Thursday evening fun in the West End

Gabi Kautz

Not quite in the Christmas spirit? Wish there was more snow for December? Although we can’t change the weather, we CAN tell you about all the festive things happening in the West End on the Thursdays up until Christmas!

Here’s what’s happening on Thursday, Dec. 14 and Thursday, Dec. 21:

Get the family and enjoy a free horse-drawn carriage ride! Afterwards, visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus in the all NEW Santa House by Old Ish Park. You can pick up the carriage rides at the Santa House or on the 100 block of South Main Street in downtown Ishpeming. The carriage rides and Santa House visits will be from 5-7 p.m.

When you’re done basking in the fresh air and Christmas lights, head down to businesses participating in Late Night Shopping. Here you will find Thursday specials and shopping until 8 p.m. Participating businesses include: Earthly Treasures, You’ve Been Framed, Rare Earth Goods, Carpet Specialists, Thrift Ish, Suzie Q’s, Congress Pizza, The Box Car, Wilderness Sports, Buck’s Restaurant, Buck’s Subs, Uptown Gifts, Re: Home, Mama Mia’s, Jim’s Jubilee, Brogie’s Tavern, Venice Supper Club and Cognition Brewery.

On this coming Thursday, Dec. 14, Native Nails Salon will be hosting a Customer Appreciation Open House to celebrate current customers and welcome new ones! With good food, drinks, door prizes, a masseuse on board and special offers, there’s something for everyone. They are offering free manicures and toenail polish, $5 off OPI Dip Powder manicures when you book during open house, make & take your own Young Living roller, Paparazzi Jewelry, and the first five people through the door get 50 percent off a tanning package. It’s the perfect opportunity to get together with some good friends, have a couple drinks and just maybe get your nails decked out with Christmas trees and wreaths!

This time of the year can be stressful, but it’s important that we make time for fun with our loved ones. These Thursday evening events are the perfect way to do just that.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Gabi Kautz is the communications & marketing assistant for GINCC. She currently resides in Ishpeming with her parents, Cathy and Claude Kautz. She enjoys traveling, yoga and photography.