Fun Guide to Maranda Weekend December 3-5


GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (WOOD) – It’s the weekend and that means it’s time for some family fun! This weekend is full of holly and joyful festivities as December is finally here and we are getting ready for Christmas Day. Check out all the parades, festivals, and other big vacation events happening all along the shores of the lake and across Western Michigan. If you’re looking for more fun family ideas, check out my top picks below!

Gull Meadows walks through the lights

Stroll through the lights at Gull Meadows Farms. They added more greenhouses, more lights, and some fun surprises for this year’s holiday event. Start a new tradition with this wonderful family activity as you listen to Christmas music, stroll through choreographed light shows and stroll through an entire greenhouse devoted to Christmas explosions.

Parades and holiday festivities

The holiday festivities are in full swing and Maranda has compiled an ultimate list of family fun events for families in West Michigan. Take a look at all these festive events, from tours with Santa Claus to Christmas parades and markets! Don’t miss the holly and joy season! Be sure to enjoy these festivities all over West Michigan throughout the weekend!

Whootville Annual Christmas Parade

Bring your family and friends for a whole day of holiday cheer! The annual Whootville Christmas Parade starts at 1 p.m. in Saugatuck and everyone is encouraged to wear Whootville and / or Christmas party clothes and join the parade! The parade route begins on Water Street in Wicks Park and heads south, ending at Wicks Park.

Grand Rapids Gold & Griffin Games

Grand Rapids Gold and Grand Rapids Griffins are hosting fun family sporting events this weekend. Enjoy the games cheering on Grand Rapids’ favorite home teams while enjoying ice cream, hot dogs and other delicious treats. Don’t forget to also visit their gift shops so you can represent our home teams all year round!

City of Grand Rapids Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Come join me as we welcome the holiday season to Grand Rapids with the annual Tree Lighting Celebration. This year is sure to wow the community as there will be plenty of activities for all ages including cultural shows, tasty treats and free family entertainment!

Lowell Christmas festivities and annual Santa Claus Night Parade

Head to downtown Lowell this Saturday for a slew of holiday fun, including arts and crafts sale, a pancake dinner, book sale, a living nativity scene, the workshop of Rudolph’s crafts and visits from Santa, all wrapped up with an annual nighttime Santa Claus parade!

Rockford Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Join the City of Rockford at Garden Club Park for the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony! The choir will sing some Christmas carols, followed by a message of peace and the final countdown to light up the city!
Also be sure to enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides through the city from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Lakeside vacation 2021

Start your holiday shopping by supporting businesses by the lake. Make sure to bring the whole family as there is fun for everyone, including letters to Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, and even one-on-one time with Santa himself!

Sinterklaas Eve celebration

Celebrate Sinterklaas Day with the Netherlands’ own Sinterklaas! Sint and his assistants will be at the Civic Center to distribute Christmas presents, gift bags and lanterns. At 6:30 p.m., kids can pick up their prefabricated lanterns at the Civic Center. At 7:00 p.m., Sinterklaas will lead a procession from Maple Avenue to the Kerstmarkt, where families can visit him and take photos with him in the heated hut.

Holly jolly days

Head to the Tri-Cities Historical Museum for a fun vacation right before the 2021 Jingle Bell Parade! Enjoy a take-out craft and fun themed exhibits. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit in complete freedom!

Santa Claus on the farm

Head over to Santa’s Shack and take a ride to share your Christmas list with Ed Dunneback & Girls Fruit Farm this Saturday! Parents bring the cameras, there will be plenty of opportunities for photo ops, perfect for your holiday cards! After your visit with Santa, return to the barn for a donut, cider, and a little DIY! Collect your reindeer food kit from home and drop off your letters to Santa!

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