December 2021

Calendar of Events

Photo by Todd & Brad Reed Photography

Enjoy a Beautiful Michigan Winter!

We're here to fill you in on what's happening this December in West Michigan.

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Friday, Saturday, & Sunday from November 26th through December 19th, 12-4pm

Grapevine Wreath Making Kits Available at the Howard Christensen Nature Center 
Wreaths are $5 for members and $10 for non-members, and Wreaths with Trimmings are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Pick up is at the Howard Christensen Nature Center Interpretive Center- 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City.

December 1st-15th

Deck the Halls: A Mason County Decorating Contest
Mason County residents may enter the Ludington & Scottville Chamber’s holiday decorating contest. Get in the Christmas spirit, deck your halls and enter for a chance to win cash prizes! Enter by visiting

Saturday, December 4th, 7pm

18th Annual Jingle Bell Jam
Benefit for Toys for Tots/Gifts for Teens. Live music by B.V.O., Rock Supply, Junk Monkey, and Sufferin Succotash. Cost is $10 per person or a new, unwrapped toy or gift. American Legion Post 10- 10 Mason St., Manistee. 

Saturday, December 11th, 1pm

Kids Craft Day at Howard Christensen Nature Center
Cost is $3 for members and $5 for non-members. Visit for more information. Howard Christensen Nature Center-16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City.

Saturday, December 11th, 1-4pm

Downtown Ludington Cookie Walk
Collect cookies from downtown Ludington merchants. For updated information, visit

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Monday, December 27th-Thursday, December 30th, 10am-2pm

Winter Break Day Camp at Howard Christensen Nature Center
Cost is $10 per day. Participants should bring a lunch and dress for the weather.  For more information, visit Howard Christensen Nature Center-16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City.

Friday, December 31st, 5-9pm

Balloon Drop New Year’s Eve Party
Enjoy snack food, ice cream sundae’s, and the big balloon drop on two floors. Cost is $50 per immediate family or $10 per person. Sign up early to reserve a spot!
Sign up by emailing or call and leave a message at (231) 233-9326. Sandcastles Children’s Museum– 129 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington.

Friday, December 31st, 9pm

Ludington New Year’s Eve Ball Drop 
Live DJ, beer/wine tent, ball drop at midnight followed by fireworks, Downtown Ludington

Seasonal Events & Activities

Find good fun like scenic color tours, hayrides, corn mazes, and many family activities during the fall in West Michigan.

Though it can be chilly, winter in West Michigan has much to offer like snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing.

Summer in West Michigan offers great outdoor activities, like swimming in our beautiful lakes, hiking, biking, and more.

The rebirth of spring in West Michigan offers lots of fun adventures like golfing, disc golf, biking, hiking, fishing, etc.