Downtown Holland To Host Annual Holiday Open House This Saturday, November 18

If you’ve never experienced the magic of Downtown Holland during the holiday season, this
is the one night you won’t want to miss! This Saturday, November 18, over 60 shops and restaurants will
open their doors from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm for the annual Downtown Holland Holiday Open House. During
the Holiday Open House, residents and visitors alike are invited to stroll the beautifully decorated and
brightly lit heated streets while shopping for holiday gifts for everyone on your list! Shops and restaurants
will be welcoming customers with a number of holiday promotions, including free gift wrapping,
complimentary holiday refreshments, merchandise discounts, and fun giveaways during this popular
event! The event also features appearances by Santa and his favorite elf, a reindeer petting corral,
strolling carolers, chestnut roasting, and the Snowflake Express Trolley. The Holiday Open House is
proudly sponsored by Greenridge Realty Holland.

“Greenridge Realty Holland is proud to be the sole sponsor of the Downtown Holland Holiday Open
House,” said Dean Kreps, Managing Associate Broker at Greenridge Realty Holland. “We care about
supporting the communities in which we live and work. We are so grateful to be a part of our vibrant
downtown area. Holland is such a special place, and this time of year makes it even better. Greenridge
Realty is a family-owned company that has been providing real estate services to West Michigan for over
40 years. We take great pride in partnering with the City of Holland and are proud of the work we
accomplish here together.”

The heated streets of Downtown Holland will be decorated for the Holiday Open House with thousands of
twinkling holiday lights, a brightly lit Christmas tree, and custom designed urn planters installed by the
City’s Parks Department. The Holland Chorale’s costume Dickens Carolers will be strolling throughout
Downtown Holland singing Christmas carols during the event, in addition to carolers from Central
Wesleyan Church and Ventura Baptist Church. Staff and volunteers from Downtown Holland will also be
roasting fresh chestnuts outside of GDK Park on 8th Street. Everyone is invited to stop by for a free
sample of a traditional taste of the holidays!

Santa can also be spotted strolling during the Holiday Open House, greetings fans young and old alike
and posing for photographs. And be sure to keep an eye up (yes, up) for one of Santa’s stilt-walking
elves! Santa’s reindeer will here too, located in a petting corral in Musician’s Park on Central Avenue
between 8th and 9th Streets. The Snowflake Express Trolley is also returning this year, offering
attendees a free tour of 8th Street during the Holiday Open House! Just hop on and off at the Splash Pad
next to the Courtyard Marriott Hotel. The team from Greenridge Realty will also be downtown during the
Holiday Open House spreading holiday cheer by passing out fun giveaways to attendees while supplies

Downtown Holland Holiday Open House Participating Businesses:
Anna Interiors
Apothecary Gift Shop
Blu Veranda
Borrs Shoes & Accessories
Bowerman’s on 8th
Brick + Ivy Market
Canterbury Cottage Interiors
Carolyn Stich Studio
Cherry Republic
Cotton Bay
Crane’s In The City
Downtown Antiques & Home Furnishings
Dutch Village Downtown
Estella Rose Fashion
Family Central
Frances Jaye
Fris Supply Shop
Garsnett Beacon Candle Co.
Gazelle Sports
Gezellig Home & Garden
Glik’s Boutique
Glik’s Men’s
Harbor Wear of Holland
Holland Peanut Store
HOM by Benchmark
jb and me

Jean Marie’s
Laurel & Jack
Le Bon Macaron
Lokers Shoes
New Holland

Peachwave Frozen Yogurt & Gelato
Postcards From Paradise
Pretties Intimate Apparel
Reader’s World
Sea Bags LLC
Silver Fox II Jewelry, LLC
Spring Sweet
Studio K Clothing Co.
The Bridge
The Flower House Holland
The Outpost of Holland
The Poppy Peach, LLC
The Seasoned Home
Tin Ceiling
Tip Toes
Warner Vineyards
Waverly Stone
White House Black Market

Be Sure to Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming Holiday Events in Downtown Holland!

Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 25[
Downtown Holland will join communities throughout the country in celebrating Small Business Saturday
on Saturday, November 25! Our shops and restaurants want to thank you for shopping small this holiday
season and for supporting us all year long with a day packed full of giveaways, discounts, and lots of fun
promotions! Be sure to enter our annual Small Business Saturday Selfie Contest too! Just snap a
photograph of yourself shopping in Downtown Holland on Saturday, November 25 and share it on our
Facebook page for a chance to win a $100 gift card to your favorite Downtown Holland business. The
winner will be announced on Monday, November 27.

Parade of Lights
Tuesday, November 28
6:30 pm
Santa Claus arrives in Downtown Holland during the Parade of Lights, escorted by 90 floats, commercial
vehicles, walkers, and marching bands…all decked out from top to bottom in thousands of sparkling
lights! Come see why this brightly lit holiday procession on Tuesday, November 28 is fun for the entire                                 family and a holiday tradition for the entire community. The Parade of Lights will begin at the corner of 8th
Street and Columbia Avenue at 6:30 pm sharp and proceed west down 8th Street until it reaches the
Holland Civic Center Place at 150 West 8th Street, home of the Holiday Kerstmarkt! The Parade of Lights
is proudly sponsored by Gentex Corporation. Be sure to look for them as they lead the parade with a
special treat for all of the children in attendance! (Please note that there will be no other candy out during
the parade.)

Strolling Santa
Fridays, December 1 – 22
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Heading to Downtown Holland to do a little holiday shopping this season? Be sure to keep your eye out
for the one and only Santa! Downtown Holland’s very own Santa Claus will be strolling 8th Street every
Friday night in December to greet customers, pose for photographs, and bring a little magic to your
holiday shopping experience. Be sure to say hello if you spot Santa out doing a little local shopping (or
dining) of his own from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on December 1, 8, 15 and 22!

Up on the Rooftops (Low Ticket Alert!)                                                                                                                                                 Friday, December 15
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
After a three-year hiatus, one of Downtown Holland’s most highly anticipated holiday events is slated to
return in 2023! Up on the Rooftops, a holiday tradition for hundreds in the community, will return on
Friday, December 15 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. As part of the event, ticket holders are given exclusive
access to tour private condos and apartments, office spaces, and art studios on the upper floors of
historic buildings throughout Downtown Holland. Tickets for this highly anticipated event are just $45 each
and go on sale online at on Friday, November 10. This year’s tour features ten
locations, including a mix of residences and upper floor businesses. The $45 ticket price also includes a
light appetizer and dessert reception in the beautifully remodeled Haworth Hotel ballroom. Soft drinks and
coffee are included, with beer and wine available for purchase. Up on the Rooftops is proudly sponsored
by Zeigler of Holland.

Shopping Jam
Saturday, December 16
8:00 am – 10:00 am
The early bird gets the…deals at the annual Downtown Holland Shopping Jam! Set your alarm clocks and
grab a cup of hot coffee because this is one holiday savings event you won’t want to miss! As part of the
Shopping Jam on Saturday, December 16, participating businesses will open their doors early, offering
30% off at least one item from 8:00 am – 9:00 am and 25% off at least one item from 9:00 am – 10:00 am!
Whether you’re just starting your holiday shopping, you need one more gift to finish off your nice list, or
you’re shopping for something special for yourself, this is one sale you won’t want to miss. It’s the perfect
opportunity to “wrap up” your holiday shopping while enjoying amazing discounts!