Holiday Décor Tips

Thanksgiving is over and the leftovers put away so what does that mean? Time to put up your holiday décor! Decorating for the holidays should be a joy and something to look forward to but with a short amount of time and all the décor choices that are out there it can also be very overwhelming. So, we gathered some of our top tips to make your holiday decorating merry and bright.

Plan Ahead

It is easy to get overwhelmed when thinking of how you want to decorate your home for the holidays, but don’t stress. Start by setting your decorating budget, then create a plan for where you want your decorations around your home and choose a color palate. By starting with these simple steps, a clear plan for what you want will appear.

Bring Cheer to Every Room

When decorating for the holidays the typical spaces are living\family room, outside, entryway, kitchen, and even bathrooms but a lot of people seem to forget their bedroom. Yes, people coming to your home for the holidays won’t be seeing your bedroom, but you will, so by adding some garland that may be left over here and there around your room is a perfect elegant way to bring cheer where you lay your head.

Dim the Lights

This is the coziest time of the year so by adding plug in dimmers to all of your lights it will bring an instant ambiance to any room at a very inexpensive price. Bonus they are very easy to install and can be found at any local hardware store!

Wrap Your Gifts Early

Yes, that means getting your holiday shopping done early as well, which we all know isn’t always realistic. So even if you just have a couple gifts bought, don’t hide them away, make them beautiful!  When it comes to wrapping try to choose a coordinated group of paper and bows that will match with your holiday décor. By doing this simple step you will take one last minute to-do off your list while adding something beautiful to your home that everyone can throughout the holiday season!

Holiday Festivities in the Mitten

It’s the most wonderful time of the year especially in the mitten! All across our state there are fun and festive events going on to help you make the most of this holiday season. Whether you’re looking for parades, fireworks, light displays, holiday markets or a mixture of them all we have you covered!

Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village: December 5th-28th

If you want the ultimate Charles Dickens Christmas experience than Holiday Nights is a must do! It’s like stepping through a Christmas Card from the past. Greenfield Village doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to giving you the most immersive experience. The air is filled with the scent of roasting chestnuts, songs of carolers and chime of sleigh bells, candles adorn each window, and horse drawn wagons pass you by. Sound too good to be true? We promise it’s not; this event has quickly become the most popular holiday event in the region. They even end each evening with a fantastic firework display!

Holland’s Parade of Lights: December 3rd at 6:30pm

Santa and his reindeer arrive in downtown Holland for their annual parade of lights! Over 80 entries consisting of bands, floats, and vehicles will be decked out in thousands of holidays lights illuminating the streets of Holland. Not to mention you can get a jump start on your holiday shopping at all of the great shops downtown has to offer.

Christmas Holiday Traditions Around the World December 1st- January 5th

There is no better way to ring in the holiday season than to attend the Holiday Traditions Around the World in Grand Rapids at Fredrick Meijer Gardens. This exhibit honors 46 different cultures with their international trees and displays along with 300,000 holiday lights, strolling carolers, and visits from Santa!

Victorian Sleigh Bell Parade December 5th-8th

Take part in one of Michigan’s most unique holiday celebrations. The Victorian Sleigh Bell parade brings you a whole weekend of holiday fun! The weekend is kicked off with their parade that consists of draft horses pulling a 30-foot tree down the route followed by a display of luminaries, bagpipers, carolers dressed in Victorian style attire, and ending with the lighting of the Christmas tree. It’s a unique trip to the past!

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo December 4th-31st

What is more magical than 5 million LED lights illuminating trees, and buildings as you walk through the Detroit Zoo? We would say not a whole lot! This event is a favorite and always sells out fast, with good reason. Not only will you have the amazing light displays to enjoy but you will also have live entertainment, arts and crafts, ice carvings, and photos with Santa. It’s a great event for the whole family!

Walk of Trees December 1st-January 2nd

Want a more local connection when celebrating the holidays? Well look no further than Plymouths Kellogg park and their Walk of Trees. See 75 trees that are each decorated by a local family, club or business and each are lit 24 hours through Christmas.

Didn’t see something in your area? Check out this full guide of Michigan Holiday Festivals, available from Pure Michigan!

Best Christmas Tree Farms in the Mitten

It’s officially the acceptable time to put up a tree and to be honest it’s one of our favorite things to do to kick off the holiday season! What’s better than bundling up with the family and traveling to your local Christmas Tree Farm to find this year’s perfect tree? If you ask us not much!

We are pretty spoiled here in Michigan with the amount of tree farms we have to pick from, but it also can get overwhelming, and some don’t offer as many amenities as others. So, we searched around Michigan to locate the best tree farms to make your holiday tree shopping easy and enjoyable!

North Star Gardens

If you feel like a drive or live in northern Michigan than North Star Gardens is a must stop for your fresh cut Christmas tree. Not only do they have a great selection of trees, but their other amenities include a holiday gift shop, hot coco and cookies, as well as showings of Christmas movies and a chance for you to visit with Santa! All this and more is why they were recently named the single best Christmas tree farm in the state by Good Housekeeping!

