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CEDAR SPRINGS
A Christmas Carol
Dec. 9: Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” adapted by Brian Way and produced through special arrangements with Baker’s Plays and the Cedar Springs Theatre Association, will be opening Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. on the Kent Theatre stage in downtown Cedar Springs. The production runs through Dec. 11 with performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, the 10th, and a final matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for kids 11 and under. They’re available at the Cedar Springs Public Library or by calling 616-696-0949 or 616-696-SHOW or before each performance at the Kent Theatre box office, which opens at 7 p.m. for evening performances and at 1:30 p.m. for matinee performances.
Meet Santa
Dec. 10: Santa will be at Family Fare in Cedar Springs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 10.
Make a gingerbread house
Dec. 10: Calling all Kids to decorate a Gingerbread House at the Cedar Springs Public Library. Please preregister for supplies provided. Sign up for one of three sessions: 10-11am, 11:30-12:30pm or 1-2pm. Stop by the library to register, call 616-696-1910 or email your reservation in at ced@llcoop.org and put “Gingerbread House” in the subject line.
Santa at CTA
Dec. 15: Santa and his reindeer will be at Creative Technologies Academy, 350 Pine St., Cedar Springs, on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 6-9 p.m. Cost is $5 per person, or $20 per family. Kids 2 and under free. Ticket Includes: photo with Santa, a craft, refreshments, interaction with Santa’s reindeer, and much more!
Holiday movie at library
Dec. 28: Looking for something fun to do during the holidays? A holiday movie will be showing at the Cedar Springs Public Library just for you from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28.
HOWARD CITY
Santa at the library
Dec. 10: Friends of the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library welcomes the Tri County Jazz Band, Saturday, December 10, at 11:00 am. Santa will be visiting from 11:00 am-1:30 pm. Bake Sale from 10:00 am–2:00 pm.
SAND LAKE
Community Christmas
Dec. 10: Sand Lake Community Christmas will be December 10, Saturday, in Sand Lake. The Santa parade will begin at 10 a.m., and Santa will be at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A tree lighting ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. and winners of the Gingerbread house contest announced at that time.
Adopt a family
Join the friends of the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library, Sand Lake Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club by donating a new toy, clothing item or food for area families in need this Christmas. Items collected until December 12.
SPARTA
Pet Night with Santa
Dec. 8: 6-8 pm in Santa House (94 N. Union, behind library). Bring your furry friends to visit with Santa! Free photo with a pet food or cash donation to go to the Humane Society.
Santa Train & Kids Parade
Dec. 10: 10:10 am Enter the free raffle to win a chance to ride with Mr. & Mrs.
Claus in the kids parade! Santa Train arrives Saturday morning at 10:10 am.
Kids Parade to the Santa House after the Santa Train departs. Santa Hours 10:30 am-Noon. Santa’s Reindeer 9 am- Noon & free horse & wagon rides from 11 am to 1 pm.
Round Again Elf Workshop
Dec. 10: 10 am-Noon Kids are welcome to stop by the Elf workshop to pick out
and wrap a surprise gift for free!
Christmas Musical
Dec. 10-11: 6 pm Sparta Nazarene Church, ticket required, Call 887-1169
Visit Santa
Dec. 17: Visit Santa from 10 a.m.-noon in the Santa House, 94 N. Union.
Dec. 22: Visit Santa from 6-8 p.m. in the Santa House.
Living Nativity
Dec 21-24:  41st Annual “The Living Nativity,” Ballard Church (1633 10 Mile Rd) from 7-8:30 p.m.
Horse-drawn trolley rides
Dec. 24:  Horse-drawn trolley rides through Harper Drive in Sparta 6-9 p.m. Loading zone and treats hosted at Sparta Fire Dept.
SPENCER TOWNSHIP
Gingerbread Lane
Dec. 8: Take a stroll down Gingerbread Lane and enjoy some tasty gingerbread stories. Each child will make a simple gingerbread house. Registration is required and participation is limited. For all ages. Call 784-2016 to register.

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