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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!

The traditions of Europe right here in Holland! Shop for one-of-a-kind handmade gifts and some warm pig-in-the-blankets and apple cider.

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

Holiday Kerstmarkt
November 19 - December 10, 2016 (Days and Hours Vary)
This authentic, open-air European Christmas Market at the Eighth Street Market Place is an ideal place to shop for unique hand-crafted gifts and enjoy authentic Dutch holiday treats. more

The Only Christmas Pageant in Town
Dates & times vary! 
Holland Civic Theatre 
Every year, the commanding Olive Green directs the Christmas pageant for the Little Church in the Vale, but there is always something missing. Trying to get it right this year, she hires the flashy Hollywood Theater of Peace and Tidings of Great Joy Traveling Troupe with their real feather angel wings, a band and a camel! But when a snowstorm keeps Hollywood out, Olive's friends convince her to create a pageant with the church members already there. 

Santa's Shoppe
November - December 24 (Days and Hours Vary)
Enjoy a favorite holiday tradition and visit Santa Claus in Downtown Holland at Home & Company! Children will have a chance to sit on Santa's lap and whisper all of their holiday wishes. 

Parade of Lights
November 29, 2016, 6:30pm
Santa arrives in Downtown Holland during the annual Parade of Lights escorted by bands, floats, vehicles, and individuals, all decked out in sparkling holiday lights! Over 50 different entries will illuminate the streets of Downtown during this brilliant procession. 

Sinterklaas Eve Procession
Reminiscent of years gone by, this special event celebrates Sinterklaas, the benevolent St. Nicholas. In true Dutch folk tradition, Sinterklaas arrives each December on his great white horse, surrounded by the mischievous Piets, who bring candy to all of the children. 

Up On The Rooftops
Friday, December 9, 2016, 6:30-9:30pm
During Up On The Rooftops, you are invited to tour homes and businesses on the upper floors of the historic buildings of Downtown Holland. (Tickets must be purchased in advance. Visit for more information.)

Holiday Shopping
All Season Long
Stroll the heated cobblestone sidewalks of Downtown Holland to find the perfect holiday gifts from our unique variety of shops, boutiques, and galleries. And be sure to relax after all that shopping at one of the many downtown restaurants, pubs, or cafes.
-Shop Til You Drop - late night shopping event 
-Jingle Jam Holiday Open House
-Shopping Jam - Saturday, December 12 - early morning shopping specials in Downtown Holland!  

Holiday Entertainment
All Season Long

Delight in a variety of festive and fun holiday-themed musical reviews, concerts, dance performances, and plays. All performed by local arts groups, including the Holland Chorale, Holland Symphony, Turning Pointe School of Dance, and the Holland Civic Theatre. Check out our Events Calendar for more information about holiday entertainment!

Holiday Exhibits
All Season Long

Don't miss the special holiday exhibits and activities at the Holland Museum. You can also experience a traditional Christmas celebration in two very different historic homes, the elegant Victorian Cappon House and the Settler's House, a simple home of a working-class family. Each celebration is complete with holiday decorations, crafts, and refreshments.




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Holland, MI   49423

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