Christmas tree lightings, carriage rides, artisan markets, and more: 12 ways to celebrate the holidays in Muskegon

Photo via Holidays in the City Muskegon

From Christmas tree lightings and Santa sightings to carriage rides and ice sculpting, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the holidays in Muskegon this season.

Holidays in the City: Community Christmas Tree Lighting

When: Saturday, Nov. 24, 5:30-7:30pm

Where: Hackley Park (350 W. Webster Ave.)

What: Head to Hackley Park to kick off Muskegon’s Holidays in the City, a month of festive activities throughout the city’s downtown. Celebrate with a Christmas tree lighting, meet Santa, enjoy live entertainment, and more. The event is free and family friendly.

Photo via Red Lotus Muskegon.

Small Business Saturday

When: Saturday, Nov. 24, times vary depending on location.

Where: Throughout the city.

What: Get your holiday shopping done while supporting locally owned spots throughout Muskegon. Some of the highlights include:

Photo via the city of Muskegon Heights.

Muskegon Heights Christmas Tree Lighting

When: Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6pm

Where: Front lawn of Muskegon Heights City Hall (2724 Peck St.)

What: The city of Muskegon Heights will be celebrating its third annual community Christmas tree lighting with music, s’mores around the bonfire, hot chocolate, and more.

Holidays in Lakeside

When: Saturday, Dec. 1

Where: Lakeside Business District (Lakeshore Drive, Muskegon)

What: The Lakeside District Association will celebrate its annual “Holidays in Lakeside” with Santa, carriage rides, a community bake sale, a free kids movie, ice sculpting, and more. See the photo above for the full schedule.

Photo courtesy of Muskegon Museum of Art.

Muskegon Museum of Art’s Festival of Trees

When: Nov. 21 through Dec. 2; open 10am-5pm Mondays through Saturdays and 12pm-5pm Sundays.

Where: Muskegon Museum of Art (296 W. Webster Ave.)

What: The 14th annual Festival of Trees transforms the Museum of Art’s gallery spaces into festively designed Christmas trees and decorations, many of which can be purchased through silent auction during the event. The festival has become a local community holiday tradition that offers special events, holiday music, visits with Santa, holiday shopping, and more. The festival looks different each year; this year’s theme is “A Fantastical Holiday Adventure.” Special events include:

  • Teddy  Bear Breakfast, Saturday, Nov. 24, 8:30am-10:30am. This family breakfast is especially fun for children ages 3 to 8 years old. There will be a visit with Santa, a teddy bear parade, and more. Adults are $15, kids 12 and younger are $8. Call 231-720-2580 to purchase tickets in advance.
  • Senior Day, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 10am-5pm. This Senior Day includes half-off ticket prices ($5 for ages 65 and older). There will be free coffee and cookies, vendor samples, door prizes, and more.
  • The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris, Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1. Both days 6:30pm cocktail hour and 7:30pm performance. These two performances feature humorist David Sedaris’ hilarious Santaland Diaries, in which he writes about the downside of holiday joy based on his own experiences. The piece stars Crumpet, a Macy’s elf during the holiday crunch. Tickets are $12 per adult, $10 for MMA members, and $15 at the door. Call 231-720-2580 to purchase advance tickets.
  • Santa will be at the museum throughout the Festival of Trees, including on Saturday, Nov. 24 from 12-2pm and Saturday, Dec. 1 from 2-4pm.
Photo via Hackley & Hume Historic Site.

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours

When: Saturday, Nov. 24, 4-8pm; Sunday, Nov. 25, 1-4pm; Saturday, Dec. 8, 4-8pm; Saturday, Dec. 15 4-8pm; Saturday, Dec. 27, 4-8pm; Sunday, Dec. 28 1-4pm.

Where:  Hackley & Hume Historic Site (484 W. Webster Ave.)

What: Tour the Hackley and Hume homes while they are decorated for the holidays with period-appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more. Tickets are $10 each ($8 for seniors and $5 for children ages 2 to 12) and can be purchased at the door.

Photo via the Western Market.

Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides at the Western Market and Muskegon Farmers Market

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 10am-2pm

Where: Muskegon Farmers Market (242 W. Western Ave.) and Western Market (Western Avenue in downtown Muskegon)

What: Bring the family and enjoy a free wagon ride in downtown Muskegon, with stops at the Farmers Market and the Western Market.

A Cartoon Christmas Sing-A-Long

When: Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30pm

Where: Frauenthal Theater (425 W. Western Ave.)

What: “A Cartoon Christmas Sing-A-Long,” featuring the Leffring Sisters, will be presented by the West Michigan Concert Winds. The group will perform a number of songs from family films, including “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” the theme tune from “The Incredibles,” “Remember Me” from “Coco,” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Cartoon characters will be in the lobby before the performance for pictures. Tickets are $10 for adults and $2 for children; they can be purchased ahead of time at the Frauenthal’s box office.

Photo via the West Michigan Symphony.

Home for the Holidays

When: Friday, Dec. 14, 7:30pm

Where: Frauenthal Center (425 W. Western Ave.)

What: The West Michigan Symphony presents “Home for the Holidays,” its annual Yuletide concert. Guest conductor Teresa Cheung will lead the orchestra along with the Reeths-Puffer High School choirs and the West Michigan Symphony children’s choir in music from “Miracle on 34th Street,” Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” beloved seasonal tunes like “White Christmas” and “The Christmas Song,” and numerous traditional carols. Tickets are $28 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased by calling 231-727-8001, at the Frauenthal box office, at the West Michigan Symphony ticket office at 360 W. Western Ave., or online at westmichigansymphony.org.

Photo via the West Michigan Youth Ballet.

The Nutcracker

When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 3pm

Where: The Frauenthal Theater (425 W. Western Ave.)

What: The West Michigan Youth Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker” is a wonderful telling of this beloved classic tale about a little girl named Clara and the magical nutcracker doll she’s given on Christmas Eve. Come join the local performers, ages eight to 18, for a journey through the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets. Tickets are $23 for adults and $12 for children ages 12 and under. To purchase tickets, please click here.

Photo via Praytell.

Praytell Christmas: An Evening of Music with Jon and Valerie Guerra

When: Thursday, Dec. 13, 7pm.

Where: Beardsley Theater at the Frauenthal Center (425 W. Western Ave.)

What: Praytell, the Chicago-based musical duo that is Jon and Valerie Guerra, are stopping in Muskegon during their national tour for a night of nostalgic harmonies, poetic lyrics and musical storytelling. Tickets are $12 each and may be purchased at the Frauenthal box office.

Free Holiday On Ice Show

When: Sunday, Dec. 9, 3:45pm

Where: L.C. Walker Arena (955 4th St.)

What: Members of the Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club will perform a free “Holiday on Ice Show,” which will include festively-costumed skaters presenting routines to a variety of favorite holiday tunes–from “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” to “Jingle Bell Rock.” In addition to the talented local skaters in the show, there are two special guests: U.S. Figure Skating Association Gold Medalists JoJo Billings and Grace VanZanten. After the two perform in the show, they are presenting a skating clinic for the Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club members.

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