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December is finally here, and with it came plenty of snow, blanketing West Michigan in white and setting the mood for the holiday season.
The month is launching right into events of all kinds, with a surprising amount of things to do on a Wednesday and plenty going into the weekend as well.
With a new month also comes a new issue, which you can read here!
In this issue, we dive into holiday parties, holiday happenings, beers that’ll warm your soul and much more.
As for the week ahead, here’s what’s on our radar:
Louis the Child: Here For Now
20 Monroe Live
11 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Dec. 4, 7 p.m., $30+
Chicago-bred duo Louis the Child is coming back to Grand Rapids on a brand-new tour, Here For Now. Known for their remix work and complex sound, the DJs are coming to 20 Monroe Live for an intimate, yet energizing performance along with supporting acts DUCKWRTH and John the Blind. Keep your ticket close: Special offers will be available at the B.O.B. before and after the show.
Larry the Cable Guy: Remain Seated
1341 Theatre Drive, Kalamazoo
Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.
We refuse to say Larry the Cable Guy’s famed catch phrase, but we’re sure if you see his new show at Miller Auditorium, he’ll gladly oblige. Larry’s established himself as the voice of the people, especially for those of us living out in the boonies. He’s known for telling fast-paced, ridiculous stories and making plenty of jokes at his own expense. This is your chance to see all-new material before it’s been broadcasted anywhere.
Winter Wonderland at Downtown Market
Grand Rapids Downtown Market
435 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids
Dec. 4, 4 – 8p.m.
downtownmarketgr.com, (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.
Bell’s Eccentric Day
Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo
Dec. 6, 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.
“Come as you aren’t,” says Bell’s! This annual event is the perfect chance to dress up and go out — way out. Be as weird as you please, or even weirder, in fact. Even Larry Bell is getting in on the action, DJing from 2 to 7 p.m. The party starts early and goes all day and all night, offering a rotating tap list and a lengthy buffet menu. Attending is free, but “alter ego required for entry.”
B93 Holiday Hoedown
133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Dec. 6, 6:30-11 p.m., $15-20
sectionlive.com, (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.
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!
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.