Things To Do in Flint & Genesee County: December 3-9

Don’t Miss Events: “Candlewalk Holiday Celebration” in downtown Flushing December 6 & 7;  The 4th Annual Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) “Print Fair” December 8 & 9

Art & Culture

December 3 – 9: The Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 *  flintarts.org

  • (Monday-Wednesday and Friday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Visit the FIA and browse through their outstanding collections of American, European, Native American, African and Asian art including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and decorative arts featuring a complete set of 17th century French tapestries.
    •  “Drawing Together: International Cartoons” – Drawn from the annual international cartoon contest in Turkey, this exhibition does not include captions but uses visual language. The display presents more than 100 award-winners from over 35 countries, with dates ranging from 1983 to 2011. The intent of this yearly competition, with over 3,000 images submitted, is to stimulate thinking about important issues among nations and not only presents the individual perspective of the artists, but also depicts universal issues that affect us all.
    • “Worth a Thousand Words: American Political Cartoons” – This exhibition explores the history of American political cartoons in the 19th and early 20th century and how cartoonists sought to influence public opinion through the use of widely and instantly understood imagery.
    • “Around the World with 80 Objects” – On display from the FIA’s vault, these far away and long ago authentic objects will captivate and inspire all.

December 8 & 9: The 4th Annual Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) “Print Fair”, 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org

  • This fair features a wide range of prints from Old Masters to Contemporary works. Prints will range in price from $200 to several thousand dollars. This is an ideal opportunity for novice collectors to start a collection and for connoisseurs to add outstanding works to existing collections. Open Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Attractions

December 3 – 9: Sloan Museum, 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3450 * SloanLongway.org

  • (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Enjoy regional history, historic automobiles and hands-on science activities in the Science Discovery Center where children and adults can explore principles of chemistry and physics through exhibits and staff presentations. Stroll through Sloan’s Automotive Gallery and view major automotive exhibits featuring vehicles from the Sloan fleet of over 80 Flint-built automobiles.
    • “The Brave and the Faithful: Michigan in the Civil War” – This exhibit highlights people from Flint and Genesee County and their involvement in the Civil War featuring artifacts, letters written to love ones, photographs and more.
    • “Flint and The American Dream” – Relive Flint’s dramatic history, as the birthplace of General Motors comes to life with over 600 artifacts and photographs, including rare antique automobiles, colorful neon signs, period clothing, household furnishings, commercial goods and much more. Encounter the ups and downs of General Motors, the birth of the UAW and what life was like in Flint during the 50s, 60s and 70s.
    • “Holiday Trains” – Train enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy this HO Scale model railroad showcasing model trains and displays with realistic diesel sounds. Visitors will be taken back to the days when the Iron Horse sped across Michigan.

December 4 – 9: Buick Automotive Gallery & Research Center, 303 Walnut Street, Flint * (810) 237-3440 *  SloanLongway.org

  • (Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday for tours at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. Closed Monday.)  The Gallery displays over 25 classical and concept locally built automobiles featuring five one-of-a-kind concept Cars – a 1954 Wildcat II, Centurion, Arrow, Phantom and an XP. Also on display is the Buick Bug, which has undergone an extensive renovation.
    • “Between the Wars” – As the 1920s roared and the 1930s whimpered, the automobile transitioned from childhood to maturity. While all vehicles from the first horseless carriages through modern “smart” cars share basic features, automobiles manufactured at the end of W.W. I and the beginning of the U.S. involvement in W.W. II are as different as a pre-teen and middle-aged human. View some natural beauties from this time period.

December 4 – 9: The Flint Children’s Museum, 1602 W. University Avenue, Flint * (810) 767-5437 * flintchildrensmuseum.org

  • (Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Visit the Museum throughout December for some fascinating “Games, Gizmos and Gadgets” with hands-on activities daily from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Also, check out “Out of this World” and experience outer space completely under black lights with glowing planets, an oversized moon and a variety of glow in the dark activities to learn from. The Museum is recommended for ages 2 to 10.

