Northern Michigan Rides To See The Lights


Though the official Ride to See the Lights is done for 2020-2021, the maps are provided here to reflect on the awesomeness of the past holiday season!

Northern Michigan Rides to See the Lights is a yearly event — it’s all about getting out in an active way to enjoy the festive season. We use a crowd-sourced map of your favorite lights in several Northern Michigan communities to suggest a walkable, bikeable route to bask in the holiday cheer — and request canned good donations for The Father Fred Foundation to do some good in the season.

We’ll see you back out there in December 2021!


Suggested Routes

The Traverse City route below features the sparkling Boardman Neighborhood, the beautiful Front Street, a very festive 6th Street, and three magical alleys between 10th and 11th Streets. Basically, follow the lights.

Here are some more of the best lights in town for each community, as submitted by you:


What’s The Father Fred Foundation?

Since 1989, The Father Fred Foundation has been helping individuals and families with their essential immediate needs; nourishing food on the table, keeping heat and lights on, needed work shoes, children’s boots and clothing, or a table or bed when the necessities of home are unaffordable. Above all, they work to nurture hope when all else seems hopeless. Read more about their work.

Questions? Get at us.


Get Out and Stay Active Responsibly 

As we head into the holidays, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) strongly recommends continued effort to stop the spread. The following steps need to be taken together for the best protection.
  • Health Check – Self monitor and stay home if you’re feeling sick.
  • Socialize Outside – You have up to 20 times higher risk of getting sick inside. If you do get together inside, include no more than two households and limit time inside together.
  • Wear a mask – Take it off when you eat or drink, then put it back on, even outside.
  • Physically Distanced – Keep six feet apart as much as you can.
  • Keep it Down – When possible, keep voices down. Higher volumes can increase COVID transmission by 30 times.
  • Wash Hands – Wash hands regularly. 20 seconds with soap and water.