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Make the Holidays Merry & Bright with Local First Members!

Nov 15, 2016 9:15:00 AM / by Local First

Make your holiday season extra merry this year by taking advantage of these events, specials and discounts at Local First retailers and businesses.

Apothecary Gift ShopCountdown to Christmas – Every day from Black Friday through Christmas Eve, Apothecary will have a special deal on at least one item in their store as they count down to Christmas. 

Art of the TableDavid Abbott Shops with You! – Stop by Art of the Table on December 3 for the annual tradition where guest sales-guy David Abbott helps you select the perfect holiday gifts!

Clothes JunkieHoliday Open House – On Thursday, December 8, Clothes Junkie will host a holiday open house with several other downtown Zeeland businesses. Light refreshments will be served. 

The Conscious CollectiveHoliday Kick Off Weekend – All weekend long, November 25-27, all clothing items will be 25{6be771524f35e681d5eb1711abbe9ad08f29540a742404ae9fff00be7e8f65de} off plus there will be a Holiday Artisan Reveal. 

Distel Wolfe –  Holiday Scavenger Hunts – Is scheduling the office holiday event on your to-do list? Make it a hilarious holiday scavenger hunt for you and your colleagues.  

Downtown MarketWinter Wonderland – Experience the magic of the season December 7 Downtown Market style. Enjoy specials offers, food demos, an artisan market and more. 

Downtown MarketHolly Jolly Cookies –  Join Santa's elves for a cooking-making class where you can learn to make shortbread cookies, lime zest, dark chocolate and more.  Dates: Dec. 4, 10, 17, 18

FireRock GrilleSanta Brunch – The restaurant at StoneWater Country Club in Caledonia will host a brunch with Santa December 18 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. 

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture ParkChristmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World – Ring in the holiday season with Meijer Garden's annual tradition featuring decorated trees and displays representing more than 40 countries, along with 400,000 lights and special activities like Rooftop Reindeer and Santa Visits. 

Grand Rapids Public MuseumBreakfast with Santa – On December 3, enjoy an exclusive holiday breakfast in the Museum, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, go on an elf hunt and see a special planetarium show. 

Grand Rapids Public MuseumMerry Christmas, Charlie Brown! – Now through January 29, relive the Peanuts classic through high-quality digital comic strip reproductions, write a letter to Santa and pose for a family photo next to Snoopy's iconic dog house. 

Grand Rapids Santa Parade – Join Local First and more than 100 other local businesses and organizations in downtown Grand Rapids November 19 to help welcome Santa to West Michigan and kick off the holiday season. 

Holiday Open House – The merchants of Downtown Holland will host their annual open house event November 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Browse through shops while carolers stroll the sidewalks and the smell of chestnuts fills the air. 

Holland Area Arts CouncilHoliday Artisans Market – On November 18-20, the Arts Council will host its second annual artisans market, complete with unique ornaments, ceramics, glassware, jewelry, original art and clothing created by local artists. 

John Ball ZooChristmas for the Animals – Bring a present for the animals December 3, meet Santa and his reindeer and enjoy ice sculpting, music, crafts and more. 

LaFontsee GalleriesBlack Friday Indoor Tent Sale – Avoid the craziness of the malls, shop small businesses and support local artists, all while finding that unique gift at LaFontsee Galleries' special holiday sale Nov. 25 & 26. 

StridersSleigh Bell Shuffle – The free group run in Grandville takes pace December 3, plus Striders will be taking donations for Kids Food Basket and Toys for Tots from all of the participants. 

Uptown Shop Hop –  Shop local this holiday season by visting the retailers of the Uptown neighborhood on foot or by shuttle. Many businesses will offer in-store specials, live entertainment, delicious food and one-of-a-kind gifts from 4-10 p.m. December 1. 

Van Wieren HardwareHoliday Open House – Gather ideas for Christmas decorations as you stroll Van Wieren's forest of beautifully decorated trees this season. On November 18-19, they will have hourly prizes and refreshments. 

Washington Square Art GalleryJingles, Jangles & Pretty Festive Spangles – November 26, bring a friend and enjoy the holiday delights at the Holland art gallery, including custom jewelry by Gini and Jackie. 

Washington SquareHoliday Celebration on the Square – Visit the shops and restaurants around Holland's Washington Square neighborhood December 3 and enjoy snacks, cider, a scavenger hunt, giveaways and more. 

Photo courtesy Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park 

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