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Weekend Picks for the Kalamazoo Parent – Adventures With Kids! – December 4

by Jill P

 

Happy Holidays! This is one of the BIGGEST weekends of the year and there are a ton of holiday events and activities happening this weekend. So many, in fact, that this is our largest Weekend Picks ever! So stay close to town, grab the kids, and head out to one of these fun events.

For this weekend, consider…

See individual listings for times, pricing, and venue information. 

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(Annual Candy Cane Hunt, photo courtesy of the City of Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation Department)

Art Hop | Located at various locations in Kalamazoo on December 4 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Click here for the brochure.

  • Monthly Art Hop in Kalamazoo and one of the biggest Art Hop’s of the year! Free.

Festival of Trees at 4-H Camp Kidwell | Located at 4-H Camp Kidwell, Bloomingdale from December 3-6.

  • Decorated trees and wreathes, a visit w/ Santa, make cookies w/ Mrs. Claus and have a meal with family and friends.

Wedel’s Santa Workshop | Located at Wedel’s Nursery, Florist and Garden Center in Kalamazoo on December 4 & 5.

  • Make it, take it workshops, decorate cookies, Santa, and live Christmas music performances

RELATED: Christmas Lights Guide

Candy Cane Hunt | Located at Mayor’s Riverfront Park on December 5 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm.

  • Close to 5,000 candy canes in this candy cane hunt. For kids 8 years old and under. Santa, hot chocolate, Christmas music and more. Free.

Nutcracker 2015 | Located at the Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo on December 5 & 6.

  • Performed by the Ballet Arts Ensemble and performing with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. Other participants include the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus, musicians from the Suzuki Violin Academy and Dr. Raymond Harvey (music director of the KSO) as Mother Ginger.

Tree Lighting Ceremony | Located at the City Centre, near the Portage District Library on December 5 at 7:00 pm and then leading to the Celery Flats Historical Area where the holiday celebration will take place.

  • Join the fun for the City of Portage’s holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. You’ll find holiday lights, caroling and holiday treats. You’ll also find Santa and Mrs. Claus greeting visitors at the historic schoolhouse. Admission is free and donations of food, toys and outerwear will be accepted for the Portage Community Center.

Holidays at the Homestead | Located at the DeLano Homestead of the Kalamazoo Nature Center on December 6 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

  • Join the 1800’s-style celebration and holiday traditions. Free to members, non-members adults- $7, children & students (4-17)-$4 and children 3 & Under-free. Activities include: making gingerbread cookies and crafts, listening to live music in the parlor, strolling to the 1830s log cabin replica, and more.


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Holiday Shopping Events

 

42nd Annual Holiday Art Sale at the KIA on December 4 & 5

Holiday Gifts & Greens Sale at the Kalamazoo Expo Center on December 4 & 5

Holiday Walk & Market  at W.K. Kellogg Manor House on December 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19

Winter Holiday Festival 2015 at the Old World Village on December 5 & 6

Christmas at Wings at Wings Event Center on December 5 & 6

Reindog 2014 photo by Joshua Nowicki

(Reindog Parade, photo courtesy of St. Joseph Today) 

Holiday Parades

 

Candle-light Christmas Parade | December 4 at 7:00 pm | Downtown Dowagiac

Children’s Christmas Parade | December 5 at 10:00 am | Downtown Paw Paw

Saugatuck’s “Whoville” Christmas Parade | December 5 at 1:00 pm | Downtown Saugatuck

17th Annual Reindog Holiday Parade | December 5 at 4:00 pm | Downtown St. Joseph

Christmas in the Village | December 5 at 5:30 pm | Downtown Vicksburg

Hometown Christmas | December 5 at 7:00 pm | Downtown Otsego

 

RELATED: Holiday Movie Events

 

SEE OUR WEEKEND EVENT CALENDAR

This week there is SO MUCH going on and we want to make sure that you see all of the great holiday and other options that are available to your family. See our weekend calendar below:

