The holiday season has kicked off with Thanksgiving and now 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 you 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.
A TREEmendous Evening
In downtown Flint, the annual lighting of the Flint Holiday Tree is a local favorite. Other activities of the evening include a free movie and the Capitol Theatre, family portraits, live reindeer, a visit with Santa, carriage rides and hot cocoa.
Linden’s Holiday Happening Frosty Parade & Fireworks
Enjoy this family-fun, annual event in downtown Linden featuring children’s events at the fire hous 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.
The spirit of the Nutcracker Ballet has added a touch of magic to family holidays for over 40 years. The annual tradition sets 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.
Yuletide Festival, “What Sweeter Music”
Join the New Century Chorale at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Flint as it celebrates its 27th year with their Yuletide Festival, “What Sweeter Music.”
Christmas at Crossroads
Throughout the month of December, 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 simple wish to see the thousands of sparkling lights from the comfort of their car.
Movies at the Capitol Theatre – Miracle on 34th Street
A holiday favorite, Miracle on 34th Street, is headed to the big screen at the Capitol Theatre. Make a new holiday tradition with your family by seeing a holiday movie at the local historic theatre.
An annual tradition in Fenton, Jinglefest is back with a line-up 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.