Organizers marvel at large turnout for Christmas in Kalkaska

Elizabeth Dunham, Contributing Writer

Photo by Elizabeth Dunham

Kindergartener Lucy Ana Lortz twirls her candy cane as she shyly asks Santa Claus for a bicycle. Santa Claus attended the Christmas in Kalkaska craft show on Saturday, Dec. 2 for Breakfast with Santa and visits with children afterwards. 

KALKASKA - The Christmas in Kalkaska Holiday Craft Show did not fit in the Kalkaska Middle School gym. It spilled out into the hallways and flowed through the school all the way to the cafeteria. It was a maze of booth after booth and vendor after vendor.

“We had a really great turnout of both vendors and customers,” said organizer Debbie Ball-Odeh.

The craft show moved to the middle school from Birch Street Elementary after needing more space, and this year combined with the middle school’s Breakfast with Santa event. It took place on Saturday, Dec. 2 and brought in 87 booths and hundreds of customers.

“The craft show pays the bills for Christmas in Kalkaska,” said Ball-Odeh. She listed off candy canes from Santa, advertising, porta-potties, hot dogs and buns, the bus rental for the light tour, prizes and storage – all of which are paid for through the craft show.

Read the full story in our regular edition of The Review. To subscribe to the paper for just $34 a year, which includes access to our full online e-edition, please go to the subscription page on this website at:


The Review


Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 313
Bellaire, MI 49615
Phone: 231-533-5651
Fax: 231-533-4662
Physical Address: 
4470 S. M-88 Hwy.
Bellaire, MI 49615

View Map

Email Us

Facebook Facebook Twitter

Latest articles

Wed, 12/07/2022 - 2:15pm
Wed, 12/07/2022 - 2:14pm
Wed, 12/07/2022 - 2:13pm

Please Login for Premium Content