Kalamazoo Institute Of Arts; KNAS Holiday Art Sale; November 17, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 18, 9:00 - 3:00 p.m. You don’t throw a fabulous Art Sale for over 50 years and not deliver something really, really great!  The Kirk Newman Art School Holiday Art Sale kicks off at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in a really big way.  WIth over 170 artists on display, you are guaranteed to find some really unique and wonderful art and gifts!  This show could actually be one-stop shopping - get it all done in one place at one time, and walk away feeling awfully darn good about those perfect gifts under the tree or menorah. This is not your run-of-the-mill big-box experience, so be prepared to be amazed at the handmade works in wood, metal, fabric, glass, ceramics, paintings and just about every other medium you can think of!  The Downtown Market ChristKindl Market; November 17 and 18th, then repeating every Thursday thru Sunday, until December 23;  10:00 - 5:00 p.m. You don’t just have one chance, but many! - to experience the largest open air European Christmas Village in West Michigan.  If this doesn’t get your holiday rocking, nothing will!  With over 15,000 lights, a half mile of fresh garland, live entertainment, and loads of artisan gift and food vendors, The Downtown Market will be transformed into a charming winter wonderland.   So grab the family, bundle up and experience unique shopping - both inside and outside - and delight in handmade gifts and festive fun with caroling, Santa,  and so much more. And don’t forget to sip a glass of warm Glühwein; a must at every ChristKindl Market!   Downtown St Joseph, Winter Events Kickoff; November 17 - 19, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and ongoing Shopping Countdown thru December 17 Well, it may not be winter just yet, but the city of St. Joseph is getting ready!  This weekend kickoffs with loads of lights; as in the soft glow of magical luminarias that light the way as shoppers stroll the streets of downtown.  It’s a sight to see and once the mood is set, it’s time to explore the wonder of the dozens of storefronts that have decorated their windows for the Holiday season. Be sure to vote for your favorite Winter Wonderland display over the weekend too. And while you're visiting, remember to save your receipts as you can shop and dine at the many delightful locations throughout South West MI.  Then the countdown begins as you show those receipts at the St. Joe Welcome Center for a chance to win local gift cards. (Visit stjoetoday.com/countdown for more details) Sounds like St. Joseph is a wondrous place to ‘get your winter on!’