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West Michigan Christmas 2020

West Michigan is feeling the holiday spirit this month! Enjoy these Christmas events and celebrations to help you get into a holly, jolly mood. 

Please note that the below information was accurate at the time of publication. You are encouraged to confirm with locations before visiting and follow guidelines for traveling safely in West Michigan. 

 

South West Michigan Holiday Fun 

Marshall

Pick up a Sugar Cookie Kit from Cornwell’s Turkeyville in Marshall December 20th – 22nd. Call 269-781-4293 to order your kit, which includes one dozen assorted Christmas cookies with frosting and sprinkles for you to decorate at home. 

Three Oaks

Take some time to enjoy the season at Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks. Gather around the firepits to enjoy warm cocktails for the adults, hot chocolate, and s’mores for the kids, and enjoy the seasonal menu,  including wintry signature cocktails.

Jerome

Bundy Hill Offroad in Jerome will be partnering with Jeep Nation Michigan to help raise donations for Toys for Tots December 5th. Each donation of at least $5.00 (gift or cash) will receive a $5.00 discount to Bundy Hill. The donation collections boxes will be located in the office and in the diner next door.

St. Joseph

St. Joseph is making downtown brighter by wrapping 84 trees with new lights and flipping the switch to Light Up the Bluff with holiday light displays. Come take a walk at night as often as you can during December and fill your heart with peace and happiness. Walk through the Window Wonderland, December 4th, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, in Victorian-era downtown St. Joseph to get into the holiday spirit. Dozens of storefronts will decorate their windows to entice you inside to find unique selections and special discounts. 

South Haven

Skate under the holiday lights in the heart of South Haven! The outdoor ice rink is the perfect place to spend time with family and friends on the ice or in the illuminated Dyckman Park.

Wherever your winter travels take you, Moveportz will help get you there! Book your private car to the airport 24 hours in advance to ensure an on-time and quality service experience.

Allegan

Planning your company or group holiday celebration? Allegan Event offers after-hours and private buy-out options giving your group exclusive access to the Sky Trail® adventure ropes course and Allegan Event’s other exciting attractions.

Richland

Start a new family holiday tradition with Walk Through the Lights at Gull Meadow Farms in Richland. Listen to Christmas music, walk through choreographed light displays, and wander through an entire greenhouse devoted to Christmas inflatables. Don’t forget to purchase a souvenir mug of hot chocolate or cider in a special Gull Meadow Farms campfire mug! Find up-to-date event information on the Gull Meadows Facebook event page.

Shelbyville

Take the pressure out of party planning by booking your event at Bay Pointe in Shelbyville. With eight unique event locations, you’ll find the perfect spot to gather, whether planning a casual or formal affair. Bay Pointe will also provide you with a planning professional to make it even easier! Compliment your event with creative food and beverage options. Allow your guests the option to relax and stay overnight. 

Saugatuck

Head to Saugatuck to travel back in time and brighten your holiday season with a self-guided tour of the Felt Mansion, featuring more than 25 decorated Christmas trees and 5,000 lights. Completed in 1928, the Felt Estate recalls a lavish period in history with its extravagant 25-room mansion, a carriage house, historic chapel, and expansive grounds. Self-guided tours begin December 7th and continue through December 30th.

Hastings

Add some science and math to the kids’ winter break! Stop by the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings and pick up a Winter Break STEAM Grab & Go Activity Kit. These are free kits of fun, hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities. Kits are available December 19th through January 3rd.

Central West Michigan Holiday Fun 

Zeeland

Zeeland is shining bright for the Holiday Season. Downtown is fully lit with Christmas Lights and a 20′ Christmas Tree in the center of downtown.

The Critter Barn farm in Zeeland will be decorated for Christmas, and open for visiting. The annual Live Nativity will be available via a video stream to enjoy from the comfort of your home starting December 11th.

Holland

Holland Civic Center Place is excited to bring the community “A Virtually Celtic Christmas,” a virtual concert being streamed on Sunday, December 6th at 7:00 pm. Filmed at the National Opera House of Ireland, this festive holiday concert features top-class Irish singers and musicians. Tickets to the live stream are only available online here.

