Six Miles of Twinkling Christmas Lights through the New Year

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Welcome to Jackson County, where the festive season comes alive with a shimmering spectacle at the Michigan International Speedway – The Nite Lites display is back at the track. This enchanting drive-through Christmas light show has been a cherished tradition for nearly three decades, and we’re thrilled to invite you once again. And, it remains open through the first whole week of 2024.

On a recent episode of the Experience Jackson Podcast, Rachel Buchanan (Marketing & Development Manager) welcomed John Spink, longtime owner and operator of the Nite Lites Show.

Here’s what they had to highlight.

A Christmas Spectacle Like No Other

Embark on a magical six-mile journey through the speedway’s grounds, illuminated by twinkling lights and vibrant displays. From the comfort of your car, tune into the Christmas music that syncs perfectly with the lights, creating an immersive holiday experience. Crank up your favorite Christmas playlist (or tune to local Christmas station, 106.9 to set the soundtrack for your drive.

A Journey of Festive Themes

Be delighted by various themed sections, from a whimsical Christmas fantasy complete with Santa and his friends to the surprising dinosaur section that captivates the kids! With intricate, animated displays and light tunnels, Nite Lites transforms the spirit of Christmas into a visual delight. Some sections of the Nite Lites have you driving right on a portion of the actual NASCAR track!

Beyond Just Lights

But Nite Lites isn’t just about the bright displays; it’s about community and celebration. Local businesses contribute to the festivity with sponsored displays, extending warm holiday wishes to all visitors. And once you’ve marveled at the colorful cheer, the true meaning of Christmas awaits to leave a lasting impression as you conclude your visit.

Experience the Nite Lites Express

For a different twist, hop aboard the trackless Nite Lites Express. This open-air train ride brings a new perspective to the light show, allowing everyone to enjoy the lights without worrying about driving. Just bundle up and book your bench online ahead of time to make sure you don’t miss out.

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Bring the Family… or Make it a Group Outing

Nite Lites welcomes vehicles of all sizes. Whether you’re in a family car, a limousine, or a charter bus, the experience is accessible with only the same height restrictions as driving on down the freeway. It’s perfect for group outings, too!

Stay Awhile

With the show running into the night, consider staying over at one of our 15 cozy Jackson County hotels, like the nearby Super 8 in Brooklyn, complete with all the amenities for a warm, comfortable stay. The next morning, there are a variety of boutique shops and small town memories to be made county-wide or specifically in Brooklyn.

Make Memories

Join the multitudes who’ve made Nite Lites a family tradition. It’ll be a tradition that your family will continue for years to come.

For more details and to start planning your trip, visit, or download the free Experience Jackson app, your ultimate guide to planning your visit, brimming with self-guided tours, event calendars, and more.

Listen to the Podcast Featuring Nite Lites

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