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.

Friday, November 11 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

Saturday Nov 19 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.

November 19 - December 10
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 19, 9 - 3
Friday, November 25, 11 - 8
Saturday, November 26, 9 - 5
Tuesday, November 29, 3 - 8 (Santa Parade 7 pm)
Friday, December 2, 3 - 8 (Sinterklaas Procession at 7 pm)
Saturday, December 3, 9 - 5
Friday, December 9, 3 - 8 (Sled dogs demo)
Saturday, December 10, 9 - 5 (Sled dogs demo)

Weekends, November 25 - December 10
Holiday play at The Holland Civic Theatre, 616-396-2021, www.hollandcivictheatre.org
When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees among everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas fir tree fails, he needs Linus' help to learn the real meaning of Christmas.

Saturday, November 26
Downtown Holland
Join us in supporting local businesses. Participating retailers will be offering fun giveaways, special promotions and more all day long.

Tuesday, November 29, 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!

Thursday, December 1, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Friday, December 2, 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.

Friday, December 2
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.

November 25 through Christmas Eve
Carolyn Stich Studio, 208 College Avenue, 616-298-2687, www.carolynstich.com College Ave
Enjoy this favorite holiday tradition and visit Santa Claus in Downtown Holland! Free, but be sure to bring your camera for photos!
Friday November 25, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday, November 26, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday, December 2, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday, December 3, 1:00 pm -6:00 pm
Sunday, December 4, 12:00 pm -3:00 pm
Monday, December 5, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday, December 6, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday, December 7, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday, December 8, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday, December 9, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday, December 10, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday, December 11, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday, December 12, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday, December 13, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday, December 14, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday, December 15, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday, December 16, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday, December 17, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday, December 18, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday, December 19, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday, December 20, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday, December 21, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday, December 22, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday, December 23, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday, December 24, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Saturday, December 10, 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Shop in your pajamas and save big at Downtown Holland's annual Shopping Jam!

Holland Civic Center, 616-834-7475, 150 West 8th Street, www.hollandartsncraftshows.blogspot.com
Saturday Dec 10, 9:00 am - 4:00 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!

Saturday, December 10, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday, December 11, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday, December 17, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday, December 18, 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.