Santa and symphonies, candy canes and carolers ... As holiday merriment surrounds us, now is the time to really take it all in and truly experience the magic of the Christmas season!
This is the time for Miracle on 34th Street, shared time and again with family, and the season of inside tingles at hearing "Silent Night" or ooh-ing and ahh-ing amidst glorious Holiday Housewalks. See the magical sights and marvel at the sounds of Christmastime in the Great Lakes Bay Region, where Sundays in the City Holiday Movies are now showing and remarkable concerts, live Nativities and seasonal performances are about to begin!
Catch the Classics
Enjoy every moment of classics like It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story, and don't miss curtain call! These special, seasonal delights only come ‘round once a year.
- Enjoy White Christmas and Polar Express, too, at The Temple Theatre's Classic Movies at the Temple Series. Showtime is 3 p.m., tickets are $5; dates vary from November 20 - December 18. And, of course, the holidays wouldn't be complete without witnessing The Moscow Ballet: Great Russian Nutcracker, December 15, at 7:30 p.m. (Seasonal swoon.)
- Don't miss the Griswolds' Christmas Vacation or The Santa Clause at the State Theatre of Bay City's "Sundays in the City" Movies Double Features, November 13 - December 18, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets $5. (Holiday movies and Sundays in the City, too, with carolers and free horse-drawn carriage rides? Yes! Enjoy!)
- Remember timeless lessons together at A Christmas Carol, performed live at the historic Pit & Balcony Theatre in Saginaw. The play begins at 7:30 December 2 - 3 and 9 - 10, and at 3 p.m. December 4 and 11; tickets are $20.
- And, of course, take your seasonal opportunity to experience the signature sound (and dazzling lighting effects) of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, November 27 at 3:30 p.m. at Midland Center for the Arts.
Behold Grand Displays
Don an exceptional holiday outfit, and paint the town ‘red and green' at these splendid holiday gifts of the season!
- Enjoy sentimental favorites at 2 p.m. on December 4 during "The Men of Music Christmas Concert". Perfect for all ages, a free-will offering will gain you and yours passage into this wondrous show at First United Methodist Church in Midland.
- Could there be an evening more seasonally grand than December 19 as The Bijou Orchestra, with Katie and Matt Travis, and the Saginaw Choral Society Quartet join forces at 7 p.m. at the State Theatre of Bay City? Oh so enjoy!
- Stroll along candlelit pathways, listen to carolers and marvel at the dramatic, 17-foot poinsettia display at Dow Gardens Christmas Walk, December 8 - 10 and 16 - 17, 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 5 - 31, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., $5.)
- Truly celebrate our kind of holidays at the Saginaw Choral Society's special "A Michigan Christmas" at 3 p.m. on December 10 at The Temple Theatre. Welcome home Bay City natives Matt and Katie Travis-Katie, fresh from touring with Phantom of the Opera!
Experience One-of-a-Kind Wonderment
Beautiful holidays go as quickly as they come-and so will these unique seasonal opportunities. Don't miss out!
- Make sure to experience this nostalgic, original production: Christmas of Yesteryear-A 1940's Radio Variety Show at SVSU's Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts. In the style of beloved Bob Hope Christmas Radio Shows during WWII, the performance begins at 7:30 p.m., November 30 - December 1. Tickets are $13.
- Let a leading Irish ensemble bring you to your (dancing) feet this season at 7:30 p.m. on December 2 at Midland Center for the Arts! Danú will perform Christmas classics, Irish-style, including "Féile na Nollag (A Christmas Gathering)".
- Tour beautifully decorated homes throughout Saginaw, trimmed for the holidays, with live music and door prizes, December 1 at the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra's 16th Annual Holiday Housewalk!
- Don't miss your opportunity (but do dress accordingly) to experience the outdoor 20th Annual Living Nativity: A Journey to Bethlehem, December 2 - 4 at Frankenmuth's Immanuel Lutheran Church. And see the Nativity acted out through song in Saginaw at the 31st Annual Boar's Head Christmas Festival December 1 and 3 - 4 at 7:30 p.m. (and 4 p.m. on December 4, too)!
- Can you handle the suspense? Wear a Santa hat, ugly sweater to this Holiday Murder Mystery at 7 p.m. on December 9 at the Golden Glow Ballroom and Restaurant. Admission is $30, and includes dinner and a "whodunit" holiday performance!
Go Great This Holiday: Join in at the Bronner Family Sing Along, December 22 - 23, 1:30 - 2 p.m., at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland! And, if time allows on December 24, from 3 - 3:15 p.m., pure and sacred holiday magic can be found at Silent Night Memorial Chapel Sing Along. Guests sing "Silent Night" together, and these few magical moments make an unforgettable Go Great Lakes Bay holiday experience.