Photos: A White Christmas in Holland, Michigan

Fortunately for me, we had an amazing white Christmas in Holland, Michigan this year. As soon as I had a chance, I drove around the city and countryside making photos of all the interesting sights I encountered.

We traveled to Holland, Michigan this Christmas and experienced our first white Christmas in many years. We came here because my wife is from this area and we wanted to spend Christmas with her family. This is my first time up north during the winter and her first time spending Christmas with her family in over 5 years.

For everyone’s peace of mind, we were extremely careful to take many precautions to help to not spread COVID-19. Of course we wore masks when in public at all times and visited only a handful of people, close family members. We also quarantined ourselves from anyone that was at risk of spreading COVID-19 to us for a couple of weeks before we left. We also drove up here to further reduce our chances of catching or spreading COVID.

The week preceding Christmas here in Michigan was cold and a bit rainy, very unpleasant weather. I was hoping for a lot of snow. Every time the forecast said it was going to snow, it ended up not snowing. I started to lose hope in getting to see Michigan covered with snow. Then on Christmas Eve morning it started snowing, and snowing a lot! It snowed all day. By the next day, we got to experience a beautiful white Christmas in Holland, Michigan.

Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve my brother-in-law, Mike, and I went out at dark and made mysterious photographs of the snow falling around Holland at night. These places and moments have a romantic and cinematic feel to me. They remind me of scenes from movies that I don’t clearly remember, yet they invoke this sense of nostalgia in me I can’t quite explain.

Looking straight up at the snow as it's falling from the night sky
Looking straight up at the snow as it’s falling from the night sky
Tire tracks left by a teenage couple hiding in the darkness
Tire tracks left by a teenage couple hiding in the darkness
Hamilton Railroad Trestle Bridge at night in the snow
Hamilton Railroad Trestle Bridge at night in the snow
White Christmas in Holland, Michigan
White Christmas in Holland, Michigan
A street in Holland, Michigan covered with snow
A street in Holland, Michigan covered with snow

A White Christmas in Holland

On Christmas day I captured some of Holland’s famous sites such as the Big Red Lighthouse and the De Zwaan Windmill at the Dutch Village.

De Zwaan Windmill covered with snow at the Dutch Village in Holland, Michigan
De Zwaan Windmill covered with snow at the Dutch Village in Holland, Michigan
De Zwaan Windmill covered with snow at the Dutch Village in Holland, Michigan
De Zwaan Windmill covered with snow at the Dutch Village in Holland, Michigan

I visited a trailer park, capturing some of its unique character covered with pure white snow.

Trailer park covered with snow in Holland, Michigan
Trailer park covered with snow in Holland, Michigan
Trailer park covered with snow in Holland, Michigan
Trailer park covered with snow in Holland, Michigan

Holland State Park Beach

We also went to Holland State Park Beach, I had never seen snow on a beach. The snow mixed with the sand made the beach look almost otherworldly.

Big Red Lighthouse covered with snow in Holland, Michigan
Big Red Lighthouse covered with snow in Holland, Michigan
Frozen rails at Holland State Park Beach
Frozen rails at Holland State Park Beach
Holland State Park Beach with snow
Holland State Park Beach with snow
White Christmas at Holland State Park Beach
White Christmas at Holland State Park Beach
Holland State Park Beach with snow
A sand and snow formation created by the wind
White Christmas at Holland State Park Beach

Out In The Countryside

Afterwards, we headed out to the countryside around Holland and photographed some country scenes and an old Dutch gambrel barn in the snow.

White Christmas in Holland, Michigan
A doe in the snow
A doe in the snow
Old Red Dutch barn covered with snow
Old Red Dutch Gambrel barn covered with snow
Old Red Dutch barn covered with snow
Old Red Dutch Gambrel style barn covered with snow
Old Red Dutch barn covered with snow
Old Red Dutch Gambrel barn covered with snow

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These are amazing! I am not sure which is my favorite! The Hamilton Railroad Trestle Bridge at night in the snow, Frozen rails at Holland State Park Beach or A doe in the snow.

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