by Jill P
The holiday fun continues in downtown Kalamazoo! Beginning Saturday, November 25th, kids – grab mom and dad, grandma and grandpa or an aunt or uncle to take you to downtown Kalamazoo to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at their newly renovated downtown Kalamazoo workshop, located on the second floor of the Epic Center, formerly Jacobson’s Department Store, located at 359 South Kalamazoo Mall. Santa’s Workshop, presented by The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, is a magical place filled with little-animated elves, twinkling lights, and a Jolly Old Soul!
SANTA’S WORKSHOP ACTIVITIES
Downtown Kalamazoo has a long tradition of creating the best holiday memories with Santa and this year is no exception! Experience the excitement of visiting Santa in a traditional, fun, cozy space without the long lines. Before visiting with Santa, children can write a letter to Santa (so he can remember all the details on “the list”), decorate cookies (Saturdays from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. only), and new this season, Santa wants us to give the gift of reading; the first one thousand children to visit Santa will receive a free book to take home to read on cold winter nights.
We can all agree that nothing compares to time with family, family traditions, and memories made visiting Santa.
Families can visit with Santa November 25 through December 24, Thursdays and Fridays, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Mrs. Claus will be with Santa on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Santa Workshop hours can be located at downtownkalamazoo.org.
DOING GOOD THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
While downtown this holiday season, help change a life this by donating canned goods and your loose change to Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes. A food collection barrel, for canned goods, will be conveniently located in the Comerica Building lobby, located on Rose Street, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The following businesses will be collecting monetary donations until December 22: Downdog Yoga Center, The Spirit of Kalamazoo, Studio Grill, Kalamazoo Antiques Market, Earthly Delights,Invitation by Design, Petals and Posting, Irving’s Market and Deli, Cherri’s Chocol’art, Temp Vino Winery, Suzanne’s Organics, Arcadia Brewing Co., Okun Brothers Shoes, Kelvin & Co, Heritage Company., and Adrianne’s Boutique.
Enjoy FREE Parking Thursdays again this holiday season, November 30 through December 28, in the Epic Parking ramp, located on South and Lovell Streets (easy access for your visit with Santa), FREE 90-minute on-street parking throughout downtown and FREE parking all day Sundays. Easy, convenient downtown parking gets you to your holiday fun faster. Parking information, including a parking map, can be found at downtownkalamazoo.org.
HOLLY JOLLY TROLLEY IS BACK!
photo courtesy of DKI
Holly Jolly Trolley is back for families to enjoy FREE rides throughout downtown Kalamazoo. The Trolley will provide FREE rides throughout the holiday season, November 25 – December 30, Thursdays and Fridays 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays noon to 4 p.m. Special Trolley hours will be offered during the Kalamazoo Tree Lighting, Friday, November 24, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and New Year’s Eve, Sunday, December 31, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. A Trolley route map and stop information can be found at downtownkalamazoo.org.
DOWNTOWN SHOPPING AND A CHANCE TO WIN!
Make sure that you stay Downtown Kalamazoo for some great holiday shopping! You’ll love the great selection of local gifts.
Be one of three lucky golden ticket winners when you purchase a Winnie Wink Chocolate Bar, freshly made in downtown Kalamazoo, at Cherri’s Chocol’art. Three lucky golden ticket winners will enjoy dinner, a movie, $100 of FREE chocolate from Cherri’s Chocol’art, and an overnight stay at the Radisson downtown Kalamazoo!
Winnie Wink chocolate bars will be sold throughout the holiday season, until December 22, at the following participating downtown businesses: Plato y Oro, Kelvin and Co., Nature Connection, Lana’s Boutique, Tudor House Tea, Milan The Style Shop, Honore’ Salon, Amy Zane Store and Studio, V&A Bootery, Okun Brothers Shoes., Paw Paw Upholstery, Downdog Yoga Center, The Station, Radisson Plaza Hotel, Terrapin Worldwide Imports, Cherri’s Chocol’art, Studio Grill, and Tempo Vino Winery. Enjoy a variety of flavors including, milk and dark chocolate, bacon, toffee, and sea salt.