4 Holiday Shows to See at The Whiting this December

The Whiting is open year-round, but there’s something especially cozy about the 2,043-seat theater in the winter months.

Like the rest of the buildings in the Flint Cultural Center, the Whiting was designed in the International style, featuring open spaces and rectilinear forms. Guests walking into the building are welcomed by the well-known “Golden Sun” sculpture, which hangs from the ceiling and is valued at $5 million.

Since opening nearly 50 years ago, the venue has hosted thousands of performances by the Flint Symphony Orchestra, Flint Youth Theatre, touring Broadway acts and other guest artists. This December, the Whiting will host four performances that are sure to put visitors in the holiday spirit.

These include:

The Nutcracker, Dec. 5-6

The Collage Dance Collective of Memphis will take the stage with dancers from the Flint School of Performing Arts for this two-act ballet, performed to music by the FSO.

It’s a Wonderful Life: Live From WVL Radio Theatre, Dec. 10

This adaptation of Frank Capra’s holiday classic is portayed as a live radio broadcast. In this version, it’s Christmas Eve in 1945, and only a handful of WVL Radio’s actors have braved the blizzard to perform the evening’s broadcast.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Dec. 15

Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects.

Holiday Pops featuring The FSO, Dec. 19-20

The Flint Symphony Orchestra performance will be conducted by Maestro Enrique Diemecke and hosted by ABC12’s Angie Hendershot and Matt Franklin.

The Whiting is located at 1241 E. Kearsley St., Flint. On performance days, the ticket center is open two hours prior to curtain and 30 minutes after.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.thewhiting.com or call (810) 237-7333.

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Flint Cultural Center to Host 32nd Annual Holiday Walk

Holiday WalkAs part of the 32nd Annual Holiday Walk, the community is invited to tour the Flint Cultural Center’s 33-acre campus on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The free event will begin at 5:15 p.m., when City of Flint Police Chief James Tolbert and Santa Claus will lead the annual tree lighting ceremony. From there, Santa will make his way to The Whiting for family visits and free photos.

The Flint Institute of Arts will offer live music as well as the opportunities for kids to meet with PBS’ Sid the Science Kid. There will also be a holiday film shown in the FIA Theater as well as a children’s activity in the FIA Art School.

Applewood will host ice-carving demonstrations and carolers, and the Buick Gallery will have Santa’s classic car on display.

Visitors can also swing by the Flint Public Library, where they can make a holiday ornament, listen to the bell choir from Goodrich United Methodist Church or watch a Punch & Judy performance.

There will be a number of musical performances at the Flint Institute of Music (in both the atrium as well as MacArthur Recital Hall) as well as a holiday comedy show and staged reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at the Flint Youth Theatre. 

Longway Planetarium will kick off its showings of Cosmic Christmas: The Light Show. Both the Sloan and Whaley Historic House museums will host holiday crafts.

The MTA will provide a free shuttle bus that runs from the Flint Farmers’ Market, at the corner of East 2nd and Wallenberg streets, to the Flint Cultural Center. The bus will run every 15 minutes, starting at 5:15 p.m. and ending at 7:45 p.m.

Admission is free, although donations of non-perishable food or personal care items are encouraged. Proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

The Flint Cultural Center campus is located along Kearsley Street off I-475 at Longway Blvd. in Flint. For more information, call 810.237.7333 or visit www.FlintCulturalCenter.org/holidaywalk.

See What’s Happening in and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of November 23-29

Information and dates are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

Holiday Entertainment

November 23 – 29: Santa and Friends at Genesee Valley Center, 3341 S. Linden Road, Flint * (810) 732-4000 * geneseemall.com

  • (Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Visit with Santa and his friends, in Center Court, and walk through the Woodland display, based on the children’s book “Stranger in the Woods.” Visits with Santa are free and photos are available for a small fee. No personal cameras, video cameras or cell phone cameras allowed on the set.