Theater

December 6 – 8: “Bull In A China Shop” by the Flint Community Players at the new Tom & Bea Nobles Hall, 2462 S. Ballenger Highway, Flint * (810) 441-9302 * flintcommunityplayers.com

  • Rated the highest television episode on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and now a masterfully funny play, this fast paced and delicious piece finds 6 marvelous old spinsters plotting a juicy murder to gain the attention of the very detective who would solve the darn thing. Who wouldn’t rejoice in a nice cup of tea to die for? Show begins nightly at 8 p.m.

December 6 – 8: “Black Nativity – It’s Christmas Again” at The New McCree Theatre, 5005 Cloverlawn, Flint * (810) 787-2200 * thenewmccreetheatre.com

  • The Nativity scene set to music is reiterated in this production. Come out and relive the drama surrounding the Christ Child’s birth. Watch as His day of birth, and its true meaning, is obliterated by the party and pleasure principal that rules today’s holiday season. Praise and worship with the cast as we seek redemption and restoration. Performances begin at 8 p.m. each night with a matinee show on Saturday starting at 3 p.m.

December 6 – 9: The Whaley Historic House Museum, 624 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 471-4714 * whaleyhouse.com

  • (Open for the holiday season on Thursday & Friday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Whaley House is filled with hundreds of family and period artifacts that tell the story of the Whaley’s and Victorian Era Flint. Tours last an hour and include the 1st and 2nd floors of the home. Visit the Museum during their holiday celebration “Christmas Traditions from the Gilded Age.” Don’t miss out on Robert J. Whaley’s Birthday Party on December 8.

December 7 – 9: “A Visit to the North Pole” – A Fenton Village Players Original Production, 14197 Torrey Road, Fenton * (810) 750-7700 * fentonvillageplayers.org

  • Join in the fun as the Bakery Elves get ready for Christmas! There will be singing, dancing and plenty of excitement in this North Pole talent show. After the one-hour show, children will be invited to visit the Winter Wonderland to play games, meet Santa and enjoy some Christmas cookies. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday.

December 7 – 9: “The Only Christmas Pageant in Town” by Clio Cast and Crew at Theater 57, 2220 W. Vienna Road, Clio * (810) 687-2588 * cliocastandcrew.com

  • Every year, Olive Green directs the Christmas Pageant for the Little Church in the Vale, but there is always something missing. This year, she’s determined to do it right and hires a flashy Hollywood Theater of Peace and Tidings of Great Joy Traveling Troupe with real feather angel wings, a band and a camel. But when a snowstorm keeps Hollywood out, Olive’s friends convince her to create a pageant with the church members already there … and now everyone wants in on the act. Show times are Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

December 7 – 9: “Robot & Frank” at the Flint Institute of Arts’ Film Theater, 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 *  flintarts.org

  • (Show times are Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.) This award winning film is about an aging thief who sees a possible career rejuvenation through his new caretaker robot. This film is rated PG-13.

December 7 – 9: “A Year with Frog and Toad” at the Flint Youth Theatre, 1220 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-1530 * thefim.org

  • Waking up from hibernation in the spring, the cheerful and popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad proceed to plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and finally, decorate the tree. They learn life lessons along the way, including a most important one about friendship and rejoicing in the attributes that make each of us different and special. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Suited for ages 6 and up.

Holiday Events

December 4: “Holiday Walk” at the Flint Cultural Center, Flint Cultural Center Campus at E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * flintcultural.org

  • The Flint Cultural Center’s festive celebration begins with its annual tree lighting ceremony at 5:15 p.m. and continues with family fun through 8 p.m. Santa will be there to greet all along with local choral groups, arts and crafts, cookie decorating, roasted chestnuts and so much more. Applewood Estates and the Whaley Historic House Museum are also celebrating during this free community event. Check website for a detailed schedule of events and times.

