December 2023 Newsletter

It’s time to welcome Winter here in Old Town!

Hello Winter

As the trees lose their leaves and snow begins to fall, our district is excited to show you all of the exciting holiday events we have in store for the community.



Storefront Decorating Contest

Old Town’s Holiday Storefront Decorating Contest

Join the festive fun in Old Town! Our Old Town Holiday Storefront Decorating Contest is in full swing until Christmas Eve, and we need your help to pick the winner! Take a leisurely stroll through the charming streets, soak in the holiday spirit, and cast your vote for the most enchanting storefront. Your opinion counts, so let’s make Old Town shine brighter than ever!





Recap of Scrooge Scramble

Another fantastic Scrooge Scramble is in the books!

Old Town had so many runners and walkers join us for our 16th annual Scrooge Scramble 5k. Participants had a great time dressing up and making their way through the course. A big shout-out to the runners, organizers, and volunteers - your contributions made it a huge success!

Race Photos



Shop Local

Small Business Saturday!

Small Business Saturday was a huge success!

Old Town was busy with plenty of regular and new customers looking for unique gift items, and they were also able to enjoy seeing all the shops decorated for Christmas. There were even a couple of Krampuses who joined in on the fun! We are so grateful for everyone who decided to shop small with us and we hope you found everything you need to get ready for the holiday season.

Shop Small




Krampus is almost here!

Head down to Lansing’s Old Town neighborhood this weekend on Saturday, December 9th for the first-ever Krampusnacht (Krampus Night)! This event will capture the spirit of old world European Krampus celebrations, full of good natured fun, a few scares, food, shopping, children’s activities and even a visit from St. Nick himself!

There will be a traditional Krampus parade, Costume Contest, story time in the park, creative opportunities, a Misfit Market of vendors, photos with Krampus, games for all ages, music, warming stations and delicious food and drink merchants. And don’t forget, our Old Town shops will be ready to welcome you with Krampus sales and specials, just in time for the Holiday Season!

Facebook Event

Volunteer Sign-Up



Kringle Holiday Market

Kringle Holiday Market

The OTCA has purchased a booth for the duration of the Kringle Holiday Market in Reutter Park! We will have the following artists participating:

12/8, Ashley Ronowski - SENSORY FRIENDLY NIGHT: Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Preuss Pets, Snow Art and more!

12/9, Jasmyne Wells - Pictures with Santa & Nana Clause with Impression 5 Science Center

12/15, JamKats - Caroling & Gift Wrapping

12/16, Analiese Zaleski - Cookie Decorating & Helping Women Period

12/22, Marissa Tawney Thaler - Community Vendor Night and Stake Party

The Kringle Market takes place at Reutter Park in Downtown Lansing (400 S. Capitol Ave across from the Downtown Library). There is ample street parking, parking ramp parking, located along a bus line, and accessible. Each market date takes place from 4pm - 7pm.

Find unique holiday gifts, give back to the community and local businesses and celebrate the season!

Facebook Event



Volunteer Opportunities

Krampusnacht | December 9, 6pm - 9pm - Krampus needs you! We are seeking volunteers for many different areas, including games supervision and Krampus assistants. Come be a part of our first ever Krampusnacht!




Upcoming Events at a Glance

Bulb’s and Brews

Thursday, December 7: 5pm - 9pm
Ozone’s Brewhouse

Old Town Krampusnacht + Late Night Shopping

Saturday, December 9: 6pm - 9pm
Throughout Old Town & Turner Mini Park

Sweet Artist Retreat Pop Up Shops

Saturday, December 23: 10am - 6pm
226 E. Cesar E. Chavez (former home of the Grid)

OTCA Annual Meeting

Tuesday, February 6: 6pm - 9pm