Dutch WinterFest & Holiday Events

Season's Greetings from Holland!


Brighten your holidays with a visit to downtown Holland! Holland's beautiful downtown comes alive with a multitude of exciting holiday happenings from November to January, along with dazzling holiday decor. Historic downtown Holland provides the perfect backdrop for this holiday festival, which kicks off with an open house complete with roving carolers and roasting chestnuts, and continues with events for the entire family. Enjoy the creatively lighted floats in the Parade of Lights. Visit with Sinterklaas, the Dutch St. Nicholas and his mischievous Zwarte Piet helpers, and stroll through the "Kerstmarkt," a European open-air Christmas market. There are holiday theatre and musical performances, a greens sale, home tour, Victorian Christmas teas, special exhibits and, of course, Santa himself. Holland's warmed cobblestone sidewalks, unique shops and galleries, specialty import shops and open-air market provide one-of-a-kind holiday shopping throughout the festival.

SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP
Friday, November 10 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Downtown Holland
Stay up late, shop the night away and save big on all of your holiday gifts! Get your holiday shopping off to an early start and take advantage of discount offered by participating merchants.
late, shop the night away and save big on all of your holiday

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, Nov 18 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Holland, www.downtownholland.com
Stroll the heated streets filled with carolers, roasting chestnuts, Santa Claus and one-of-a-kind shops and galleries. Visit art galleries, clothing boutiques and specialty retail shops while you peruse the holiday merchandise and enjoy store windows decorated for the holidays. Carolers sing as they meander along the snow melted sidewalks and brightly colored holiday decor. The smell of roasting chestnuts fills the air and Santa Claus drops by with candy canes to the delight of young and old.

KERSTMARKT
Saturday, November 18 - December 9
8th Street Market Place, 150 W. 8th Street, www.kerstmarkt.wordpress.com
8th Street Market Place is home to the Friends of Art authentic open-air European Christmas market, where vendors offer unique gifts and holiday treats from historically crafted booths.
Saturday, November 18, 9 - 5pm
Friday, November 24, 11 - 5pm
Saturday, November 25, 9 - 5pm
Tuesday, November 28, 3 - 8  (Santa Parade 7 pm)
Friday, December 1, 3 - 8 (Sinterklaas Procession at 7 pm)
Saturday, December 2, 9 - 5
Friday, December 8, 3 - 8 (Sled dogs demo)
Saturday, December 9, 9 - 5 (Sled dogs demo)

Nuncrackers, the Nunsense Christmas Musical
Weekends, November 24 - December 9
Holiday play at The Holland Civic Theatre, 616-396-2021, www.hollandcivictheatre.org
The Nunsense Christmas Musical, NUNCRACKERS, is presented as the first TV special tapedin the Cable Access Studio built by Reverend Mother in the concent basement. It stars the nuns you love, plus Father Virgil, and fourn of Mount Saint Helen's most talented students. Featuring all new songs includingTwelve Days Prior to Christmas, Santa Aint Comin' to Our House, We Three Kings of Orient Are Us, and It's Better to Give than to Receive, this show is fille with typical NUNSENSE humor, some of your favorite carols, and a "Secret Santa" audience participation. We're certain this NUNSSENSE Christmas Show will make you laugh, and maybe tuh at your hearstrings. It's the perfect way to insure that your holiday season is merry and bright!

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
Saturday, November 25
Downtown Holland
Join us in supporting local businesses. Participating retailers will be offering fun giveaways, special promotions and more all day long.


PARADE OF LIGHTS
Tuesday, November 28, 6:30 pm
Downtown Holland, 616-796-1210, www.downtownholland.com
Santa arrives escorted by bands, floats, trucks and family and friends all decked out in thousands of sparkling holiday lights! More than 70 entries will illuminate the streets of Downtown Holland during the procession. At the end of the parade, Santa will take time to greet his fans - young and old alike!