December 4 – 9: “Cars, Trees, and Traditions” exhibit at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum, One Chrysler Drive, Auburn Hills * (248) 944-0001 * wpchryslermuseum.org

  • (Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Enjoy this 8th annual colorful holiday exhibit that spotlights eight decades of holiday season celebrations, through 23 decorated trees and paired with Chrysler vehicles. Also, enjoy the new seasonal exhibit “Fashion and the Automobile: An Exhibit in 10 Eras” which showcases the influence of automotive design on fashion during the twentieth century.

December 6 & 7: “Candlewalk Holiday Celebration” in downtown Flushing, Downtown Flushing on Main Street * (810) 659-4141 * flushingchamber.com

  • This annual event begins with a Santa Parade through downtown Flushing starting at 5:30 on Thursday and continues through Friday evening featuring ice carving, horse & wagon rides, chainsaw bear carving, roasted chestnuts, pictures with Santa, a train display and more. This event takes place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. both nights.

December 7 – 9: Christmas at Crossroads Village “Holiday Magic” Celebration, 6140 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Open from 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.

December 7 – 9 (Drive through light display is open December 3 – 6): “Live Nativity” and “Christmas Light Display” at Covenant Hills Camp, 10359 E. Farrand Road, Otisville * (810) 631-4531 * covenanthills.org

  • Take a horse and wagon ride through the hills of Bethlehem past with Christmas story scenes and over 120,000 lights on display. Upon your arrival back to camp, enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and popcorn. Each night, a group will be performing Christmas music. The Live Nativity scene is open from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., when the Live Nativity is closed, guests are welcome to drive through the light display, which includes Christmas scenes. Check website for details.

December 8: “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com

  • Renowned director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with sparkle and suspense one can only dream of. This international cast of over 30 multi-talented and brilliantly costumed artists comes to life and performs astonishing feats of disbelief. Show begins at 7 p.m.

December 8 & 9: Trim Pines Farm “Holiday Celebration and Hayrides”, 4357 E. Baldwin Road, Holly * (810) 694-9958 * trimpines.com

  • Enjoy a horse-drawn hayride into the tree fields at Trim Pines Farm. Visit with Santa, roast S’mores and more. Fresh Christmas trees and accessories can help complete your holiday decorating. Hours are 10 a.m. to dusk on Saturday and from 12 p.m. to dusk on Sunday.

December 8 & 9: Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3409 or (810) 237-3400 * SloanLongway.org

  • “George & Oatmeal Save Santa” (Show starts at 12:30 p.m.) Join Oatmeal and his friend George, the planetarium wizard, as they travel the world in search for Santa who is missing. Listen to constellation stories from many cultures during the journey. This sky show is recommended for ages 4-6.
  •  “Holiday Magic Laser Show” (Show starts at 2 p.m.) Experience the magic of the holiday season with a little science at this magical holiday laser show perfect for families with children over 5 years old. Enjoy traditional holiday tunes from across generations to contemporary artists performing their personal favorites.
  •  “Winter Wonderland Laser Show” (Show starts at 3:30 p.m.) Peek into a spectacular winter wonderland with seasonal music, landscapes, sports and the misadventures of Squeaky and Penguin. This laser show is recommended for ages 5 and older.

Dining with Entertainment

December 3 – 8: Cranberries Café, 10250 Hegel Road, Goodrich * (810) 636-3409 * cranberriescafe.com

  • (Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Enjoy great food, drinks and company daily with live entertainment every Thursday evening, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., featuring local performers.

December 3 – 8: Fenton Winery & Brewery (FWB), 155 N. Leroy Street, Fenton * (810) 373-4194 * fentonwinery.com

  • (Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 3 p.m. to midnight and Saturday 1 p.m. to midnight) FWB offers handcrafted wines and Micro-brewed beers, delicious food, beer and wine samplings and live entertainment every Friday and Saturday evening from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Enjoy “2nd Friday with Laurie Horn” as Laurie performs a mix of original adult contemporary songs. On Saturday, “Brad Maitland” fills the Brewery with his acoustic versions of adult contemporary, classic rock and country.

