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.
(Annual Candy Cane Hunt, photo courtesy of the City of Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation Department)
- 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.
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 Parade, photo courtesy of St. Joseph Today)
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:
Saturday December 5, 2015
Sunday December 6, 2015
|12:00 AM||A Christmas Carol|
|12:00 AM||Camp Kidwell's Festival of Trees|
|12:00 AM||Christmas at Wings|
|12:00 AM||Gingerbread Decorating at the Union|
|12:00 AM||Holly Jolly Trolley|
|12:00 AM||Mary Poppins|
|12:00 AM||Santa at Gull Meadow Farms|
|12:00 AM||Santa Photos at Crossroads Mall|
|12:00 AM||Santa Train - Coopersville & Marne Railway|
|12:00 AM||Santa's House in St. Joseph|
|12:00 AM||Santa’s Workshop|
|12:00 AM||The Holiday Express|
|12:00 AM||Weekend Open Skate|
|10:00 AM||Christmas at the Wings Art & Craft Show|
|11:00 AM||Bounceland Open Jump|
|11:00 AM||Santa Lunch|
|12:00 PM||Open Bounce at Jungle Joe's|
|12:00 PM||Open Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo|
|12:00 PM||Winter Holiday Festival 2015|
|1:00 PM||Holidays at the Homestead|
|1:00 PM||Tree for Troopers|
|2:00 PM||Family Gingerbread House Build|
|3:00 PM||Create a Candy Tree|
|3:00 PM||Mrs. Claus Tea|
|4:00 PM||Eastside Choir Holiday Concert|
These events and more can be found on our Events Calendar at KZOOkids.com. What fun things will you be doing this weekend?