Tree Lightings, Santa Sightings, and Other Holiday Fun

November 30, 2015

Posted by Lisa Lomasney

Family Holiday Fun Ideas

Need to find Santa to tell him what you want for Christmas?  Do you want to build a snowman?  Grab your coat, waterproof gloves, and boots and head outside with these **cool** ideas.

Santa Sightings Guide

When & Where to Find Santa Around Grand Rapids - 2015

Keep an eye out for the when the big man in red will be making appearances out and about using this handy guide.  The following regions are covered in this guide:

  • Central (Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming)
  • North (Coopersville, Rockford, Sparta, Cedar Springs, Comstock Park)
  • South (Middleville, Hastings), East (Ada, Lowell)
  • West (Hudsonville, Grandville)
  • Northwest (Muskegon, Grand Haven), and
  • Lakeshore (Holland, Zeeland, Saugatuck)

Tree Lightings and Holiday Parades - Greater Grand Rapids

Santa Sightings - Kalamazoo

Stories with Santa and Ms. Claus - Lansing

Colored Snow Spray

Mix Kool-Aid packs or food coloring with water in spray bottles and let the colorful fun begin!  Be careful because this mixture could stain clothing.  For maximum color impact, allow the areas sprayed to freeze and then spray more color (same or different).


Indoor Fun for the Family

Baby, it's cold outside!  So, bundle up into some cozy pajamas, robes, and slippers and consider these indoor holiday ideas - guaranteed to make you feel all **warm** and fuzzy inside.

Portable North Pole

Enter your child's name with some information and they receive a personalized message from Santa Claus himself.  There are free versions as well as upgrade options.


Read some holiday classics as a family

Consider How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Bear Snores On, The Mitten, and The Snowy Day.  If you venture out to a local library first before having your day/night in, you could allow your child to choose a few books of their own.  Who knows?  The books you choose this year could turn into traditional classics that your family reads annually.





Watch Santa's Reindeer on


Snow slime is icy cold and sparkly white- such a fun way for kids to play with snow this Winter

Snow Slime

Icy cold to the touch and sparkly white - this slime is *almost* as good as the real thing.  Only 5 ingredients are needed - and that includes the optional peppermint extract to give a clean, fresh, holiday scent.


Holiday Charades with free printable

Holiday Pictionary or Charades

Find a set of winter words online or make your own.  Put all of them into a stocking or festive hat for picking.


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2 ingredients can make hours of fun!  Consider putting a shower curtain or tarp out for the workspace to help with cleanup.


Snow Shovel Race

Give each player an equal pile of snowballs (cotton balls) and a plastic spoon.  Set the timer for 30 seconds - 1 minute and see who can scoop up the most snowballs without touching them with their hands.


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Candy Cane & Wreath Ornaments

Threading is a great fine motor skill to provide your child with practice.


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Peppermint Clay


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Cinnamon Ornaments

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