Many holiday events in area coming up in next several days

If you’re having trouble finding your holiday spirit, there are a number of events being held this weekend that will certainly help get you there.

On Friday, the city of Marquette will hold its seventh annual Winter Snow Fun Holiday Parade, followed by the 42nd annual Tree Lighting at the Marquette Commons.

The parade begins at the corner of North Third Street and Fair Avenue and ends at the Marquette Commons. Santa Claus and friends will light up the tree, and visits with Santa will follow.

There are several Christmas-themed events taking place on Saturday. First, Irontown Turns to Tinseltown takes over Negaunee from noon to 9:30 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to visit local businesses and fill out their Tinseltown Passport to drop in Santa’s mailbox for a chance to win prizes. The evening will conclude with a holiday parade kicking off at 6:30 p.m. along Iron Street. Visitors are encouraged to take a trip through the Tunnel of Lights as well as stop to see Santa and enjoy some cocoa and cookies. Kids will also be able to have their picture taken with Santa following the parade.

Also on Saturday, “The Nutcracker Ballet” kicks off the holiday season at Northern Michigan University’s Kaufman Auditorium in a community dance production. Two showings will be held, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for youth/students, or an additional $3 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at www.nmu/edu/tickets or by calling 906-227-1032.

Also, the Marquette Choral Society will be joined by the Diosesan Children’s Choir for Cantatas at the Cathedral on Saturday and Sunday at St. Peter Cathedral.

With an unseasonably nice weather forecast projected for the weekend, there’s no reason not to get out and partake in these great holiday events.