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Annual holiday Open House marks beginning of Holland holiday season


Downtown Holland will mark the beginning of the holiday season with their annual Holiday Open House event this Saturday, November 19 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  In addition to the Holiday Open House, a variety of fun holiday happenings for the entire family will take place in Downtown Holland from November to January.
During the Holiday Open House, visitors are invited to stroll the decorated streets filled with singing carolers, roasting chestnuts, and one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, boutiques and restaurants all offering holiday refreshments and free gift-wrapping on all purchases. With close to 50 different merchants participating, you are almost certain to spot Santa picking up a few special items for those on his “nice” list while he hands out candy canes. And as always, you can shop without a slip in Downtown Holland no matter how much snow is on the ground, thanks to the heated cobblestone sidewalks!
Downtown Holland will also debut its dazzling new holiday décor during the Holiday Open House.  The colorful décor includes custom made light post swags, banners, and accent pieces for the urns, all featuring a brilliant array of jewel-toned ornaments, winter greens, glittering ribbons, and sparkling lights.
For more information on the Holiday Open House and all of the Downtown Holland holiday events, visit us online at www.downtownholland.com or call 616.394.0000. Stay up-to-date on all of the latest Downtown Holland news on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/downtownholland or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/downtownholland.
Downtown Holland Holiday Events Calendar:
Holiday Kerstmarkt
November 19 – December 10 (Days and hours vary)
Bring your list and check it twice! The Holland Area Friends of Art’s open-air European Christmas market at the Eighth Street Market Place is an ideal place to shop for unique handcrafted gifts and enjoy authentic Dutch holiday treats. Sixteen vendors are housed in historically crafted booths offering fresh greenery, trees, wreaths, hand-knit clothing and accessories, wooden boxes and toys, pet items, ornaments, Dutch gifts, folk art, handmade jewelry, warm snacks and beverages, and much more!
Santa’s House
November 25 – December 24 (Days and hours vary)
Enjoy a favorite holiday tradition and visit Santa Claus at Home & Company in Downtown Holland! Children will have a chance to sit on Santa’s lap and whisper all of their holiday wishes. Santa even has a special treat for each child to enjoy. There is no charge to visit Santa, but don’t forget to bring your camera!
Parade of Lights
Tuesday, November 29 (6:30 pm)
Santa arrives in Downtown Holland during the annual Parade of Lights escorted by bands, floats, vehicles, and individuals...all decked out in sparkling holiday lights! Close to 75 different entries will illuminate the streets of Downtown during this brilliant procession.  The parade begins at the corner of Eighth Street and Columbia Avenue and continues down Eighth Street until it reaches the Eighth Street Market Place, home of the Holiday Kerstmarkt.  At the end of the Parade, Santa will take the time to greet his fans young and old alike!  Be sure to visit the reindeer corral too, thanks to Parkway Electric.
Sinterklaas Eve Procession
Friday, December 2 (7:00 pm)
Reminiscent of years gone by, this special event celebrates Sinterklaas, the benevolent St. Nicholas. In true Dutch folk tradition, Sinterklaas arrives each December on his great white horse, surrounded by the mischievous Zwarte Piets, who bring candy to all of the children. Sinterklaas will arrive at the Eight Street Market Place and lead a procession of you and old alike east on Eighth Street to Central Avenue and then to Centennial Park. At Centennial Park, the mayor will officially “welkom” Sinterklaas to Holland. After Sinterklaas greets the crowd, everyone is invited across the street to the Holland Museum to meet him in person and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. Sinterklaas Eve is proudly sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
Up On The Rooftops
Friday, December 9 (6:00 pm to 9:30 pm)
During Up On The Rooftops, you are invited to tour homes and businesses on the upper floors of the historic buildings of Downtown Holland, along with a few secret Downtown Holland gems! Tickets for this highly anticipated event are just $20 each and must be purchased in advance. The $20 ticket price also includes a reception in the beautiful lobby of Fifth Third Bank, where light appetizers and refreshments will be served. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.upontherooftops.com and at the Downtown Holland office at 44 West Ninth Street. Up On The Rooftops is proudly supported by Fifth Third Bank and GDK Construction Co. with special thanks to Alpenrose Restaurant and Lemonjello’s.
Shopping Jam
Saturday, December 17 (8:00 am to 10:00 am)
Shop early…come as you are…and save big at Downtown Holland’s annual Shopping Jam, hosted by the merchants of Downtown Holland.  Stores open at 8:00 am with special early morning savings!  It’s the perfect time to finish your Christmas shopping!
Ice Sculpting Competition
Friday, January 6 – Saturday, January 7 (Hours vary)
Downtown Holland is partnering with the National Ice Carving Association (NICA) to host a Collegiate Invitational Ice Sculpting. Together, Downtown Holland and NICA will bring talented students from colleges around the Midwest and beyond together for this exciting weekend-long competition. This is one “cool” event you won’t want to miss! Over 20 talented students will be competing in the collegiate invitational, each transforming 300-pound blocks of ice into glistening works of art using chisels, chainsaws, torches, and more. The compulsory competition will take place the evening of Friday, January 6, while the freestyle competition will be held the afternoon of Saturday, January 7. Bundle up and come watch in amazement as the ice flies!