The Festival of Lights is a long-standing tradition in Battle Creek. For decades, downtown has put up light installations to brighten the early winter nights in December. 


Want to see it for yourself? Plan your visit: 


Get a drink 

Hot chocolate is the drink of the season. You can pick some up at Clara’s on the River or Griffin Pub & Grill (along with some great appetizers). 


If you’re looking for a more adult drink, then Handmap Brewing has a cozy space and inventive craft beers. 


Visit Mill Race Park 

Follow the sound of Christmas music to Mill Race Park. The Christmas tree and candy cane decorations are synced up to songs, flashing and glittering to the beat. The lights surround a playground at Mill Race Park, which is popular with kids. 


Head to the Kellogg House 

Down the street from Mill Race Park is the Battle Creek River. Cross the bridge and turn right. You’ll find vintage light displays for the 12 Days of Christmas, from the pear tree to the drummers. You might recognize the guy juggling the five golden rings: Tony the Tiger! 


The Kellogg House isn’t open for tours, but there is the Underground Railroad Monument in the gardens by the river. 


Warm up with dinner 

Follow the river back to the heart of downtown and you’ll find Santa and his reindeer up on the rooftop of Clara’s.This restaurant was once a train station and has retained its historic charm.  


Or go to Michigan Avenue and there’s Griffin Bar & Grill for Irish-inspired pub fare and Torti Taco Bar & Grill for tacos and seafood.  


New Holland Brewpub is famous for its Michigan-made beer and cocktails. But the food there is good, too. There’s also a kids menu, so it’s family friendly. 


If it’s a special night, then make a reservation at Kitchen Proper where the food itself is a special event.