2022 SWMI Christmas Events & Activities
Each year we accumulate more Christmas decorations.
Another box of ornaments, a new building for the Christmas village, or another cuddly stuffed animal donning a Santa hat.
And while each January tests my spatial relations to return said decorations to their storage in the basement, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Christmas is more magical (and more fun) since we had kids; I’m okay if it also means a few extra trimmings to store for next year.
We’ve curated a guide to celebrating the holidays in Kalamazoo with a variety of fun activities. No matter how your family chooses to celebrate this year, we wish you a happy and safe holiday.
Try our suggestions below for must-see Christmas events and don’t forget our calendar for daily activities.
Christmas Lite Show @ LMCU Ballpark
Find millions of lights and animated displays at the most enchanting Christmas light drive-through in West Michigan.
Stretching for nearly two miles, experience 30-45 minutes of dazzling holiday cheer from the coziness of your car.
If this isn’t your family tradition already, it will be.
Santa visits and free hot cocoa are included on weekends.
In this Guide
• Santa Events
• Tree Lighting Ceremonies
• Christmas Parades
• Holiday Shows
• Live Nativities
More Holiday Fun
• Christmas Lights
• Christmas Tree Farms
• Christmas Meals to Go
• Holiday Gift Guide
• Skiing, Sledding + Skating
• Winter Break Activities
The jolly man in the red suit is making the rounds in 2022, and we have the scoop on where to see Santa.
Santa is inside this year in multiple spots for photos and meals and will make some parade appearances.
Tree Lighting Ceremonies
Few things are more fun than seeing an entire park light up for the season.
Try this roundup of tree lightings near Kalamazoo:
Many cities kick off the holidays with an annual parade as their first Christmas event for the season.
Be sure to bundle up, snag a comfy spot early, and enjoy the show- you may see Santa there too!
The Nutcracker, Christmas Plays + Holiday Concerts
Are holiday shows a tradition in your family?
These Christmas events showcase festive tunes, the classic Nutcracker ballet or other holiday favorites.
Which local spot will you visit to see some Christmas cheer with live performances?
If you’re looking for a unique way to visualize a Nativity scene, try a live Nativity.
These scenes have real people reenacting the original Christmas scene using live animals. Some may include music, refreshments, or a live narrator to tell the story of Christmas.
If your organization is hosting a live nativity, submit your Christmas event to be included in our events calendar and this list.
Warm up some cocoa, put the kids in their jammies, and drive around Kalamazoo for some fantastic Christmas lights.
For drive-through lights, advanced tickets may be required (and will save you time waiting in line).
Christmas Tree Farms
While our Christmas tree resides in our basement 11 months out of the year, many families visit Christmas tree farms annually to bring theirs home.
Local tree farms are open and ready to help families take home a terrific tree, offering both pre-cut and u-cut options, starting around Thanksgiving.
Be sure to verify times and payment policies (some are cash only) before you head out.
Christmas Meals to Go
Local Kalamazoo restaurants are stepping up to the plate this year in a big way, and offering complete Christmas dinners to go in 2022.
Support a locally-owned restaurant and take cooking a big meal off of your plate this year (win-win).
Holiday Gift Guide: Experiences + Local Retailers
Kalamazoo and its surrounding communities offer a fantastic variety of gift options for the holidays.
And if your family is looking for less “stuff,” we’ve included experience options like memberships and ticket subscriptions.
Send Santa to shop locally this year, as our Kalamazoo Shopping Guide covers kids of ALL ages, plus moms and dads too.
Skiing, Sledding & Ice Skating
Many Michiganders hope for a white Christmas as the season changes and temperatures drop. But once the ground is covered in that white fluffy stuff, where are the best spots to enjoy it?
We’ve rounded up the top picks for sledding, skiing, ice skating and tubing to jumpstart your winter fun activities.
How many will you visit this year?
Winter Break Activities
After the dust has settled on the presents and the big meals, what are your family’s plans for the remainder of winter break?
We have camps and fun winter break activities to try during the school break.