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Holiday happenings


Check out some of the fun, family activities going on in the area for the holiday season.

CEDAR SPRINGS

Dec.5: Cedar Springs Mingle and Shop Late  (see event on Facebook). Participating businesses will be open until 8 p.m. with added attractions from 5-8 p.m. Specials, refreshments, entertainment, drawings/giveaways, caroling, and more.

Dec.7: A Cedar Springs Christmas “Mingle with Kris Kringle”

9-noon: A day of Christmas in Cedar Springs on December 7 will start with the Cedar Springs Public Library hosting their Annual Holiday Open House: Winter Wonderland A Frozen Adventure on Saturday, December 7, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  Join Anna and Elsa for storytime occurring every 20 minutes throughout the event, take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, make ornaments/crafts/Christmas cards, decorate cookies, check out the Friends of the Library bake sale and more. All ages are welcome to attend and everything is free. Join us for some great family fun as we enter into the holiday season!  

12-2 p.m.: Christmas Cookie Decorating at The Rustic Roof with the Rustic Roof and City Impact. 

2-3 p.m.: Story Time with Mrs. Claus at Perry’s Placellc for herbs, teas, and more…

3 p.m.: Ornament hanging with High School Cheerleaders at the new Cedar Springs  Christmas Tree in the Heart of Cedar Springs.

4 p.m.: Celebrating Christmas in the Heart of Cedar Springs. Visit the petting barn with Double K Farms, buy some goodies from the Ladies Auxiliary Bake Sale, and sip on some hot chocolate at the Cedar Springs Library, all at 4 p.m.

4 p.m.: Christmas parade line up south end of White Pine Trail Staging Area.

4:30 p.m.: Kris Kringle Parade starting at Cherry Street by the White Pine Trail east to Second Street then North to Maple and west towards staging area 

4:45 p.m.: Nativity Scene Reenactment by Calvary Church in the Heart of Cedar Springs. 

4:50 p.m.: Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

4:55 p.m.: Mingle with Kris Kringle in the new amphitheater (picture taking and candy canes) directly after tree lighting. There will be Kringle Coloring Activities and Crafts in the Library while waiting to see Santa, directly after tree lighting 

4:55 p.m.: Letters to Santa with the Cedar Springs Post at the Library, directly after tree lighting. 

Dec. 9: A Cedar Springs Christmas Carriage Rides December 9 from 5-8 p.m. Our second year of free carriage rides for the public (first come first served) starting at the White Pine Trail Staging Area. Hot Chocolate and Christmas Caroling/Music.

Dec. 12: Cedar Springs Mingle and Shop Late. Participating businesses will be open until 8 p.m. with added attractions from 5-8 p.m. Specials, Refreshments, Entertainment, Drawings/Giveaways, Caroling, and more.

Dec.14: Annual Kent Theatre Christmas Concert December 3-5 p.m. An annual tradition at the historic Kent Theatre showcasing local musicians live on stage for $3 a person.

Dec.14: Kent Theatre Christmas Karaoke 6-8 p.m. A new event at the historic Kent Theatre set up for a family-friendly time singing Karaoke with friends and family. $5 gets you a ticket in the door with a small drink (with one free refill) and small popcorn (with one free refill) 

Dec.15: Annual Kent Theatre Christmas Dance Extravaganza 3-5 p.m. An annual tradition at the historic Kent Theatre showcasing local dancers live on stage as a family-friendly holiday event for $3 a person.

Dec. 19: Cedar Springs Mingle and Shop Late. Participating businesses will be open until 8 p.m. with added attractions from 5-8 p.m. Specials, Refreshments, Entertainment, Drawings/Giveaways, Caroling, and more.

GREENVILLE

Dec. 6: Come join the fun in downtown Greenville on Friday, December 7. The Santa park party will take place from 4-5:30 p.m. at Lafayette park (210 S. Lafayette). Enjoy holiday treats, games, activities & holiday merriment, then watch while Santa magically lights the Christmas Tree at 5:45 p.m. The parade will start at 6:00 p.m. on Lafayette Street. You won’t want to miss out on all the fun!

Dec. 7: Make a gift. All ages are invited to stop by the Flat River Library anytime between 10 a,m, and 12 p.m. to make some thoughtful and simple gifts this holiday season. There will be several gift ideas for you to make and we’ll even wrap them up for you! 

HOWARD CITY

Dec. 14: Santa and activities 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library. Santa will be there so take pictures with him, decorate a cookie and do Christmas Crafts.

2-4 p.m.: Annual Tree Lighting and parade. Come enjoy the festive time of year and enjoy the Village of Howard City’s Annual Tree Lighting ceremony at the Depot by the library. There will be a parade at 2 p.m. down Edgerton Street with Santa Claus making his annual appearance. Join the many downtown businesses who are hosting crafts, enjoy the festive lights, and find out which business will win the decorating contest! There will be something for everyone!

ROCKFORD

Discover a Rockford Christmas 2019. 

Dec. 6: Holiday Lighting Ceremony – Peppler Park on the Dam Overlook, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Free carriage rides from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion.

Dec. 7: Santa Parade – Downtown Rockford from 10:45 am until noon. 

Noon to 2 p.m.: Santa Visits – Rotary Pavilion immediately following the parade. Enjoy free hot cocoa and cookies!

Noon to 2 p.m.: Carriage Rides (FREE) – Rotary Pavilion immediately following the parade.

Dec. 11: Santa Visits and Free Cocoa & Cookies at the Rotary Pavilion from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

6-8 p.m.: Santa’s LIVE Reindeer at the Rotary Pavilion. 

Dec. 12-13: Carriage Rides (FREE) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion.

Dec. 18: Santa Visits and Free Cocoa & Cookies at the Rotary Pavilion from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

6-8 p.m.: Santa’s LIVE Reindeer at the Rotary Pavilion. 

