Experience Christmas at Historic Castle Farms—New Light Display and Holiday Events

Drive under thousands of twinkling lights, sip cocoa with the Snow Queen and experience a train wonderland at these Castle Farms Christmas events.

Northwest Michigan’s first drive-thru Christmas light display is set to debut November 22 at Castle Farms, a historic French Renaissance-style castle in Charlevoix.

A Castle Farms Christmas utilizes energy efficient LED lighting to transform the property into an enchanted winter destination. The half-mile drive features tens of thousands of lights, showcasing the castle’s architecture and gardens.

Ron Pierson, the owner of Christmas Décor of Northwest Michigan, envisioned the light show and brought it to the castle. Admission costs $10 per car and $25 for oversized vehicles.

“Northern Michigan has long been known as a vacation destination, and this will give families yet another option during the holidays,” says Marketing Director Amanda Brown. “Our hope is for A Castle Farms Christmas to become a new tradition in the Northern Michigan community.”

Christmas Light Display Schedule

Extended Hour Evenings (6–10 p.m.)

November 22, 23, 24, 25

December 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Regular Hour Evenings (6–9 p.m.)

November 29, 30

December 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 24


On November 28 from 6–8 p.m., enjoy an evening of classic Christmas carols and a three-course meal catered by Ostego Grand Catering. The evening will culminate with a grand “plug-in” ceremony and Twinkle Light Walk through the lights. Tickets cost $45 per person and are available online.

Castle Farms Train Wonderland

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Train Wonderland

Visit the Castle for holiday fun with your entire family. You’ll have unlimited access to model- and interactive-train displays, including the popular Polar Express and riding trains for children. Holiday games, crafts, snacks and hot cocoa are included. Weather permitting, tram rides are the castle are also included. A Train Wonderland runs December 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 per person ages 3 and up. Additional food and drink are available for purchase on-site.

Castle Farms story time with Santa

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Story Time with Santa

Ole St. Nick will share a holiday story then your children will enjoy a craft activity, cocoa and cookies. Plus, they’ll receive a special gift and professional photo with Santa. Space is limited to 20 children per session and tickets must be purchased in advance online. Note: Train Wonderland tickets are sold separately.

Storytime sessions

December 1 at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m.
December 2 at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m.
December 8 at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m.
December 9 at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m.

Castle Farms Christmas

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A Children’s Winter Spectacular

The Snow Queen and Ice Princess will stop by for a special visit and performance December 27 from 4–6 p.m. There will be a hot cocoa bar and a chance to decorate your own sugar cookies. Plus, take home a fun Olaf craft! Tickets are $15 per child and each child includes one adult. Extra adults are $5. After the event, take a drive through the lighted Christmas display included with your ticket.

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