December events in West Michigan

1. Fenn Valley Vineyard’s annual Sip & Shop event is Saturday, December 8. It runs from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fenn Valley has carefully selected 17 local vendors to offer a wide variety of items created in their hometown of Fennville and the surrounding area. In addition to one-of-a-kind gifts, they will also be offering specials on wine and cider to make your shopping even more festive.

2. You’ll find yourself on a train with Santa if you visit the Coopersville & Marne Railway in Coopersville during the month of December! Santa will have a special seat on this 90-minute journey through the snow-covered farms, fields, and roadways along the route. Elves will escort the children to sit with Santa. All children get a present, even the shy ones! A story-telling Princess will read Christmas-themed books to the children in each of the decorated railcars. The train runs even on the snowiest of days, creating the perfect winter atmosphere to read your wish list to Santa. The Santa Train operates various times on Saturdays and Sundays through December 23. Dates are selling out, so get your tickets soon!

3. It’s Christmastime in the city and Santa Claus is coming to Wheelhouse! Experience the Christmas magic and join us for our Third Annual Brunch with Santa event on Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16. This is a family-friendly event featuring a delicious buffet-style brunch from our Executive Chef Jeremiah New, free professional photos with Santa, Christmas cookie decorating, kids activities and more!

Event features:

  • Complimentary 4”x6” photo with Santa (option to purchase additional photo packages)
  • Letters to Santa
  • Cookie Decoration Station
  • Hot Chocolate Station
  • Kids Christmas coloring books
  • Holiday movie playing on our TV screens
  • Holiday music throughout the restaurant
  • Priceless memories of a magical holiday experience

4. 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. Laughter and singing are often heard as festival goers simply cannot resist getting into the holiday spirit. One of the most popular displays that attracts viewers year after year is the Twelve Days of Christmas located on the back lawn of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. 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 through the end of December.

5. New Year’s Eve with New Holland takes place at New Holland in both Holland and Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids: Help New Holland Brewing The Knickerbocker bring in the New Year at our largest party of the year! Featuring live music by Disco Brunch in our Trees Beer Hall and Laura Bennett in the Zeppelin Cocktail Lounge from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. with a countdown and ball drop at midnight. Bottle service will also be available.

Holland: Let’s bring in the New Year in style! Join us at New Holland Brewing Pub on 8th dressed in your favorite decade attire (80s, 90s, or 2000s) ○ Rhythm of the Night DJ will be providing the tunes from 10 p.m. -1 a.m., champagne or beer toast at midnight, and Late Night Happy Hour specials from 9 p.m. – close. Battle Creek location coming in 2019