December is here, and it’s calling for festive holiday events that the whole family can enjoy. The following roundup of events will provide you with the perfect amount of cheerful holiday fun to begin your traditions this year. Hold your loved ones close, and make the most of this season, with these December events in Michigan that will fill you with holiday bliss.
Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend: Manistee, December 1-4
This delightful event will transport you back in time for a joyful weekend filled with vintage Christmas spirit. There will be bagpipers, reindeer, and Victorian carolers to create a merry atmosphere. Featured in the Victorian Sleighbell Parade will be several horse-drawn entries and a 30-foot Christmas tree followed by a jubilant fireworks display. The rest of the weekend includes The Festival of Trees, guided tours at the Lumber Baron Mansion, and ‘A Christmas Story’ at the Ramsdell Theatre.
Le Frost Cross: Mount Pleasant, December 3
This competitive fat tire bike race is free and the perfect December event for those who want to get active this holiday season. Each lap is about 1.2 miles long, and the course incorporates grass, pavement, woodland path, and gravel terrain. There will be prizes awarded, so bring your friends and family to enjoy some exercise and a healthy competition this December.
Noel Night: Detroit, December 3
The 44th Annual Noel Night will open the doors of over 70 institutions, including The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Detroit Science Center, The Detroit Public Library, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and more, for a free holiday open house. There will be holiday shopping, performances, and the streets of Detroit will be filled with holiday music and horse-drawn carriage rides. This evening of cheer will culminate with a Noel Night tradition–a sing-along on Woodward Avenue led by the Salvation Army Band. This event will put everyone in the holiday spirit!
Lexington Old Fashioned Christmas Horse Parade: Lexington, December 10
The 6th Annual Christmas Horse Parade will begin at 2 PM at Lester Park. where there will be festive fun as horse and buggies, carriages, and trolleys parade the town adorned in wreaths, bows, and plenty of Christmas cheer. Come to enjoy this unique Christmas parade, and you will be filled with joy and ready to celebrate the holidays.
Grand Rapids Ballet Presents The Nutcracker December 9-11 and 16-18
Grand Rapids Ballet’s classic holiday tradition—The Nutcracker—returns to DeVos Performance Hall for two magical weekends in December. Reimagined in 2014 by Grand Rapids native Chris Van Allsburg (The Polar Express, Jumanji), this new production features set design by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee (Wicked, Sweeney Todd) and live music from Grand Rapids Symphony. Trust us, this is not your parent’s or grandparent’s version of The Nutcracker! We’re giving away a set of tickets, check it out here!
Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk: Rochester, December 1 – 22
There is nothing quite like the sight of Meadow Brook Mansion elaborately transformed into a Christmas wonderland. Come explore the estate and get a taste of the holiday traditions of the Dodge and Wilson’s families. With 110 rooms and 88,000 square feet, there will be no shortage of garland and Christmas trees that deck the halls. Holiday tours are offered daily from 11 AM to 5 PM, and admission is $20 for adults and $5 for children.
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