A candy cane hunt, tree-lighting ceremony, more shopping and holiday music this weekend in Kalamazoo. Discover Kalamazoo gives us the rundown of the fun.

Art Hop with the Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra

Friday, Dec 6 | 6 pm, 7:15 pm

Kalamazoo Valley Museum

  • A special Art Hop performance
  • Holiday music, old and new
  • Mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, guitars and bass make up this stringed orchestra

Candy Cane Hunt

Mayors' Riverfront Park

Saturday, Dec 7 | Noon- 2 pm

  • Kids hunt for nearly 5,000 candy canes
  • Visits with Santa
  • Arts & crafts

Portage Tree Lighting Ceremony

Celery Flats Historical Area

Saturday, Dec 7 | 6 pm

  • Caroling and tree lighting at City Centre
  • A horse-drawn wagon with Santa and Mrs. Claus leads a trek down Bicentennial Trail
  • Meet Santa's reindeer
  • Write letters to the North Pole
  • Ice Sculptures
  • Traditional holiday music

50th Annual Holidays with the Bach Festival Chorus

Sunday, Dec 8 | 4 pm

Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo College

Tickets $5- 16

  • A seasonal celebration of your favorite Christmas carols and music from around the world
  • Kalamazoo's Western Brass Quintet will join the celebration

Holiday Greens & Gift Sale

Friday, Dec 6 | 9 am- 6 pm

Saturday, Dec 7 | 9 am-1 pm

Kalamazoo County Expo Center

  • Live wreaths
  • Fresh centerpieces
  • Mixed holiday roping sold by the foot
  • Unique, hand-crafted gifts

Kalamazoo's Vintage Market and Crafts

Friday, Dec 6 | 4-8 pm

Saturday, Dec 7 | 9 am-4 pm

Kalamazoo County Expo Center

  • 100+ booths
  • Antiques
  • Home decor
  • Unique gifts

Event info provided by Greg Ayres of Discover Kalamazoo, where they have many more ideas on fun things to do in Kalamazoo 365 days a year.