November/December 2010 Events Roundup

South West

Holiday Parade
Kalamazoo, November 13, 2010

Known for its giant helium balloons, bands, and floats, the 49th annual holiday season tradition steps off at 11 a.m. in downtown Kalamazoo.

Russian Festival
Kalamazoo, November 13, 2010

Kalamazoo’s Sister City, Pushkin, Russia, inspired this annual celebration of traditional music, dancing, food and culture at the Fetzer Center, Western Michigan University.

Dutch Winterfest & The Holiday
Holland, November 20 and select dates through December 10, 2010

Downtown Holland is filled with carolers, roasted chestnuts and seasonal décor for the November 20 Holiday Open House, followed by several festive special events into December.

Holiday Walk
Hickory Corners, November 26-27, 2010

Sip spiced tea and nibble cookies surrounded by holiday décor at the W.K. Kellogg Manor House, the cereal magnate’s gracious 1920’s Tudor-style home overlooking Gull Lake.

46th Annual Christmas Parade
Marshall, November 29, 2010
Santa arrives in this festively lit, historic town in an evening parade with more than 100 units.

Sinterklaas Eve Procession
Holland, December 3, 2010

The Dutch folk tradition comes to life as St. Nicholas rides into town on his white horse accompanied by the mischievous Zwarte Piets.

International Festival of Lights
Battle Creek, November 20 – December 31, 2010

Millions of sparkling lights decorate Cereal City for the Holiday Season, with special events held throughout December.

South East

Holiday Open House
Tecumseh, November 5-7, 2010

Seasonal lights blink on to signal the start of the holiday shopping season Friday evening; festivities continue with live entertainment Saturday and Sunday.

Silver Bells in the City
Lansing, November 19, 2010

An electric light parade, the lighting of Michigan’s official Christmas tree, and fireworks over the State Capitol signal a bright start to the holiday season.

America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Detroit, November 25, 2010

Celebrate the Spirit at one of the nation’s oldest holiday parades, a holiday tradition since 1924. Special activities at Grand Circus Park and the Turkey Trot fun run round out the festivities in downtown Detroit.

Fantasy of Lights Parade
Howell, November 26, 2010
Homes and businesses outlined in lights, Christmas trees, ice sculptures and gingerbread houses set the scene for the illuminated floats that roll through Howell’s National Historic District at 7 p.m.

Wonderland of Lights,
Lansing, November 26 – December 26, 2010
Strolling carolers and twinkling lights transform Potter Park Zoo into a festive scene on Thursday through Sunday evenings.

Promenade Candlelight Home Tour
Tecumseh, December 3-4, 2010

Visit historic homes dressed in holiday finery on an evening filled with the scents and sounds of the season.

Dickens Tea
Lansing, December 4, 2010

Catch the “Holiday Traditions” exhibit plus seasonal décor, refreshments and music at the 1858 Turner-Dodge House.

Old Town Dickens Village
Lansing, December 4-5, 2010

Characters from A Christmas Carol populate the Victorian neighborhood of shops and businesses for a family-friendly holiday weekend.

Christmas in Ida Festival
Ida, December 3-5, 2010

The 2-1/2 hour Parade of Lights and fireworks show are highlights of the family-oriented activities including entertainment, craft show, ice sculptures, and lunch with Santa.

West Central

Grand Rapids International Wine & Food Festival
Grand Rapids, November 18-20, 2010

Sample food, wine, beer, and spirits and enjoy gastronomic workshops, seminars and cooking demos at DeVos Place.

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World
Grand Rapids, November 23, 2010 – January 9, 2011

Carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, Nativity displays, 40 decorated trees and other festivities salute the holidays indoors and out at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

The Voigt House Victorian Christmas Tour
Grand Rapids, December 12-19, 2010

Step into the past and enjoy holiday cookies, cider, and hot cocoa at this elegant 1895 house museum in the Heritage Hill Historic District.

East Central

First Frost
Flint, November 6-7, 2010

Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts by dozens of artists at the 5th annual Arts & Fine Crafts Festival featuring at the Flint Institute of Arts.

Holidays in the Heart of the City
Saginaw, November 19, 2010

Christmas lights, music, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus and fireworks fill the air on Friday evening followed by the Spirit of Christmas Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Santa Parade
Midland, November 20, 2010

Music, floats, fun and holiday cheer kick-off the holiday season and welcome Santa to downtown Midland.

