5 Ways to Get into the Holiday Spirit in Flint & Genesee

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With Christmas less than two weeks away, we’ve compiled a few ways to get into the holiday spirit in Flint and Genesee. Here are five festive events and attractions worth checking out with your family and friends!

  1. Paint Christmas-Themed Scenes at Painting with a Twist (Various Dates)

Take an art class at this Fenton-based, BYOB business, which provides painting supplies and instructions for artists of all levels. Upcoming classes will focus on Christmas wreaths, Santa, stockings and more. Admission varies.

  1. Be Dazzled by “Cosmic Christmas: The Light Show” (Now through Dec. 23)

Longway Planetarium has set 16 holiday songs – both old and new – to 4,000 visuals in this original laser light show. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors (60+) and youth (2-11) and free for children under 1.

  1. Go Back in Time for “Christmas at Crossroads” (Dec. 18-20, 22-23, 26-27 and 29-30)

From live entertainment at Colwell Opera House to a holiday craft workshop at the Stanley School House, the turn-of-the-century-themed Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad offers something for everyone this holiday season. Admission varies.

  1. Meet Santa’s Reindeer at the Davison Farmers’ Market (Dec. 19)

Visitors are encouraged to bring along their cameras to take free photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, who will be stopping by with their pets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  1. Sing Carols at Stockton Center (Dec. 19)

From 5:30-8:30 p.m., Stockton Center at Spring Grove in Flint will host a Victorian Christmas, during which guests can sing carols and enjoy festive crafts and treats. Admission is $5/person.

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A Must-See: Stockton Center at Spring Grove

DSC_1623In 1920, the Archdiocese of Detroit purchased a large Italianate home from the prominent Stockton family. The Sisters of St. Joseph moved into the attic and repurposed the building into a hospital – specifically, the first St. Joseph Hospital of Flint.

While the building no longer serves in the health care space, one of its rooms is still decorated as hospital room from that era. Likewise, much of the building has been restored back to its original appearance and now functions as a museum.

“It’s definitely a must-see,” says Jacquie Richardson, a volunteer who coordinates many of the events at the Stockton Center at Spring Grove. “We showcase both the history of the hospital as well as the Stockton family. It’s a beautiful place.”

History tours are offered every third Sunday of the month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., although one of the museum’s most popular events takes place on Friday evenings, according to Richardson. That’s when she takes around EMF (electromagnetic field) readers, which is supposed to beep when there’s a spirit present.

“Sometimes they beep, sometimes they don’t,” she add. “But as we go through the house, I simply share its history. It’s always fun.”

Other popular activities include the museum’s annual Christmas party, book club meetings (Mrs. Stockton was the founder of the Ladies Literary Association) and Easter egg hunt.

Admission varies based on the tour or event. For more information about the Stockton Center, visit www.stocktoncenter.weebly.com.

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