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Revue's Guide to Holiday Happenings

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Fill your holiday season with festive fun, from start to finish! While there will surely be even more events announced as the time approaches, Revue has got you covered with a bunch of the best happenings to leave you feeling merry and bright.


Murder Mystery Dinner
Henderson Castle
100 Monroe Street, Kalamazoo
Dec. 13, 6 – 9 p.m., $87

This event invites you into Santa’s Workshop to prepare you for the chaotic season of being a mall Santa — but being Santa might not be as jolly as you think. The eight-time winner of Best Mall Santa, Christopher Kent, and his assistant, Jingle, will provide you with all the skills to make you a successful mall Santa. Yet somehow, based on this event’s title, we think the night might not end so merrily.

Christmas Cabaret
Frederik Meijer Gardens
1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids
Dec. 4, 6 – 10 p.m., $150

Christmas Cabaret brings you a night of jazz and holiday fun. Guests kick off the evening with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, while viewing the Metro Health Christmas and Holiday Traditions exhibition. After cocktails, sit down to a gourmet meal prepared by Meijer Gardens Hospitality. Edye Evans Hyde and the Terry Lower Trio will fill the evening with jazz and good feelings. After the performance, guests can enjoy a coffee or espresso from the coffee bar and specialty hot chocolate.


12 Bars of Xmas
Tin Can
206 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Dec. 14, 4 – 11:59 p.m., $15

Put on your best holiday costume and get ready to crawl. An event ticket gets you one or two complimentary drinks at participating venues, drink and food specials, free cover, professional photographers, access to the crawl map, and a costume contest with a $500 prize.

BYOB Christmas Lights Tour
Grand Rapids Beer Trolley
Nov. 29 – Dec. 28, $50

Brews and Christmas lights: What could be more magical? Now entering its third year, the holiday light tour has become the beer trolley’s most anticipated event of the season. Start your night at Craft Beer Cellar and grab your free flight before hopping on the trolley. This BYOB experience takes you through some of the most breathtaking lighting installations Grand Rapids has to offer.


Winter Wonderland at Downtown Market
Grand Rapids Downtown Market
435 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids
Dec. 4, 4 – 8p.m., (616) 805-5308

Don’t miss out on special offers from market hall merchants — and shop till you drop at the holiday artisan market. Santa will be in the greenhouse, waiting to wish you a happy holiday season.

Grand Rapids Toy Show
5625 Burlingame Ave. SW, Wyoming
Dec. 7, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., $5-10, (517) 524-8899

You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into Santa’s workshop with more than 220 tables of collectible toys, comics, dolls, action figures and much more. You’re sure to find the perfect gift for your toy-obsessed friends and family.

Vegan Holiday Pop-up Market
Spoelhof Center
1820 Knollcrest Circle SE, Grand Rapids
Dec. 14, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The vegan pop-up shop is the perfect place to shop for food and holiday gifts that are free of all animal products. Shop more than 30 vendors without worrying what the items are made from.

Sip and Shop, Artisan and Craft Market
Fenn Valley Vineyards
6130 122nd Ave., Fennville
Dec. 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cheer the holiday season with some great wine while you shop unique gifts at the annual Fenn Valley Vineyards artisan and craft market. Meet more than 16 local artisans and crafters displaying treats, jewelry, locally sourced honey, maple syrup, woodwork, metalwork and more.


Jane Lynch’s A Swingin’ Little Christmas
20 Monroe Live
11 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Dec. 17, 7 p.m.

Jane Lynch is more than just a hilarious actor and comedian; she’s apparently a musician as well, releasing A Swingin’ Little Christmas in 2016. Also featured on the album are Kate Flannery (Meredith Palmer on The Office), singer Tim Davis, and the Tony Guerrero Quintet. It’s genuinely great Christmas music with a few comedic twists — and they’re bringing it to 20 Monroe Live this holiday season.

The Polar Express: Storytime + Pajama Party + Movie Screening
2 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
Dec. 14, 2 p.m., $5-10

Join UICA for a story time and movie screening event of The Polar Express. Wear your best pajamas and cozy up with a warm cup from the hot cocoa bar. Those participating in the pajama party will be entered into a contest for best PJs. A few lucky winners will receive special prizes, including a signed copy of the Polar Express book.

