A Whiff of Holiday Memories

Gingerbread. Spruce trees. Candy Canes.  What do all of these have in common? Distinct aromas that make us smile with holiday nostalgia. As our pumpkin spice everything season winds down, it’s time to trade in our fall scents for holiday favorites as we look forward to celebrating with family and friends.

I’m not particularly crafty. I can pin on Pinterest with exceptional speed, but it’s unlikely I will make any of the projects I’ve fawned over. With the holiday season approaching, I would like to give personalized gifts to my friends and family; however, my aforementioned lack of craftiness usually stops me in my gift making tracks.

Thankfully, Kalamazoo Candle Company offers drop-in freestyle sessions during store hours year-round to create amazing candles with any fragrance you choose- including your holiday favorites.

And, better yet – they are extending the drop-in sessions to include the entire week of Thanksgiving. Your family can let their creativity flow by making candles together, perfect for gifts or to take home and enjoy.


The Art of Candle Making

Candle making has ancient roots, with historians tracing it back over 5,000 years. Kalamazoo Candle Company takes candle making to the next level in modern times, treating it as an art form. Candles are hand poured. Fragrances take six to nine months to perfect their aromas. They use only premium ingredients: soy wax, paper-core cotton wicks, and zero added dyes. 

In making your custom candles, you will have the benefit of the expertise and ingredients, as well as the flexibility to drop in when your schedule allows. Your candle is built to last. The 10-oz candle jars have a burn time of at least 60 hours and are visually appealing in the vintage-inspired packaging.


Try a Candle Making Party

If you enjoy candle making and want to share it with family or friends, why not book a private candle class? The candle making area will be dedicated to you and your guests. Bring your own food and drinks for two hours of socialization and candle making fun. The pricing is the same as the drop-in classes, plus a $250 reservation fee. And you won’t be flying solo on this party – a dedicated staff member will be assigned to assist the group.


Visit the Marketplace and Make Your Own Uniquely Scented Candle

Kalamazoo Candle Company opened in their new location this summer. Make plans this holiday season (or anytime!) to drop in and check out their Marketplace for amazing gifts and make your own candle.

When: Can’t make it during Thanksgiving week? No problem, drop-in candle-making sessions are available year-round during store hours. Make sure to “like” the Kalamazoo Candle Company Facebook page to stay updated on schedules and special event listings.

Drop-in Session: Bring the family for an adventure. Children are welcome (safety goggles provided for children). Parental assistance is required to supervise the use of equipment. Wax will be cooled down and completely safe to touch. Note: candles take about 60 minutes to cool. This provides a great opportunity to shop around the Marketplace or stroll downtown while you wait. Completed candles can also be picked up within one to two business days.

Location: Kalamazoo Candle Company Marketplace, located at 166 S. Kalamazoo Mall.

Cost: Drop-in class is $15 per adult or $10 per child (studio fee). Each 10-ounce candle is an additional $10.


166 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49009


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