The Christmas season is warmly welcomed every year in Kalkaska with lights, bonfires, parades, cocoa, crafts, shopping, cookies and of course, Santa himself.
For over 15 years the annual Christmas in Kalkaska tradition has brought the community together through the support of several organizations and entities to provide various events and activities free to the public.
Held on the first Saturday in December, Christmas in Kalkaska festivities begin in the morning at the Kalkaska Middle School. All ages will enjoy the numerous opportunities to participate.
Come and have cookies with Santa, explore the amazing art and craft sale in the halls and Gymnasium, let your little ones make their own Christmas craft, and stay for a warm, delicious lunch.
The Christmas in Kalkaska committee has partnered with the KMS National Junior Honor Society, Kalkaska Band Boosters, Kalkaska County Agricultural Fair, local crafters and others to ensure that there really is something for everyone under one roof.
As the crafts and shopping start cooling down in one part of town things are just heating up in downtown Kalkaska. Vehicles, floats and heavy equipment that are transformed by Christmas lights, decorations and signs start lining up after dark for the magical Christmas in Kalkaska lighted parade. A large bonfire is lit at Railroad Square and residents start lining Cedar Street for the best spot to watch. Several local businesses open their doors to offer late night shopping hours and special sales for parade watchers.
After a holiday greeting is shared by the Kalkaska Village President, the official Christmas tree is lit in the Square and the parade begins. Most would agree that parades are fun and happy times for any town but there is something extra special about seeing one at night shimmering with lights and festive adornments that really sparks Christmas spirit in everyone.
Santa reappears to bring the parade procession to a close and invites children and their families to visit him in the Santa House at Railroad Square to share their wishes and receive a candy cane from his helpers.
Cocoa and cookies are shared with everyone courtesy of the United Methodist Church of Kalkaska and Kalkaska Kiwanis Club while a roaring bonfire is carefully attended to warm the crowd.
Christmas in Kalkaska is an experience that will easily become a part of your family holiday traditions for years to come.
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