What's On This Weekend: November 30-December 2

This weekend marks the perfect opportunity to partake in a celebration in one of Southwest Michigan's quaint small towns brimming with cozy holiday vibes. There are so many we couldn't even list them all here (but full details are in the calendar). Whether making s'mores and singing carols in Stevensville, competing in the snowman building contest in Watervliet or dressing up like Cindy Lou Who to join the annual procession in Saugatuck, you won't want to miss out on the festive celebrations. What are your weekend plans? FRIDAY Nab a seat for an enchanting rendition of Disney's The Little Mermaid at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (through Dec 16) Roast up a batch of fresh coffee (perfect for

10 Excellent Spots To Dine With Santa

Christmas is just around the corner, and that means brunches and breakfasts with Santa are popping up all over Southwest Michigan. Luckily, we've rounded up a smattering of Santa-adjacent dining options just for you. Prices vary, and there is truly something for every budget. Be sure to nab your spot early (lots sell out) and take a few hours out of the hustle and bustle to savor a jolly good meal with the man of the hour. Santa Breakfast @ The Scott Club December 1 | South Haven Feast on a breakfast of pancakes and sausage, listen to music and visit with Santa. Each child will receive a small gift. Santa Brunch @ Bistro on the Boulevard December 2, 9, 16 & 23 | St Joe Enjoy a magical meal,

Goodbye, Stress! A Guide To Keeping The Holidays Cheery & Bright

If current Instagram feeds are an accurate indication, it's safe to say that parents are equal parts creators and revelers in the magic that is the holiday season. This time of year is THE BEST, even for those of us living in summer-loving beach towns, and doubly so when you get to see that wonder through the eyes of a child. So we make the magic, and we love it, but sometimes it is exhausting and overwhelming. Enter this list of ways that we all can simplify and prioritize right now to keep that joyous feeling around and stress way less in the coming weeks. Leave half your decorations in their boxes. We did this last year and it was a really simple yet significant move. I now decorate fo

What's On This Weekend: November 23-24

Here we go! The first of the small town holiday celebrations is happening this weekend. Check out what's happening this weekend before you head out to explore! FRIDAY Nab a seat for an enchanting rendition of Disney's The Little Mermaid at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Take the kids to the Holland Aquatic Center for family splash time on the aqua track, alpine challenge and zip line Don't miss an original ballet based on the beloved yuletide poem, Twas the Night Before Christmas, set to traditional holiday music in Grand Rapids Watch as the classic midwest film The Christmas Story is adapted for the stage in a charming rendition in Holland Wander through a half-mile holiday lights display

It's Nutcracker Time! Here Are 8 Chances To Catch The Holiday Tale

The Nutcracker could give Santa Claus himself a run for his gingerbread cookies when it comes to things synonymous with Christmas. The music, the costumes and the sets are a surefire recipe for irresistible holiday enchantment for all ages. We've rounded up classic productions from the best ballerinas in the world and modern twists from lauded innovators that give audiences a dazzling array of choices across Southwest Michigan (and just over the Indiana border) leading up to the holidays. Is The Nutcracker an annual tradition for your family around the holidays? Which version is your favorite? The Nutcracker Lerner Theatre, Elkhart November 24 @ 7 PM | November 25 @ 3 PM The Aurinko Ballet i

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