Top 5 things to do this weekend

Mark Brooky • Dec 7, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Santa, caroling in the park and the Journey to Bethlehem highlight the reason for the season this weekend.

(1) Journey to Bethlehem — Thursday and Friday, with departures from 5:45-8:15 p.m., and Saturday, with departures from 5:15-8:45 p.m. Take the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem as Mary and Joseph did for the purpose of the census. On the guided journey through Grand Haven’s Duncan Memorial Park, you will follow a path lit only by candles and bonfires, and your “family” of 25 travelers will encounter shepherds, the Wise Men, a choir of angels, townspeople, livestock and the Imperial Roman Army on horseback. Your journey starts at the United Methodist Church of the Dunes, 717 Sheldon Road, and admission is $5. More than 500 volunteers make this annual event happen. Tickets may or may not be available at the church, so I recommend you obtain your ticket online in advance. And dress warm! You’ll be outdoors and the forecast calls for winter weather.

(2) Santa in Centertown — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Momentum Center’s fair trade gift shop, 714 Columbus Ave. in Grand Haven’s Centertown. About 20 Centertown businesses will be offering gifts, discounts and activities at the same time.

(3) Caroling In The Park — 6 p.m. Saturday at William Ferry Park, Ferrysburg. Sing the carols of the season around a Yule bonfire with hot chocolate, doughnut holes and Santa Claus. The event is sponsored by the City of Ferrysburg.

(4) Courtyard Concert Holiday Show — 6-9 p.m. Sunday at Seven Steps Up, 116 S. Jackson St., Spring Lake, with Decembersongs from Nashville featuring Amy Speace with special guest Megan Palmer. The net proceeds from the concert will benefit the community. Tickets start at $25.

(5) Happy Elves Craft Show — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at White Pines Intermediate School, 1400 S. Griffin St., Grand Haven. This annual holiday craft show will feature at least 120 vendors offering jewelry, candles, hand-sewn and hand-knit items, dog treats, wood toys, wood signs, decorative art, floral arrangements, pastries, candy, popcorn, and more. Admission is free. Also, check out the Winter Craft Wonderland from 2-3 p.m. Saturday at Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St.

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