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Weekend Picks for the Kalamazoo Parent: December 1-3

by Jill P

 

 

Welcome to December! This weekend kicks off a very busy weekend with tons of holiday and non-holiday events that you won’t want to miss. There are holiday parades, tree lighting ceremonies, Santa events, craft shows, and so much more! Time to get into the holiday spirit!

Enjoy the weekend with your family.

 

WEEKEND PICKS

Some of our top picks for this weekend:

 

FRIDAY

Fri 12/01/2017
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Art Hop
Downtown Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 12/01/2017
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Santa at the Crossroads Mall – Ugly Sweater Night
The Crossroads, Portage, MI
Fri 12/01/2017
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Santa’s Workshop at Wedel’s
Wedel’s Nursery, Florist and Garden Center, Kalamazoo, Mi
Fri 12/01/2017
5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Nativity Scene and Christmas Tree Lighting
Downtown Hastings, Hastings, MI

Fri 12/01/2017
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Bethlehem Journey: A Living Nativity
First Reformed Church of Portage, Portage, MI
Fri 12/01/2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
29th Annual Christmas Walk
Downtown Schoolcraft, Schoolcraft, MI
Fri 12/01/2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Paw Paw Tree Lighting Ceremony
Downtown Paw Paw, Paw Paw, Mi
Fri 12/01/2017
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Polar Express Pajama Storytime
Barnes and Noble, Portage, MI
Fri 12/01/2017
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Hicks Park, Plainwell, MI

RELATED: Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies & Holiday Parades Around SW Michigan

 

SATURDAY

Sat 12/02/2017
Annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony
Downtown Saugatuck, Saugatuck, Mi
Sat 12/02/2017
Camp Kidwell Festival of Trees
Camp Kidwell, Bloomingdale, MI

 

Sat 12/02/2017
Hometown Christmas
Downtown Otsego, Otsego, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
Visit Santa in Downtown Kalamazoo
Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Santa’s Workshop at Wedel’s
Wedel’s Nursery, Florist and Garden Center, Kalamazoo, Mi
Sat 12/02/2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
29th Annual Christmas Walk
Downtown Schoolcraft, Schoolcraft, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
39th annual Children’s Christmas Parade
Downtown Paw Paw, Paw Paw, Mi
Sat 12/02/2017
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Barnes and Noble, Portage, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
NAVIGATING THE HOLIDAYS
Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Christmas in the Village
Downtown Vicksburg, Vicksburg, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
19th Annual Reindog Holiday Parade
Downtown St. Joseph, Saint Joseph, Michigan
Sat 12/02/2017
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
63rd Annual Christmas Parade
Downtown Hastings, Hastings, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Portage Traditional Holiday and Tree Lighting Celebration
Celery Flats Historic Area, Portage, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
6:15 pm – 6:30 pm
Tree Lighting Ceremony in Vicksburg
Oswalt Park, Vicksburg, MI

 

Related: Where To Find Santa This Holiday Season

SUNDAY

 

Sun 12/03/2017
Visit Santa in Downtown Kalamazoo
Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/03/2017
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Holidays at the Homestead
DeLano Homestead, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/03/2017
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Candy Forest
Vicksburg Library, Vicksburg, MI

MORE HOLIDAY FUN

We’ve been busy this holiday season! We have tons of ideas for you to make the most of the next month before Christmas.

Click on the links below each individual photos to take you directly to the article you’re looking for.

Santa Sighting Guide – Santa Claus is coming to town! Find him all over SW Michigan. 

 

 

Where To Find Real Christmas Trees – Time to grab the family and search for the perfect Christmas tree. 

10 Ways To Give Back This Holiday Season – Where to volunteer, donate, and give this holiday season. 


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Where To Spot Reindeer – Fun places to see reindeer this holiday season.

 

 

Holiday Parades & Tree Lighting Ceremonies – Light up the season. 

 

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Live Nativity Scenes Around SW Michigan – A reason for the season. 

 

December FREE or Cheap Family Fun – Great fun without breaking the bank. 

 

ZooLights Returns to Binder Park Zoo – Your family will love seeing the lights at the Binder Park Zoo. 

 

Santa Claus is Coming To Downtown Kalamazoo! KZOOkids.com is proud to be one of the sponsors of Santa’s Workshop.

 

 

Making Memories: 15+ Non-Toy Gift Ideas For Kalamazoo Kids – Great gift ideas your kids will love!.

EVENT CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEKEND

December 1, 2017

Date/Time Event
Fri 12/01/2017
Camp Kidwell Festival of Trees
Camp Kidwell, Bloomingdale, MI
Fri 12/01/2017
Disney's The Little Mermaid
Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 12/01/2017
Grand Rapids Ballet presents The Nutcracker
DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, 49053
Fri 12/01/2017
Tommy Emmanuel @ Kalamazoo State Theatre 12/01/2017
Kalamazoo State Theatre, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Fri 12/01/2017
Visit Santa in Downtown Kalamazoo
Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 12/01/2017
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Fri 12/01/2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Post-It Note Art Show
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 12/01/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Fri 12/01/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Family Storytime
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 12/01/2017
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Parachute Play
Ransom District Library, Plainwell , MI/Allegan County
Fri 12/01/2017
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Play and Learn
Kalamazoo Library- Powell Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 12/01/2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Art Hop
Downtown Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 12/01/2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Santa at the Crossroads Mall - Ugly Sweater Night
The Crossroads, Portage, MI
Fri 12/01/2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Santa's Workshop at Wedel's
Wedel’s Nursery, Florist and Garden Center, Kalamazoo, Mi
Fri 12/01/2017
5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Nativity Scene and Christmas Tree Lighting
Downtown Hastings, Hastings, MI
Fri 12/01/2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
29th Annual Christmas Walk
Downtown Schoolcraft, Schoolcraft, MI
Fri 12/01/2017
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bethlehem Journey: A Living Nativity
First Reformed Church of Portage, Portage, MI
Fri 12/01/2017
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Light Up The Bluff
Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph, MI
Fri 12/01/2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Paw Paw Tree Lighting Ceremony
Downtown Paw Paw, Paw Paw, Mi
Fri 12/01/2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Annual Live Mannequins
Downtown St.Joseph, St. Joseph, Michigan (MI)
Fri 12/01/2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Polar Express Pajama Storytime
Barnes and Noble, Portage, MI
Fri 12/01/2017
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Hicks Park, Plainwell, MI

