Village of Kalkaska Celebrates 13th Annual Christmas Show


The Village of Kalkaska celebrated their 13th annual Christmas in Kalkaska over the weekend.

Saturday included a craft show, a concert and even a chance to see Santa Claus.

This is the second year Christmas in Kalkaska has partnered with the Kalkaska Middle School National Junior Honors Society. 

While people could shop through the many craft tables, they could also enjoy a free pancake Breakfast and other crafts and activities.

“We’ve got about 60 crafters and 70 booths offering everything your heart could desire for holiday decorations, gift giving, personal use and what not,” said Debbie Pall-Odeh, coordinator for Christmas in Kalkaska.

From jewelry to candles and so much more.

The Kalkaska holiday craft show made it near impossible to walk out empty-handed.

“There’s people that come in from all over the community and then there’s also people from out of town who come just for the craft show because it is the county’s biggest craft show,” said Pall-Odeh.

This day gives the community a chance to have some fun all while supporting their neighbors.

“It’s really good because it’s a boom to the economy. You know the people that are coming in here are crafters, a lot of them supplement their income by doing these crafts and then there are some where it’s their full time job, it’s what they do,” said Pall-Odeh.

After shopping through the many unique items, there were plenty of fun things for the kids.

From face paintings to telling Santa what’s at the top of their list.

This event also supports the Kalkaska band.

“Every crafter donates a raffle item and the band boosters sell tickets for that and then that money is going to a trip that they’re taking this spring to Chicago.

In addition, the band is also selling popcorn.

“It’s important so we can, as a band, can see other musicians who have succeeded or are succeeding and not only for motivation and to see where we could go in life but to also see as an example of what we could do to improve as well,” said Kyle Morrill, a member of the Kalkaska High School band.