There are more Christmas themed events as we get closer to the holiday. There are also plenty of Christmas lights, The Nutcracker, Visit a Turn-of-the-Century Village, Comedy, Music, and a Whoville 5K.

Festival of Wreaths

Festival of Wreaths
Photo: Muskegon Museum of Art via Facebook

Tuesday, November 22-Sunday, December 11, 2022 - Downtown Muskegon, MI

The Muskegon Museum of Art is collaborating with nearly 50 downtown Muskegon businesses and organizations for the annual holiday Festival of Wreaths. This event was formerly known as the Festival of Trees. The Festival of Wreaths encourages people to walk and explore the downtown Muskegon area for the holidays. Participating downtown businesses and organizations will host a designer wreath provided by the MMA in a window facing the street or sidewalk. The wreaths can be bid upon through an online auction. This is your final weekend of the festival. Additional information can be found on the Festival of Wreaths Facebook Events page.

Wonderland of Lights at Potter Park Zoo

Wonderland of Lights
Photo: Potter Park Zoo via Facebook

Saturday, November 19-Friday, December 23, 2022 - Potter Park Zoo, 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing, MI

Thousands of lights create an extraordinary holiday display at the 30th annual Wonderland of Lights! As you take a stroll around the zoo, you can enjoy holiday music, and marvel at the twinkling light displays during this series of magical Michigan winter evenings. If you get hungry, stop by the Savanna Grill for something to eat. There will be goodie bags for the children as you leave. Additional details can be found on the Potter Park Zoo Facebook page.

Christmas Lite Show

Christmas Lite Show
Photo: Christmas Lite Show via Facebook

Wednesday, November 23-Saturday, December 31, 2022 - LMCU Ballpark, Comstock Park MI

This is West Michigan’s largest, animated drive through light display. This year marks the 25th year of entertaining people of all ages. There will be nearly two miles of Christmas magic with over a million lights, animated displays, lighted tunnels, and more. For more information, visit the Christmas Lite Show Facebook page.

The Colors of Christmas Wonderland

Colors of Christmas Wonderland
Photo: Colors of Christmas Wonderland via Facebook

Friday, November 25, 2022-January 1, 2023 - Croton Township Campground, Newaygo, MI

The Colors of Christmas is full of lights and displays that you can drive through or hike through! It opens the day after Thanksgiving and is open every day until January 1st. It is a free event, however donations are appreciated. More information is on the Colors of Christmas Wonderland Facebook page.

GR Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker”

Friday, December 9-Sunday, December 11, 2022
Friday, December 16-Sunday, December 18, 2022 - DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, MI

Get into the holiday spirit as Grand Rapids Ballet dancers take to the stage at DeVos Performance Hall for their annual production of “The Nutcracker”! Enjoy the choreography by Val Caniparoli before a magical and immersive set, imagined by Grand Rapidian Chris Van Allsburg, designed by world-famous Eugene Lee. Join the elegant Sugar Plum Fairy and her gallant Cavalier as they guide Clara through the Land of the Sweets. Along the way, meet menacing mice and brave soldiers in an epic Battle Scene, and join festive celebrations as Clara is mesmerized with a fantastic waltz with live accompaniment from the Grand Rapids Symphony to Tchaikovsky’s magical score.

Loverboy and Night Ranger

Friday, December 9, 2022 - 8 pm - Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Mt. Pleasant, MI

With their trademark red leather pants, bandannas, big rock sound and high-energy live shows, Loverboy has sold more than 10 million albums, earning four multi-platinum plaques, including the four-million-selling Get Lucky, and a trio of double-platinum releases in their self-titled 1980 debut, 1983’s Keep It Up and 1985’s Lovin’ Every Minute of It. Their string of hits includes, in addition to the anthem “Working for the Weekend,” such arena rock staples as “Lovin’ Every Minute of It,” “This Could Be the Night,” “Hot Girls in Love,” “The Kid is Hot Tonite,” “Notorious”, “Turn Me Loose,” “When It’s Over,” “Heaven In Your Eyes” and “Queen of the Broken Hearts.”

Of Christmas Past

Of Christmas Past
Photo: Historic Charlton Park: Village, Museum & Recreation Area

Saturday, December 10-Sunday, December 11, 2022 - Charlton Park, Hastings, MI
Historic Charlton Park’s turn-of-the-century village is the setting for Of Christmas Past! Come out and enjoy the sights, sounds, and activities of the late 1800’s. The Park’s turn-of-the-century village and museum will be staffed by volunteers and adorned with festive decorations. Take a wagon ride, and then visit with St. Nicholas. Guests are encouraged to make holiday crafts, including a candle and yarn dolls. Traditional food and drink samples will be available throughout the village, such as wassail, roasted chestnuts, cinnamon & sugar apples and popcorn. Admission to Christmas Past is $5 for ages 13 and older, FREE for those 12 and younger. There is no additional cost for crafts. More information can be found on the Of Christmas Past Facebook Events page.

The Whoville 5K Grand Rapids

The Whoville 5K
Photo: The Whoville 5K via Facebook

Sunday, December 11, 2022 - Riverside Park, Grand Rapids, MI

The Whoville 5K is called the silliest, zaniest, Grinchiest fun run in Michigan! Proceeds will benefit Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan. Run through Whoville --  complete with all the mischievous characters you grew up loving. There will be Things, there will be a Cat (probably wearing a Hat,) and there will be the meanest, greenest one of them all. Come dressed in your best holiday, Whoville outfit to join the fun. There will also be cookies, hot cocoa, costume prizes and photos with Santa. All participants receive an ornamedal, 5k participants get a beanie, and kids' run participants score a long sleeve t-shirt. More information can be found on The Whoville 5K Grand Rapids Facebook Events page.

Heather McMahan

Sunday, December 11, 2022 - 8 pm - DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, MI

Named to Variety’s Comedy Impact Report following the unprecedented success of her debut, The Farewell Tour, Heather McMahan is back on the road bringing the giggles nationwide. Her podcast, “Absolutely Not with Heather McMahan” was named one of the Ten Best Podcasts of 2021 by Entertainment Weekly. She starred opposite Nina Dobrev and Jimmy O. Yang in Netflix’s “Love Hard”, which reached #1 in the world and the US in its first five days of release on the platform. On the television side, she is currently developing a show based on her life for NBC.

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