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14 Can’t Miss Holiday Events & Attractions In Kalamazoo

Posted on November 25th, 2015




A Christmas Carol

The New Vic Theatre

Nov. 20-Dec. 28

36th Annual Production of Ted Kistler’s acclaimed adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic.


Santa’s Workshop

Mall Plaza

Nov. 28-Dec. 24

It’s that time of year when kids can mingle with Kris Kringle, and parents can snap photos for free! It all happens at Santa’s Workshop in the Mall Plaza in downtown Kalamazoo. Santa’s Workshop is a place where families can whisper their wish lists in Santa’s ear, take pictures with their own cameras, spend as much time as they would like, make art projects, and write letters to Santa – all for free.


Holidays at the Homestead

Kalamazoo Nature Center DeLano Homestead

Dec. 5-6

1800’s-style celebration and holiday traditions.



Chenery Auditorium

Dec. 5-6

Presented in partnership with Ballet Arts Ensemble, Cathleen Huling, Artistic Director. Experience the magic and wonder of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet in this fully-staged production, featuring members of Ballet Arts Ensemble and thrilling guest professional dancers, assisted by a local cast of more than 100 children and adults and members of the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus.


Traditional Holiday & Tree Lighting Ceremony

City Centre & Celery Flats Historic Area

Dec. 5

Set your sights on holiday lights, caroling and holiday treats! Please join in an evening night of fun at the City of Portage annual Tree Lighting and Traditional Holiday Celebration.


Millennium Park Ice Rink

Millennium Park

Dec. 10-Mar 6

The Ice Rink at Millennium Park will open for its 16th season on Thursday, December 10, 2015 and will remain open through March 6, 2016, weather permitting. This large outdoor refrigerated rink features skate rental, skate sharpening, snack concessions, restrooms, warming house, lockers and an excellent skating surface!


Christmas Cabaret

Barn Theatre

Dec. 11-20

Fun & your favorite Christmas carols!


The Wizards of Winter

State Theatre

Dec. 12

The Wizards of Winter are an eclectic group of musicians with a strong Classical and Progressive Rock influences woven throughout their musical careers. WOW faithfully reproduces the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and present it in a more intimate setting.


Zoo Lights

Binder Park Zoo

Dec. 17-23

During ZooLights stroll along lighted paths with nightly entertainment, while viewing some of the Zoo’s weather-hardy animals on exhibit enjoying the winter season. These special evenings will include unlimited FREE carousel rides, FREE train rides, up-close animal meet and greets, seasonal holiday refreshments, special activities, holiday stories, and time with Santa around the fireplace beginning nightly at 6 pm in Beulah’s Restaurant.


Kalamazoo Wings- Bell’s Night

Wings Event Center

Dec. 18

Bell’s swag and giveaways- plus appearance by Buddy the Elf


National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

State Theatre

Dec. 18

Spend Christmas with the Griswold family under the twinkling stars at historic Kalamazoo State Theatre! KST is offering a special movie screening of this Christmas tradition.


Bronson Park Tree Lighting Ceremony

Bronson Park

Nov. 27

The City of Kalamazoo’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will again be held at Bronson Park, the heart of Kalamazoo. The Mayor, City Commissioners, City Manager and Santa Claus will attend to read “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, light Kalamazoo’s Christmas trees, and kickoff what is sure to be another great holiday season!


Holiday Walk & Market

Kellogg Manor House

Dec. 18-19

The Holidays are a special time of the year at the W.K. Kellogg Manor House. Each room is creatively decorated by area businesses, interior designers, staff and volunteers. Local artists and artisans sell unique and handcrafted gifts throughout the house.


Holiday Themed Dinners 

Kellogg Manor House

Dec. 11 & 18

Enjoy a delightful meal filled with holiday cheer during this annual holiday tradition. A guided tour will be offered following dinner. Shopping is available before and after dinner.


For an entire list of events happening for the remainder of 2015, check out our events calendar