Today is the first real snowfall in West Michigan! That means winter is right around the corner. With this cooler weather comes a lot of fun outdoor activities as well.
- Snowshoeing – The DeGraaf Nature center in Holland offers snowshoeing to the general public. The cost is $2 to use a pair of their snowshoes on their trails.
- Sledding – There are many sledding hills in the area as well. One of the most popular sledding hills in Holland is at the historic farm, Van Raalte Farm Park. This is a free sledding hill open to the public. Note, there is a short walking distance from the parking lot to the hill.
- Ice Skating – Grand Rapids has a cute outdoor skating rink called Rose Parks Circle. You can bring your own skates and pay a small fee to use the rink or you can rent skates there as well. It is quite beautiful at night when all of the Christmas lights and decorations are out.
- Kerstmarkt Outdoor Holiday Market – “Experience a delightful outdoor European-style market with holiday items, delicious food and artisan demonstrations in Holland, Michigan. Located at the 8th Street Marketplace at the corner of 8th Street and Pine Avenue, weekends from November 17-December 8.’ There are bell ringers, dog sled demos, a parade of lights, and shopping.
- Holiday Open House – November 17 from 5-8PM come downtown Holland for carolers, freshly roasted chestnuts, photos with Santa Claus, and petting reindeer at the petting corral! At 8PM, head to 8th St. & Central Ave. for the annual tree lighting ceremony. A fun, free, family event to kick off the holiday season!
These are just a handful of activities available for the remainder of 2018 in the lovely West Michigan area! Stay tuned in the coming weeks for another blog more focused on local Christmas activities.