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The International Festival of Lights continues through-Dec. 31 in downtown Battle Creek.
The International Festival of Lights continues through-Dec. 31 in downtown Battle Creek.

Thing to Do (Nov. 30 – Dec. 6)

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus! If you haven’t seen him yet, you will have ample opportunity starting this weekend! The holiday activities and events are ramping up, and we have a long list for you to check out. If you are looking for something to enhance your Mitten season experience, check our list to see what will fit into your schedule.   In the meantime, we will be sharing lots of information and ideas on Behind The Mitten. See you there!

North Pole Express Steam Train Excursions, through Dec. 17; Owosso; www.michigansteamtrain.com

31st Annual Mistletoe Market Holiday Art & Gift Sale, through Dec. 24; South Haven Center for the Arts in South Haven; https://www.southhavenarts.org/mistletoe-market

Wonderland of Lights, through Dec. 31 (Thursday-Sundays); Potter Park Zoo in Lansing; www.potterparkzoo.org

Andy Warhol’s American Icons, through Feb. 9; Grand Rapids Art Museum in Grand Rapids; www.artmuseumgr.org

The Science Behind Pixar, through March 18; Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn; https://www.thehenryford.org/current-events/calendar/the-science-behind-pixar/

Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids, through May 20; Grand Rapids Public Museum in Grand Rapids; http://www.grpm.org/dragons/

International Festival of Lights, through-Dec. 31; Downtown Battle Creek, http://www.bcfestivals.com/international-festival-of-lights/

Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm, Weekends through – Dec. 24; Clare; http://www.rooftopreindeer.com/

Big Bright Light Show, through-Jan. 1; Downtown Rochester; https://visitdetroit.com/event/big-bright-light-show/

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World, through-Jan. 7; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids; www.meijergardens.org

Christmas Lite Show, 5:30-9:30 pm through-Dec. 31; Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park; www.christmasliteshow.com

Nite Lites, through-Dec. 30; Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn; www.nitelitesshow.com

Nuncrackers, the Nonsense Christmas Musical, Weekends, through-Dec. 9; Holland Civic Theatre in Holland; www.hollandcivictheatre.org

Holly Dickens Festival, Saturdays and Sundays through-Dec. 10; Downtown Holly; http://hollydickensfestival.org/index.html

Christmas Experience, through-Dec. 24; Deer Tracks Junction in Cedar Springs; www.deertracksjunction.com

Marshall’s Merry Mile, through-Dec. 30; Calhoun County Fairgrounds in Marshall, www.choosemarshall.com

Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic, through-Dec. 30; Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad in Flint; http://geneseecountyparks.org/crossroads-village/programs/christmas-holiday-magic/#

Santa Train, Saturdays and Sundays through-Dec. 24; Coopersville and Marne Railway in Coopersville; https://www.coopersvilleandmarne.org/santatraintickets.php

Sparkle In the Park, Nov. 25-31; Hopkins Park in Bear Lake; http://www.visitmanisteecounty.com/?s=Sparkle+in+the+Park

Musiq Soulchild, 8 pm Nov. 30; MotorCity Casino in Detroit; www.olympiaentertainment.com

The Illusionists present Adam Trent, 7:30 pm Nov. 30; Fox Theatre in Detroit;  www.olympiaentertainment.com

America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree, Nov. 30-Dec. 2; Frauenthal Center in Muskegon; http://www.monashoressingingchristmastree.com/the-singing-christmas-tree/

Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend, Nov. 30-Dec. 3; Downtown Manistee; http://manisteesleighbellparade.com/

Bethlehem Journey: A Living Nativity, through-Dec. 2; First Reformed Church of Portage in Portage; www.frcportage.org

Straight No Chaser, 8 pm Dec. 1; Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant; www.soaringeaglecasino.com

Joe Rogan, Dec. 1; The Fillmore in Detroit; www.thefillmoredetroit.com

Tommy Emmanuel, Dec. 1; State Theatre in Kalamazoo; www.kazoostate.com

The Prince Experience, Dec. 1; 20 Monroe Live in Grand Rapids; www.20monroelive.com

Traverse City Light Parade and Community Tree Lighting, 6:30 pm Dec. 1; Downtown Traverse City; www.TraverseCity.com

