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8 Great Things To Do In Kalamazoo This Week

Posted on November 28th, 2016

Looking for something to do this week? The holidays are among us, and every day during this first week in December Kalamazoo is buzzing with exciting things to see and do!


Luminescence: From Salvage to Seascape

Nov 19, 2016 – Mar 19, 2017

Guided by sensitivity to the environment and human habits of discarding objects, Ganz rescues and repurposes plastic utensils and household items as the material for her sculptural creations. Slotted spoons and colanders gain a second life as luminescent sea creatures that invite us to reexamine their relationship to the natural world, perhaps with special attention to the problem of plastics washing into our oceans.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
314 S Park Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Contact & More Info
Phone: 269-349-7775



Nov 29 – 30, 2016
Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies!
Wings Event Center
3600 Vanrick Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Cost: $20-58
Contact & More Info
Contact: Wings Event Center
Email: contactus@wingseventcenter.com
Phone: 269-345-1125



Dec 1, 2016

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Gazelle Sports, Kalamazoo Area Runners and Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes are proud to host Run Through the Lights. Join us for a festive fun run or walk through the holiday lights of downtown Kalamazoo! Run Through the Lights is an un-timed, non-competitive 2.4 mile run/walk and everyone is invited.
Bronson Park
200 W. South Street
Kalamazoo, MI
Cost: $30 with shirt, $15 without shirt



December 2, 2016
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A free event held on the first Friday of every month, Art Hop is an evening of art exhibits and events; one of the great things to do in Kalamazoo. It’s fun, interactive and a great way to explore downtown that you can do alone, with friends or family, and you don’t have to be “artist” to enjoy it!
Downtown Kalamazoo
Cost: FREE

General Day and Time Info:

Times vary on location. See the brochure for specific times!



Dec 3, 2016

12:00 am – 2:00 pm

Children will have the opportunity to hunt for nearly 5,000 candy canes dispersed throughout the park! We will also be drawing names for gifts, doing arts and crafts, and visiting with Santa at the event. Visit www.kzooparks.org for more details as we draw closer to the event!
Homer Stryker Field
251 Mills Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
Cost: FREE
Contact & More Info
Contact: Ashton Anthony
Email: anthonya@kalamazoocity.org
Phone: 269-337-8191



Dec 4, 2016

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for a day of family fun when Mrs. Claus takes a day out of her busy schedule to have high tea at the Manor House. Tea also includes a program and guided tour. Reservations are required. Recommended for children ages 3 and up.
W.K. Kellogg Manor House
3700 E. Gull Lake Dr.
Hickory Corners, MI 49060
Cost: $28.08/members; $32/non-members; $16/children
Contact & More Info
Contact: Nicole Kokx
Email: conference@kbs.msu.edu
Phone: 269-671-2400



Dec 4, 2016

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Following Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov’s Wigmore Hall debut in January 2014, The Telegraph gave his recital a rare five-star review and called it “one of the most memorable of such occasions London has witnessed in a while.” Since becoming Prize Laureate of the Honens Prize for Piano in 2012, Kolesnikov has been winning hearts around the world.
Wellspring Theater
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall
Kalamazoo, MI 49024
Cost: $6 students, $25 GA
Contact & More Info
Contact: Box Office
Email: boxoffice@thegilmore.org
Phone: 269-359-7311



Dec 4, 2016

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Music Director Jim Turner has chosen many of his favorite pieces for this concert including movements from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Handel’s Messiah which will be performed with full orchestra. The second half will feature beloved carols, audience sing-alongs, the Bach Chorus men singing Biebl’s goosebump-raising Ave Maria, and a few surprises.  This will be Maestro Turner’s last BachFest Christmas! concert before his retirement at the end of the season.
Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo College
1200 Academy St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
Cost: $29-$18 adult; $5 student
Contact & More Info
Contact: Cori Somers
Email: bach@kzoo.edu
Phone: 269-337-7407