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Weekend Picks for the Kalamazoo Parent: December 8-10

by Jill P

 

 

December is a busy time with great events throughout Kalamazoo and all of SW Michigan. See our Weekend Picks for some of our favorites. And, of course, our Event Calendar is packed with more tons of great events.

So, bundle up and head out with the family this weekend!

 

WEEKEND PICKS

Some of our top picks for this weekend:

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, photo courtesy of Miller Auditorium

 

FRIDAY

Fri 12/08/2017
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Santa at the Crossroads Mall – Holiday PJ Night
The Crossroads, Portage, MI
Fri 12/08/2017
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Christmas at the Flywheelers
Michigan Flywheelers Museum, South Haven, MI
Fri 12/08/2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Living Nativity 2017
Lighthouse on 11th, Kalamazoo, 49009
Fri 12/08/2017
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI

 

RELATED: Where To Find Santa This Holiday Season


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The Nutcracker 2017 performed by the Ballet Arts Ensemble, photo courtesy of the Ballet Arts Ensemble

RELATED: Flick’s Festive Favorites Happening This Weekend – FREE Holiday Movies For Kids

 

SATURDAY

Sat 12/09/2017
Nutcracker 2017 presented by the Ballet Arts Ensemble
Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Paw Paw Rotary 5K Santa Run
Paw Paw Middle School, Paw Paw, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Reading Rangers
Schrier Park, Portage, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Of Christmas Past
Historic Charlton Park, Hastings, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Storytime
Barnes and Noble, Portage, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Candy Cane Hunt
Homer Stryker Field, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Live Nativity
Commerce Point, Battle Creek, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Living Nativity 2017
Lighthouse on 11th, Kalamazoo, 49009
Sat 12/09/2017
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Candy Cane Hunt
Homer Stryker Field, Kalamazoo, MI

Related: Holiday Lights & Christmas Card Displays Around Kalamazoo 2017 

 

 

Of Christmas Past, photo courtesy of Historic Charlton Park

SUNDAY

Sun 12/10/2017
Nutcracker 2017 presented by the Ballet Arts Ensemble
Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Portage Holiday Market
Portage Senior Center, Portage, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Of Christmas Past
Historic Charlton Park, Hastings, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Habitats of the World
Schrier Park, Portage, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Eastside Holiday Concert
St. Mary’s Church, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Live Nativity
Commerce Point, Battle Creek, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Living Nativity 2017
Lighthouse on 11th, Kalamazoo, 49009

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. 

 

Holiday Lights & Christmas Card Displays Around Kalamazoo 2017 – See the best guide for finding area holiday lights. A BIG thank you to Kalamazoo Candle Company for sponsoring this guide. 

 

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!

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EVENT CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEKEND

December 8, 2017

Date/Time Event
Fri 12/08/2017
Disney's The Little Mermaid
Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 12/08/2017
Grand Rapids Ballet presents The Nutcracker
DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, 49053
Fri 12/08/2017
Light Up The Bluff
Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph, MI
Fri 12/08/2017
12:00 am
Santa's House
St. Joe Today, St. Joseph, Michigan (MI)
Fri 12/08/2017
Visit Santa in Downtown Kalamazoo
Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 12/08/2017
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Fri 12/08/2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Post-It Note Art Show
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 12/08/2017
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Scholastic Book Fairs Warehouse Sale
Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 12/08/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Fri 12/08/2017
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Crafty Kids
Ransom District Library, Plainwell , MI/Allegan County
Fri 12/08/2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Family Storytime
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 12/08/2017
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Just Move Playdate - December
Just Move Fitness and More, Portage, MI
Fri 12/08/2017
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Play and Learn
Kalamazoo Library- Powell Branch, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 12/08/2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Holiday Pajama Party - Teens and Tweens
Otsego District Library, Otsego, Michigan
Fri 12/08/2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Santa at the Crossroads Mall - Holiday PJ Night
The Crossroads, Portage, MI
Fri 12/08/2017
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Christmas at the Flywheelers
Michigan Flywheelers Museum, South Haven, MI
Fri 12/08/2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday Teen Night
Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
Fri 12/08/2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Live Nativity
Commerce Point, Battle Creek, MI
Fri 12/08/2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Living Nativity 2017
Lighthouse on 11th, Kalamazoo, 49009
Fri 12/08/2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
YMCA Swim with Santa
YMCA Maple Branch, Kalamazoo, Mi
Fri 12/08/2017
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReinDeer: The Musical
Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI

December 9, 2017

Date/Time Event
Sat 12/09/2017
Grand Rapids Ballet presents The Nutcracker
DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, 49053
Sat 12/09/2017
Holiday Walk & Market
W.K. Kellogg Manor House, Hickory Corners, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
Home Free @ Kalamazoo State Theatre 12/09/2017
Kalamazoo State Theatre, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Sat 12/09/2017
Light Up The Bluff
Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
Nutcracker 2017 presented by the Ballet Arts Ensemble
Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
12:00 am
Santa's House
St. Joe Today, St. Joseph, Michigan (MI)
Sat 12/09/2017
Visit Santa in Downtown Kalamazoo
Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
7:30 am - 12:00 pm
Paw Paw Rotary 5K Santa Run
Paw Paw Middle School, Paw Paw, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Scholastic Book Fairs Warehouse Sale
Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
8:30 am - 10:30 am
Breakfast with Santa
Four Points by Sheraton, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
1207 Candy Cane Lane Event at Lakeview School
Lakeview Middle School, Battle Creek, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Christmas Craft Show
Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
LulaZOO Christmas Show
Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Sat 12/09/2017
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Post-It Note Art Show
Kalamazoo Central Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wolf Cub Super Science Saturday
Air Zoo, Portage, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Reading Rangers
Schrier Park, Portage, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Reindeer and Santa
Otsego District Library, Otsego, Michigan
Sat 12/09/2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Winter Sports Helmet Blitz
Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Sat 12/09/2017
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Art Detectives
Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Of Christmas Past
Historic Charlton Park, Hastings, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Olaf's Frozen Adventure Storytime
Barnes and Noble, Portage, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Candy Cane Hunt
Homer Stryker Field, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Gingerbread at the Union
Union Cabaret & Grille, Kalamazoo, Michgan
Sat 12/09/2017
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Santa & His Live Reindeer
Horrocks Market, Kentwood, Michigan
Sat 12/09/2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Holiday Open House
Comstock Township Library, Comstock, Michigan
Sat 12/09/2017
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Teen Dungeons and Dragons
Vicksburg Library, Vicksburg, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Weekend Skate
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Gingerbread House Workshop
Schrier Park, Portage, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Weekend Swim
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
5:30 pm
Tinsel Toes 5k
Sports Forum at Full Blast, Battle Creek,
Sat 12/09/2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Live Nativity
Commerce Point, Battle Creek, MI
Sat 12/09/2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Living Nativity 2017
Lighthouse on 11th, Kalamazoo, 49009

December 10, 2017

Date/Time Event
Sun 12/10/2017
Grand Rapids Ballet presents The Nutcracker
DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, 49053
Sun 12/10/2017
Light Up The Bluff
Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
Nutcracker 2017 presented by the Ballet Arts Ensemble
Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
12:00 am
Santa's House
St. Joe Today, St. Joseph, Michigan (MI)
Sun 12/10/2017
Visit Santa in Downtown Kalamazoo
Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Breakfast with Santa
Olde Peninsula Brewpub & Restaurant, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pancakes & Pins
Airway Lanes, Portage, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
December Brunch, Christmas Concert, and Artist's Reception
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings, Michigan
Sun 12/10/2017
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Meet Santa
Little Sprout Children’s Bouttique, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
Sky Zone Kalamazoo, Portage, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Portage Holiday Market
Portage Senior Center, Portage, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Of Christmas Past
Historic Charlton Park, Hastings, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Gingerbread at the Union
Union Cabaret & Grille, Kalamazoo, Michgan
Sun 12/10/2017
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's
Jungle Joe’s, Portage, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
SOUND WAVES AND WAVE PROPERTIES
Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Creature Feature: Box Turtle
Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Gingerbread House Family Event
Milwood United Methodist Church, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Habitats of the World
Schrier Park, Portage, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Weekend Skate
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Weekend Swim
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Eastside Holiday Concert
St. Mary’s Church, Kalamazoo, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Live Nativity
Commerce Point, Battle Creek, MI
Sun 12/10/2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Living Nativity 2017
Lighthouse on 11th, Kalamazoo, 49009

 

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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