by Jill P

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have a great time with friends and family over the long weekend. There’s some fun events happening after Thanksgiving, so check these out…



City of Kalamazoo Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, November 28 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Bronson Park downtown Kalamazoo. 

  • Bundle up, come on down to Bronson Park, and let’s all get into the holiday spirit together! Join Mayor Hopewell and our City Commissioners for the annual, time-honored tradition – Tree Lighting Ceremony. Santa will be on hand with two of his reindeer, Donner and Blitzen. We will also have a Food Network ice carver, crafts tent for the kids, gourmet food trucks, and hot chocolate. Plus, live entertainment. The Tree Lighting Ceremony and reading of “The Night Before Christmas,” is scheduled for 7:00 PM.  **Please bring along a non-perishable food item to help benefit food pantires throughour our area

Holiday Walk and Market

Holiday Walk & Market Tours are offered: Fridays & Saturdays, November 28-29 and December 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Kellogg Manor in Hickory Corners with the last tour beginning at 4:00 pm. 

  • The Holidays are a special time of the year at the W.K. Kellogg Manor House. Each room is creatively decorated by area businesses, interior designers, staff and volunteers. Local artists and artisans sell unique and handcrafted gifts throughout the house. A guided tour, concluded by hot spiced tea and cookies, presents a history of W.K. Kellogg’s life, career and former summer estate at Gull Lake while also creating ideas for your own holiday decorating.
  • Cost is $7/adult and $5/senior & student. Tours run from noon to 5pm; last tour departs at 4pm. Tours last about 1 hour. (269) 671-2160.


Christmas Around Town – Three Rivers

Friday-Sunday November 28 -30 in downtown Three Rivers.

  • “The Magic Begins” with Christmas Around Town weekend on Friday, November 28th through Sunday, November 30th. The festivities kick-off Friday evening at 6:15 p.m. at the Mural Mall with a tree lighting ceremony that includes Christmas caroling, a book reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Mayor Tom Lowry, and hot chocolate provided by Love Your Mother.
  • On Saturday, bring the family back downtown to see the arrival of Santa Claus — escorted by the Three Rivers Fire Department — at the Riviera Theatre at Noon. Santa Claus will be available for children between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon at the Riviera Theatre. Free photos, courtesy of Three Rivers’ Walgreens, will be offered on site.
    Visit Santa’s live reindeer at the East Walk-Through (25 N. Main) on Saturday between 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Then take a stroll further down Main Street and stop by Santa’s Workshop (3 N. Main) where kids can write letters to Santa and families can warm up with hot chocolate and popcorn.
  • See flier for full details of festivities.


Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Saturday November 29 8:00 pm Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo.

  • Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition and this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the group’s annual tour. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller music.


Check out our Seasonal Shows and Holiday Performances Round-Up – 2014. Get your tickets now for one of these great concerts, performances, or shows. Plus, check out some of the fun shows happening this weekend: A Christmas Carol at the New Vic Theatre or Shrek The Musical at the Civic Theatre. 


Family Hockey Day in the Zoo and Superhero Day

Sunday, November 30 at 3:00 pm at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo.

  • Come dressed as your favorite Superhero as we honor those who protect us against “evil-doers”.
  • First 500 kids will receive a FREE giveaway item. Free Post-Game Skate with the Players presented by United Healthcare
  • Sunday afternoon will also be a Slappy’s Summer Reading Club ticket redemption night. Kids who received a ticket from the summer reading club may redeem their ticket on this day.


See our Event Calendar for tons of local holiday shopping options. Remember, this weekend is Small Business Saturday. Shop local!




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Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna

Sunday, November 30 at 3:00 pm Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo. 

  • Boys have been singing at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor since the early 15th century. In 1498, Emperor Maximilian I moved his court and his court musicians to Vienna. He gave instructions that there were to be six singing boys among his musicians. Until 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the imperial court, at mass, at private concerts and functions, and on state occasions.
  • Today there are around 100 choristers between the ages of ten and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs. The four choirs give around 300 concerts and performances each year in front of almost half a million people. Each group spends nine to eleven weeks of the school year on tour.


These events and more can be found on our Events Calendar at What fun things will you be doing this weekend?




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Jill is a mom of a busy 9 year old son. When not working the website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.