IN BAY CITY…
Sundays in the City is an annual highlight of this time of year in Downtown Bay City. Running from Nov. 10-Dec. 15, the six Sundays leading up to Christmas showcase all of the one-of-a-kind shops and eateries that Downtown Bay City has to offer. Holiday decorations, free horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling carolers, and holiday movies at the historic State Theatre are all yours to enjoy. Click here for more info.
The "Christmas Belles" Comedy Dinner Theatre is being presented Nov. 29-Dec. 21 (5:45pm) at the Whistling Idiots Comedy Dinner Theatre. The play will be performed November 29-30, December 6-7, 13-14, & 20-21, admission. Cash bar at 5:45 pm, dinner served at 6:30 pm, play begins at 7:30 pm. Click here for more info.
The Bay City Players will present “Les Miserables” Dec. 5-8 and Dec. 12-15 at the Bay City Players (1214 Columbus Ave.). 8pm shows except 3pm Sundays. Tickets $20/adults, $18/seniors/students. Click here for more info.
Enjoy a trip to the Gingerbread Village Dec. 5-11 It’s an old-fashioned holiday in Caro where true happiness is homemade. This is a week-long celebration of family fun, traditions and lasting memories. Events include gingerbread house competitions, baking contest, free children’s matinee, lunch with Santa, and much more. Click here for more info.
The Annual Holiday Celebration Dec. 6-8 features a “Grinch” Theme, Friday night The Gateway Lanes is hosting Christmas Carol-oke, live music, Christmas glo bowling and more. Saturday Downtown Clare comes alive with over 40 events. For a complete listing of all events go here.
The whole village is decorated both inside and out Dec. 4-31 during Corunna Christmas in the Historical Village with thousands of lights, wreaths, and garlands. Open the first two weekends in December. Dec. 6th from 7-9pm; Dec. 7th from 6-9pm; Dec. 8th from 6-8pm. and Dec. 13th from 6-9pm; Dec. 14th from 6-9pm with the Sheldon Family Singers in the church; and Dec. 15th from 6-8pm with Four Heaven’s Sake gospel singers in the church. The outside lights and decorations will be lit from December 4th through December 31st for your drive-through pleasure.
The Corunna Festival of Trees is on display Dec. 6-15 at McCurdy Park. Various school choirs and community singing groups will perform throughout the event. The event kicks off with a delightful light parade that travels through downtown Corunna and ends at the park on Friday, December 6th, 2013 at 6 pm. Actual event dates are December 6, 7, 8, 14, 15.
Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic-drive through only nights Dec 2 — Dec 30 at Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad lets you stay in your warm car. Visit on special Drive-Thru Only nights (5 pm - 9 pm). Just $5 per carload. This is a special time at the Village, when thousands of lights sparkle like tiny stars. Your family will love this celebration. Click here for more info.
The 29th Annual World’s Greatest Office Party happens Thursday Dec. 5 at the Holiday Inn Gateway Centre. The Party is celebrating 29 years of being the “Party with a Purpose”. This year’s “Let the Good Times Roll” themed evening will combine all elements of the french quarter in New Orleans. Live music will be featured from Soul Serenade and Liquid Entertainment, delicious food and exciting entertainment also help make up a memorable evening. For ticket pricing and sponsorship information, please visit here.
Come to picturesque downtown Flushing Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 to enjoy the Flushing Candlewalk featuring hot chocolate, S’mores, roasted chestnuts and more. The kids will enjoy watching Santa at Thursday night’s parade and have their picture taken sitting on Santa’s lap. There is no better atmosphere to enjoy your Christmas shopping than in the many stores illuminated by romantic candlelight. Click here for more info.
Santa visits Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland Nov. 29-Dec. 2. So bring your camera and wish list. Santa will be available Monday-Thursday:10-11:30am; 1-4pm; and 5:30-7:00pm Friday and Saturday: 10-7pm. Sunday: Noon-5:30pm. Click here for more info.
The Gladwin County Festival of Lights Christmas Parade 2013 steps off on Saturday Dec. 7 (6pm) in Downtown Gladwin. The parade begins at South State Street, turns onto Cedar Avenue and ends at the City Park where floats are judged and there is a fireworks display. Santa comes to town and will be at the City Park to visit with the children. Click here for more info.
