Six events to boost your holiday spirit!

Live Nativity
Live Nativity. Photo: Critter Barn

Live Nativity

Critter Barn
Dec. 6-30

Help your children imagine the first Christmas with Critter Barn’s Live Nativity. Enjoy a photo display of Bethlehem and Galilee where Christ lived, plus inspirational music, costumed characters and live animals in the heated barn. A detailed schedule is available at

9275 Adams St.

Magical Christmas Parade & tree lighting ceremony
Magical Christmas Parade & tree lighting ceremony. Photo: Marc Photography

Magical Christmas Parade & tree lighting ceremony

Downtown Zeeland
Nov. 28
Tree Lighting Ceremony: 6:15 p.m.
Magical Christmas Parade: 6:30 p.m.

Zeeland’s annual Christmas Parade is a heartwarming, lighted parade, which is guaranteed to bring smiles to spectators of all ages. Among the creative entries, walking groups and marching bands, the grand finale of the parade is the highly anticipated appearance of Santa Claus.


A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Holland Civic Theatre

Available for the first time for performances on a live stage, the beloved annual television special “A Charlie Brown Christmas” includes the classic song “Christmas Time is Here” and the music of Vince Guaraldi.

Show dates:
Nov. 25: 7 p.m.
Nov. 26–27: 2 p.m.
Dec. 1–2: 7 p.m.
Dec. 3: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Dec. 8–9: 7 p.m.
Dec. 10: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

50 W. Ninth St.

43rd Annual Grand Haven Christmas Arts & Craft Show
43rd Annual Grand Haven Christmas Arts & Craft Show

43rd Annual Christmas Arts & Craft Show

Grand Haven Community Center
Dec. 2, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Dec. 3, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Get into the holiday spirit with handcrafted arts and crafts. The show includes more than 50 booths with a variety of items and fresh wreaths. Food is available.

421 Columbus St.
Grand Haven

Winterfest at the mansion
Winterfest at the mansion. Photo: The Felt Estate

Winterfest at the mansion

The felt estate
Dec. 10, Noon–2 p.m.

The free event, presented by The Friends of the Felt Estate, includes lunch, horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting and, of course, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

6597 138th Ave.

Whootville Christmas Parade
“Whootville” Christmas Parade

“Whootville” Christmas Parade

Downtown Saugatuck
Dec. 3, 1 p.m.

Don’t miss this main event and official kickoff of the holiday season for the Saugatuck-Douglas area. Dress up as your favorite Whoville character and join Saugatuck’s festive holiday parade, which will be led by Whoville’s fabled mayor as Parade Marshal.