Light Up Downtown – Winter Season Kickoff, 5-7 pm Dec. 1; Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink in Grand Rapids; https://www.facebook.com/events/1733439890286096/

Paw Paw Village Tree Lighting, Dec. 1; Carnegie Center in Paw Paw; http://www.pawpawchamber.com/

Linden Holiday Happenings, Dec. 1; Downtown Entertainment District in Linden; http://www.lindenmi.us/

Holiday Lighting Ceremony, 5:30 pm Dec. 1; Peppler Park in Rockford; https://www.facebook.com/events/2008020352775814/

Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting, Dec. 1; Downtown Marquette; https://downtownmarquette.org/holiday-events-in-marquettes-downtown-district/

Sinterklaas Eve Celebration, Dec. 1; Downtown Holland; http://www.downtownholland.com/events/2017/sinterklaas-eve-celebration/

2017 Mackinac Island Christmas Tree Lighting, 5 pm Dec. 1; Downtown Mackinac Island; https://www.facebook.com/events/1596018593788640/

Light Up The Bluff, 6 pm Dec. 1; https://www.stjoetoday.com/all-events/details/light-up-the-bluff-december-1

6th Annual Live Mannequins, Dec.1; Downtown St. Joseph; https://www.stjoetoday.com/all-events/details/6th-annual-live-mannequins

Christmas in the Village; Dec. 1-2; U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba; https://www.upsteamandgasengine.org/christmas-in-the-village/

2017 Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration, Dec. 1-2; Downtown Mt. Pleasant; https://www.facebook.com/events/200675927121171/

Ionia’s Hometown Holiday, Dec. 1-2; Main Street in Ionia; https://www.facebook.com/events/1000782683398367/

Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Dec. 1-3; Fox Theatre in Detroit;  www.olympiaentertainment.com

Hastings Jingle & Mingle, Dec. 1-3; Downtown Hastings; http://downtownhastings.com/events/

Holidays in the Hills, Dec. 1-3; Brooklyn area; http://business.irishhills.com/events/details/holidays-in-the-hills-5014

An Evening in Bethlehem, Dec. 1-3;  Kentwood Baptist Church in Grand Rapids; https://www.facebook.com/events/877235895758830/

Grand Rapids Ballet presents The Nutcracker, Dec. 1-10; DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids; www.devosperformancehall.com

Heritage Holidays, Dec. 1-16; Wolcott Mill Metropark in Ray Township; http://www.metroparks.com/heritage-holidays/

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Thursdays – Sundays Dec. 1-23; Riverbank Theatre in Marine City; https://thesnugtheatre.thundertix.com/

39th Annual Christmas Tree Festival, Dec. 1-30; Monroe County Museum in Monroe; http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/officials_and_departments/departments/museum/christmas_tree_festival.php

Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village, Dec. 1-30; Greenfield Village in Dearborn; https://www.thehenryford.org/current-events/calendar/holiday-nights-in-greenfield-village/

GOBSMACKED!, Dec. 2; Wharton Center in East Lansing; www.whartoncenter.com

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, 9 pm Dec. 2; Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo; www.fourwindscasino.com

Mike Birbiglia, Dec. 2; The Fillmore in Detroit; www.thefillmoredetroit.com

“Believe” Brass Band Holiday Concert, Dec. 2; W.K. Kellogg Auditorium in Battle Creek; http://www.bbbc.net/concerts/

Gaylord Santa Parade, 5:30 pm Dec. 2; Downtown Gaylord; https://www.facebook.com/GaylordSantaLightParade/

Christmas on Main Street, Dec. 2; Downtown Entertainment District in Davison; http://www.davisondda.org/christmas

Jinglefest, Dec. 2; Downtown Entertainment District in Fenton; http://www.fentonbecloser.com/1/Fenton_MI/applefest.asp

Children’s Christmas Parade, Dec. 2; Downtown Paw Paw; http://www.uncorkpawpaw.com/home

Christmas at the Light, Dec. 2; Tawas Point Lighthouse in East Tawas; http://www.michigan.gov/mhc/0,,7-282–212722–evt,00.html

Irontown Turns Tinseltown, Dec. 2; Downtown Negaunee; https://www.facebook.com/events/1512034585775194/

