GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (ABC 4)- Between special holidays like Thanksgiving to annual festivals and events, there’s plenty to look forward to around this time of year in West Michigan. Our latest Big 4 guide features local activities and happenings to attend throughout November. Have a look and enjoy!  

Photo courtesy of Getty images
Photo courtesy of Getty images.

Downtown Lansing Kringle Holiday Market  

When: Thursday, Nov. 17- Saturday, Dec. 17 (recurring weekly on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) 

Where: 400 S. Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 

Get into the holiday spirit with the entire family by taking a trip to Downtown Lansing’s Kringle Holiday Market. Enjoy an outdoor market featuring rotating vendors, street food, ice skating, pop-up programming and additional activities! Find more details online.  

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Photo courtesy of Mike Buck (2019)
Photo courtesy of Mike Buck (2019)

Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer, and Food Festival  

When: Friday, Nov. 18-Saturday, Nov. 19 

Location: DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, MI 

Get ready to drink and eat! “Michigan’s annual tasting event,” the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer, and Food Festival, returns for its 15th year at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. Sample over one thousand beverages from around the world, along with delicious cuisine and food pairings from the area’s finest restaurants, chefs and festival vendors!  

Tickets are digital this year! View the festival’s website for more details! 

Photo courtesy of Mike Buck.
Photo courtesy of Mike Buck

Downtown Holland Parade of Lights  

When: Tuesday, Nov. 29 

Time: 6:30 pm 

Location: Downtown Holland  

Downtown Holland’s annual “Parade of Lights” returns with Santa Claus and friends! Bring your loved ones along to view this festive holiday spectacle featuring “75 floats, trucks, antique cars, walkers, and marching bands…all decked out from top to bottom in thousands of sparkling lights,” festival organizers share. 

Find more details on Downtown Holland’s event page.  

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Dear Santa…A Magical Christmas Event  

When: Saturday, Nov. 26

Where: Kalamazoo, MI 

Experience the magic of Christmas at Gull Meadow Farms! As you stroll through a winter wonderland, you’ll be greeted by friendly staff members, receive supplies to create Reindeer Food to leave out on Christmas Eve, and will get to explore several festive holiday stations. After visiting each station, kids and families will be able to spend time with Santa before walking through a Christmas Light display.”

Learn more information here.  

Additional Events happening in West Michigan this November:  

Winter Wonderland: A Holiday Lights Spectacular | Friday, Nov. 4- Friday, Dec. 30 at the Gilmore Car Museum| More details 

Grand Rapids Comic Con| Friday, Nov. 11- Sunday, Nov. 13 in Grand Rapids | More details 

Shop ‘Til You Drop | Friday, Nov. 11 from 7-10 pm in Downtown Holland | More details  

Lansing Model Train Show and Sale | Sunday, Nov. 13 at 10 am- 4 pm at MSU in Lansing | More details 

Silver Bells in the City | Friday, Nov. 18 from 5-9 pm in Downtown Lansing | More details 

Grand Rapids Santa Claus Parade |Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8 am in Downtown GR| More details 

Holiday Kerstmarkt |Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9 am-5 pm at 8th Street Market Place in Holland| More details 

Maple Hill Holiday Parade | Saturday, Nov. 19 at 11 am in Kalamazoo | More details 

Holiday Open House | Saturday, Nov. 19 from 5-9 pm in Downtown Holland | More details 

FIFA World Cup Block Party | Friday, Nov. 25 in Grand Rapids from 11 am- 7 pm | More details

Tree Lighting Ceremony | Friday, Nov. 25 from 5-7 pm in Downtown Kalamazoo | More details