As the temperatures drop and twinkle lights start lining rooftops, we see these as signs to break out the gloves and parkas, and that holiday season is approaching! This is the time of year where we begin to prepare for family, friends, and loved ones to visit for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and all of the end of year holidays! You’ve gotten through the hustle and bustle of cleaning the house, setting up decorations, prepping food, and laying out blankets- now it’s time to have some fun! Winter in Michigan offers plenty of indoor and outdoor activities, and no matter how many guests are visiting or their age range, there are always many ways to entertain visitors around the Holland and Lakeshore area!
Here is our list of Top 10 activities and events in the area and at The Villas on Lake Macatawa for a holiday season to remember!
During the holiday season, Holland puts on a beautiful and fun holiday market called Kerstmarkt. Need a unique gift or holiday decorations for your home? This European-style outdoor market is perfect for all of your holiday shopping! The market runs from November 18th to December 8th. Click here for dates and hours.
2. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
The Frederik Meijer Gardens is a year-round must see,
but this time of year, they also put on a “Christmas and Holidays Around the World” exhibition, where they display and honor different cultures and their celebration of Christmas and other holidays! The event runs from November 21st to January 7th. For hours and more information, visit their website.
3. Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Head north to visit the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex! This is a haven for winter sports lovers & adrenaline junkies alike, complete with an Olympic-designed luge track (1 of 3 in the US!), cross-country skiing trails, snowshoe trails, three ice skating rinks, sledding hill, and heated lodge for rentals, food, and warmth! Visit the Complex’s website for tickets and information.
4. Saugatuck Dunes State Park & Mt. Baldhead
Looking for some quality outdoor time? Visit Saugatuck Dunes State Park to try their awesome cross-country skiing trails, or head a little further south to try climbing all 300 stairs at Mt. Baldhead!
5. Nature Walks
For warmer, snow-less days, bundle up and talk a walk along the wooded streets surrounding The Villas! Stu Visser Trails is great for a leisurely stroll or to change up your dog-walking path. If you’re up for a little more adventure, visit the many hiking, skiing, or snowshoe trails in the area such as Riley Trails or Mount Pisgah Dune Boardwalk! Follow this link to see what others have to say about our local trails!
6. Kid-Friendly Activities
If you’re expecting adorable little ones to come visit, there are plenty of family-friendly activities for them too! Take them to visit Santa’s House downtown for a memorable photo op or enjoy Dutch Winterfest! The City of Holland’s website has dates and more information.
7. Go Sledding!
Don the snow gear and check out this article from the Holland Sentinel on the best local sledding hills and test them out for yourself! Sledding isn’t just for kids!
8. Take a Trip to the City
Love that “Christmas in the City” feeling? Grand Rapids is a destination worth visiting any time of year, but is especially beautiful around the holidays! Ice skate at Rosa Parks Circle in the heart of downtown, shop through unique boutiques in the quaint surrounding neighborhoods, eat your way through the city’s diverse collection of restaurants, and visit some of their many breweries to find out why it’s nicknamed Beer City, USA!
For a list of specific events and activities, Experience GR is always a great resource.
9. Sinterklaas Eve
True to Holland’s Dutch heritage, locals and visitors alike gather downtown for the annual Sinterklaas Eve Parade. Watch or join St. Nicholas as he leads the procession on his horse, while Zwarte Piets hand out candy to parade-goers! Meet him for hot chocolate and cookies afterward at the Holland museum- a perfect photo op for kids and adults alike.
10. Visit the Community Clubhouse
Don’t forget the fun right here at home! Whether you need some extra space for family dinner or an impromptu board-game marathon, the clubhouse community room is perfect for any occasion! Homeowners can reserve the community room for a private event, and it is also always available for drop-in use. This is a great option for large families’ Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners, birthday parties, and more! The fitness room is also a convenient way to burn off some energy and stay in shape regardless of the weather!
Holland and surrounding cities & towns have countless exciting holiday markets and parades throughout the winter season! If you make it through this whole list and still have time for more fun, explore neighboring towns to discover fun shops, restaurants, and traditions! Click the names of cities and towns below for their holiday event calendars:
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