Here we go. Embrace the holidays with a weekend bustling with small-town parades, visits with Santa, reindeer encounters, enchanting seasonal staples on the stage, local shopping, an afternoon at a local Christmas tree farm, hot cocoa and more.
And if that's not your jam, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and explore nature or volunteer in your community (Giving Tuesday is just around the corner). Whatever you do, have yourself a fabulous little weekend.
Score seats to the live production of A Charlie Brown Christmas in Holland (through Dec 10)
Enjoy a full weekend of festive fun in New Buffalo, including gingerbread house decorations, carols, a parade, Santa, hot cocoa and cookies (through Sunday)
Kick off the yuletide season with a parade in downtown South Haven before sipping hot cocoa and visiting with Santa
Go nose to nose with real reindeer and snap a keepsake photo with jolly Saint Nick at the Silver Beach Carousel
Head to your nearest state park to #optoutside, with admission fees waived all day long
Catch a magical, musical retelling of Rudolph at the Morris theater in South Bend
Learn all about about spectacular snakes up close during the Kalamazoo Nature Center's Creature Feature
See a modern spin on the time-honored Nutcracker ballet at The Lerner Theatre in Elkhart
Explore a special menagerie of reptiles and amphibians at the Curious Kids' Museum in St Joseph
Stroll down the luminary-lined streets of Three Oaks during an enchanted evening of carols, treats and shopping specials
Knock some gifts off your list while shopping local during Small Business Saturday
Check out the Southwest Michigan Kids calendar for all the fabulous details. Not ready for the holidays yet? Head over here for a few simple ways to ease into the holiday spirit.