Kick start the season with these fun and festive Northern Michigan holiday events for kids! Find even more events in the MyNorth Calendar.

December 2: Annual Children’s Christmas Party in Interlochen Cookie makers, crafts and events. 5–8 p.m. at Interlochen’s Golden Fellowship Hall. 231.276.6767. Visit for a list of events and a library near you!

December 3 & 4: Santa’s Train Wonderland Castle Farms is transformed into a train wonderland. Visit the Castle between10 a.m.–3 p.m. for holiday fun with your entire family. Unlimited access to the extravaganza of model and interactive train displays. Special Santa appearances; bring your camera for photo opportunities! Check the website for ticket prices and options. Charlevoix, 231.237.0884.

December 10: Handmade Holidays All-Day Camp for Kids Kids create unique and special holiday gifts, listen to holiday stories from around the world and enjoy a hot cocoa bar to keep them going. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at Blackbird Arts in Traverse City. Cost $85. 231.421.8085

December 10:  Winter Hike at Boardman River Nature Center A fun-filled winter day from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. At 10:30 a.m., take part in the “Food for a Bear” activity and discussion about hibernation. From 1:30–2:30 p.m., participate in a winter hike. Make sure to dress for the weather! 231.941.0960 x24.

December 12: Rooftops Landing Reindeer Meet a real, live reindeer! Pet them, snap a picture and then warm up in the community room with some hot chocolate. Cadillac Library from 4–7 p.m. 231.775.6541.

December 15: Upcycled Art For Kids — A different art lesson/reuse craft each time. $5 per child and half price for siblings. All ages welcome; preregistration is not required. Scrap TC, Traverse City. 231.486.6050.

Thru December 24: Gingerbread Decorating at Moomers — Moomers is offering gingerbread houses, gingerbread sleighs and gingerbread boys and girls for decorating. $25 per house, $30 per sleigh and $15 for a gingerbread boy or girl. They provide everything you need and clean up the mess! Reservations are required, call 231.941.4122. (Try their holiday ice cream flavors while you’re there!)

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Photo(s) by Carly Simpson