Holiday Happenings Close to Home this December

Bella Biafore, Writer

If you’re anything like me, finals have booked your schedule this holiday season–the most festive you’ve been so far has involved crying over an essay with Mariah Carey’s holiday album softly playing in the background…No? Just me?

Well, now that finals have finally ended, it’s time to get into the holiday spirit while staying close to home–no tears involved. Below are some activities to attend this December without having to drive across the state or max out your credit card (that was already done on Black Friday, after all).


Cookies with the Clauses:

Where: The Detroit Zoo, Detroit

When: December 20 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Have any children who just can’t wait for Christmas day to arrive? The Detroit Zoo is having visits with Mr. and Mrs. Clause this holiday season. At the event, light snacks will be provided and the Clauses will be reading a special story. Treat making for Santa’s reindeer will also be taking place. If your little ones can’t wait to meet Santa, this is the perfect event for you! The admission fee is $30 (including the Wild Lights exhibit) and $8 for parking.


Christmas at Crossroads–Holiday Magic:

Where: Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad, Flint

When: December 20-23 at 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Surrounded by twinkling lights, holiday music, live entertainment, great shopping and more,

Crossroads Village is bringing a whole new level to Christmas spirit. The Huckleberry train will be offering rides to nighttime attendees, so buy tickets in advance–seats fill up quick! Now pull up your gloves, adjust your hat and get ready to admire the village and lights, providing a magical holiday experience for those of every age.


Movies at The Capitol Theatre:

Where: The Capitol Theatre, Flint

When: December 20 at 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Looking for a good movie to liven up your Holiday spirit? The Capitol theatre will be playing the 1940’s classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” starring James Stuart, Donna Reed and many more. If you’re looking to kickback and enjoy a black and white show, visit their website for more information.


Holiday Art Market:

Where: Paint Creek Center for The Arts, Rochester

When: Now through December 21, Monday-Thursday at 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday at 9 a.m to 5 p.m.; and Saturday at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free of charge, this annual event is perfect for lovers of all things art-related. From homemade gifts to artwork and decor from local artists, this holiday market is great for gift shopping. Who could pass up an opportunity to buy cute gifts and eat holiday treats, after all? Come on down to Rochester and make a day out of seeing the lights and checking the last few gifts off your list.


Whaley Historic House Victorian Christmas Tea:

Where: Whaley Historic House Museum, Flint

When: December 29, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sweet treats, savory sandwiches and holiday flavored tea are all a part of what make this Christmas lunch so special! Join the Whaley House in an afternoon tea time while enjoying the holiday splendor displayed throughout the museum. Even though this event takes place after the big day, remember holiday cheer can be spread throughout the whole year. Tickets are on sale now for $20.


Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo:

Where: The Detroit Zoo, Detroit

When: Now through December 3, select weeknights at 5:30 p.m to 9 p.m; Friday through Saturday at 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Over 5 million LED lights brighten the Detroit Zoo from head to toe, offering a whimsical experience for those of any age. Trees, buildings and over 230 animal sculptures will be decorating the landscape. Bundle up and stop in to enjoy some beautiful holiday decor as well as a cup of hot cocoa and other assorted holiday activities. Carousel rides will be available as well as a 4-D showing of the Polar Express. Tickets vary from $11 to $18 depending on age. Parking is $8.


NYE 2018 Black and White Masquerade:

Where: Bar Louie, Flint

When: December 31 from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Have nowhere to ring in the new year? Look no further as Bar Louie is hosting a black and white themed masquerade this New Year’s Eve. Grab some friends and enjoy a night out full of good food, great company, drinks and music. Tickets are $20 and include a champagne toast and party favors. All ages are welcome but you must be 21+ to drink. Masks are encouraged but not required.


Whiting New Year’s Eve Gala:

Where: The Whiting, Flint

When: December 31 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

If you’re looking for a more formal event to celebrate the arrival of 2019, The Whiting offers an annual gala for all to attend that is said to be the finest in the Flint area. Enjoy a three course meal while listening to live music by Dal Bouey and dancing the night away. There will be a photo booth, open bar, cocktail reception and a champagne toast at midnight. Come with a group, your significant other or on  your own to enjoy a night full of entertainment and surprises. For more information visit their website.