We are in the midst of Hanukkah and Christmas is just around the snow-clobbered corner. This weekend is bursting with holiday festivities, but it's also the perfect time to try snow-shoeing at one of the local nature centers or lace up some ice skates for a trip around the rink if you prefer.
Keep reading for the skinny on the weekend happenings.
Nab a seat for the heart-warming retelling of Christmas staple Miracle on 34th Street in St Joe by the Twin City Players
Don't miss the annual Holland Modular Railroad Club holiday train show at the library in Zeeland (through Dec 16)
Drop the kids off for a night of sports, board games, crafts and pizza with the Holland Recreation Division (through Sunday)
Stop by Santa's quaint little house in downtown St Joe for visits and keepsake photos
Check out the magnificent illumination display in Battle Creek during the Festival of Lights (through Dec 16)
Catch a steampunk version of The Nutracker, featuring a live orchestra, at LMC in Benton Harbor
Listen to a special reading of The Christmas Tree Ship, plus enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and sledding, at the historic Lightkeepers House in South Haven
Book a mini-getaway and get a kid-friendly buffet, hot cocoa, a special showing of The Polar Express and an overnight stay for four at The Inn at Harbor Shores
Scarf up a delicious holiday buffet and visit with Jolly Saint Nick at Burdick's for Breakfast in Kalamazoo
Dash over to the Herrick District Library's North Branch to meet real reindeer, plus enjoy hot chocolate and a craft
See the Fort St. Joseph Museum and Chapin Mansion in Niles all dressed up for the holidays in this year's open house theme, "Through a Child’s Eyes"
Hop on the festively bedecked train for a leisurely ride through Eden Springs Park at House of David in Benton Harbor
Whisk the kids away in their pjs for a festive reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, hot cocoa, cookies and a visit from Santa in Three Oaks
Check out all the holiday festivities on the Southwest Michigan Kids calendar.