Christmas events are coming to towns throughout Montcalm County and surrounding areas this holiday season.
Here’s a look at some of the upcoming activities:
• 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday: Breakfast with Santa Claus will be at the Belding Museum for free.
• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday: The annual Gifts and Goodies Christmas Bazaar will be at First Congregational Church. Lunch, featuring ham, scalloped potatoes, gelatin salad, relishes, breads and rolls, desserts and beverages, will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $5. An 18-inch holiday wreath, an 11×14 framed painting and a basket of goodies will be raffled off.
• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday: Home for the Holidays will be at the Covered Village Mall, featuring free photograph with Santa Claus, face painting, decorating cookies and ornaments, live entertainment, refreshments and snacks. Vote for your favorite decorated tree through Dec. 17 by bringing a non-perishable food item, an unwrapped toy or a cash donation to the business, church or organization that sponsored the tree. This event is sponsored by the Belding Area Chamber of Commerce.
• Dec. 6-8: A Christmas Arts and Crafts Show will be inside the Covered Village Mall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8. This event is sponsored by the Belding Covered Village Mall Owners Association.
• Dec. 7-8: A Christmas Treasures Bazaar will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, featuring quilts, baked goods, attic treasures and more.
• 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 24: Bridge Street Cafe will host a free Christmas Eve dinner.
• 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday: Breakfast with Santa at Carson City-Crystal Lower Elementary School. Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and drinks will be served and Santa will have treats for the children. A photographer will be available to take pictures with Santa and 4×6 photos will be available for purchase for $1. Photos will be available for pick-up at the elementary school Christmas concert on Dec. 10. Tickets for Breakfast with Santa will be available at the door for $5 for ages 12 to adult, $2.50 for ages 3 to 11 and free for ages 2 and younger. This event is sponsored by the Carson City-Crystal Parents Club.
• 7 p.m. Dec. 6: A community Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place at Carson City Hall. Pastor Andy Croel of Carson City United Methodist Church will lead prayer. Dan Palmer will lead caroling. Refreshments will be served.
• 7 p.m. Dec. 11: The annual Christmas concert by the Carson City-Crystal High School and Middle School bands will be in the school’s field house. Admission is $5 in lieu of any fundraisers this year.
• 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19: Carson City Public Library presents Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at 6:30 p.m. at the library by professional actor Tom Harryman of Muskegon Community College. Seating is limited. Call (989) 584-3680 to reserve a seat.
• Dec. 15: Crystal Box Office Theatre will show a free Christmas movie at noon. Santa Claus will appear on Main Street in downtown Crystal between 1:30 and 2 p.m. The Crystal Township Fire Department will distribute gifts and goodie bags.
• Friday-Sunday: Edmore’s Home Town Holiday will take place Friday through Sunday. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Friday with the Great Lakes Adventist Academy Choir and a bake sale at the Church of God. Breakfast with Santa at the Church of God starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with Santa Claus arriving at 10 a.m. There will be crafts for children, a bake sale and free photos with Santa from 10 a.m. to noon. String popcorn and cranberries with refreshments will be provided from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Old Fence Rider Museum. A bake sale will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the food pantry on the corner of Fourth and Main streets. Holiday crafts for children will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Home Township Library. The community is welcome to make Christmas cards for the troops from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at River Valley Credit Union. Free food and coats for those in need will be available starting at 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the old Montabella football field. Victorian candlelight Christmas concerts (with limited seating) will be 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at Pine Forest Museum. A Christmas carol singalong will start at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the municipal parking lot between the Phenix and Visionsmith. Sky Angels will host a sky lantern launching event at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Curtis Pond gazebo in remembrance of lost loved ones. Lanterns will be available for $5. Edmore’s Home Town Holiday is presented by the Mid-Michigan Arts Council in Edmore.
• 6 p.m. Friday: A Hometown Christmas Parade featuring Santa Claus will take place in downtown Greenville. Prior to the parade, Santa will take requests from children starting at 4 p.m. at Lafayette Street Park. A tree-lighting ceremony will take place at 5:45 p.m. featuring live music and crowd caroling. Santa will be available for visiting after the parade until 8 p.m. at the Flat River Museum.
• 7 p.m. Friday: Handel’s “Messiah” will be presented at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center by Montcalm Community College’s Alumni & Friends Choir for free.
• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday: Make a gift at the Flat River Community Library, free to children ages 5 and older.
• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday: A Santa Party will be at the Bower Street Cafe inside Spectrum Health United Hospital.
• 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6: The Greenville Middle School Holiday Band Concert will be at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center for free.
• 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6: A Holiday Concert and tea will be at the Flat River Community Library for free.
• Dec. 7-9: “North Pole Star” will be presented by the Hans Christian Andersen Theater at the Greenville Area Community Center with performances at 7 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 9. This is a family show styled after “American Idol” with Santa’s reindeer competing in a reality show for the title of North Pole Star. Performers include local children ages 10 and older. Tickets are $9 and are available at the community center.
• 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10: The Walnut Hills Elementary School Holiday Concert will be at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center for free.
• 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11: The Greenville Middle School Holiday Choir Concert will be at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center for free.
• 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12: The Grand Rapids Symphony Holiday Pops Concert will be at Greenville High School. Tickets are $15 for general seating or $25 for preferred seating. Funds raised will go to the Education Foundation of Greenville. Tickets can be purchased at The Daily News.
• 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14-15: The Greenville High School Holiday Choir Concert will be at Greenville High School. Free, but tickets are required.
• noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 15: Free photographs with Santa Claus will be offered an an indoor flea market, sponsored by the Greenville Area Community Center and the Greenville Corvette Club.
• 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday: The annual Christmas Tour of Homes will take place. This year’s featured homes include Calvin and Joy Alverson, Robert and Nancy Forrest, Jim and Leanne McDonald and Dean and Christy Wall. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 the day of the event and may be purchased at the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library or at Kindel & Co. The ticket price includes a Christmas ornament from Kindel & Co. A reception at the library will follow the tour from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. with door prize drawings. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library.
• 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7: The annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony will be at the old depot at the corner of Ensley and Edgerton streets behind the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library. A tribute or memorial ornament with a crystal memory frame may be purchased for $10 from Still Waters Ministry, the library or at various area churches. The names of each remembered individual will be announced at the ceremony. Bethel Lutheran Church will sponsor a live nativity scene. The Howard City Lions Club will provide coffee, hot chocolate and cookies. All funds raised will go toward the library and Still Waters Ministry.
• 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 9: The annual Tri County Band Holiday Bazaar will be at Tri County High School. Bands will perform at 3 p.m.
• Dec. 8: A Christmas open house will take place in the Hubbardston Community Center. The Awakening Church will sponsor a secret shop from noon to 4 p.m. for children to get free gifts for their parents and siblings. The village of Hubbardston will sponsor a visit from Santa Claus from 1 to 3 p.m. Parents are asked to bring their own cameras to take a free photo of Santa with the children.
• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday: The annual Mrs. Claus’ Bazaar and Craft Show will be at Ionia Middle School. More than 150 booths will offer crafts and merchandise. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. Lunch and snacks will be available the rest of the day. Shuttle service available from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with stops every 15 minutes from the parking lots of Save-A-Lot, Commission on Aging and on Washington Street by the courthouse and by the Friend of the Court building. This event is sponsored by the Ionia County Commission on Aging.
• Dec. 7: The Tamarack District Library and Friends will host a cookie walk sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A chili/soup cook-off and silent auction will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
• Dec. 8: Breakfast with Santa will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Tamarack District Library, also featuring stories, crafts and photos with Santa. A craft and vendor expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lakeview Hotel. A big craft sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lakeview Community Center. Christmas cookie decorating will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McKenna’s. Gum drop trees will be featured from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Work of Art Studio. A paparazzi jewelry showcase will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McKenna’s. An open house with Santa will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lakeview Elevator. A Lakeview Jaycees toy drive concert will be from 8 to 10 p.m. at McKenna’s featuring live music by Morgan Crabb (aka The Captain). Admission is one new unwrapped toy, which will stay in the Lakeview community. Deepfall will perform a live concert from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the Lakeview Hotel.
• 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday: The annual Santa Super Sunday will be at Montcalm Community College. Attendees may visit and have their photograph taken with Santa Claus, enjoy holiday refreshments, holiday music, swimming, clowning around with local clowns, children’s holiday crafts and musical activities. An exhibit of cultural holiday traditions will be presented by the college’s Culture and Travel Club. All activities are free. This event is presented by the college with donations from area businesses.
• 6:30 p.m. Saturday: Christmas tree lighting in downtown Six Lakes, caroling and refreshments.