The Holly Dickens Festival Nov. 29-Dec. 15 returns for another year of delighting “Holly-day” revelers in historic downtown Holly. Merry Ole England comes alive in the atmosphere of the turn of the century buildings. Choirs, horse-drawn carriage rides, and roasting chestnuts add to the unique old world experience. This is a free event. Click here for more info.
“A Christmas Carol” is being presented Tuesday Dec. 3 (7pm) at the Midland Center for the Arts. Return to a Victorian Christmas in this celebrated adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. Rich with thrilling ensemble music, and featuring a cast of 24 with live musicians, Broadway-style scenery and costumes, audiences of all ages cherish this sumptuous holiday classic. Click here for more info.
A “Simply Sinatra Christmas” at the Midland Center for the Arts Saturday Dec. 7 (8pm) is a wonderful blend of holiday cheer and memories and jazz/swing standards with an energetic flair only a big band can provide. Vocalist Steve Lippia joins the MSO to perform a high-energy celebration of the holidays. Click here for more info.
You’ll get into a festive mood when you check out the Midland Mall Holiday Arts & Crafts Shows Nov. 15- Dec. 22 at the Midland Mall during regular mall hours. You’ll see lots of creative crafts, artists, antiques, collectibles, home businesses, sports collectibles and more. Click here for more info.
IN MT. PLEASANT…
The Mt Pleasant Dickens Christmas Festival Saturday Dec. 7 sees the Downtown streets transformed into a true winter wonderland, featuring caroling, a light parade, hot cocoa, and a pancake breakfast with Santa himself. Click here for more info.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker comes to the Temple Theatre Tuesday Dec. 3 (7:30pm). Celebrate the holiday season with Moscow Ballet's production of the Great Russian Nutcracker. Forty of the world's best Russian dancers will perform amazing athletic feats. Click here for more info.
The 2013 Holiday Housewalk happens Thursday Dec. 5 (10:30am-8pm) spotlighting several homes in the Saginaw and Bay City area Each year, several homeowners graciously open their beautifully decorated houses for touring. All proceeds go to the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. Click here for more info.
Take a beautiful train ride through decorated Roethke Park Woods with the entire family with the Thomas Township Christmas Train & Festival of Lights Thursday Dec. 5 thru Saturday Dec. 7 (6pm-9pm) . Santa Claus will be there too. Enjoy a bonfire, hot cocoa, smores, music, lots and lots of lights and the Roethke Express. Click here for more info.
The play "Miracle On 34th Street" will be performed Friday Dec. 6 (8pm), Saturday Dec. 7 (8pm) and Sunday Dec. 8 (3pm) at the Pit and Balcony Theatre. Click here for more info.
Groove with jazz legend Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra when they perform Sunday Dec. 8 (5pm) at the Temple Theatre. Click here for more info.
The season isn’t complete without seeing the classic Holiday Movie – “It’s a Wonderful Life”, so join your friends in the audience at the Temple Theatre Friday Dec. 6 (7pm) to view the movie. Click here for more info.
The Saginaw Spirit take on the Soo Greyhounds at the Dow Event Center on Saturday Dec.7 (7:11pm) . Click here for more info.
Jim Brickman brings “The Magic of Christmas” to the Dow Event Center Monday, Dec 2, (7:30pm). Brickman, along with special guest performers, delivers the perfect blend of music and entertainment, making lasting memories for the whole family. Tickets: $52.50, $42.50 & $32.50. Click here for more info.
Impact Saginaw, a collaboration of Saginaw community credit unions, is offering a free day at the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum on Saturday, Dec. 7 (9am-4pm). Kids can enjoy the wide variety of “hands-on” exhibits throughout the museum. Impact Saginaw will have a warming tent and a chance for kids to visit with Santa. More information on Impact Saginaw and this event can be found here.
IN ST. LOUIS…
The St Louis Small Town Family Christmas Parade Thursday Dec. 5 (6pm) in downtown St. Louis features a lighted parade downtown, a reception with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the GEM Theater after the parade, and a community reception with free pulled pork, soup, cookies and hot chocolate at Jesus Coffee House on North Mill Street. Click here for more info.