Kick off the Holiday Season

Get into the spirit of the holiday season with these festive events in the charming lakeshore towns of West Michigan!

November 3-4
Beneath the Wreath
The Cultural Center at
St. Nicholas, Grand Rapids
This shopping event raises money for the Junior League of Grand Rapids’ local charity projects.

November 10-12
Dowagiac Christmas Celebration
Downtown Dowagiac
Kick off the holiday season in the quaint Victorian community of Dowagiac. Enjoy carolers, special activities for kids, and of course, a visit by Santa!

November 16
Outdoor Tree Lighting Ceremony
Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids

November 17
Light Night
Downtown Grand Haven
Kick off the holiday season with the lighting of the holiday lights in downtown Grand Haven and retailer open houses.

November 17
Luminary Festival
Downtown St. Joseph
Stroll candle-lit streets with more than 1,000 luminaries lighting Downtown St. Joseph. Enjoy free horse-drawn trolley rides, holiday music, and refreshments.

November 17-18
White Lake Area Holiday Walk
Montague and Whitehall
On Friday evening luminaries line the streets and carolers sing holiday songs. On Saturday, enjoy holiday shopping, carriage rides, visits with Santa, and riding the Muskegon Trolley.

November 18
Holiday Preview
Saugatuck/Douglas Area
Greet the holiday season in downtown Saugatuck and Douglas. Shops are open ‘til 9:00 p.m., luminaries line the sidewalks, and trolley service will run between the two communities.

November 18 – December 9
Dutch WinterFest
Downtown Holland
Kick off the holiday season at WinterFest! Activities include Kerstmarkt, Sinterklaas Eve, a Parade of Lights, music, and more.


For more Holiday Events, check out our Calendar of Events!