The International Festival of Lights is still part of Battle Creek's Downtown Holiday celebration, but the Festival has a little bit of a different spin this year.   The Battle Creek Community Foundation has partnered with a company called Professional and Personal Wellness to work on the events this year.  Sarah Phillips says it's not what their company usually does, but it's been a lot of fun working on it.

Phillips says the event is now being called the Battle Creek Winter Festival, and is being expanded to involve the whole city.   She says there will be a lot of events every Saturday through December 22nd at the Festival Market Square in downtown Battle Creek.   They'll have horse-drawn wagons through the lights, and Santa Clause will make some appearances.  Phillips says BC Cargo shops will also be open, with food, warm drinks and gifts for sale down at the corner of McCamly and Hamlin.

The Battle Creek Community Foundation took the lead in the Festival, but there are about 15 sponsors involved.  Phillips says Denso will have employees come out to help and work with kids.  Endeavor Charter Academy will be helping out.

There will be a 30 by 60 foot tent at Festival Market Square where you can warm up.

There will be several bands performing too.

  • Nov 24th "Feel Good Band"
  • Dec 1st "Chameleon"
  • Dec 8th  is a Circus Event including an interpretation of the Nutcracker and street performers. .
  • Dec 15th "Doug Decker and Tony Fields"
  • Dec 22nd  "Kevin Collins African Drum and Dance Troop" "Hurricane Reggae Band" and "Big Daddy Polish Band".