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14 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Posted on December 5th, 2019

The merrymaking spans museums, shops, theaters and more as the city gears up to celebrate the season with special events, festivals and pop-up shopping experiences.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in and around Kalamazoo this holiday season!



Unique or New


1. Santa’s Workshop Downtown Kalamazoo

November 30-December 24




2. Walk Through The Lights at Gull Meadow Farms

Thursday-Sunday all throughout the month of December


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3. Reindeer Ranch

Various tour dates occurring all month long




4. Gifts Under $50 & Holiday Pop-Up Shops Downtown




5. Winter and Holiday Planetarium Shows at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Various dates and times throughout the month of December


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This right here…is why I had kids!

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Shows include:

  • Let it Snow
  • Michigan Winter Skies
  • Mystery of the Christmas Star
  • George and Oatmeal Save Santa
  • Preparing for the Holidays
  • Season of Light



6. Holiday Market at the Manor

December 7, 14 & 21




Live Entertainment



7. It’s a Wonderful Life

Farmers Alley Theatre

November 22-December 22


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ATTENTION STUDENTS! Tonight is our Student Preview night for our production of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY at 730pm. With a valid student ID, tickets are just $5 and will be available at the door beginning at 7pm. Come on down and see this fun and heartwarming version of the classic movie we all love, done in the style of a 1940's Radio Play. See you tonight! ? “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” runs 11/22/19 thru 12/22/19 at @farmersalleytheatre in our popular cabaret setting. Don’t miss it! Go to farmersalleytheatre.com or call 343-2727 now! ? ❄️ ?? #farmersalleytheatre #downtownkalamazoo #wonderfullife #itsawonderfullife #radioplay #theatreinspires #theatrelife #theatre #classicmovies #georgebailey

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8. Elf the Musical

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

November 22-December 15




9. A Christmas Carol

The New Vic Theatre

November 28-December 28




Special Events


10. Pre-Kwanzaa Bazaar

December 6, 5-8 PM




11. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at Kalamazoo State Theatre

December 7, 8 PM




12. Vicksburg’s Christmas in the Village

December 14, 2-8 PM




13. Annual Kalamazoo Jewish Community Hanukkah Party

December 15, 3-5 PM


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Happy Hanukkah!

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14. Kalamazoo Growlers Ballpark Holiday Fest

December 19, 6-9 PM