River Lights of Wonder 2018 Recap

Christmas is coming! River Lights of Wonder was a huge success last year! Thank you to all who generously donated and gave of their time to the vision: To offer families a meaningful Christmas Experience, free of charge. Thousands drove and walked through to see the lights reflect off the water on the St. Joseph River. They also heard the story of the first Christmas.We are looking forward to what this year holds for expanding. If you would like to play a role in helping this year’s vision come true, we appreciate your prayers and financial gifts.


Thank you, City of Three Rivers!

We want to thank the City of Three Rivers for their support in helping the River Lights of Wonder be such a great experience in 2018! We appreciate the positive and helpful ways they came alongside us to carry out a pioneer vision. The result was thousands of visitors coming to Three Rivers to experience the festive and reflective lights on the river.



  • Great unity and people getting the vision to help families experience Christmas.

  • Community pride!

  • Great and free coverage from WWMT Channel 3 News and local papers. Click the links below to check out some of that coverage!

  • People traveled here from distant areas such as Holland, MI, Allegan, Detroit and various Indiana cities.

  • “Candy Cane Maze” was a fun Family activity that was used every night!


The heart behind this vision

  • The original idea came from a childhood memory of being in a struggling family at Christmas time and finding Christmas lights.

  • A passion of Riverside Church is to strengthen families (especially struggling families) in our community and surrounding cities.

  • We already knew that families love to drive to places where they can see Christmas lights and understood the need for free events in our community.

  • A desire to see the city of Three Rivers become a “Place to Go" for Christmas attractions in Southwest Michigan and Indiana.


We hosted a free Family Day, which was a great success! It included sleigh rides, animals, refreshments, a Candy Cane Maze, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and children’s indoor and outdoor activities.

If you would like to give toward next year’s vision for River Lights of Wonder, press the link below.