Meanwhile Film Series: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Wealthy Theatre
1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
Dec. 17, 8-10 p.m., $5-6

The weekly view and brew has been a favorite for more than 10 years. Watch a classic holiday movie while you enjoy a beer, a glass of wine or a mixed drink. Written by John Hughes, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation follows Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) and his family on their quest to have a perfect Christmas. Believe it or not, things don’t go as planned in this 1989 comedy.


Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith Christmas 2019
130 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
Dec. 5, 7 p.m., $32+

What better way to celebrate the holiday season than getting merry with the critically acclaimed holiday albums of Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. This event will feature a full symphony orchestra and special guest Marc Martel.

B93 Holiday Hoedown
The Intersection
133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Dec. 6, 6:30-11 p.m., $15-20, (616) 723-8571

This all-ages Holiday Hoedown features Blanco Brown, known for his crossover country-rap hit, “The Git Up,” a spiritual successor to Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road.” Joining him are special guests King Calaway, a six-member country-pop band out of Nashville.

Christmas at Critter’s
The Intersection
133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Dec. 20, 7 p.m., (616) 723-8571

It’s a party! This event boasts a night full of holiday music and Christmas cheer. Local musicians including Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys, Melophobix, The Legal Immigrants, Mark Lavengood, Elijah Russ Music, Zack Volkers Music, and many more will fill the night with merriment. Bring your friends and celebrate the season in your best holiday attire.


Adult Workshop: Woodblock Holiday Cards
Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids
Dec. 8, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., $35

Add your own personal touch this holiday season with handmade greeting cards. This class gives you the tools to design, carve and print your own festive cards.

Holiday Arts and Craft Show
Civic Center
150 W. 8th Street, Holland
Dec. 14, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., (616) 834-745

Calling all holiday shopping procrastinators: Grab all your gifts in one go at the Holiday Arts and Craft Show. With more than 110 vendors to shop from, you’re sure to find a gift even for the person who supposedly has everything.

Made Market
Goei Center
818 Butterworth St. SW, Grand Rapids
Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free to attend

Support some of the best local makers and pick up a gift made with love and consideration at one of the finest curated markets around. You can also grab some eats and drinks while there!


Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Rosa Parks Circle
135 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids
Dec. 6, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., free

Welcome the holidays with the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Rosa Parks Circle. The event will offer plenty of free family fun. Various cultural booths will demonstrate how holidays are celebrated all over the world, with visitors sampling delicacies, enjoying a steaming cup of cocoa and a scoop of peppermint stick ice cream, and visiting booths for crafts, activities, and more. Don’t forget your ugly sweater!

Lowell Christmas Festivities
113 Riverwalk Plaza, Lowell
Dec. 7, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., free

There’s an abundance of activities filling this day in downtown Lowell, so you might want to plan an itinerary. Enjoy Rogue River Artisans Shows, Santa visits on the Riverwalk, a pancake supper, Sweet Tooth Jubilee and more.

Clara’s Nutcracker Tea Party
Forest Hills Fine Art Center
600 Forest Hill Ave. SE, Grand Rapids
Dec. 7 – 8, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., $25

Nutcracker fans get the chance to sit down with Clara and her friends from the land of sweets for a tea party. Sip tea and enjoy finger sandwiches, fruit and other sweet treats in the decorated tearoom. Younger guests can create a craft to take home as a souvenir. Get your picture taken with Clara and her friends, to remember the event for years to come.

Yoga Under the Holiday Trees
Frederik Meijer Gardens
1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
Dec. 14, 8 – 9a.m., $7-17, (616) 957-1580

It’s important to remember yourself during the holiday season. Unwind with a yoga session under the beautifully decorated trees at the gardens. This class is open to all levels. Make sure to bring a yoga mat and water bottle.

Santa Skate
The Fun Spot
14 52nd St. SE, Kentwood
Dec. 21, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., (616) 534-8106

Lace up your roller skates and hit the roller rink (without the cold). Santa and his elves will be there for skating fun and pictures.


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