For Immediate Release
November 25, 2019
For more information contact:
Kerri VanDorp, City Events Coordinator
City of Zeeland
616/772.6400 X 2252, firstname.lastname@example.org
Feel the Zeel of Giving
Come downtown Zeeland and spread some holiday cheer and shop for a cause! Wednesday December 4th – Friday, December 6th, 5:30pm – 8:00pm downtown will host its annual Feel the Zeel of Giving event partnering with the non-profit Parkview Adult Foster Care Home, Inc.
FEEL THE ZEEL OF GIVING is a way for the local, downtown businesses to differentiate themselves from the malls this holiday season. Downtown Zeeland is hosting a variety of events for the whole family, and the emphasis is on giving back to your community.
During FEEL THE ZEEL OF GIVING and you will find horse-drawn trolley rides brought to you by Gentex, photos with Santa by Tiffany Kraker Photography, live reindeer, Santa’s mailbox, extended holiday shopping hours, in-store promotions, live music and more! Also check out Zeeland’s City Christmas Tree, located in the center of the Splash Pad at the corner of Elm and Main Street sponsored by Zeeland BPW, Meyaard Tolman and Venlet, PC and Shine Holiday Lighting.
Caring Santa- Caring Santa is a sensory friendly experience designed for people with special needs. This is a second annual event and will take place on December 3 from 5:30pm to 8pm in the main floor banquet room in the Howard Miller Community Center. Meeting Santa in this environment will have less noise, no time limit, a private setting and a whole lot of caring! New this year, horse drawn trolley rides for caring Santa guests. Enjoy a trolley ride through downtown, grab your complimentary trolley ticket after visiting with Santa. This event is brought to you by Compassionate Heart Ministries.
Horse-drawn Trolley Rides –Trolleys will pick up passengers near the cross walk in the middle of Main Street (122 E Main Street). Trolley rides are $2 / per person. Tickets will be available for sale on site beginning at 5:30 pm each night; you may purchase tickets for any open time slot for that day only. First come first served. Tickets are only available for same day rides. The trolley will depart every 15 minutes, two trolleys will occupy Main Street on Wednesday night and three trolleys will operate on Thursday and Friday evening. Horse – drawn trolley rides are brought to you by Gentex Corporation.
Photos with Santa – Photos will be taken by Tiffany Kraker Photography at 122 East Main. Photo hours are December 4-6 from 5:30-8:00pm. Photo will be printed onsite for $2.00 donation.
Pet Santa’s Reindeer – Come down to meet two of Santa’s reindeer! They will be on display next to the Splash Pad Park, next to the city fireplace.
Write a letter to Santa- Stop by the letter writing station at 122 East Main (Zeeland Hardware) and color a picture and write a letter to Santa. You can put your mail in the mailbox right outside of the Hardware store and it goes straight to Santa himself. Santa Mail is brought to you by Third Coast CPA.
The charity that will be the recipient of this year’s funds is Parkview ADF Home. Parkview Adult Foster Care Home, Inc., known by most in the local community as “Parkview Home,” is an Historical home in the city of Zeeland, Michigan. Parkview is home to 12 adults with developmental disabilities. There are four female and eight male residents, ranging in age from the 20’s to the 70’s. Parkview is operated by a Board of Directors, one member representing each supporting church. There are 12 amazing staff that run the home including a pair of full-time, live-in house parents, 3 evening relief staff, 2 weekend relief couples, a chef, a housekeeper and an administrator. We work in conjunction with local agencies to make sure our residents receive optimal care and superior quality of life in a family setting within their community where they are well-known, supported and actively engaged. “Whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine…you did for me.” -Matthew 25:40
Downtown sponsors for the FEEL THE ZEEL OF GIVING events include:
deVries Photography, Rachel Karhoff – State Farm and Tiffany Kraker Photography.
Don’s Flowers and Gifts
Zeeland Ace Hardware
Kiekover, Scholma and Shumaker PC
M. VanderPlow Insurance Agency Inc.
Caring Santa Sponsor: Compassionate Heart Ministries
Zeeland’s Christmas Tree
Zeeland will deck the halls again this year with another City Christmas Tree. This is Zeeland’s seventh year hosting a city tree, it was enjoyed for all to see in the heart of downtown. An over 25’ Norway Spruce will be making its home here in Zeeland at the center of the Splash Pad. During the design of the splash pad a permanent location was made to accommodate the large tree.
The tree will adorn downtown from November 26 until the beginning of January. The impressively large tree will be fully lit with ultra-bright LED lights, provided by Shine Holiday Lighting here in Zeeland.
An official tree lighting ceremony will take place immediately before Zeeland’s Magical Christmas Parade on December 2nd, at 6:15pm (parade starts at 6:30pm). Mayor Klynstra will be doing the honor of lighting the tree with live music from the Tarnish Brass Band to entertain the crowd.
The City Christmas tree is provided by our sponsors, Zeeland BPW, Shine, and Meyaard Tolman and Venlet, PC.