Downtown Kalamazoo

Things to do in Kalamazoo in December!

Hey there, as we dive headfirst into December and start feeling those holiday vibes, Downtown Kalamazoo is buzzing with excitement to welcome you to a month filled with awesome events and traditions that'll make your holidays extra special. Get ready to soak it all in, because this year, Kalamazoo is going big!

December 1st - 24th: Hangin' with Santa (Thursday - Sunday) You won't want to miss this! Santa's in town, and he's even brought along his friend Black Santa on Thursdays and Sundays. Head on over to 125 S Kalamazoo Mall within City Centre. Just follow the twinkling lights to Santa's workshop and soak up the holiday magic.

December 1st - 24th: Holly Jolly Trolley (Thursday - Sunday) All aboard the Holly Jolly Trolley! It's like a festive joyride through Downtown Kalamazoo. The trolley departs from City Hall every hour, and you can hop on and off at eight different stops. Take your time, enjoy the twinkling lights, check out the local shops, grab a bite to eat – it's all part of the holiday fun!

December 1st - 24th: Gift Wrapping Extravaganza (Friday - Sunday) Feel like giving back this season? You’re covered with free gift wrapping in the City Centre hallway on the Kalamazoo Mall. And the best part? It's done by local groups who are accepting donations to support their causes. Swing by every weekend until December 24th to have your gifts wrapped up with a whole lot of holiday love.

December 14th - December to Remember (6PM - 7PM) Ready for some free holiday cheer? Head over to Bronson Park for complimentary hot cocoa under the twinkling lights. You can also write your letters to Santa and drop them in his mailbox. And while you're at it, grab a holiday craft bag (while supplies last) filled with cool ornament crafts, winter puzzles, and a coloring book with crayons.

December 15th - Moonlight Madness (6PM - 12AM) They’re turning up the fun with Moonlight Madness in Downtown Kalamazoo on December 15th! It's a late-night shopping extravaganza under the sparkling lights. Explore charming shops with awesome deals, sip on something warm, groove to live music, and stay cozy as you stroll the heated streets!!! Find unique gifts that scream holiday spirit. It's a magical night of community, shopping, and pure holiday joy!

December 16th - Shop Local, Drink Local (12PM - 4:30PM) Fancy a beer? Join West Michigan Beer Tours for a downtown Kalamazoo brewery walking tour. Get to know the people and flavors that make Kalamazoo's beer scene awesome. And here's the twist – you'll find sweet collabs with downtown retailers offering cool beverage-related gifts, from bottle openers to coasters. Explore various stops with all things beer-related.

December 31st - New Year's Eve Fest (6PM - 12AM) Let's end the year with a bang at Downtown Kalamazoo's New Year's Eve Fest, a party for everyone. Live music, captivating performances, and loads of entertainment await. There are five indoor performance spots, two heated tents, and live music on the Bronson Park Stage. Think bands, magic tricks, storytelling, unique acts, jugglers, theater performances, and interactive stuff that'll make ringing in 2024 unforgettable!

December 31st - NYE Live (6PM - 2AM) Ready to usher in the New Year in style? Head over to The Xperience! They've teamed up with The Black Arts & Cultural Center for an indoor party that's going to rock. Work In Progress and The Skeletones are on deck for performances. Whether you start in Bronson Park and move indoors or stay cozy all night, Kalamazoo’s got you covered. With a DJ keeping the energy up after midnight, delicious food, and non-stop fun, ring in the New Year like champs!

Parking: Happy holidays from Downtown Kalamazoo! They’re giving you the gift of free 90-minute parking at the Epic Center and Kalamazoo Mall ramps while you explore downtown for shopping, dining, and leisurely strolls.

So, get ready for an insanely festive December!  Take a ride on the Holly Jolly Trolley, say hi to Santa, bask in the glow of holiday lights, and get set to welcome the New Year in the heart of Downtown Kalamazoo!

Catch you downtown, folks! 



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