DECK THE HALLS
Thursday, November 30, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Friday, December 1, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Join museum staff and volunteers as they decorate for the holidays! Help us trim the tree and hang wreaths to the tune of holiday music, learn to make paper snowflakes, and design your own ornament to hang in the museum lobby. Supplies will be provided by the museum-all are welcome!
Free event in museum lobby. Admission to museum galleries and exhibits separate.

SINTERKLAAS EVE
Friday, December 1, 6-9pm
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm - Crafts at the Holland Armory
7:00 pm - Procession begins from the Kerstmarkt to Centennial Park
Downtown Holland, 616.988.6187, www.hollandmuseum.org
Reminiscent of years gone by, this special folk celebration is centered around Sinterklaas, the benevolent St. Nicholas. In true Dutch tradition, Sinterklaas arrives each December on his white horse, surrounded by his mischievous Zwarte Piet helpers. Procession begins at the Kerstmarkt (at Eighth Street Market Place, 150 W. 8th Street) at 7:00 pm and proceeds to Centennial Park where there will be a ceremony and tree lighting immediately followed by cookies, hot cocoa, and photos with Sinterklaas at the Holland Museum.

SANTA'S HOUSE
November 25 through Christmas Eve
Enjoy this favorite holiday tradition and visit Santa Claus in Downtown Holland! Free, but be sure to bring your camera for photos!
Friday November 24, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday, November 25, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday, December 1, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday, December 2, 1:00 pm -6:00 pm
Sunday, December 3, 12:00 pm -3:00 pm
Monday, December 4, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday, December 5, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday, December 6, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday, December 7, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday, December 8, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday, December 9, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday, December 10, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday, December 11, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday, December 12, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday, December 13, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday, December 14, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday, December 15, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday, December 16, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday, December 17, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday, December 18, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday, December 19, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday, December 20, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday, December 21, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday, December 22, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday, December 23, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

UP ON THE ROOFTOPS

Friday, December 8, 6:00-9:00pm
Downtown Holland
Experience an exclusive tour of Downtown Holland’s rarely seen second story during this traditional holiday event! Enjoy an elegant dessert reception at the beautiful Fifth Third Bank building on 8th Street either before or after this self-guided tour of homes and businesses, all decorated for the holidays by a downtown store.

Tickets for this highly anticipated event are just $25 each and must be purchased online prior the event. When you purchase your tickets, you must select which reception you would plan to attend. All locations on the tour will be open from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm to accommodate all ticket holders.

2017 Event Details To Be Announced!

616-796-1210
www.upontherooftops.com
info@upontherooftops.com

THE SHOPPING JAM
Saturday, December 9, 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Shop in your pajamas and save big at Downtown Holland's annual Shopping Jam! Participating businesses will open early for this special event. From 8:00 am to 9:00 am save 30% off at least one item and from 9:00 am to 10:00 am save 25% off at least one item.

2017 Participating Merchants To Be Announced!

616-796-1210
downtown@cityofholland.com

ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW
Doubletree, 616-394-0111, 650 East 24th Street, www.hilton.com/DoubleTree/Holland 
Saturday Dec 9, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Over 100 vendors to shop for all your holiday needs! Handmade Michigan items, cash and carry (wholesale), sports items, children's items, jewelry, crocheted gifts, baked goods, and much more!

Cost is $1.00 - Proceeds go to His Harvest Ministries

Contact wuzwild1@yahoo.com for further information

CHRISTMAS AT THE CAPPON HOUSE
Saturday, December 9, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday, December 10, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday, December 16, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday, December 17, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Discover the magic of the holiday season at the Cappon House! While strolling through at your own pace, join in singing Christmas carols, decorate and enjoy holiday treats, listen to Christmas stories, and design your own holiday card or ornament. Victorian era games and Christmas traditions make this a great time for the whole family!

Holiday Hotel Offers & Discounts
Enjoy special discounts and offers at Holland's hotels. Review our offers here.