7 Things to Do in Lansing this Winter
One of the best ways to fight the winter blues? Explore local activities with family and friends! Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy Greater Lansing in the colder months:
- Ice skating at Munn Arena
This is the perfect activity for a variety of ages and occasions. Skating at Munn makes for a great family outing or date. On the way to Munn, you’ll get to see the winter beauty of Michigan State’s campus. It’s also the place to check out a Michigan State hockey game!
For information on public skate times and Spartan hockey, visit munnicearena.com.
- Michigan History Center
Need a break from the winter weather? Head indoors to enjoy the history and culture of our great state. Explore five levels of exhibits, which include everything from art to cars to the origins of Michigan.
Click here for details.
- Winter Glow
This free winter festival is an annual East Lansing event. This year’s Winter Glow will take place downtown on Saturday, Dec. 7. It includes an outdoor holiday market, ice carvings, complimentary photos with Santa, marshmallow roasting and more. Local businesses will be hosting specials, crafts and snacks. This is a great way to get out and about during the cold month of December, and get in the holiday spirit.
For more information, visit https://cityofeastlansing.com/winterglow.
- Snow tubing at Hawk Island
As Hawk Island is less than a mile from CATA headquarters, this is one of our favorite wintertime activities. Bring your family, grab a few friends or go it alone on one of Hawk Island’s tube runs, ranging from 500-600 feet long. Then warm up at the snack bar with a cup of hot chocolate and s’mores.
Click here for snow tubing hours and pricing.
- Capitol Christmas tree and ornaments
People come from all over the state to see the 61-foot tree displayed in front of the Michigan Capitol building. It’s become a clear icon to the city, standing tall and proud.
The red holiday ornaments are another crowd favorite. These giant picturesque sculptures are in the roundabout at Michigan Avenue and Washington Square, within walking distance from the Capitol. The ornaments -- affectionately called the Orbs of Winter by many locals -- were restored last month thanks to a private donation.
Save on parking and take the bus to these gorgeous decorations! Check out our trip planner to find the best route for you.
- Impression 5 Science Center
Impression 5 is an awesome place for kids of all ages to explore, learn and have fun! It was one of the first hands-on science museums in the country when it opened in 1972. Forty-seven years later, it remains a spot for the entire family to enjoy.
For hours and pricing, please visit impression5.org.
- Wonderland of Lights at Potter Park Zoo
Holiday lights, animal encounters, hot cocoa and visits from Santa make this event a Lansing staple. This is the 25th Annual Wonderland of Lights, so you know it’s going to be big! Catch this event Thursday through Sunday until Dec. 30.
Click here for the full schedule.