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

Friday December 1, 2017

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMCamp Kidwell Festival of Trees
12:00 AMDisney's The Little Mermaid
12:00 AMGrand Rapids Ballet presents The Nutcracker
12:00 AMTommy Emmanuel @ Kalamazoo State Theatre 12/01/2017
12:00 AMVisit Santa in Downtown Kalamazoo
9:00 AMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
9:00 AMPost-It Note Art Show
10:00 AMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:30 AMFamily Storytime
10:30 AMParachute Play
10:30 AMPlay and Learn
5:00 PMArt Hop
5:00 PMSanta at the Crossroads Mall - Ugly Sweater Night
5:00 PMSanta's Workshop at Wedel's
5:30 PMNativity Scene and Christmas Tree Lighting
6:00 PM29th Annual Christmas Walk
6:00 PMBethlehem Journey: A Living Nativity
6:00 PMLight Up The Bluff
6:00 PMPaw Paw Tree Lighting Ceremony
7:00 PMAnnual Live Mannequins
7:00 PMPolar Express Pajama Storytime
7:00 PMTree Lighting Ceremony

Saturday December 2, 2017

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMAnnual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony
12:00 AMCamp Kidwell Festival of Trees
12:00 AMDisney's The Little Mermaid
12:00 AMGrand Rapids Ballet presents The Nutcracker
12:00 AMHoliday Walk & Market
12:00 AMHometown Christmas
12:00 AMLight Up The Bluff
12:00 AMSanta's House
12:00 AMVisit Santa in Downtown Kalamazoo
9:00 AMBreakfast with Santa
9:00 AMChristmas Bazaare and Cookie Walk
9:00 AMHome Depot Workshop - Gingerbread House
9:00 AMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
9:00 AMPancakes with Santa
9:00 AMPost-It Note Art Show
9:00 AMSanta's Workshop at Wedel's
10:00 AM29th Annual Christmas Walk
10:00 AM39th annual Children's Christmas Parade
10:00 AMHistory of the Landscape Hike
10:00 AMHoliday Gifts & Greens Sale: Children's Workshop
10:00 AMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
10:30 AMLEGO at the Library
11:00 AMCreature Feature
11:00 AMHow the Grinch Stole Christmas
11:00 AMNAVIGATING THE HOLIDAYS
11:00 AMSky Kids Club: STEAM Building Challenge
12:00 PMGingerbread at the Union
12:00 PMWinter Holiday Festival 2017
1:00 PMSippin' with Santa
2:00 PMChristmas in the Village
2:00 PMWeekend Skate
3:00 PMMarvelous Music Play Party
4:00 PM19th Annual Reindog Holiday Parade
4:00 PMA Holiday Magic Show
5:00 PMWeekend Swim
5:30 PM63rd Annual Christmas Parade
5:30 PMBethlehem Journey: A Living Nativity
6:00 PMPortage Traditional Holiday and Tree Lighting Celebration
6:15 PMTree Lighting Ceremony in Vicksburg
7:15 PMMiddle School Night Out

Sunday December 3, 2017

Date/Time Event
12:00 AMCamp Kidwell Festival of Trees
12:00 AMDisney's The Little Mermaid
12:00 AMGrand Rapids Ballet presents The Nutcracker
12:00 AMLight Up The Bluff
12:00 AMSanta's House
12:00 AMVisit Santa in Downtown Kalamazoo
10:00 AMOpen Jump Time at Sky Zone Kalamazoo
11:00 AMSanta Luncheon at WMU Fetzer Center
12:00 PMGingerbread at the Union
12:00 PMOpen Bounce at Jungle Joe's
12:00 PMWinter Holiday Festival 2017
1:00 PMHolidays at the Homestead
2:00 PMCandy Forest
2:00 PMWeekend Skate
2:45 PMDescant and Dewey: Holiday Music: Living Room Musicians
3:00 PMMrs. Claus Tea
3:00 PMWeekend Swim
4:00 PMBachFest Christmas Concert
4:00 PMHallelujah Holidays

 

Need more ideas for family fun? Remember to check our Events Calendar at KZOOkids.com. What fun things will you be doing this weekend?

 

 

 

 

By | 2017-12-05T07:35:46+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published, Weekend Picks|Comments Off on Weekend Picks for the Kalamazoo Parent: December 1-3

About the Author:

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.