Grand Rapids

Allow JW Marriott Grand Rapids to host your holiday celebration this year in their newly renovated event spaces. From the ballroom to the restaurant Margaux, JW Marriott is able to accommodate intimate gatherings or grandiose parties all while allowing for 6-feet of social distancing. Contact the event team for more details and to lock in some of the great dates still available. 

Deck the halls this season by enjoying cheerful holiday songs on the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Mighty Wurlitzer Theater organ, performed by internationally acclaimed theatre organist Lance Luce on Friday, December 18th. The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ concerts will be live streamed from the GRPM’s Meijer Theater and will be available to watch via a Zoom link. Virtual tickets are available online. Tickets are also available to attend in person. Limited capacity and masks are required for the in-person experience. 

Experience the wonder of the holidays at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids with the annual Metro Health Christmas & Holiday Traditions exhibition, on display through January 3, 2021. 46 trees and displays representing countries and cultures from across the globe will be set up, as well as the enchanting Railway Garden and the holiday wonderland that encompasses it. This year, Meijer Gardens celebrates handcrafted traditions and explores the care that goes into creating these treasured traditions by hand. 

Experience the magic of the Christmas Lite Show in Comstock Park, Michigan’s largest outdoor Christmas display. Christmas Lite Show uses millions of lights to create spectacular  drive through displays. Find more information and purchase tickets on the Christmas Lite Show website. 

Grand Haven

When traveling up and down the Lakeshore this holiday season, tune into WGHN-FM 92.1 for the very best in Christmas music. WGHN will be commercial free starting Christmas Eve day through midnight Christmas day, and you can enjoy your holiday favorites through their streaming services. 

Muskegon

The Muskegon Museum of Art’s annual holiday event, the Festival of Trees is making some adjustments this year to spread the holiday spirit into downtown. In collaboration with downtown businesses and organizations, a new version of the event Festival of Wreaths: a wreath walk event that people can enjoy from the sidewalk or street will be held through December 6th

Get in the spirit of the season with “Holidays in Lakeside,” a fun family event featuring visits with Santa, carriage rides, a bake sale, tree lighting, holiday shopping, and a myriad of other merry making activities in the Lakeside District in Muskegon

This year’s Circle of Trees in Muskegon will be held virtually on December 6th. Trees will be decorated in North Muskegon’s Walker Park with a tree lighting ceremony through Facebook live. 

Newaygo

The annual Christmas Walk in Newaygo on Friday, December 4th, starts with a tree lighting ceremony at 6:00pm, decorated with handmade ornaments from the students at NES. Stroll the streets with hot cocoa while browsing the area shops & restaurants for specials. Listen to Christmas carols, smell chestnuts roasting, watch an ice sculpture being carved, take a horse and wagon ride, and much more! The ChoiceOne Bank St. Nick Kick, a family-friendly 10k/5k run and 1 mile walk, will be held virtually on Saturday, December 5th.

Ludington

The First Annual Festival of Wreaths will be taking place in Ludington December 4-12th. A week-long, online auction will be held, culminating with a December 12th reception, when participants can place their final bids. All proceeds will benefit art programming in the Ludington community. 

If you have a sweet tooth, you won’t want to miss the Ludington Cookie Walk on December 12th. Visit downtown businesses from 1:00-5:00 pm, where friendly retailers will be waiting for you with a delicious treat at each stop. Cost is $20, and tickets can be purchased online.  

Rodney

This Christmas, see the story of Jesus’ birth come to life at Star of Wonder: Journey to the Manger, December 11th-13th at CranHill in Rodney. This drive-thru live nativity is complete with actors, animals, lights, narration, and refreshments to follow. Enjoy this free event with the whole family, as you remember the true story of Christmas. Donations will be accepted to support CranHill’s Camper Scholarship Fund. After driving through the live nativity performance, you are welcome to enjoy Christmas cookies, coffee, and hot cocoa. The Barn Store will also be open for ice cream, snacks, and gifts.