December 3 – 9: Brickstreet Bar & Grill, 1223 E. Grand Blanc Road, Grand Blanc * (810) 603-2114 * brickstreetbarandgrill.com

  • (Open at 11a.m. Monday – Friday and at 12 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday) Famous for fresh seafood, house-cut steaks and signature entrees, enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. Live lounge entertainment, with Bob Adado, runs Wednesday through Saturday starting at 7 p.m.

December 8 & 9: “Live Horse Racing” at Sports Creek Raceway, 4290 Morrish Road, Swartz Creek * (810) 635-3333 * sportscreek.com

  • (Friday & Saturday starting at 7 p.m.) Bring your spouse, bring a friend, or bring a date! There’s great food and drinks plus LIVE action to bet on! Catch all the action in Sports Creek’s 480 seat terraced restaurant overlooking the track. Each restaurant table has a personal television to enjoy sporting events, TV shows or additional horse racing. Sports Creek offers an outstanding buffet on Friday and Saturday nights as well as a full menu – reservations are suggested. Guests can also enjoy a great view of the races from a seat in Sport Creek’s fully enclosed and heated grandstand. Concession foods and drinks are available in the grandstand area. Sports Creek is also open daily, from noon until midnight, for simulcast wagering all year-round. Be the next big winner to take home thousands of dollars! Live racing runs through December 31, 2012.

Entertainment

December 3 – 9: IMAX Trillium Theatre in Grand Blanc/NCG Cinemas, 8220 Trillium Circle Avenue, Grand Blanc * Show Times (810) 695-5000 * Office (810) 953-0650 * ncgmovies.com/grand-blanc/

  • “Skyfall an IMAX Experience” – Rated PG-13, Daniel Craig is back as James Bond 007 as his loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost becomes.

December 5: “Jazz Ensemble Concert” at UM-Flint Theatre, 303 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 762-3377 * umflint.edu/theatredance

  • There is nothing better to warm the soul than hot jazz performed by the Jazz Ensemble and Combo. This annual concert will not disappoint! The performance runs from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

December 7: “Flint’s 2nd Friday Artwalk” in downtown Flint, Downtown Flint on Saginaw Street * (810) 238-ARTS * geneseefun.com

  • From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., partake in delicious food, tasty beverages, live music, great company and the works of various artists on display at the Greater Flint Arts Council, Buckham Gallery, St. Paul’s Church, The Lunch Studio, The Rowe Building Gallery, Pages Book Store and The Yoga Loft. Stop by the Greater Flint Arts Council for a walking map.

December 8: “Super Storytime” at the Flint Public Library, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7399 * fpl.info

  • Children will have fun participating in themed stories, rhymes and craft projects featuring “Snow Folks” this weekend. Storytime begins at 11 a.m. and is recommended for young children from preschool through elementary.

December 8: “Psychic Fair Wellness Event” at LOTUS Healing Arts Center, 6015 W. Pierson Road, Suite 3, Flushing * (810) 874-1759 * lotushealers.com

  • Enjoy an evening of healing, self-awareness and an amazing lineup of talented psychics and healers to offer insight and healing. Come hang out with Life Map readers, Tea Leaf readers, Palm readers, Tarot readers, Card readers and more. Enjoy Essential Oil treatments, Muscle testing, Sound Healing Reiki, Quantum Touch and more. This event runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

NightLife

December 3 – 9 (The Machine Shop is closed on Friday, December 7): The Machine Shop Concert Lounge, 3539 S. Dort Highway, Flint * (810) 715-2650 *  themachineshop.info

  • (Doors open at 7 p.m. for all shows.) The Machine Shop presents live Rock-N-Roll and special events weekly. Join the Machine Shop on Thursday as “The All-American Rejects” performs with special guest “Last Summer & Brother Apollo.” On Saturday, Indi-Grace presents Toys for Tots Benefit featuring “Know Lyfe”, “Avenue Sky”, “The Product”, “The Finale”, “Sidetracked Silhouette”, “Solar Collapse” and “Plethora.” On Sunday, the Machine Shop will host its Annual Blinge Before Christmas Hinder with “W-Nonpoint” and the “Charm City Devils” performing.

