Holiday fun across West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) This holiday weekend is the perfect time to get out and enjoy all the fun things around West Michigan. 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! Don’t forget to tune in weekdays at 4:30pm for Maranda Where You Live on WOTV 4 Women.

Light Up Downtown

The 2nd annual Light Up Downtown event happens on Friday, December 1, 2017. The event, which kicks off the winter season in Downtown, features the lighting of the holiday tree, the opening of the Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink and a variety of holiday-themed activities. The fun begins at 5:00 PM.

Program highlights include:

Light Up Downtown Tips:

Maranda will broadcast her  show Maranda Where You Live, live at 4:30pm

Christmas for the Animals at the John Ball Zoo

The event features a free visit with Santa and his reindeer, ice carving, Santa’s aquatic elves diving in the kelp forest and kids get to make their own enrichment for the animals

Saugatuck “Whoville” Parade

Dress up as your favorite Whoville character and join Saugatuck’s Festive Holiday parade which will be let by Whoville’s fabled Mayor as parade Marshall.

Gerald R. Ford Holiday Open House 

This annual event will feature a visit from Santa and his Mrs. and a few of their reindeer! Enjoy holiday stories and music from various choirs. There is no charge to attend the event, and reservations are not needed. Admission applies to see Louder Than Words and the Ford exhibits.