Now that Halloween is over, we can get ready for the Christmas Holiday!

  1. One event that you can not pass up is the 'Kalamazoo Holiday Parade'! It happens Saturday Nov. 12th downtown Kalamazoo and the web-site boasts...

"Giant cold air balloons, marching bands, unique floats, and holiday themed units will entertain nearly 30,000 spectators expected to view the annual Kalamazoo Holiday Parade, presented by Maple Hill Auto Group, Saturday, November 12 at 11 a.m. in downtown Kalamazoo (step off is at 10:45 a.m.)."

For the record WKFR will be in the parade, and it always is a great way to kick off the Holiday season (the Macy's Day Parade has nothing on us)!

2. Mannheim Steamroller at Miller Auditorium on Nov. 26th. According to             MannheimSteamrooler.com...

"We’ve just released our first live album in almost two decades, Mannheim Steamroller LIVE.   It’s available in CD, DVD and —for the first time ever —Mannheim Steamroller Blu-Ray! The album was recorded in concert in surround sound at the majestic Orpheum Theater in Omaha, NE, the hometown of Chip and Mannheim Steamroller.  The album includes timeless Mannheim pieces that have become cherished Yuletide classics over the past 30 years, along with tracks from Chip’s iconic Fresh Aire series which made its debut 40 years ago.  The DVD and Blu-Ray also take you behind the scenes in the filming of Mannheim Steamroller LIVE.  A “must-have” for all our fans and perfect for Christmas gifts!"

3." The North Pole Express Steam Train', excursions are in Owosso Nov.18th through Nov.27 their web-site boasts...

"Take a magical Christmas excursion and ride behind the WORLD FAMOUS steam locomotive Pere Marquette 1225 (PM 1225). Built in 1941, this majestic locomotive is most famous for its role in the 2004 Warner Bros Christmas Classic, THE POLAR EXPRESS- where the PM 1225's blueprints were used as the prototype for the locomotive image, and its sounds were used to bring the Polar Express to life!"

4. 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas' at the Midland Center for Arts Nov. 18th and Nov. 19th. The Midland Center for Arts web-site describes the production as...

"Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage! Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is the record-setting Broadway holiday sensation which features the hit songs “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated special. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decided to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos. Magnificient sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville and helps remind us of the true meaning of the holiday season. Celebrate the holidays with the show The New York Times calls “100 times better than any bedside story!”!"

5.The 'Christmas Lights Show' in Grand Rapids Nov. 23rd through Jan. 2nd. Their web-site claims the lane is...

"Just under two miles long and over a million lights!"

Let the Holidays begin!