Tis’ the Season in West Michigan

Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration

  • Friday & Saturday, December 1st & 2nd
  • The Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration, formerly Dickens Christmas, is held annually in historic Downtown Mt. Pleasant, taking place the first Friday and Saturday in December. Come home for the Holidays and wander the streets of Downtown Mt.Pleasant as the scent of pine boughs, roasted almonds, and kettle-corn float through the air and the sound of carolers and holiday merrymakers accompany your stroll
  • Have breakfast with Santa, take a hayride to see the Christmas lights, bring the kid’s to one of the “make and take” crafts, shop the Downtown stores, listen to the sounds of the season with carolers and local musicians, and end the weekend by watching the Lighted Christmas Parade!
  • Food and entertainment will fill the area with sights and smells that get you ready for the Holiday season
  • Stop by Santa’s House, give him your wish list and visit with his live reindeer. Enjoy hot chocolate while stopping by one of the many warming stations. Whether it be the Lighted Christmas Parade, a pancake breakfast, crafts at the library, music at local businesses, or strolling through boutiques in downtown Mt. Pleasant, there is something for people of all ages to do
  • Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration Schedule of Events on their website

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Annual Holiday Art Sale

  • Friday & Saturday, December 1st & 2nd
  • Every year, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is transformed into a bustling marketplace for its annual Holiday Art Sale. This Kalamazoo tradition fills the museum lobby and art school studios with hand-crafted ceramics; jewelry; fused glass wearables and decor; hand-woven scarves and accessories; paintings; functional and decorative ceramics; framed photographs, prints, and paintings; and metal sculpture. More than a 1,000 shoppers annually find one-of-a-kind gifts, wearable art, and home decor
  • On view at the art sale will be the work of more than 150 artists who teach or study at the Kirk Newman Art School. All of the work is created by art school students and faculty in the studios and classrooms of the art school, and proceeds support the artists and the school

19th Annual Reindog Holiday Parade

  • Saturday, December 2nd in St. Joseph
  • Come on down to St. Joseph, Michigan, for a fantastic way to kick off the holiday season. The annual Reindog Holiday Parade features dressed up pets and their owners in a variety of holiday garb. Be prepared to see all kinds of costumes from “Santa Bernards” to “Reindeer Rotweilers” – this is definitely a must-see event. The event also marks the arrival of Santa – who will then be available for wish list conversations and photos.
  • Kids will have a chance to visit with some of their favorite friends including Rex from Curious Kids’ Museum, Flick from Celebration Cinema, Splash from Silver Beach Center and the queens from the Southwest Michigan Scholarship Fund. Guests are encourage to participate and walk in the parade.
  • Judging for the event begins at 2:30 pm and will end at 3:45 pm. Judging will take place in front of the St. Joseph Today Welcome Center located at 301 State Street. The parade will begin promptly at 4 pm at Elm and State Street. Prizes will be awarded after the parade so stick around!
  • Please note that ALL parade participants MUST register at the Welcome Center! Forms are available for pickup at the Welcome Center or online at

Critter Barn’s Live Nativity

  • December 5th through 30th at Critter Barn in Zeeland
  • Will be presented on weekdays: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm and on Fridays and Saturdays hourly at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm etc., more frequently as needed until closing at 8pm on weekends.
  • We make Christmas of long ago come alive! We love to give children and adults alike a hands-on experience to help them imagine the first Christmas. Each year we invite you to our Live Nativity to experience the telling of the story of Jesus Christ’s birth. You’ll enjoy photos of Israel where Christ lived, plus inspirational music, costumed characters, live animals in our barn, and more! Donations support this event; your contribution is appreciated.
    • View our beautifully decorated facility
    • View our unique photo display of Bethlehem and Galilee
    • Experience the Live Nativity inside our historic barn
    • Enjoy comfortable, heated rooms for smaller animals and presentation
    • Visit cows, donkeys, sheep, goats, rabbits and more