November 23 – 29: Ice Palace at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, 4000 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills * (877) 746-7452 * greatlakescrossingoutlets.com

  • (Open during mall hours) In celebration of The Peanuts Movie, enjoy this ten-city interactive holiday Peanuts Movie experience. Each Ice Palace features characters from the beloved 65-year-old Peanuts franchise. The display showcases scenes from the new movie, plus a 30-foot Ice Palace with falling snow, a light show and other activities for the entire family. Interactive globes will feature graphics of the Peanuts gang enjoying a snow day and adults and children alike will be able to compare their icy hand prints to that of Snoopy and Woodstock. End the journey with a visit with Santa and, of course, a special gift.

November 27 – 29: Longway Planetarium Holiday Show, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3409 or (810) 237-3400 * sloanlongway.org

  • “Cosmic Christmas – The Light Show” – (Show starts Friday 3:30 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 4:30 p.m.) Come see a brand new Christmas light show made at Longway Planetarium. The show is a combination of 16 songs including several holiday classics, a few new hits and a couple fun Christmas songs you might not have heard. All of this will be set to stunning 4k visuals in a festival of Christmas splendor.

November 27 – 29: Christmas at Crossroads Village “Holiday Magic Celebration”, 6140 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARKS * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Visit Crossroads Village when thousands of lights sparkle like tiny stars throughout the village. Ride the Huckleberry Railroad for a festive night-time ride. Find villagers making vintage crafts, shops full of great holiday gifts and Santa himself bringing smiles to faces of all ages. Also, enjoy a glorious fireworks show during Friday’s opening night.

November 27 – 29: Holly Dickens Festival, Village of Holly’s Entertainment District (Battle Alley) * (248) 634-7040 * hollydickensfestival.org

  • (Festival runs Friday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Step back in time and partake in this family-fun event as the Dickens Festival celebrates its 42nd year, the longest running Dickens themed event in the U.S. Stroll the streets of downtown Holly while enjoying the sweet sounds of carolers as they sing our favorite Christmas songs, visit Holly’s unique shops, listen to the story of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”, grab a bite to eat, take a holiday carriage ride and more. Don’t miss out on Friday night’s lighted parade and the arrival of Santa for the traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony.

November 28: “Flint Handmade Holiday Craft Market” at Flint’s Downtown Masonic Temple, 755 S. Saginaw Street, Flint * (810) 239-7469 * flinthandmade.org

  • (Market runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) This 9th annual Holiday Craft Market features more than 50 vendors selling fresh, modern handmade goods including bags, jewelry, stuffed animals, accessories, bath products, artwork and more.

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The Mounds: A Thanksgiving Tradition

interior13For some Michiganders, watching the Detroit Lions play on Thanksgiving Day is as much a part of tradition as the turkey is. For others, the day wouldn’t be complete without a trip to The Mounds, an off-road vehicle park in Mt. Morris.

“It’s our busiest day of the year,” says Garry Pringle, Operations Manager of Genesee County Parks. “There are some families who have been coming for years.”

While the park is open from 8 a.m. to dusk, visitors begin lining up as early as 6 a.m., says Pringle, noting that they expect to see approximately 500 vehicles on Nov. 26. But don’t worry — there’s plenty of room for everyone.

“We have over 300 acres — 200 of which are usable for trail rides,” Pringle says. “There’s more than nine miles of trails out there, and that doesn’t count the rock crawls or mud pits.”

As part of the festivities, the What Lies Beyond Jeep Club of Michigan and Unlimited Offroad will host the seventh annual Four Wheeling Against Hunger Donation Drive. In addition to providing hot cups of coffee and cocoa, the organizations will collect non-perishable food items and monetary donations on Thanksgiving morning, with proceeds benefiting the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

Normal pass fees apply, and a state ORV permit is required for entry.

For more information about The Mounds ORV Park, at 6145 E. Mt. Morris Road, call 810-736-7100 or visit www.themounds.org.

