Crooked Tree Arts Center’s 2013 Holiday Art Bazaar will open on November 22 and run through December 18. Our Annual Holiday Art Bazaar has become a destination shopping experience for holiday gift giving which not only supports artists and the programming at CTAC but offers an array on unique and interesting gifts for patrons of the arts. Mark your calendars and join us this season! Gallery hours are as follows: Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Wednesday we open at 10:00 am Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Closed on Sunday.
New Years Eve in the Pool
New Years Eve Pool Bash, Dec 29th, 1pm
New Year's Beach Bash at the Charlevoix Area Community Pool! Snacks and smoothies in the tiki lobby, games and snorkeling in the pool. Great family fun - it's cold outside but it's HOT on the deck! See you at the Pool!
Men’s Night in Downtown Traverse City, Dec 19, 6-9
Just in time to finish your holiday shopping! This night is a salute to the men! Enjoy food, refreshments and specials while you shop the night away finishing up those last minute holiday gifts!
Northport Community Band
Northport Community Band, Dec 15, 3pm
Santa Claus, Bright Lights and Jingle Bells will welcome you to our traditional Northport Community Arts Center Christmas Concert. This family affair is a tradition that for many is the start of the Holiday Season. The Village Voices and Northport Community Band always make this a special fun filled family affair. Punch and cookies in the lobby follow the performance so all can visit and celebrate the season. Come one, come all and join our NCAC family for this Finale to the 2013 season.
Adult tickets are $20, Students $5
Santa Comes to Castle Farms
Santa in the Castle
Santa is coming to Castle Farms of Charlevoix! Saturday, Dec. 14th, 11 am - 3 pm. Join Santa for crafts, games, face-painting, food and prizes, and the ever-popular Polar Express Train Display. New this year: horse-drawn rides around the Castle property! $5 admission per person. Tickets available at the door. Looking for a special treat? Indulge your child with our V.I.P. Santa Pass Visit. $20 per child includes all the above plus exclusive story time, cookies and cocoa with Santa, plus a special gift. Limited availability for V.I.P. Santa Pass (20 children maximum). Hours: 10:00 - 11:00 am OR 3:00 - 4:00 pm. V.I.P. Santa Passes available exclusively through Castle Farm's on-line web-site.
Christmas Fun For The Family
Festival of Lights For Families, Dec. 14th, 4:30
The Headlands International Dark Sky Park is partnering with Getting Kids Outdoors to host a Festival of Light that will include the creation of an outdoor spiral garden around which each participant will be invited to place their light. This is a quiet and engaging ceremony perfect for families, especially with small children, to have a respite from the usual rush of the holiday season. Meet at the Headlands Guest House from 4:30 to 6:30 pm Saturday, December 14, 2014, where candles and song sheets will be distributed. Then we will settle in for a story and a beautiful celebration of shining our light into the ever-darkening season.
Community Christmas Party
Shanty Creek Tannanbaum Blitzen, Dec. 14th 6pm
The Tannenbaum Blitzen – Join as Shanty Creek celebrates the holiday season at Ivan's Mountainside Grill. Enjoy a community buffet, Christmas carols around the tree, a torchlight parade down the face of Schuss Mountain, and a visit from Santa. Adults $10, Children 5-12 $5, under 5 are free.
Festival of Trains
Festival of Trains, Historic Center of TC, thru Jan 4th.
All Aboard! The Annual Festival of Trains takes place this year from Dec. 14 thru Jan. 4 and is an event full of fun for the whole family!
The celebration includes the Historic Miniature City of Traverse City, interactive and hands-on model trains for fun (and learning!), and the annual Swap Meet.
It's A Wonderful Life
It’s a Wonderful Life, Old Town Play House, Dec. 6-15
The beloved American holiday tale comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, in this adaptation of the Christmas classic of George Bailey and his search for purpose and love! Tickets and show times available at Oldtownplayhouse.com.
See The Nutcracker!
The Nutcracker at Interlochen, Dec. 12-14
The Interlochen Dance Co. and Orchestra presents the holiday favorite "The Nutcracker" - the story of Clara, Herr Drosselmeyer, a villainous Mouse King, and the beloved Nutcracker who comes to life.
$26 adult, $23 senior, and $10 student. Corson Auditorium.
Thursday Dec. 12, 2013 at 7:30pm
Friday Dec. 13, 2013 at 7:30pm
Saturday Dec. 14, 2013 at 2pm & 7:30pm
Warren Miller Film
Warren Miller Movie and Pizza, Dec. 13th, 5-9, Boyne Highlands Day Lodge
The Harbor Springs Ski Team hosts their annual Warren Miller Movie and Pizza Dinner fundraiser. Tickets are $10 each and include all-you-can-eat pizza, salad, cookie, lemonade or iced tea and the opportunity to see the newest Warren Miller ski flick, Ticket to Ride. Cash bar is available. A live auction will take place prior to the movie. Event proceeds help offset coaching, equipment, uniforms and other costs.
Home For The Holidays presented by the Traverse City Symphony
A fabulous holiday show for the whole family. Dec. 14 and 15 at Lars Hockstad Auditorium. For show details and ticket info, go to TraverseSymphony.org.
Santa Fun Run
Santa Fun Run, Dec. 14th, 4pm at Bay Harbor
Come trot, skip or run in the 1st Annual Santa Fun Run 1K that will take place along a short, mapped out area in the Village at Bay Harbor. Wear your Santa suits, elf hats or even Grinch gear! We would love to see everyone get very creative in their costuming! Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies with Santa post race.
19 and older, $10 for 11 – 19 years and FREE for kids 10 and under.
ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SANTA FUN RUN 1K WILL BENEFIT THE LOCAL TOYS FOR TOTS PROGRAM BENEFITTING CHILDREN IN EMMET, CHARLEVOIX AND CHEBOYGAN COUNTIES. More information click here.
The Santa Fun Runners will also be invited to "kick off" the Holidazzle Lighted Parade that begins at 5:30!
Date: December 19, 2013 - December 20, 7pm, St Francis Xavier Church
Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Chorus present Handel's Messiah with Guest Conductor Michelle Merrill, soloists Amy Cross, Martha Hart, David Theis and Peter Sims. More information at GLCOrchestra.org.