Santa Train, Dec. 2; Houghton County Historical Museum in Lake Linden; http://www.houghtonhistory.org/calendar.html

Biggest Little Holiday Party, Dec. 2; Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City; https://www.grandtraverseresort.com/biggestlittle

Hastings Christmas Parade “Light Up The Night”, Dec. 2; Downtown Hastings; http://downtownhastings.com/events/

Jingle Bell Parade, Dec. 2; Downtown Grand Haven, https://grandhavenchamber.org/jingle-bell-parade/

Saline Christmas Parade, Dec. 2; Downtown Saline; http://www.visitsaline.com/event/christmas-parade-2017-12-02/

65th Annual Christmas Parade, Dec. 2; Downtown Whitehall; http://www.whitelake.org/event/white-lake-area-christmas-parade/all/

Christmas at the Lighthouse, Dec. 2; Leelanau State Park in Northport; http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,,7-153–450904–evt,00.html

Noel Night, Dec. 2; Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit; https://visitdetroit.com/event/noel-night/

21st Annual Holiday Tour & Taste of Ypsilanti, Dec. 2; Various Venues in Ypsilanti; http://ymow.org/fundraising-events/holiday-tour-18th_40th-anniversary/

Holiday Express, 11 am & 2 pm Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10; Little River Railroad in Coldwater; www.littleriverrailroad.com

Winter Glow, 2-5 pm Dec. 2; Downtown East Lansing; https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/464/Winter-Glow

Midnight Madness and KindleFest, Dec. 2; Kerrytown District and Downtown Ann Arbor; http://kerrytown.org/midnight-madness/

2017 Tree Lighting & Traditional Holiday Celebration; 6-8 pm Dec. 2; Celery Flats Historical Area in Portage; http://www.discoverkalamazoo.com/event-detail/2017-tree-lighting-traditional-holiday-celebration/

Lowell’s Christmas Festivities, Dec. 2; throughout the Lowell area; http://www.discoverlowell.org/christmas-festivities/

Nutcracker, Dec. 2 & 3; The Whiting in Flint; www.thewhiting.com

Winter Holiday Festival, 12-6 pm Dec. 2 & 3; Olde World Village in Augusta; https://www.facebook.com/winterholidayfest/

Santa’s Train Wonderland, Dec. 2 & 3; Castle Farms in Charlevoix; https://www.castlefarms.com/santas-train-wonderland/

West Michigan Youth Ballet Nutcracker Ballet, Dec. 2-3; Forest Hills Fine Arts Center in Grand Rapids; https://www.facebook.com/events/507019572991901/

Holiday Parlour Tour & Christmas Market, Dec. 2-3; Pere Marquette Depot in Bay City; http://canabaycity.org/wp/events/single-event?event=167

Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar, Dec. 2-4; Mackinac Island; https://www.mackinacisland.org/winter/

BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley,  Dec. 2-30; Atwater Grand Rapids; https://www.facebook.com/events/109602793044207/

The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe, Dec. 2-12; The Whiting in Flint; www.thewhiting.com

Andrea Bocelli, 7:30 pm Dec. 3; Little Caesars Arena in Detroit; www.olympiaentertainment.com

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Dec. 3 (two shows); Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids; www.vanandelarena.com

Mrs. Claus Tea, Dec. 3; W.K. Kellogg Manor House in Hickory Corners; http://conference.kbs.msu.edu/events/mrs-claus-tea/

Winter Wonderland, 4-7 pm Dec. 5; Downtown Market Grand Rapids; www.downtownmarketgr.com

Flint’s Annual Holiday Walk, Dec. 5; Flint Cultural Center Campus in Flint; http://www.flintculturalcenter.org/

Live Nativity at the Critter Barn, Dec. 5-30; Critter Barn in Zeeland; www.critterbarn.org

Katy Perry, 7 pm Dec. 6; Little Caesars Arena in Detroit; www.olympiaentertainment.com

Celtic Thunder, 7:30 pm Dec. 6; Fox Theatre in Detroit; www.olympiaentertainment.com

Dave Koz, 8 pm Dec. 6; MotorCity Casino in Detroit;  www.olympiaentertainment.com

 

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