Holiday Fun Guide 2018 Something for Everyone

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Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic

December 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 20-23, 26-30 4-9pm
Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad
geneseecountyparks.org
What are the holidays without plenty of lights, plenty of cheer and some good shopping for gifts and stocking stuffers? Enjoy one of mid-Michigan’s favorite holiday traditions, complete with costumed villagers, live entertainment, model trains, craft demonstrations and visits with Santa, himself. It’s holiday fun for the whole family!

FCC Holiday Walk 2018

Tuesday, December 4 5:30-8pm
Flint Cultural Center
Tree-lighting 5:15pm, Durant Plaza
Flintcultural.org
Immerse yourself in holiday cheer at this community event on the beautifully decorated, 33-acre Flint Cultural Center Campus. Enjoy caroling and festive live music, a visit with Santa Claus, Planetarium samplers, fun holiday theatre performances, hands-on arts & crafts, refreshments and more! This is a FREE community event – if you can, please bring non-perishable food or personal care items to be donated to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

Flushing Candlewalk

Thursday & Friday, December 6-7 6-9:30pm
Downtown Flushing
flushingchamber.com/events.cfm?eventID=7
This tradition began over 30 years ago – thousands of softly glowing candles lighting the way along the streets of Flushing. It’s a sight not to be missed! Two evenings of holiday music provided by local singers, choirs, ice sculptures, wood carvings, live performances, Lionel train display, s’mores, refreshments, and horse-drawn wagon rides are the business owners’ way of saying thank-you to the community. You’ll find chestnuts roasting on an open fire in the middle of Main Street and warming stations throughout the area. The Candlewalk kicks off with a Parade of Lights that brings Santa into town to receive the key to the city, and then the official Christmas Tree is lit. After he arrives, Santa will sit in Goggins Hall visiting with kids of all ages.

DRUMLINE Live Holiday Spectacular

Thursday, December 6 7:30pm
The Whiting
Thewhiting.org
Imagine the festive sounds of holiday cheer combining Gospel, Jazz, Soul, Motown rhythms, and the Nutcracker Suite mixed with a hip-hop beat and the driving force of a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band. You have to see the DRUMLine Live Holiday Spectacular to experience the magic and musicianship! Genesee County residents save 40%!

Linden Holiday Happening

Frosty Parade & Fireworks
Downtown Linden
Friday, December 7 5-9pm
Lindenholidayhappening.com/
This annual event has something for everyone! Enjoy the Lighted Frosty Parade beginning at 6pm and fireworks over the Linden Millpond at 7:30pm, as well as live reindeer, shopping in the moonlight, food vendors, community sing-along, neighborhood lighting contest, ice sculptures, horse & carriage rides, live nativity at the Linden Methodist Church, Masonic Temple pasties sale, Santa at the Gazebo, refreshments at the VFW Hall and more!

Xmas Extravaganza

A Burlesque Show for the Holidays
Saturday, December 8 8pm
Buick City Event Center
Buickcityevents.com
A classy show full of cheer and a little bit of sass – featuring 12 award-winning performers. (21 and over.)

Davison’s Hometown Christmas

Downtown Davison
December 7 & 8, Friday 6pm
Davisondda.org/christmas
On Friday, the Downtown Davison Christmas Parade rings in the start of the Christmas Season! Christmas-themed parade entries will glow with lights. Parade begins on Mill Street, runs north on Main Street, ending at Fourth Street. Businesses will be open, there will be warming stations at Main and Second, Christmas Carolers performing through the evening, and a special spot for the man of the hour – Santa! On Saturday, special events continue with hayrides, children’s activities, businesses open for seasonal shopping and, of course, Santa!

Holly Dickens Festival

December 9 & 10
Sunday 11am-6pm, Monday Noon-5-pm
Historical Downtown Holly
Hollydickensfestival.org/event-schedule.html
Horsedrawn carriage rides, activities in Tiny Tim’s Children’s Tent, caroling, street-sweeping contest, Chicken-in-a-Pot, Snowball Toss game, newspaper peddlers, 12 days of dancing, vintage photos, wedding vow-renewals, street urchins, skits and much more!

Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold

December 14 & 15 7:30pm
The PIX Theatre
Centerfortheartslapeer.org
It’s “CSI: Bethlehem” in this holiday mystery extravaganza, from the author of Late Nite Catechism, as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages – whatever happened to the Magi’s gold?

Holiday Pops

The Whiting
December 15 & 16
Saturday 2pm, Sunday 3pm
thewhiting.com
Catch the holiday spirit with the Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Flint Symphony Chorus and community singers, and hosts Angie Hendershot and Matt Franklin of ABC 12 as they come together to bring you festive favorites.

Hops & Pops Beer Tasting

Saturday, December 15 5-9pm
Flint Institute of Music
Thefim.org
Take a break from the hustle and bustle and join the FIM to celebrate the holiday with craft beer and Christmas Cheer. Sample delicious food and desserts, and check out “Holiday Pops” on the big screen! Admission includes: tasting glass, 5 drink tickets, food and desserts. VIP includes 12oz pilsner glass, a VIP exclusive beer and food-pairing event. Event proceeds benefit FIM programs. (21 and over)

Grace Emmanuel Baptist Church “Christmas Glory 2018”

Saturday, December 15 6pm
Swartz Creek Community Schools Performing Arts Center
Gebcflint.org
A red-carpet affair and elegant evening of comedy and jazz featuring local jazz bassist, Gil Benman and comedian, Broderick Rice. Admission includes a strolling buffet dinner.

“Silent Night” Singalong

December 24, 3:00-3:15pm
Bronner’s Silent Night Memorial Chapel, Frankenmuth
This year is the 200th Anniversary of the song “Silent Night.” Join a member of the Bronner family and guest guitarist as they lead everyone in song. This peaceful assembly is the perfect way to remember “the reason for season.”


New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve Gala

Monday, December 31 8pm-1am
The Whiting
Tickets.thewhiting.com
Ring in the New Year in style! Expect to be dazzled by the entertainment as you enjoy a three-course dinner catered by Andiamo and dance the night away to live music by Dal Bouey on The Whiting stage. Enjoy a cocktail reception, photo booth, open bar, midnight champagne toast, party favors and spectacular surprises throughout the evening in anticipation of the live “ball drop.”

Flinttown Countdown to 2019 Mega New Year’s Eve Party

Monday, December 31 8pm-2am
The Flint Farmers’ Market
FlintTownCountDown.com
VIP for everyone! Black Tie Productions, Townsquare Media and the Flint DDA will transform the heated Flint Farmers’ Market into a two-level MEGA New Year’s Eve Party with big-city lighting, a major big-bass sound system and two balloon-drops at midnight. Retro Stage, Club Stage and Glow Bar – live entertainment areas with DJ Pete McFray and DJ Tron. Enjoy delicious local food and beverages, a champagne toast and pizza buffet. FREE, well-lit parking.
VIP Plus available. (21 and over)

Zehnder’s Splash Village New Year’s Eve Celebration

December 31, 2018 6pm – January 1, 2019 11am
Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark
Goo.gl/b7915b
Enjoy deluxe overnight accommodations and a family-friendly celebration! Includes Waterpark Passes, Deluxe Prime Rib Dinner Buffet, Sweet Endings Under the Stars Dessert Buffet, Dinner Music & Dancing, Kids Activities, Fireworks at Midnight (weather permitting) a Breakfast Buffet and more!

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