December 6: The Café at the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 *  flintarts.org

  • From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., stop by the FIA for their new “Happy Hour” experience. Enjoy local live music along with appetizers, micro beer, wine specials and more!

December 7 & 8: The Old Sequoia Wine Bar and Martini Lounge, 5304 Gateway Centre Drive, Flint * (810) 233-8000 * theredwoodlodge.com

  • (Weekend performances run from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.) Located inside Redwood Steakhouse, the Sequoia Lounge presents live music every Friday and Saturday night.

December 7 & 8: The Historic Holly Hotel Comedy Club, 110 Battle Alley, Holly * (248) 634-5208 * hollyhotel.com

  • (Showtimes are at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ) Enjoy professional stand-up comedy featuring a variety of local and national entertainers with this weekend’s performers Mike Bonner and special guest Andrew O’Neil.

Shopping

December 3 – 9: Genesee Valley Center, 3341 S. Linden Road, Flint * (810) 732-4000 * geneseemall.com

  • “Shop until you drop” at Flint’s 1.3 million square feet of shopping space with over 130 retailers anchored by Macy’s, JC Penney, Sears and Burlington Coat Factory. Find those unique buys at the Center’s one-of-a-kind shops and markets such as Buckle and Forever 21. The Outdoor Village offers 65,000 square feet of boulevard-style shopping and national tenants including Bar Louie, Chico’s, Coldwater Creek and more. Also, visit Santa and his Friends, in Center Court, and walk through the Woodland display, which is based on the children’s book “Stranger in the Woods.” Photos are now available Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through December 24th. Check website for extended holiday hours.

December 3 – 9: Courtland Center Mall, 4190 E. Court Street, Burton * (810) 744-0742 * courtlandcenter.com

  • Conveniently located off I-69, Courtland Center offers 472,000 square feet of enclosed shopping featuring national retail anchors including JC Penney, Staples, Jo-Ann Superstore and Dunham’s Sports. Visit more than 50 retailers and eateries while enjoying this friendly, safe shopping experience and convenient parking. Check website for extended holiday hours and Santa visits.

December 3 -9: Birch Run Premium Outlets, 12240 S. Beyer Road, Birch Run * (989) 624-6226 * premiumoutlets.com

  • Find incredible values on all the new season fashions with up to a 65% discount on every day savings. Shop at over 145 well-known brand name stores such as the Pottery Barn Outlet, COACH Factory and the Nike Factory Store. Check website for extended holiday hours.

December 3 – 9: Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, 4000 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills * (877) 746-7452 * greatlakescrossingoutlets.com

  • Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is the market’s dominant retail outlet and entertainment destination, attracting customers throughout the Midwest and Canada. With 185 manufacturer’s outlets and traditional retail stores, Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is Michigan’s only enclosed value-regional mall. Check website for extended holiday hours and Santa visits.

December 3 – 9: Carriage Town Antique Center, 503 Garland Street, Flint * (810) 238-1444 * carriagetownantiquecenter.com

  • (Open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Housed in a restored Art Deco warehouse, Carriage Town Antique Center has a fantastic mix of quality antiques, vintage collectibles and exquisite art. Browse two levels for antique furniture, glass, pottery, silver, vintage clothing, primitive pieces, period lighting and vintage Christmas all year round.

December 4, 6 & 8: The Flint Farmers’ Market, 420 E. Boulevard Drive, Flint * (810) 232-1399 * flintfarmersmarket.com

  • (Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Shop for fresh fruit, produce, cheese, meats, gourmet coffees, desserts, baked goods, flowers, vintage wares, unique crafts, fine arts and more. While visiting the market, stop by “d’vine Wines” for unique gadgets and a selection of Michigan wines and brews (810) 235-WINE). Also, visit the market’s 2nd floor for restaurant service, boutique shopping and a chance to stroll through the “Art at the Market Gallery”, which offers great gifts of art or just the opportunity to view and enjoy art from over 35 local artists (810) 238-9202).

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