December 5, 2015

Date/Time Event
Sat 12/05/2015
42nd annual Holiday Art Sale
Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
A Christmas Carol
New Vic Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
Camp Kidwell's Festival of Trees
4-H Camp Kidwell, Bloomingdale, Michigan (MI)
Sat 12/05/2015
Christmas at Wings
Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
Christmas Light Display at Gull Meadow Farms
Gull Meadow Farms, Richland, Mi
Sat 12/05/2015
Gingerbread Decorating at the Union
Union Cabaret & Grille, Kalamazoo, Michgan
Sat 12/05/2015
Holiday Gifts & Greens Sale
Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
Holly Jolly Trolley
Downtown Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
Mary Poppins
Kalamazoo Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/05/2015 - Sun 12/06/2015
Nutcracker 2015
Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
Santa at Gull Meadow Farms
Gull Meadow Farms, Richland, Mi
Sat 12/05/2015
Santa Photos at Crossroads Mall
The Crossroads, Portage, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
Santa Train - Coopersville & Marne Railway
Coopersville & Marne Railway Company, Coopersville, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
Santa's House in St. Joseph
Downtown St. Joe, St. Joseph, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
Santa’s Workshop
Santa’s Workshop, Kalamazoo, Mi
Sat 12/05/2015
Wedel's Santa Workshop
Wedel’s Nursery, Florist and Garden Center, Kalamazoo, Mi
Sat 12/05/2015
Weekend Open Skate
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
8:30 am - 10:30 am
Santa Breakfast and Lunch
Fetzer Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Breakfast with Santa
Burdick’s for Breakfast (2nd Floor of the Radisson), Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Christmas at the Wings Art & Craft Show
Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Hometown Christmas
Downtown Otesgo, Otsego, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Schoolcraft 2nd Annual Holiday Vendor Bazar
Ken Crum Center, Schoolcraft, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Barney the Baker at Richland Library
Richland Library, Richland, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Children's Christmas Parade
Downtown Paw Paw, Paw Paw, Mi
Sat 12/05/2015
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
10:30 am - 11:30 am
LEGO at the Library
Kalamazoo Library -Oshtemo Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Creature Features: Toads
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Candy Cane Hunt
Mayors’ Riverfront Park, Kalamazoo,
Sat 12/05/2015
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Holiday Walk & Market Begins at W.K. Kellogg Manor House
W.K. Kellogg Manor House, Hickory Corners, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Winter Holiday Festival 2015
The Olde World Village, Augusta, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Holiday Open House
Comstock Library, Comstock, MI`
Sat 12/05/2015
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Holidays at the Homestead
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Saugatuck's "Whoville" Christmas Parade
Downtown Saugautck, Saugatuck, Mi
Sat 12/05/2015
2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Christmas in the Village
Vicksburg Downtown, Vicksburg, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
First Saturday @ KPL
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Special Holiday Story Time
Vicksburg Library, Vicksburg, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
17th Annual Reindog Holiday Parade
Downtown St. Joseph, Saint Joseph, Michigan
Sat 12/05/2015
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bethlehem Journey: A Living Nativity
First Reformed Church of Portage, Portage, MI
Sat 12/05/2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
2015 Traditional Holiday
City of Portage, Portage , Mi
Sat 12/05/2015
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Piano Guys
Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI

December 6, 2015

Date/Time Event
Sun 12/06/2015
A Christmas Carol
New Vic Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/06/2015
Camp Kidwell's Festival of Trees
4-H Camp Kidwell, Bloomingdale, Michigan (MI)
Sun 12/06/2015
Christmas at Wings
Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/06/2015
Gingerbread Decorating at the Union
Union Cabaret & Grille, Kalamazoo, Michgan
Sun 12/06/2015
Holly Jolly Trolley
Downtown Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/06/2015
Mary Poppins
Kalamazoo Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/06/2015
Nutcracker
Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/06/2015
Santa at Gull Meadow Farms
Gull Meadow Farms, Richland, Mi
Sun 12/06/2015
Santa Photos at Crossroads Mall
The Crossroads, Portage, MI
Sun 12/06/2015
Santa Train - Coopersville & Marne Railway
Coopersville & Marne Railway Company, Coopersville, MI
Sun 12/06/2015
Santa's House in St. Joseph
Downtown St. Joe, St. Joseph, MI
Sun 12/06/2015
Santa’s Workshop
Santa’s Workshop, Kalamazoo, Mi
Sun 12/06/2015
The Holiday Express
Little River Railroad, Coldwater, Mi
Sun 12/06/2015
Weekend Open Skate
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/06/2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Christmas at the Wings Art & Craft Show
Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/06/2015
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bounceland Open Jump
Bounceland, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/06/2015
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Santa Lunch
Fetzer Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/06/2015
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sun 12/06/2015
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sun 12/06/2015
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Winter Holiday Festival 2015
The Olde World Village, Augusta, MI
Sun 12/06/2015
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Holidays at the Homestead
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/06/2015
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tree for Troopers
Mattawan Landscaping Supply, Mattawan, MI
Sun 12/06/2015
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Family Gingerbread House Build
Continental Pastries & Delicatessen, Battle Creek, MI
Sun 12/06/2015
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Create a Candy Tree
Vicksburg Library, Vicksburg, MI
Sun 12/06/2015
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mrs. Claus Tea
W.K. Kellogg Manor House, Hickory Corners, MI
Sun 12/06/2015
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Eastside Choir Holiday Concert
St. Mary’s Church, Kalamazoo, MI

These events and more can be found on our Events Calendar at KZOOkids.com. What fun things will you be doing this weekend?

 

 

Jill P

Jill is a mom of a busy 8 year old son. KZOOkids.com was started in 2013 to showcase all of the great things to do in and around Kalamazoo. When not working the KZOOkids.com website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.

 

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