Holiday Celebration & Candlewalk
Frankenmuth, November 26, 2010

Warm up to the holidays with hot chocolate and cookies followed by a candlelit stroll to the lighting of the Christmas tree and visit with Santa.

North Pole Express
Owosso, November 26 – December 19, 2010
Journey to the North Pole aboard a vintage train pulled by a historic diesel locomotive. Visit Santa, make holiday crafts and shop for holiday gifts at the Kris Kringle Mart.

Christmas at Crossroads
Flint, November 26 – December 30, 2010

Experience old-fashioned Holiday Magic aboard the Huckleberry Railroad for a train ride and view of the annual light display, or drive through to see the lights (schedules vary).  Visit with Santa and enjoy crafts, holiday music, model trains, and entertainment at the Colwell Opera House.

Dickens Festival
Holly, November 27 – December 18, 2010

Step into Merry Olde England for the holidays, a tradition in this quaint village for more than 30-years.

First Night
Port Huron, December 31, 2010 – January 1, 2011

This festival of visual and performing arts includes Chinese acrobats, watercolor class, ballroom dancing, music and entertainment.

North West

Iceman Cometh Challenge
Traverse City, November 6, 2010

3,700 mountain bikers will race across the 28 miles of varying terrain between Kalkaska and Traverse City.

Toast the Season
Leelanau Peninsula, November 6-7, 2010

Choose 8 of the 18 wineries of the Leelanau Peninsula for a self-guided tour to sample wine and gourmet food pairings geared to the holidays. Ticket includes a souvenir glass and gifts.

The Great Macaroni and Cheese Bake-Off
Traverse City, November 27, 2010

The ultimate comfort food goes gourmet in the hands of local chefs, and is paired with wines from Old Mission Peninsula wineries. Ticket price includes samplings, souvenir wine glass and plate.

Holiday Open House
Petoskey, December 3, 2010
Gaslight District merchants welcome visitors with entertainment, special sales, refreshments and holiday cheer.

North East

Christmas Walk
Grayling, November 20, 2010

Santa rides into town in the World’s Shortest Parade during an evening of holiday cheer complete with Living Nativity and Festival of Trees.

Northern Lights Christmas Parade
Oscoda, December 4, 2010

The 5th annual evening parade lights the night to welcome the holiday season starring Santa and his reindeer.

Festival of Lights Christmas Parade
Gladwin, December 4, 2010

Catch the holiday spirit at this popular evening parade with lighted floats, music and balloons from the Detroit Parade Company to welcome Santa to Mid-Michigan.

Upper Peninsula

35th Anniversary Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Services
Paradise, November 10, 2010

Solemn ceremonies marking the November 10, 1975 loss of the 29 men aboard the ill-fated Great Lakes freighter will be held at the Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point on Lake Superior and at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum in Detroit and along the Detroit River.

Holly Daze
Drummond Island, November 6, 2010

10:00 A.M. – 4:00  P.M.  Come and Support Your Local Crafters.  Maps will be available the day of the show telling you of the places of activities.  This event features door prizes and finger food!

1st Annual Ironwood Women’s Expo
Ironwood, November 6, 2010

Come on out for a fun day of shopping, sampling, product testing and information from your favorite businesses and distributors; discover new products out on the market.

4th Annual Eskymo Christmas Craft Sale
Escanaba, November 13, 2010

4th Annual Eskymo Christmas Craft Sale will feature 90 vendors from across the area, Wisconsin and downstate. With a wide variety of crafts, this is sure to be a  great time to get some Christmas shopping done.

Hunter’s Dinner
Drummond Island, November 14, 2010

Presented by the Ste. Florence Guild. Turkey dinner with all the trimmings and deserts.  Drawing for the Quad Raffle.

Hometown Christmas
Ontonagon, December 3-5, 2010

Enjoy a memorable, old fashioned holiday celebration with all the trimmings.

New Year’s Eve at the Bayside
Drummond Island, December 31, 2010

New Year’s Eve Gala! Come early because the  first serving starts at 6:00 P.M.!

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
Marquette, December 31, 2010 – January 1, 2011

Downtown Marquette New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. Celebrate the new year and watch the annual ball drop from the Savings Bank Building.

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  • Tim Eisele

    This was a great list of events the only problem 2010 is over. whats happening in 2011
    Thanks