Top 5 things to do this weekend

Mark Brooky • Nov 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM

The Christmas parades in Grand Haven and Coopersville are just some of the holiday magic this weekend.

(1) Grand Haven Jingle Bell Parade — 6-7 p.m. Saturday in downtown Grand Haven. Area non-profits and businesses ring in the holidays with lighted floats, music, costumes and good cheer. The floats and walkers head down Franklin Avenue to Harbor Drive, make a right on Washington Avenue and head for Central Park, where the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree with Santa and Mrs. Claus end the evening. Also, you may want to check out the Coopersville Nighttime Christmas Parade, 7-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Coopersville. This year’s theme is “It’s a Magical Christmas.”

(2) Winter Open House with Santa — 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Hemlock Crossing County Park/Nature Education Center, 8115 West Olive Road, West Olive. Enjoy refreshments as little ones have a special talk with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will be craft activities in the classroom, things to explore in the Wildlife Den, as well as cookies and hot cocoa. The nearby Weaver House will also be open and decorated for the holidays. It’s all free, thanks to the Friends of Ottawa County Parks, and there is no registration required.

(3) 44th annual Christmas Arts & Craft Show — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave. The show will feature 47 booths with a variety of handcrafted items, fresh wreaths and food. Admission is a $1 donation at the door. Also check out Gifts for Change, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at St. Patrick’s/St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 920 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven.

(4) “Elf Jr. the Musical” — 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at Lakeshore Middle School, 900 Cutler St., Grand Haven. The show opens Thursday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.

(5) Harpist Mary Wagner — 3-4 p.m. Sunday at Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St. The concert in front of the warm fireplace is free.

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