ZEELAND — Feel the Zeel of Giving, Zeeland's holiday shopping event benefiting a different local charity or organization each year, is Dec. 1-3.
Low-cost, fun activities for kids and families will be available each evening and stores will stay open late for Christmas shopping this week.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Upward Bound Ministries, a Christian ministry providing camps, Bible studies and after-school programs for Zeeland youth.
During Feel the Zeel of Giving, visitors can take horse-drawn trolley rides, visit Santa or mail him a letter, shop in-store promotions, hear live music and see Zeeland's Christmas tree at the Splash Pad at the corner of Elm Street and Main Avenue.
On Nov. 30, kids with special needs can visit Santa in a sensory-friendly experience, with less noise, no time limit and a private setting from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Howard Miller Community Center. "Caring Santa" is sponsored by Compassionate Heart Ministries. Santa's guests will also receive complimentary tickets for a horse-drawn trolley ride.
Feel the Zeel of Giving continues 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 1-3, with horse-drawn trolley rides departing every 15 minutes from the crosswalk in the middle of Main Avenue, outside 136 E. Main Ave. Tickets for the day's rides will be available by donation on site at 5:30 p.m.
Pictures with Santa will be available at Frank's Banquet Space, 136 E. Main, where children can also write to Santa at a letter-writing station. Letters to Santa can be mailed in the mailbox next to the downtown fireplace at the corner of Main and Elm.
This article originally appeared on The Holland Sentinel: Shop for a cause this week in Zeeland