December 2009 Events Roundup

Holiday Homes Tour in Greenfield Village, Dearborn, November 27-December 27, 2009 (Fridays-Sundays only)

Decorations, foods and presentations bring to life the traditions of the holidays for 19th century Americans. This outdoor museum collection of homes, factories and other buildings is a part of The Henry Ford.

Wonderland of Lights, Lansing, November 27-December 27, 2009

Potter Park Zoo is transformed with twinkling light displays, holiday music, crafts, and holiday presentations.

Holidays in Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, November 27-January 3, 2010

Seasonal activities at the indoor museum include the towering Christmas tree, visit with Santa, storytime, holiday train display and special LEGO building blocks exhibit.

Wayne County Lightfest, Westland, Through January 1, 2010

Self-drive, 4.5-mile display of holiday lights along Hines Drive, evenings from 7-10 pm (except Christmas).

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World, Grand Rapids, Through January 3, 2010

More than 40 trees and displays portray an array of Holiday traditions, indoors and out at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Don’t miss the very special Railway Garden or a horse-drawn carriage ride (additional charge).

Parade of Lights, Holland, December 1, 2009

As part of the Dutch holiday celebration more than 50 bands, floats, vehicles and folks dressed in lights form a festive parade.

Holiday Kerstmarkt, Holland, December 1, 4, 5, 11, 12, 2009

Browse the authentic, open-air European Christmas Market featuring jewelry, woven goods, ornaments, evergreens, baked goods, imported Dutch items and foods.

Christmas Around the World, Battle Creek December, 1-December 23, 2009

The Art Center of Battle Creek displays collections that illustrate holiday celebrations around the globe. Just in time for holiday shopping, the annual Holly Mart showcases 75 Michigan artists (October 31-December 23).

International Festival of Lights, Battle Creek, December 1-December 31, 2009

Downtown Cereal City is illuminated by millions of sparkling lights for the Holiday Season.

Holiday Fest, Newaygo, December 3-5, 2009

Get in the spirit with a Christmas walk, Holiday Bazaar, Norman Rockwell Christmas exhibit, and Santa’s arrival on Saturday.

Singing Christmas Tree, Muskegon, December 3-5, 2009

The voices of 300 students decorate America’s tallest Singing Christmas Tree (67-feet tall) at the Frauenthal Center.

Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend, Manistee, December 3-6, 2009

The Victorian Port City hosts period festivities and parade with horse drawn units, street performers, art exhibits, music, Festival of Trees, and a holiday show at the historic Ramsdell Theatre.

Candle-light Christmas Parade, Dowagiac, December 4, 2009

A top-hatted town crier and carolers signal the start of an evening of holiday cheer and the 7:30 p.m. parade.

Holiday Open House, Petoskey, December 4, 2009

After Santa lights the Pennsylvania Park Christmas Tree, Gaslight District and other downtown merchants welcome visitors with holiday entertainment, special sales and refreshments.

Jack Frost Festival of Lights Parade, Ironwood, December 4, 2009

The 15th annual evening event kicks off the holiday season and visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Jack Frost, plus Gingerbread House display, and Gogebic Range Band Christmas Concert.

Sinterklaas Eve Procession, Holland, December 4, 2009

As part of the Dutch holiday celebration St. Nicholas—Sinterklaas–and his mischievous Zwarte Piet helpers parade through the streets.

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