a Christmas Eve.

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