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CEDAR SPRINGS

Bah Humbug! Scrooge’s Christmas Carol

Nov. 30-Dec. 3: Kick off your holiday season this year by attending the Cedar Springs Theatre Association’s production of “Bah Humbug! Scrooge’s Christmas Carol.” Come enjoy this lighthearted and enchanting performance. Wonderful family fun and entertainment, guaranteed to have you tapping your toes and putting you into the holiday spirit. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Kent Theatre, which is located in downtown Cedar Springs. Tickets will be $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and are available at the Cedar Springs Public Library, Alpha Omega Coffee and Games shop, located on Main Street Cedar Springs, or by calling 616-696-SHOW.

Mingle with Kris Kringle and downtown tree lighting

Dec. 1: Noon to 8 p.m. Come celebrate the kick off to the Christmas season with the lighting of the tree at the corner of Main Street and Ash. Sales begin at noon at all participating Cedar Springs businesses, and the tree lighting event starts at 5:00 p.m. with a live nativity scene. Shortly after 5, Santa will be coming to town, escorted by the Cedar Springs Fire Department. The Cedar Springs Elementary School Choir will be performing. Bring the whole family out for a fun, old-fashioned, town Christmas celebration.

Christmas fundraising concert for the Kent

Dec. 8: Kin of Hope Natural Health and Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas, and more…will be hosting a Christmas Concert at the Kent Theatre at 4 p.m. All the proceeds from the concert will be going to the Kent Theatre for their Digital Projector Fund. There will also be a bake sale that day, with gluten free and dairy free products available. Admission is $3, or $10 per family (parents and their children $17 and under).

Make a gingerbread house

Dec. 8: Calling all Kids to decorate a Gingerbread House at the Cedar Springs Public Library. Sign up for one of three sessions: 10-11am, 11:15-12:15pm or 12:30-1:30pm. All ages welcome, preschoolers must have parent present. Stop by the library to register or call 616-696-1910.

GREENVILLE

Hometown Christmas

Nov. 30: Take in the sights and sounds of Christmas with a hometown parade, followed by Santa lighting the official Greenville Christmas tree and more special treats. Events start with a Santa block party from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Get photos with Santa, arts and crafts, hot cocoa, cookies and more. The tree lighting ceremony is at 5:15 p.m. with live music, crowd caroling, and holiday merriment. The parade follows at 6 p.m., and then kids can visit with Santa at the Flat River Museum immediately following the parade until 8 p.m. Montcalm Community College’s “Messiah” will be at 7 p.m. at the Greenville Performing Arts Center.

Santa Super Sunday

Dec. 2: 1 p.m. at Montcalm Community College. Free.

Tree of Lights Celebration

Dec. 2: Tree of Lights Celebration. 6 p.m. at Spectrum Health United Hospital.

Grand Rapids Symphony Holiday Pops

Dec. 12: 7:30 p.m. at Greenville High School.

Pictures with Santa

Dec. 15: 12-1 p.m. at the Greenville Area Community Center.

Holiday flea market

Dec. 15: at the Greenville Area Community Center.

HOWARD CITY

Christmas Bazaar and luncheon

Dec. 1: The annual Christmas Bazaar and luncheon will be at Heritage UMC, on the corner of Federal and Kendaville Rds, 2 miles south of Howard City, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Artisan craft show, homemade soup and pie luncheon, candy and baked goods, and white elephant gifts.

Christmas Tour of Homes

Dec. 1: Take a Christmas tour of homes in Howard City from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception with door prize giveaways at the Timothy C. Hauenstein Library from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 and are $12 the day of the event. They may be purchased at the library or at Kindel and Company.

ROCKFORD

Cookie Walk

Dec. 1: St. Peter’s Lutheran Ladies Guild Cookie Walk, from 9 a.m. until cookies are gone. St. Peter’s is at 310 E. Division Street, NE.

Santa Parade

Dec. 1: Rockford residents welcome the jolly man in the red suit to downtown Rockford, at 11 a.m., during the annual Santa Claus Parade! Santa arrives in style in a horse-drawn carriage during the parade, and follows his arrival with a visit to the Rotary Pavilion after the parade. In the pavilion, Santa visits with all the good little girls and boys, from noon to 2 p.m., and hears their wish list. Children’s activities occur in the Pavilion to make the wait a little less intense.

Holiday Carriage rides

Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14: The Rockford Chamber of Commerce sponsors horse-drawn carriage rides each year in Squire Street Square so that visitors to Rockford may enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautifully decorated streets of the downtown area. Visitors are able to ride through the tree-lined streets free of charge. It is a beautiful way to recapture the feelings of Christmases past and make memories with your loved ones.

Rockford Community Holiday Concert

Dec. 9: Enjoy the sounds of the season as the Rockford Community Band, Choir and Orchestra present their annual holiday community concert from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Rockford High School’s Fine Arts Auditorium. Special guests include the Rockford Community Children’s Choir. Admission is free.

Santa at the pavilion with live reindeer

Dec. 12: Children will love to come visit Santa, sit on his lap and give him their wish list AND meet Santa’s LIVE reindeer at the Rockford Rotary Pavilion, 25 Squire Street, from 6-8 p.m. Free hot chocolate and cookies are also provided.

SAND LAKE

Adopt a family

In the spirit of giving, donated items for needy families may be dropped off at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township library, 88 8th Street, during open hours December 1-15. Donate a new toy, clothing item or food for area families in need this Christmas. For more info, call the library at 1-877-243-2466.

Christmas with Santa

Dec. 8: Santa will be at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library from 10 a.m. to Noon a.m. on Saturday, December 8. Visit with Santa and enjoy crafts and treats. Gifts aplenty for the first 200 children! Prize drawings will be held. For all ages.

SPARTA

Old-fashioned Christmas events

Dec. 1: Shop Sparta Event Downtown! Free Trolley Rides, visit & take photos with Santa, try Roasted Chestnuts, & shop through your favorite local merchants in Sparta!

Supper with Santa 

Dec. 4: 6-8 pm at Civic Center, 75 N. Union. $1.00 per person for hot dogs, popcorn, photos with Santa, craft, decorate cookies & more!

Pet night with Santa 

Dec. 13: 6-8 pm in Santa House. Bring your furry friends to visit with Santa! Photo with $3.00 donation or pet food or blanket donation to go to the Humane Society.

Santa in Santa house

Dec. 15 and 20: Santa will be in the Santa house (94 N. Union) on Saturday Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Thursday, December 20, from 6-8 p.m. Bring your own camera.

Horse drawn trolley rides

Dec. 24: Horse drawn trolley rides through Harper Drive. 6-9 p.m. Loading area and treats hosted at Sparta Fire Department.

SPENCER TOWNSHIP

The reindeer are coming

November 29: Traveling all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms), live reindeer will be visiting the Spencer Township Library, 14960 Meddler, Gowen, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dress warmly, and don’t forget the camera! For all ages.

Gingerbread Lane

December 6: Stroll down Gingerbread Lane at the Spencer Township Library and enjoy tasty gingerbread stories from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Each child will make a simple gingerbread house. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. For all ages. Arts and crafts.

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