Celebrate the holidays in Holland, MI with an endless list of exciting events during this magical season. We may be biased, but Holland does it best when it comes to holiday festivities. Holland is steeped in tradition; some old (like Sinterklaas), and some new. So, don’t wait too long to make your travel plans, book your next trip to Holland, Michigan where the magic abounds!
Magic at the Mill
Speaking of magic, Magic at the Mill is back again this year and we couldn’t be more thrilled! What is Magic at the Mill? It’s a holiday light display show at Windmill Island Gardens. Enjoy an incredible light show with friends and family. Enjoy the street organ playing holiday music, take a ride on the antique carousel or shop for last minute gifts. Explore the island decked out in holiday decor and even visit with Sinterklaas! The event is every Friday & Saturday in December from the 1st -16th. Tickets can be purchased online for specific time slots, ranging from 5-9 pm. They won’t last long, so get them while you can.
Holiday Open House
Stroll the beautiful streets of downtown at the Holiday Open House on Nov. 18. Stop in the shops for holiday treats, free gift-wrapping, refreshments, discounts, giveaways, and more. Rather ride than walk? For the first time ever, hop on and off the Snowflake Express Trolley for a free tour of 8th Street in downtown Holland. Don’t forget to say hi to Santa’s reindeer!
Parade of Lights
Santa Claus is also coming to town! Come and watch the Parade of Lights on November 28 at 6:30pm. There will be over 75 floats, trucks, marching bands and more decorated from top to bottom. This luminous procession is fun for the family and a holiday tradition for the entire community.
Find more magic at the 26th Annual Kerstmarkt, running every Friday and Saturday, November 18-December 16. More than 18 booths will be set up at the 8th Street Market in front of the Civic Center Place. Sip on a steaming cup of glühwein and snack on authentic Dutch foods as you stroll past the chalets with their selection of unique holiday treasures. The market will also feature handbell concerts, dog sled visits, and even Dickens Carolers.
We’re excited to announce our Christmas Cards created by Carolyn Stich are here! Featuring a jolly snowman taking a selfie taking a selfie by Big Red, our famous lighthouse. This year, all proceeds benefit Hands of Hope Foundation. Inside message: “Warmest Wishes from Big Red’s Winter Wonderland.” These unique cards are available for purchase at: Carolyn Stich Studio, Holland Area Visitors Bureau, The Holland Kerstmarkt, Van Wieren Hardware and Magic at the Mill (while supplies last).