Christmas in Kalkaska began as a tree lighting with Christmas caroling and the arrival of Santa in downtown Kalkaska. The Chamber of Commerce sponsored this for many years. A local civic organization began a lighted parade in the early 2000's. Joining forces with the Chamber and the County Commission on Aging to move the Santa visits to an indoor space, this event was a mainstay on the December calendar. In 2004, the Kaliseum Recreational Complex joined in the fun, sponsoring swim and skate time for area families. Santa extended his stay in Kalkaska to include visiting with children on Saturday also.
In 2007, the word went out that people were needed to participate and help organize this two day event. The group that began meeting was comprised of local business owners, civic group members, and local folks who wanted to lend a hand. The group made three decisions that year. The first two were that the event would be called "Christmas in Kalkaska" and that it would always be scheduled for the first Friday and Saturday in December. The third was that they had a vision to grow this event to include more members of the community; hoping that some day, Christmas in Kalkaska will be an attraction for not only our local families but to surrounding areas also.
Coordinators are Deb Ball-Odeh, Katina Banko, and Gay Rowell.