Michigan Events and Activities December 2012

Celebrate the holidays without leaving Michigan with these Michigan events, concerts and activities in December 2012.

Whether you are looking to create some unforgettable holiday memories for the whole family, planning a getaway for two, enjoying holiday festivities or even taking a break for a WWE beat-down...Michigan has some great things to do this December.

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December 2012

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Concerts and Performances

The Nutcracker Ballet at the McMorran Arena (Port Huron) (11/30/12 to 12/2/12)

Do not let the holiday season pass without taking in at least one viewing of The Nutcracker. This is a ballet that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Get ready to take in amazing scenery and backdrop as well as fancy footwork.

WWE Raw Holiday Tour at Joe Louis Arena (Detroit) (12/26/12)

Join the pro wrestlers WWE Raw for this exciting post-Christmas beat down. This special WWE tour is only being offered one day, so make sure you get tickets for all the wrestling fans in your family.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas -- The Musical at the Detroit Opera House (12/18/2012 - 12/30/2012)

Take part in this two-week celebration of the most wonderful time of the year when Dr. Seuss’ well-beloved Christmas tale comes to Detroit.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze in Flint (12/8/12)

Welcome to one of the most jaw-dropping holiday performances ever created. The Whiting Auditorium of Flint welcomes a cast of more than 30 talented dare devils. They will do things you could never imagine doing with your own body, so bring the entire family and be prepared to feel astonished and amazed.

Farm by Lantern Light in Grayling (12/7/12 to 12/23/12)

What would the holidays have been like on a Michigan farm in the 1930s? That is a good question that most people could not answer. You will know if you take the family to enjoy this live on-site play put on by Grayling actors. The event is held at Wellington Farm Park and includes wandering through trails covered in snow. You will feel like you are living in the 1930s.

Holiday Extravaganza at the Midland Center for the Arts (12/15/12)

More than 200 amazing singers grace one stage for the ultimate holiday music celebration. It is time to give thanks for the gifts of the holiday season with this inspiring, uplifting performance. The stage lights up for one night only. Showtime is at 8PM.

Tours and Getaways

Holiday Open House at Round Barn Winery

Holiday Open House at Round Barn Winery (Baroda) (12/1/12)

This round white barn looks rather ordinary from the outside, but it is one of the hidden secrets of Michigan. The entire structure is round, and inside you will find some of the best wines of the region. This open house event allows the children to meet with Santa Clause while the adults meet with fresh nouveau wine fresh from the current year’s harvest.

Glory, Valor & Sacrifice: Southeast Michigan Civil War Remembrance Tour (Detroit) (12/8/12)

From 1PM to 4PM on December 8, you can tour cemeteries and other landmarks key to the Civil War experience in Michigan. If you book your tickets two weeks or more in advance you receive a 10% discount on all tickets.

Promenade Candlelight Home Tour in Tecumseh (12/7/12 to 12/8/12)

Get your tickets ahead of time to explore historic Tecumseh houses decorated for the holiday season. The guided tour will take you along the chilly streets and inside some of the most spectacular homes in the city.

Family Fun

North Pole Express Train Ride in Owosso (12/1/12 to 12/16/12)

If watching the Polar Express is on the list of holiday activities for your family, you have to make the trip to Owosso to ride the “real” North Pole Express. Tickets can be booked every weekend in December.

Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic (Flint) (11/23/12 to 12/30/12)

Thousands of lights bring this village to life on select dates throughout December. Take a nighttime train ride reminiscent of the Polar Express, take in a delicious meal, and simply walk around to take in the festive atmosphere.

Christmas Lighted Farm Implement Parade (Sandusky) (12/1/12 to 12/2/12)

This is the type of Christmas parade that you could only find in Michigan. You will see lights and Santa Clause just as in any other parade, but you will also be greeted by tractors and other machines seen on every Michigan farm. Take the kids out to celebrate the season in a unique way.

Gingerbread Village in Caro (11/30/12 to 12/5/12)

Welcome to the Gingerbread Village, where family-friendly contests, fresh baked goods, and merry carols abound. The Caro Chamber of Commerce brings this event to life the first week of December each year. If you are passing through the area of live nearby, this is an affordable way to get the family out to enjoy the season.

Fairs and Festivals

Holidays in Lakeside Muskegon

Holidays in Lakeside Muskegon (12/1/12)

Watch the Muskegon tree light up and compete in the Hoop Happy Hula-Hoop Contest. Enjoy hot cider and other treats while ringing in the holiday season the first day of December. Activities are typically planned in the evenings, starting around 5PM.

Midnight on Main in Midland (12/31/12)

You don’t have to go to New York to see the ball drop! Come to Midland, Michigan to see a spectacular ball-dropping event with a twist you cannot find in NYC: sledding! Activities are offered for all age groups, so bring the entire family to ring in the New Year with tons of fun.

Marquette Holiday Art Sale (12/1/12)

Browse creations of local artists and pick up unique gifts for the holiday season. This event is held at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center from 10AM to 4PM. No reservations or tickets needed.

Holly Jolly Days Downtown Midland (12/1/12 to 12/9/12)

This is where Midland residents and surrounding community members go to purchase amazing Christmas gifts at special bargain prices. Come by on Saturday or Sunday of these two select weeks to enjoy delicious food and take care of that last minute shopping list.

Museums and Exhibits

Body Double: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture (Grand Rapids) (9/19/12 to 1/6/12)

Gather the adults and head out for an evening of sculpture and great conversation. This unique exhibit is offered at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park throughout the month of December. Take a break from sleigh bells and Santa to enjoy something a little more intellectual.

Sporting Events

Ski Free with Santa on Christmas (Bellaire) (12/25/12)

Are you looking for something exciting and charitable to do on Christmas day? Plan a day trip to Shanty Creek Resorts and hit the slopes with Santa.

Schuss Mountain will be taken over by the big man in the red suit and canned goods will be collected for charity. The presents may be open, but it is never too late to sit on Santa’s lap.

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