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PPENINGSfrom the Reindeer Ranch in Kalamazoo. Participants will be able to pet the reindeer and take photos with them. After seeing the reindeer, families are invited inside the library to visit with Santa Claus.December 2, 7-9pmMarshall Christmas ParadeMarshall has been known for it’s Christmas parades for over 50 years and this yearwill be no different. We welcome everyone of all ages to come celebrate the holidays with the 55th Annual Marshall Christmas Parade. There will be bands, floats, hors- es, cars, trucks, clowns, and of course, the one and only Santa Claus. This year’s theme will definitely evoke some nostal- gic memories of Christmases past witha very “Vintage Christmas.” The parade begins at 7pm.December 6, 8am-2:30pmHarper Creek Holiday Project – “Boot ‘Em to the Curb”Students bring in money and canned goods to “Boot the Teachers out to the Curb” – a fundraiser for approximately 30 families for the holidays. The money goes to purchase new coats, a turkey, $100gift certificate to a store of their choice, canned goods, toys, and other gifts for each adopted Harper Creek family. It will last the whole school day and the com- munity is invited to participate by driving by Harper Creek High School, 12677 Beadle Lake Road, and donating money. Please contact your child’s school for more details. For further information please call (269) 441-8450. If you are interested in having your family adopted please see Santa’s Helper at the First United Method- ist Church at 111 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek.December 6, 6-8pmCCS Live NativityStripping away the glitz and glam that can dominate the holiday season, this year, CCS will be taking families, friends and community members back to thelittle town of Bethlehem, back to the night when a King was born. Beginning in the gymnasium and ending in the cafeteria with refreshments, the Live Nativity will take visitors through seven Biblical scenes that will give the audience a yearning to learn more about the Gospel. The Live Nativity will be held at Calhoun Christian School, located at 20 S. Woodrow Avenue in Battle Creek. For more information orto get involved, please contact the school office at (269) 965-5560.December 6, 6-9pmMarshall Retail ChristmasOpen HouseThis annual event is one of the most pop- ular in Marshall and kicks off the holiday shopping season! Stores will serve light refreshments starting at 6pm. Musicians perform on the streets and in stores as shoppers stroll, shop, and meet with friends. Be sure to join in the fun and meet up with old friends and make some new ones. It’s a great start to the wonderful holiday season in Marshall. Stores open until 9pm.December 6-9, 6-9pmLive NativityEnjoy Battle Creek’s Live Nativity featuring local volunteer actors. Dress warm and cuddle up on straw bales (with courtesy blankets) while Mary, Joseph, angels, wise men, and shepherds tell the amazing story of our savior’s birth in Bethlehem. The Nativity is generally performed every 30 minutes over three consecutive evenings each December and is located in the side yard of Battle Creek’s Commerce Point – between that and the Kellogg Foundation. Round out the evening with a walk through Downtown’s International Festival of Lights! For more information please call (269) 501- 6618 or email jlynn.stanton@gmail.December 7, 11am-2pmOerther’s Holiday Open HouseCome and celebrate the season with us! We will show our appreciation to youwith an offering of delicious treats. While you’re here, browse Christmas TreeLane and see Santa. (Santa will be here 11:30am-1:15pm.) We will also be offering Swag and Wreath making for a small fee. Oerther’s, 311 W. Spruce Street, Marshall MI. Contact Kathleen Oerther at (269) 781-4040.December 7, 4:30-8:30pmCandlelight Walk of Historic Marshall HomesThe 40th annual Marshall Candlelight Walk will be a guided walking tour of four his- toric homes and a museum, all decorated for the holiday season. Two tours on each day: one at 4:30pm and one at 6:45pm. You will meet up at a designated place for punch and cookies and break into groups of 25 to start the tour at the appointed house. This is a walking tour so come prepared for the weather. You will need to remove boots or shoes at each home, so be sure to have footwear that will be com- fortable and easy to slip off. Cost: $25. For more information please contact Marshall Historical Society (269) 781-8544.December 12, 5:30-8:30pmGirls Night Out: O Christmas TreeFinish your Christmas shopping in our magical downtown! Buy a pallet tree for $5 and fill it with limited edition ornaments from participating stores as a unique gift or fun memento. Downtown Marshall and surrounding area.December 14, 9am-3pmCandy Cane Lane:Lakeview Middle SchoolLakeview Middle School will hold the 6th annual Candy Cane Lane Crafter/Vendor Event this year! Candy Cane Lane Crafter/ Vendor Event is the spot to come for a variety of crafters, artists, and home busi- nesses... ALL IN ONE LOCATION!!! Admis- sion is FREE and EVERYONE is welcome. All walkways are stroller and wheelchair accessible. Any questions? Email us at ISSUE I SCENE 4411 21A

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