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‘Collecting Prints’ Exhibition to Open Nov. 21

A Chart of the Human Body, 2005 (Jaune "Quick-To-See" Smith)

A Chart of the Human Body, 2005 (Jaune “Quick-To-See” Smith)

Opening to the public on Saturday, “Collecting Prints” illustrates the Flint Institute of Arts’ commitment to building a well-rounded, permanent collection of prints.

The exhibition will be on display through January 17, 2016, and includes works by Albrecht Durer, Chuck Close and Jim Dine.

Featuring everyone from the Old Masters to contemporary artists, this exhibition offers an opportunity to explore a wide range of styles and subjects, as well as numerous techniques for printmaking.

For more information, call 810-234-1695 or visit www.flintarts.org

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See What’s Happening in and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of November 16-22

Information and dates are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.


November 16: “Ladies Night Out” at Crossroads Village, 6140 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.) This ladies only extravaganza offers a variety of vendors selling homemade soaps, candy, fresh wreaths, folk art, hand-crafted jewelry and other unique holiday gift items. Also, get a preview of all the Holiday Magic happening in the Village with shops stocked to the ceiling with present ideas. Enjoy this one-night, once-a-year evening of shopping, laughing, food and fun with the girls!

November 20: “Night Hike” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 Genesee Road, Burton * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Hike runs 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.) Come test your night vision skills and learn about nocturnal animals while traveling the trails on this naturalist led hike through For-Mar. Recommended for families of all ages.

November 20 & 21: University of Michigan Men’s Hockey at Crystal Fieldhouse Ice Arena, 5371 Daly Farms Drive, Burton * (810) 744-0800 * crystalfh.com

  • (Games begin 7 p.m.) Watch two full nights of exciting hockey when the University of Michigan Men’s Hockey team plays against Michigan State University!

November 21: “Super Saturday Storytime” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.) Join a library staff member for themed stories, literacy and hands-on activities in the Children’s Room. Recommended for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school ages.

November 21: “Christmas Rocks II” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com

  • (Performance begins 2:30 p.m.) For the 43rd consecutive year, the popular 250-voice CMI Concert Choir will present their annual concert series featuring favorite selections to launch the holiday season. Don’t miss this powerful family celebration with production, pageantry, visuals, costuming, special effects, sound, creative lighting and excellent musical talent. The audience will also enjoy participation and surprise gifts.

November 21: “Lynne Calloway and Lydia Seale” in concert at The New McCree Theatre, 2040 W. Carpenter Road, Flint * (810) 787-2200 * thenewmccreetheatre.com

  • (Performance begins 7 p.m.) Enjoy this pre-Thanksgiving concert featuring gospel divas Lynne Calloway and Lydia Seale.

November 21 & 22: Flint Firebirds Hockey at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * flintfirebirds.com

  • (Games begin Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m.) The Flint Firebirds will play against the Barrie Colts from Ontario on Saturday night and the Erie Otters from Pennsylvania on Sunday. The Firebirds are part of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and represent a continuation of Flint’s rich hockey tradition.

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For-Mar Nature Preserve in the Fall & Winter


With more than 380 acres featuring Michigan flora and fauna, For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum is an obvious destination in the summer. But don’t let the dropping temperatures stop you from exploring this Burton gem. The visitors center and grounds are both open daily (with the exception of Dec. 25 and Jan. 1), with plenty of activities to keep visitors engaged.

Take this month, for instance. Upcoming events include:

  • DIY Holiday Centerpiece (Saturday, Nov. 14): Create unique table decorations for your Thanksgiving table. 
  • For-Mar Night Hike (Friday, Nov. 20): Test your night vision skills and learn about nocturnal animals as you travel the trails on this naturalist led hike. 
  • Conifer ID (Saturday, Nov. 21): Learn the trips and tricks to successfully identifying your conifer trees on this outdoor hike. 

Once the snow falls, cross country skiers can take advantage of the seven miles of trails that loop throughout the property.

For more information about the preserve, at 2142 N. Genesee Road in Burton, call (810) 789-8567 or click here.

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