Like A Miracle on 34th Street or A Christmas Story, the holiday classics never lose their charm. Experience your favorite holiday traditions here when you #GoGreat, but don't miss curtain call - these seasonal shows come but once a year!
Catch the Classics
- Take in White Christmas (1954) and Holiday Inn (1942) at The Temple Theatre's Holidays in the City Movies Series. Showtime is 3 p.m., tickets are $5; dates vary.
- Croon along at Matinee Lunch/Dinner Show "A ‘Barry' Merry Christmas featuring Frank Sternett", 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. December 1 - 2 at Frankenmuth's Bavarian Inn. Just $40 gets you admission to the holiday tribute show and a tasty, holiday meal!
- Watch the feel-good classic It's a Wonderful Life performed live at one of the oldest community theatres in the country, Pit & Balcony Theatre in Saginaw. The play begins at 7:30 December 4 - 5 and 11 - 12, and at 3 p.m. December 6 and 13; tickets are $20.
- See the Grand Rapids Ballet perform The Nutcracker in a new and reimagined way, backed by the sounds of the Midland Symphony Orchestra at Midland Center for the Arts, December 4 - 5 at 7:30 p.m. and 5 - 6 at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $38 - $50.
- Don't miss The 1940's Radio Show: Christmas on the Home Front at Saginaw Valley State University's Malcom Ford Theatre for Performing Arts. Focusing on beloved Christmas Radio Shows during WWII, the nostalgic performance begins at 7:30 p.m., December 9 - 10. Tickets are $13.
Behold Grand Displays
- Swoon over sentimental favorites during "The Men of Music Christmas Concert: Sing We Noel" at First United Methodist Church in Midland. The December 6 shows start at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; admission is a free-will offering.
- Enjoy an evening with the Friends of Celtic Culture at "A Celtic Christmas featuring Tallymoore", November 28, 7:30 p.m. at the State Theatre of Bay City; tickets are $20.
- Stroll along candlelit pathways, listen to carolers and marvel at the dramatic, 17-foot poinsettia display at Dow Gardens Christmas Walk, December 10 - 12 and 18 - 19, 5 - 7:30 p.m. This free event is the garden's annual gift to the community. (The Poinsettia Display is also open to the public December 1 - 30, 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., $5.)
- Hear a soulful voice and poignant lyrics December 10 at the Temple Theatre's "Holiday Show with Michael Bolton". The show begins at 6 p.m.; reserved seating is $40 - $125.
- Witness the only ensemble of its kind in the country at "Christmas with the Bijou Orchestra" at the State Theatre of Bay City December 21, 7:30 p.m. Tickets to see the 13-piece Bijou are $12 - $22.
Experience Pure Wonderment
- Tour seasonally decked-out parlors of historic homes along Center Ave. in Bay City at the 2015 Holiday Parlour Tour, December 5 - 6, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 ($17 in advance), and include a shopping opportunity at the Christmas Market inside the Pere Marquette Depot.
- Enjoy beautifully decorated homes throughout Saginaw, with live music and door prizes, December 3, 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. at the 15th Annual Holiday Housewalk; tickets are $20 ($17 in advance).
- Travel to Bethlehem, and dress accordingly for the outdoor A Living Nativity, December 4, 7 - 9 p.m., and December 5 - 6, 6 - 8 p.m., at Frankenmuth's Immanuel Lutheran Church.
- See the Nativity acted out through song in Saginaw at the 30th Annual Boar's Head Christmas Festival December 4 - 7, 7:30 p.m., and December 7 at 4 p.m., too.
- Sing a variety of Christmas carols at Christmas Sing Along w/Irene Bronner & Bob Spletzer, December 22 - 23, 1:30 - 2 p.m. at the world's largest Christmas store, Frankenmuth's Bronner's Christmas Wonderland.
- If time allows on December 24 from 3 - 3:15 p.m., pure holiday magic can be found at Bronner's Silent Night Memorial Chapel Sing Along as guests sing "Silent Night" together ... a truly magical and unforgettable #GoGreat experience.