Broadview Christmas Tree Farm

It is not uncommon to see deer, turkeys, rabbits, and an occasional coyote when you visit Broadview Christmas Tree Farm in Highland Michigan. Their 118-acre farm offers a wide range of tree varieties like Scotch Pine, Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, and Fraser Fir. They also offer Wagon rides, food and drink, and best part is you can bring your furry friend along with you as long as they are kept on a leash.

Tannenbaum Farms

When the slogan for a tree farm is “where memories are made” you know it’s going to be good. Tannenbaum Farms in Mason Michigan prides themselves on giving your family a memory to cherish every time you visit. Not only can you pick the perfect tree there, they offer an extensive amount of Christmas greenery in a variety of sizes and types, hayrides and multiple bonfires around the property to warm yourself up. Their adorable Christmas shop is also a must stop especially if you’re looking to visit with Santa!

Vormittag Tree Farm

Created in 1954 Vormittag Tree Farm located in Grand Rapids is rooted in family values. They have been in service for 65 years and pride themselves in their work at the farm. If you’re looking for a good family photo op this farm is your ideal location, and a go to for many local photographers in the area. They have cut your own or precut Spruces, Pines, and Firs as well as carry a beautiful selection of wreaths and greenery for your home.

Janke Tree Farm

Known as the biggest little tree farm in Southwest Michigan, Janke Tree Farm is compact with thousands of trees for sale within a very short walk! It is a small family run business that strives to provide an excellent product and great service. Tractor rides are available every weekend as well as drinks and snacks and the bonfire pit is always lit.

Thanksgiving Festivities in the Mitten

Thanksgiving is the time of year to gather with family and of course eat till your hearts content or till your pants no longer fit, but it is also a great time to get out and create memories with your family and friends!

If you’re looking to burn some calories before eating all that delicious Thanksgiving food, here are some Turkey Trot 5k run/walks going on throughout the mitten for you and your family to participate in!

Lansing Turkey Trot: November 28th, 2019 9am

Traverse City Turkey Trot: November 28th, 2019 9am

Grand Rapids Turkey Trot: November 28th, 2019 8am

Detroit Turkey Trot: November 28th, 2019 9am

Exercising Thanksgiving weekend not your thing? Don’t fret! Here are some other fun activities to help you ring in the holidays.

America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Detroit November 28th, 2019 10am-12pm

If you’ve never been to America’s Thanksgiving Parade, it is a must! It’s one of the largest in the US and is a holiday tradition that dates back to 1924. Woodward Avenue will be adorned with floats, helium-balloons, marching bands, and of course big man himself, Santa!

Wonderland of Lights: Lansing November 25th – 29th

Potter Park Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland with thousands of lights, activities, and entertainment for the young and old!

Holiday Celebration and Candle Walk: Frankenmuth November 29th, 2019 6pm-9pm

This event is a perfect way to start the Christmas Season. Activities start at 6pm with hot chocolate and cookies…um YUM! The main ceremony starts at 6:30pm with the reading of the Christmas story, music and a candle walk.

Aglow on the Avenue Holiday Parade: Ludington November 30th, 2019 6pm-7pm

There is no better way to usher in the holiday season than in downtown Ludington with an evening parade! The event is then followed by their Christmas tree lighting and open holiday shopping.

Didn’t see something in your area? Check out this full guide of Thanksgiving weekend events, available from Pure Michigan!

Decorating for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that seems to be forgotten when it comes to decorating. Most people jump the gun and put up their tree and garland before the Halloween candy is put away. So, if you’re one of those people who likes to wait till after Thanksgiving to string up those holiday lights but doesn’t know exactly how to decorate for the harvest season don’t fret, we have you covered.

Bring Out the Warm Tones

Following an autumnal pattern can be very easy and budget friendly. You would be surprised at some of the items in your home that would fit into this color scheme. For example, Amber glass in the form of vases, and votives and brass and copper candlesticks placed around your home creates a warm understated Thanksgiving feel.

Add in Nature

Sometimes all you need to create a Thanksgiving feel throughout your home is to use what’s found in nature. Mini pumpkins and gourds are perfect to place throughout your house, they don’t take up too much space but add texture and color to places that can be forgotten. To create a festive harvest atmosphere, add a tall vase of branches like holly berries to bring a pop of red or pampas grass to add a neutral golden feel


Most people when they think of velvet think Christmas, but velvet can be a perfect way to bring a warm rich feel to your home during the harvest season. Adding some velvet pillows in deep burgundy or evergreen will add a pop of color to your living room and by using these colors you can easily transition them into your Christmas décor, plus it will save you money! To spice it up a little bit add some velvet pumpkins throughout your home or a velvet table runner. Mixing the traditional pumpkins and table runner with velvet will be a nice surprise to your guests.

Embrace Tradition

Sometimes there is no reason to reinvent the wheel when it comes to decorating for Thanksgiving. Focusing on the timelessness of the holiday can be just what your home needs. Keep it classic with linen adorned with a simple harvest pattern. Attaching vintage plates to the wall with no damage adhesive hangers helps bring in the old with the new, as well as using your grandmother’s crystal glassware and antique candle holders filled with tapered candles.