Dec. 19-20: Carriage Rides (FREE) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion.

Dec. 20: Live Nativity – corner of Bridge and Main Streets (Speed Merchants) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Also enjoy Christmas caroling strolling from Rockford Baptist Church down Bridge Street to Live Nativity.

SAND LAKE

Sand Lake Christmas events 2019.

Dec. 1: Tree lighting and caroling at the SE Corner of the Park (5th & Lake) from 5:30-6:00 p.m. Resurrection Lutheran Preschool will sing some of their Christmas songs and we can all join in with our favorite carols. 

4:30p.m. to 7 p.m.: Come early to Mary Queen of Apostles Hall (5th & Maple) for Children’s Activities & Dinner Fund Raiser. Games, Face Painting, and Sloppy Joe Fund Raiser proceeds to Alpha Center. 

Dec.6-7: Live indoor nativity at United Methodist Church (6th & Maple) from 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 6, and from 1-3 p.m. on Dec. 7. Live animals will greet you. Come inside to see and talk to Shepherds, Soldiers, Town Merchants, Angles, Wise men, Mary Joseph and the Christ child. Enjoy the refreshments and stay a while! 

Dec. 7: Christmas Craft Show at Resurrection Lutheran (180 South 3rd –Northland Dr) from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 

Dec. 12: Advent by Candlelight (dinner included) at Mary Queen of Apostles Church from 6-9 p.m. RSVP by Dec. 7 to 616-636-5671 for dinner.

Dec. 13: Christmas bake sale at Independent Bank from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Homemade goodies for your Christmas gatherings or just for your sweet tooth. Offered by United Methodist Women. 

Dec.14: Santa’s coming to town! At the VFW (5th & Lake) 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fun for the whole family. Bring your cameras. Hot Chocolate & Cookies, Crafts, & Prizes. Then from 10 a.m. to noon there will be free Horse Drawn Carriage Ridesat Salisbury Park.

Dec. 21: Gingerbread Lane – Jump into the holiday spirit with some family-friendly festivities starting at 10 a.m. at the Nelson Twp/Sand Lake Branch of KDL (88 Eighth St.). Listen to seasonal music while each child builds their own simple gingerbread house. Pre-registration required.

Dec. 28: Holiday Craft Extravaganza at 10:30 a.m. Create fun, festive holiday crafts! A variety of crafts will allow children of all ages to make something wonderful. Drop in and get creative at the Nelson Twp/Sand Lake Branch of KDL (88 Eighth St., Sand Lake).

Dec. 31: Countdown to Happy Noon-Year starting at 11:30 a.m. We’re giving kids an exciting way to ring in 2020 with a countdown, noisemakers, crafts and fun – at an hour that won’t keep them up way past their bedtimes, at the Nelson Twp/Sand Lake Branch of KDL (88 Eighth St., Sand Lake).

SPARTA

Sparta Christmas Schedule 2019.

Nov. 28: Sparta Turkey Trot at 9:00 a.m. 5K walk/run starts at Sparta Civic Center, 75 N. Union.

Dec. 3: Santa Party – 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Crafts, snacks, & Santa at Maddy Laroue’s, 126 Division, Sparta.

Dec. 7: Pancake Breakfast $5, 8:30-11:00 a.m. in Sparta Civic Center.

10 a.m.: Christmas Candy Hunt at Rogers Park 

3-5 p.m.: Pet Night with Santa at 80 N. Union. Bring your own camera, pet donations welcome.

Dec. 14: Santa & Mrs. Claus Visit the Library from 10-11 a.m. Cookie decorating & take your photo with Santa at 80 N. Union St.

1-2:30 p.m.: Santa in Santa House – bring your own camera to 80 N. Union.

Dec. 19: Santa in Santa House – bring your own camera to 80 N. Union. 6-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 21: Santa in Santa House – bring your own camera to 80 N. Union. 10:30 to noon. 

Dec. 21, 22, 23: The Living Nativity at Ballard Church of Christ, 6:30-8 p.m.

SPENCER TOWNSHIP

The following events take place at the Kent District Library, Spencer Township Branch at 14960 Meddler Ave NE, Gowen, MI 49326

Dec. 12: Gingerbread Lane – Jump into the holiday spirit with some family-friendly festivities starting at 6:30 p.m. Listen to seasonal music while each child builds their own simple gingerbread house. Pre-registration required.

Dec. 19: Ready for Reindeer and Royal Arrivals – 6:30 p.m. Traveling all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms), live reindeer will be visiting the library. Royal Arrivals princesses Anna and Elsa will also make a guest appearance. Dress warmly and don’t forget your camera!

Jan. 11: Snowflake Studio – Explore winter with your creative side! Drop in between 11:00 AM and noon for snowflake-themed arts and crafts for the whole family.

TYRONE TOWNSHIP

The following events take place at the Kent District Library, Tyrone Township Branch at 43 S. Main St., Kent City, MI 49330 

Dec. 10: Ready for Reindeer! Traveling all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms), live reindeer will be visiting the library at 3:00 p.m. Dress warmly and don’t forget your camera!

Dec. 14: Gingerbread Lane – Jump into the holiday spirit with some family-friendly festivities starting at 11:00 a.m. Listen to seasonal music while each child builds their own simple gingerbread house. Seating is limited; first come, first served. 

Dec. 18: Jingle Mingle Holiday Storytime at 10 a.m. Visit the library for a special holiday storytime. Mingle and make new friends while listening to stories and creating art together.

Dec. 31: Countdown to Happy Noon-Year from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We’re giving kids an exciting way to ring in 2020 with a countdown, noisemakers, crafts and fun – at an hour that won’t keep them up way past their bedtimes.

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