December 2, 2017

Date/Time Event
Sat 12/02/2017
Annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony
Downtown Saugautck, Saugatuck, Mi
Sat 12/02/2017
Camp Kidwell Festival of Trees
Camp Kidwell, Bloomingdale, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
Disney's The Little Mermaid
Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
Grand Rapids Ballet presents The Nutcracker
DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, 49053
Sat 12/02/2017
Holiday Walk & Market
W.K. Kellogg Manor House, Hickory Corners, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
Hometown Christmas
Downtown Otesgo, Otsego, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
Light Up The Bluff
Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
12:00 am
Santa's House
St. Joe Today, St. Joseph, Michigan (MI)
Sat 12/02/2017
Visit Santa in Downtown Kalamazoo
Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Breakfast with Santa
Cornwell’s Turkeyville, Marshall,
Sat 12/02/2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Christmas Bazaare and Cookie Walk
Trinity Lutheran School Paw Paw, Paw Paw, Michigan
Sat 12/02/2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Home Depot Workshop - Gingerbread House
Home Depot Locations, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pancakes with Santa
Brookside Farms Fritz’s Blueberries, Paw Paw, Michigan
Sat 12/02/2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Post-It Note Art Show
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Santa's Workshop at Wedel's
Wedel’s Nursery, Florist and Garden Center, Kalamazoo, Mi
Sat 12/02/2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
29th Annual Christmas Walk
Downtown Schoolcraft, Schoolcraft, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
39th annual Children's Christmas Parade
Downtown Paw Paw, Paw Paw, Mi
Sat 12/02/2017
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
History of the Landscape Hike
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings, Michigan
Sat 12/02/2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Holiday Gifts & Greens Sale: Children's Workshop
Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
LEGO at the Library
Kalamazoo Library -Oshtemo Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Creature Feature
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Barnes and Noble, Portage, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
NAVIGATING THE HOLIDAYS
Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sky Kids Club: STEAM Building Challenge
Air Zoo, Portage, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Gingerbread at the Union
Union Cabaret & Grille, Kalamazoo, Michgan
Sat 12/02/2017
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Winter Holiday Festival 2017
The Olde World Village, Augusta, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sippin' with Santa
Round Barn Winery, Distillery and Brewery, Baroda, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Christmas in the Village
Downtown Vicksburg, Vicksburg, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Weekend Skate
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marvelous Music Play Party
Crescendo Academy of Music, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
19th Annual Reindog Holiday Parade
Downtown St. Joseph, Saint Joseph, Michigan
Sat 12/02/2017
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
A Holiday Magic Show
Paw Paw Playhouse, Paw Paw, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Weekend Swim
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
63rd Annual Christmas Parade
Downtown Hastings, Hastings, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bethlehem Journey: A Living Nativity
First Reformed Church of Portage, Portage, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Portage Traditional Holiday and Tree Lighting Celebration
Celery Flats Historic Area, Portage, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
6:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Tree Lighting Ceremony in Vicksburg
Oswalt Park, Vicksburg, MI
Sat 12/02/2017
7:15 pm - 10:00 pm
Middle School Night Out
YMCA Portage, Portage, MI

December 3, 2017

Date/Time Event
Sun 12/03/2017
Camp Kidwell Festival of Trees
Camp Kidwell, Bloomingdale, MI
Sun 12/03/2017
Disney's The Little Mermaid
Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/03/2017
Grand Rapids Ballet presents The Nutcracker
DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, 49053
Sun 12/03/2017
Light Up The Bluff
Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph, MI
Sun 12/03/2017
12:00 am
Santa's House
St. Joe Today, St. Joseph, Michigan (MI)
Sun 12/03/2017
Visit Santa in Downtown Kalamazoo
Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/03/2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pancakes & Pins
Airway Lanes, Portage, MI
Sun 12/03/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sun 12/03/2017
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Santa Luncheon at WMU Fetzer Center
Western Michigan University’s Fetzer Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/03/2017
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Gingerbread at the Union
Union Cabaret & Grille, Kalamazoo, Michgan
Sun 12/03/2017
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sun 12/03/2017
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Winter Holiday Festival 2017
The Olde World Village, Augusta, MI
Sun 12/03/2017
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Holidays at the Homestead
DeLano Homestead, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/03/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Candy Forest
Vicksburg Library, Vicksburg, MI
Sun 12/03/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Weekend Skate
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/03/2017
2:45 pm - 4:45 pm
Descant and Dewey: Holiday Music: Living Room Musicians
Portage District Library, Portage, MI
Sun 12/03/2017
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mrs. Claus Tea
W.K. Kellogg Manor House, Hickory Corners, MI
Sun 12/03/2017
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Weekend Swim
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/03/2017
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
BachFest Christmas Concert
Kalamazoo College – Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/03/2017
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hallelujah Holidays
Paw Paw High School, Paw Paw, MI

 

Need more ideas for family fun? Remember to check 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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