Big Rapids

The holidays are upon us and with that comes a variety seasonal events! Mecosta County is filled with cheer to celebrate the holidays. Find area Christmas events on the Mecosta Community Events Calendar. Keep an eye out as the calendar is updated every day with events for everyone to enjoy.

 

North West Michigan Holiday Fun 

Traverse City

Traverse City is ready to celebrate the season! Downtown Traverse City will have its holiday lights and holiday tree up to help your holiday spirit as you stroll through downtown. Choose your favorite decorated storefront window, and play an eye-spy scavenger hunt, during the Walking In A Window Wonderland window contest. Find all of the hidden items in the windows in downtown Traverse City and enter to win a downtown shopping spree. Ballots will be available at participating stores the weekend of December 4th and are due by December 6th at the red mailbox at the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority office. Visit the community calendar for more holiday events and celebrations. 

Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville will have Christmas dinners available at two of their restaurants on the 24th and 25th, as well as a special ski deal for those ready to hit the slopes Christmas Day.

Enjoy some holiday spirits in Lake Leelanau with Northern Latitudes Distillery. Ginny Roberts, longtime NLD Spirit Guide, brought her delicious hot grog recipe to the cocktail bar years ago and it has been a fall and holiday standard ever since. It’s a warm, boozy drink with cozy seasonal flavors and spices including cranberry, cinnamon, and cloves. The best part is that you get to choose your own spirit! Learn how to make Ginny’s Hot Grog at home for friends and family with Ginny’s recipe.

For family and friend groups looking for a private dining experience, the Inn at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay is offering Chef Choice wine-paired dining experiences for any special occasion like anniversaries, birthdays, elopements, or holiday festivities. Inquire with the events team and find more details online. Hosting the family at home? Save time, and the work, by ordering Christmas Dinner to Go!

Bellaire

The slopes at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire will be open 9:30 am-4:30 pm on Christmas Day with $25 lift tickets. Pay it forward with a donation of non-perishable food items, gently-used winter clothing, and/or household items to benefit local food pantries.

Charlevoix

As the snow blows in, Castle Farms in Charlevoix is transformed into a winter wonderland! Enjoy virtual holiday fun with your entire family with the Castle’s Winter Wonderland and Santa’s Workshop events online. On December 16th, experience the magic of Castle Farms and see the extravagant holiday decor at the Castle Twinkle Light Dinner. Enjoy an enchanted evening listening to classic Christmas carols and a three course meal catered by Otsego Grand Catering, a local favorite. This is a fabulous date night or friends night out! Visit Castle Farms online to purchase your tickets. The annual Holiday Display is going to be up through December 31st, which features over 50 decorated Christmas Trees, dozens of inflatable characters and displays, and countless holiday scenes, fun for all ages. 

Mackinaw City

Planning a holiday get-together? Audie’s Restaurant in Mackinaw City offers plenty of space to spread out. Festively decorated, the Banquet Room is perfect for your family or office party. The Chippewa Room provides a more intimate setting for your group. The seating capacity is currently at 50% yet maintains a cozy feel. Call Katie or Tanya (231) 436-5744 or email info@audies.com for more information about group events. Not ready to dine in?  Audie’s Restaurant offers carry out and curbside service. Contactless payment is available through the website, where you can view the menu and place your order in one step. You can even schedule your online order up to 24 hours in advance. 

 

Upper Peninsula Holiday Fun 

Marquette

With every snowfall, Marquette continues its transformation into a picturesque winter wonderland, perfect for the holidays. From exploring the frozen coast of Lake Superior and the surrounding snow-capped forests to warming up with hot chocolate by a fire pit, Marquette County has plenty of safe, outdoor winter activities to keep locals and visitors alike invigorated this holiday season. Enjoy a holiday experience at the Rosewood Walkway in downtown Marquette. The walking path is illuminated with hundreds of light installations for families to enjoy a bright and festive display. The attraction is open-air and allows for social distancing, to ensure the safety of all guests.

 

See where you can find Santa around West Michigan this season!

Check out our West Michigan Holiday Gift Guide for ideas for everyone on your list.