Christmas parades and holiday events this weekend

Happy Santa Claus laughing while standing outdoors at North Pole

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) The holidays are here, and so are plenty of holiday-themed family-friendly events! Check out Maranda’s top picks in this week’s Five Star Family Fun Update. To get a full list of events e-mailed to you each week, click here to sign up!

Live Nativity, Critter Barn, Zeeland
Friday, December 4 – Saturday, December 5, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
See the live nativity, listen to Christmas carols and the Christmas Story. Visit animals and more! See website for complete holiday hours. Donations appreciated.

Holiday Walk and Market, W.K. Kellogg Manor House, Hickory Corners
Friday, December 4 – Saturday, December 5, noon – 5 p.m.
See creatively decorated rooms with artists and artisans selling unique and handcrafted gifts. Guided tour concludes with hot spiced tea and cookies. Free for members. Non-members: $8 for adults, $5 for seniors/students (ages 5-12), free for children 4 and younger.

Christmas for the Animals, John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids
Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Watch enrichment demonstrations with the animals, see Santa and his reindeer, see live music performances, enjoy activities and entertainment. Free with an enrichment gift for animals. See website for list of items.

Christmas Parades around West Michigan

“A Christmas Story – the Musical,” Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
Through Sunday, December 20
The classic story of a young boy’s Christmas in 1940s Indiana, set to music. Tickets $18-$35.

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