With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the holiday season will soon be be upon us. Here are a few opportunities to get into a festive spirit both this month and next.
- Count down the seconds leading up to the lighting of downtown Flint’s Christmas tree. The “Tree-mendous Evening” starts at 5 p.m. on Nov. 17, and will include hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts, yard games and a visit from Santa himself.
- Shop local during one of several upcoming holiday events, including Ladies Night at the Yellow Dog (Nov. 18), Flint Handmade Holiday Craft Fair (Nov. 26) and Tis the Season at Chrysa Studio (Dec. 15).
- Get dirty at The Mounds, an off-road vehicle park in Mt. Morris. A longstanding Thanksgiving Day tradition, hundreds of people will bring their ORVs to the 300-acre property on Nov. 24.
- Celebrate the holidays 19th-century-style during Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic. Festivities in the historical village will run Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 20-23 & 27-30.
- Learn about the star of Bethlehem during Longway Planetarium’s First Friday: Star of Wonder lecture on Dec. 2.
- On Dec. 3, grab your sneakers for the YMCA Santa Run. Included in the registration fee is a five-piece Santa Suit that participants are asked to wear on the day of the event.
- Catch a free showing of Home Alone (Dec 2-4), The Grinch (Dec. 9-11) and the Polar Express (Dec. 16-24) at NCG’s Grand Blanc and Burton theaters. All shows will start at 9:30 a.m.
- Enjoy the sounds of the season at the Flint Farmers’ Market, where more than 60 tuba players will perform carols on Dec. 10.
- Check out the lineup at The Whiting, which includes the Hip Hop Nutcracker (Dec. 10) and The Holiday Pops (Dec. 17-18), to name a few.
We know this list just scratches the surface of area holiday events. What are we missing? Let us know in the comments below!