The holiday season kicks off next week with Thanksgiving and many are looking forward to celebrating the various holidays between now and the end of the year. In Flint & Genesee there are plenty of events to help get you in the holiday spirit.
Here is what you can do to experience this holiday season in Flint & Genesee:
A tradition in flushing, the annual Flushing Candlewalk began over 30 years ago and is now one of the largest events in the county. Thousands of softly glowing candles will light your way along the streets of flushing. In the middle of Main Street, you will find chestnuts roasting on an open fire and you will see Santa Claus arrive in the grand parade to light the ceremonial tree.
Small Business Saturday Winter Wonderland
In downtown Flint, local organizations are hosting a Small Business Saturday event with local storefronts and a vendor market. The event will lead up to the downtown Flint tree lighting featuring Santa Claus.
Linden’s Holiday Happening Frosty Parade & Fireworks
Enjoy this family-fun, annual event in downtown Linden featuring children’s events at the firehouse and train rides through Linden’s historic downtown area. The event also includes reindeer, food vendors, tours of the Linden Mills Museum, horse-drawn carriage rides, a visit with Santa, an elf hunt, a holiday parade and a fireworks display over the Mill Pond.
Christmas on Main
In Davison, Christmas on Main is an annual event with activities for the whole family. Activities include a lighted parade and visits with Santa.
The spirit of the Nutcracker Ballet has added a touch of magic to family holidays for over 40 years. The annual tradition sets the stage at the Whiting with live music from the Flint Symphony Orchestra led by guest conductor Timothy Muffitt. Internationally renowned ballerina Ashley Murphy-Wilson will reprise her role as the Sugar Plum Fairy and is joined by dancers from the Flint School of Performing Arts.
The Flint Symphony Orchestra, led by guest conductor Damien Sneed and joined by choir director Jeffery LaValley, will bring musical traditions of the season to life at the Whiting. Special guests include Dottie Jones, Twinkie Clark and Flint’s Own Roger Jones & The Higher Calling Band.
Join the New Century Chorale at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Flint as it celebrates the season with its Yuletide Festival.
Christmas at Crossroads
Starting the day after Thanksgiving, Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad is celebrating Christmas at Crossroads – a family tradition for over 30 years. The village is open for visitors and the park is also hosting a drive-thru event for those who simply wish to see the thousands of sparkling lights from the comfort of their car.
Movies at the Capitol Theatre – Last Holiday
A holiday favorite, Last Holiday starring Queen Latifah, is headed to the big screen at the Capitol Theatre. Make a new holiday tradition by seeing a holiday movie at the local historic theatre.
An annual tradition in Fenton, Jinglefest features a lineup of events including holiday shopping, the Jinglejog 5k, horse-drawn wagon rides, photos with Santa, the JingleJam entertainment tent, live reindeer, live nativity, a holiday lighted parade, a Christmas tree lighting and fireworks.
The 37th Annual Holiday Walk
Held at the world-class Flint Cultural Center in Flint, Michigan, Holiday Walk has events and activities at nine spots on the cultural center’s campus. Places include Applewood Estate, Flint Public Library, Flint Institute of Arts, Sloan Museum of Discovery and Whiting Auditorium.
Victoria Family Christmas
Join the Historic Stockton House Museum for a special Victorian Family Christmas. There will be refreshments, crafts and games, and a contest for the best Christmas or Victorian hat.
Grand Blanc Holiday Tree Lighting
Join Grand Blanc Township at its 4th Annual Tree Lighting event. The south pavilion will be merry and bright. Santa will arrive on a firetruck. It will have plenty of activities to keep you busy until Santa lights the Bicentennial Park tree and the fireworks show begins!
Holiday Winterfest Presented by HAP
Come out and enjoy this family fun holiday event featuring ice sculptures, snow games, holiday music, food and craft vendors, and meet Santa! Donations of non-perishable food items will benefit FISH of Grand Blanc.