A few ways to enjoy the holidays safely
By Chloe Gregg
Despite the weather not being “frightful” so far, Christmas is right around the corner to bring a bit more joy and magic to everyone’s lives.
The Lansing area is filled to the brim with joyous holiday activities in which to partake. The following are some of The Lookout’s best recommendations for this year:
Constellation Cat Cafe: Located at 3320 E. Lake Lansing Road in East Lansing, this quaint little “cat cafe” serves customers delicious cafe beverages, and also allows them to visit and play with kittens and cats in another room.
For Christmas this year, Constellation Cat Cafe is offering $50 Christmas portraits with the kittens and cats. All of the cats and kittens are available for adoption and the $50 spent on Christmas portraits goes to the cats.
Constellation Cat Cafe visitor and LCC student Nolan Hook said he really enjoyed taking his girlfriend, Erin Toodzio, to get pictures with the cats.
“Basically we got the room full of cats to ourselves and had a few photographers taking pictures of us and handing us cats to pose with,” Hook said. “The cats are very well behaved and playful.
“We posed with a bunch of cats at the same time in front of Christmas decorations and they also took pictures of us just playing with the cats. Erin and I had a blast playing and posing with the cats and are looking forward to seeing how the pictures turned out.”
For more information on the café, call or text 517-918-4919.
Peacock Road Family Farm: Located at 11854 Peacock Road in Laingsburg, this popular tree farm has everything from Christmas trees to a petting farm. One of its most memorable Christmas offerings is called the “Santa Experience” and costs $80.
“People will pre-purchase tickets for a train ride, where they will ride the train out to a cabin in the woods,” said worker Kevin Nichols. “This is a North Pole-esque area that we’ve decorated and Santa will be in the cabin. After the kids see Santa, they get to go over and sit with Mrs. Claus and have hot cocoa and marshmallows around a bonfire.”
The $80 fee allows customers to have a train cart of their own. There are multiple safety precautions in place to keep Santa and Santa’s visitors safe. For more information, call 517-651-9193.
Wonderland of Lights: Potter Park Zoo, located at 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave., is hosting its annual “Wonderland of Lights” this year. The zoo is decorated in beautiful lights and Christmas decor for people to peruse and feel like they’re truly stepping into a Christmas Wonderland.
Zoo Media and Communications Manager Kaiti Chritz said although this year Santa won’t be in his workshop, the zoo staff will be handing out goodie bags to each guest on their way out.
“This is an event where people can get outside, and feel comfortable and safe, and enjoy the lights in the zoo,” said Chritz.
For more information, check out https://potterparkzoo.org
Burcham Hills’ Festival of Lights: To combat with 2020’s new way of life, nonprofit Life Plan community Burcham Hills is hosting its first-ever drive-thru Festival of Lights.
The event takes place Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 21 and 22, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Located at 2700 Burcham Drive in East Lansing, this drive-thru will feature over 13 thousand twinkling, live holiday music, Santa, and free hot chocolate and candy canes.
“The Burcham Hills Festival of Lights is our gift to the community — a fun, safe opportunity to get out of the house during the pandemic,” said Kari Rennie, Burcham Hills executive director. “This is a first for Burcham Hills, and we believe it is much needed this year.”
The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are important as a limited number of cars can be accommodated. Donations of canned food items will be accepted to assist the local food bank. To make reservations, call 517-827-1072.
Although COVID has made this year seem impossible, there is no reason not to get out and enjoy the safe holiday festivities the Lansing area has to offer.