A Little Bit of Everything

There’s so much to see and do this time of year, with many West Michigan businesses having a wide variety of holiday happenings.


Christmas is coming to the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids with events galore! The Winter Wonderland is Wednesday, December 5th with special offers from Market Hall merchants. Enjoy a snack with Santa on Tuesday, December 11th or simply swing by to meet with him on December 14th through 16th. Information on these events and more is on Downtown Market’s website.

There are a number of snow-worthy events taking place in Michigan State Parks, such as lantern-lit walks and guided snowshoe hikes, and winter recreation opportunities that can be navigated on your own time. Check out the winter activity calendar and winter activity information to see what is happening in your neck of the woods!

Newaygo County will be a festive wonderland this holiday season. Here, you’ll find Christmas lights, Christmas walks, charity auctions, Santa sightings, and holiday parades throughout the month.

The Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a bang! In addition to the pancake breakfast, hayrides, and arts and crafts, the celebration will feature a firework display after the lighted parade on Saturday, December 1st.

Brighten your holidays with a visit to downtown Holland! Holland’s beautiful downtown comes alive with festive and beautiful holiday decor and a multitude of exciting holiday events from now through January. Historic downtown Holland provides the perfect backdrop for Dutch Winterfest, the Parade of Lights, the Kerstmarkt, and other special events. Holland’s warmed cobblestone sidewalks, unique shops and galleries, specialty import shops, and open-air market provide one-of-a-kind holiday shopping throughout the festive season.

Mecosta County is filled with cheer as they celebrate the holidays. The month kicks off with the Christmas Bazaar on December 1st and 2nd, featuring gift baskets, handmade crafts, holiday wreaths, baked goods, and more. The Holiday Inn in Big Rapids is hosting their annual Friends of Friends Holiday Craft Show on Saturday, December 8th. Peruse wonderful works from talented crafters and artisans, with sales going directly to the local artists. The annual Home of the Holidays event on Thursday, December 20th is a one-of-a-kind shopping experience throughout Michigan Avenue in Historic Downtown Big Rapids. One last hurrah before the big day is the 34th Annual Musicians’ Christmas Party on Saturday, December 23rd. Get your dancing shoes ready as you move to the groove of these amazing musicians lined-up for celebrating!

Tickets for several of northern Michigan’s hottest holiday events are available from MyNorth. From an Irish Christmas to The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol, you’re bound to find a fun event for the entire family up north.