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Greater Lansing Holiday Events




14 Things to Do in Greater Lansing During the 2018 Holiday Season

  1. MICHIGAN MADE 2018 HOLIDAY EXHIBITION

Every Tues - Saturday, November 6 - December 22, 2018
Lansing Art Gallery
119 N. Washington Sq. Lansing, MI
Cost: Free

This Holiday Exhibition features a colorful collection of established and emerging Mid-Michigan artists.
Running from November until just before Christmas, this is a great place to enjoy a day of holiday shopping,
while enjoying fantastic art and supporting local talent. The exhibit includes fine art and small gifts like jewelry, sculpture and pottery.  

  1. A HUNTING SHACK CHRISTMAS AT WILLIAMSTON THEATRE

Every Thurs - Sunday, September 29 - Dec 23, 2018
Williamston Theatre 
122 S. Putnam St. Williamston, MI
Times: Vary
Cost: Vary

From November through December, the Williamston Theatre hosts a delightful holiday performance of A Hunting Shack Christmas.
Exploring the complexities of family, love and loyalty with a uniquely Midwestern charm, A Hunting Shack Christmas
is an authentic and cozy story that is perfect to get into the holiday spirit. 

  1. WONDERLAND OF LIGHTS

Every Thurs - Sunday until December 20, 2018
Potter Park Zoo
1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Lansing, MI
Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm 
Cost: Adults $7.00, children 3-12 $5.00, Children under 3 free

The beautiful light display illuminating Potter Park Zoo through November and December is a favorite holiday event among locals.
The 24th annual Wonderland of Lights promises exceptional light displays, cookies, crafts and everyone’s favorite animals.

  1. A FESTIVAL OF TREES

Every Tuesday - Sunday until January 1, 2019
Turner-Dodge House and Heritage Center
100 E. North St. Lansing, MI
Time: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
Price: $5.00 for adults, children 12 and under are free

Christmas trees are one of the best signs of the approaching holidays, and a fun, nostalgic, beloved tradition for many.
The Turner-Dodge House turns this tradition into a beautiful holiday showcase with a collection of over 60 exquisitely decorated trees.
Bring your family, friends, or schedule a group tour with 10 or more people to enjoy the dazzling decor.
Please note, the Turner-Dodge House is closed on Mondays and holidays.  

  1. SILVER BELLS IN THE CITY 

November 16, 2018
Downtown Lansing
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Cost: Free

Silver Bells in the City is one of Greater Lansing’s most beloved events. This fun and festive holiday spectacle kicks off the holiday season
by lighting of the State Christmas Tree, a Light Parade, Silver Bells Village and festive music. This event is free, so grab a spot and watch the Capital City’s holiday spirit shine. 

  1. BRUNCH WITH SANTA 

November 17th and 18th, 2018
Troppo Restaurant 
111 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI
Time: 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Cost: $20.00

Bring your children and your inner child to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus for breakfast or brunch at Troppo Italian Restaurant in Downtown Lansing.
Kids can tell Santa their Christmas wishes, decorate cookies, write letters, make arts and crafts, and dig into a stack of hot pancakes. 

  1. LANSING TURKEY TROT

November 22, 2018
Downtown Lansing
9:00 AM 
Cost: Starting at $20

Work off your Thanksgiving feast with the Lansing Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Thousands of runners and walkers
of all ages and skill levels take a brisk tour of Downtown Lansing during this event, taking in the holiday decorations, beautiful tree, and enjoying fun with family and friends. 

  1. THE NUTCRACKER

November 23 - November 25, 2018
Wharton Center for Performing Arts 
750 E Shaw Ln Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
Times: Friday 7:30 PM, Saturday 7:30 PM, Sunday 2:00 PM
Cost: Starting at $22 for students/youth, $32 for adults

With beautiful music, elegant dancing, and a compelling story, the Nutcracker is a performance of holiday magic.
Performed by the Capital Ballet Theatre for the 38th year, this is a beloved local holiday event. Whether you have seen the show before 
or have never seen a ballet performance at all, you’ll be delighted by this stunning holiday tale.    

  1. WINTER GLOW

December 1, 2018
Downtown East Lansing
Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM 
Price: Free

East Lansing starts December with the Winter Glow festival and all the best parts of the holiday season.
On this cozy Saturday afternoon, you can enjoy carriage rides, roasted marshmallows and visits with Santa, as well as ice-carving demonstrations,
music and holiday farmers market. With a sprinkle of snow, this will be pure holiday magic.    

  1. SCROOGE SCRAMBLE & HOLIDAY HULLABALOO

December 1, 2018
Old Town, Lansing
1232 Turner St., Old Town Lansing, MI
Time: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM 
Price: Free

Lansing’s Old Town district starts out December with a Scrooge Scramble and Holiday Hullabaloo. Join over 400 runners in the Scrooge Scramble 5K
while sightseeing in Old Town. Those preferring a laid-back afternoon can tour Old Town’s homegrown shops, restaurants, bars and galleries
for a day of shopping and snacking. Visit with Santa, enjoy plenty of treats, arts and crafts, and find gifts for everyone on your list.

  1. MSU ARTS & CRAFTS HOLIDAY SHOW 

December 1 and 2, 2018
MSU Union
Abbot Rd. & Grand River Ave. East Lansing, MI
Time: Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Price: Free

The MSU Arts & Crafts Holiday Show brings together established and emerging artists to one fun and festive holiday marketplace.
Support local businesses and vendors while finding exceptional handmade goods to start or complete your holiday shopping.
With four floors full of candles, furniture, jewelry, decor, clothing, toys, paintings, photography, sculpture,
pottery and much more, you can find something for everyone on your list.  

  1. WINTER WINE & STEIN 

December 5, 2018
Potter Park Zoo 
1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Potter Park Zoo, MI 
Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM 
Price: $35

Potter Park Zoo’s Winter Wine & Stein is the perfect date night for foodies, animal-lovers, and anyone who loves the holidays.
This 21 and up event features beer and wine tastings, delicious hors d’oeuvres from local eateries, and festive holiday music.
This event is ideal for adults looking to make the zoo’s annual Wonderland of Lights display extra special.

  1. HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE 

December 6, 2018
MSU Horticulture Gardens, MI
1066 Bogue St. East Lansing, MI
Time: Noon - 7:30 PM 
Price: Free

For many, winter means dormant gardens and drab landscapes, but not at the MSU horticulture gardens.
The Holiday Open House at the horticulture gardens puts holiday colors on full display. From the 16 ft poinsettia tree,
glittering light displays, elegant wreaths and indoor gardens, this event is sure to lift your spirits.
Bring your children for an evening out with the family—Santa arrives at 5:30! 

  1. LANSING SYMPHONY: HOLIDAY POPS

December 16, 2018
Wharton Center for Performing Arts 
750 E Shaw Ln East Lansing, MI
3:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Price: $20 - $55

For many, music is what makes the holidays truly the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.
From Christmas sing-alongs to choral masterpieces to classical symphonic pieces, holiday music truly has something for everyone.
The Lansing Symphony and MSU Youth Chorale put the joy and love of the holiday season in this Holiday Pops performance.