WMTA: Holiday season in full swing

ZooLights at Binder Park Zoo

  • Binder Park Zoo is a great place to create holiday memories and traditions
  • Visit them for ZooLights from December 15th to 23rd from 5pm–8:30pm every night
  • The cost of attendance is $5 for Members and $6 for Non-members. Children under 2 years of age get in FREE!
  • Enjoy the zoo decorated for the holidays! Stroll along lighted paths viewing some of their weather-hardy animals on exhibit enjoying the winter season
  • Then head indoors for time with Santa, stories with Grandma Claus, unlimited FREE carousel rides, up-close animal meet and greets, hot chocolate, special activities, and more. (Wild Africa will be closed.)
  • There’s also Dinner with Santa each night. This is a special opportunity for your child to make sure Santa gets their wish list and for families to share a meal together in a unique setting.

International Festival of Lights in Battle Creek

  • Through December 31st
  • Creating holiday magic for a brighter world is what Battle Creek’s International Festival of Lights is all about
  • Once again, this traditional festival of lights will return in all its splendor and beauty to delight visitors from both near and far
  • Colorful displays sparkle and shimmer along the Battle Creek River, and light the way along State Street every night throughout this festive event
  • Families, individuals, and children of all ages stroll through the twinkling lights to experience the magic and beauty of the season
  • In addition to fabulous visual displays, the International Lights Fest also brings special entertainment and unique attractions!
    • Get ready for an activity packed holiday season with downtown games, music, and merriment.
    • From horse-drawn wagon rides to crafts to bike races to singing competitions, there will be something to do for everyone at the Festival of Lights. All activities are free and family friendly.

Thornapple Brewing Company Spirits and Sunday Brunch Launch

  • Thornapple Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, brewery, winery, and distillery all under one roof!
  • Both the Spirits and Sunday Brunch launch on December 17th
  • These spirits have been in development for almost a year now
  • One unique thing about their spirits is their eau de vie brandy. These are unoaked version of the spirit coming from the pear and apple wines themselves.
  • We are opening the distillery with several spirits – vodka, gin, rum, and coffee rum, barrel-aged whiskey, and several Michigan brandies – apple, pear and cherry. There will be both classic and house specialty cocktails, along with a mimosa and beermosas that integrate offerings from our brewery and winery. While the standard Thorny (Bloody) Mary will be available every day, we will have a Thorny (Bloody) Mary Bar on Sundays with all-you-can-spear fix’ins. For the spirit connoisseur, we have a flight of sipping 1/2 -shot spirits available too.
  • Cocktails TBD, with a combination of craft cocktails and more simple cocktails
  • Brunch:
    • The brunch menu will include sweet, savory and down-home dishes including fresh-made donut cousin to our very popular pretzels, chicken & waffle, biscuits and gravy, and egg offerings such as quiche and omelets.
  • Of course, they still have their extensive food menu, beer, cider, wine, and mead
    • Food menu includes: Artisan Pizzas, Hummus, snacks, desserts, and more
    • They have a dozen craft beers, as well as cider, wine, and mead
    • You’re getting great drinks and great food, all under one roof
    • Thornapple Brewing has live music every Thursday and Saturday nights.

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