City Pulse's 2019 Holiday Event Guide

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Dec. 5 - Winter Wine & Stein at Potter Park Zoo

Sample delectable hors d’oeuvres and beer and wine from local restaurants on an illuminated “Wonderland of Lights” path around the zoo. Attendees must be 21 and over to qualify.

$25, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing Charter Township

 (517) 483-4222,

Dec. 6 - Ten Pound Fiddle Holiday Sing

Seasonal, secular songs and a few hymns compose a warm evening of participatory music during the holidays for Ten Pound Fiddle’s annual Holiday Sing concert. Vocals and accompaniment will be provided by Doug Berch, poet Ruelaine Stokes, Marzeih Ghiasi and Doug Austin on piano. Ten Pound Fiddle booking manager Sally Potter hosts. Lyric sheets provided.

$20, 7:30 p.m. MSU Community Music School, 4930 S. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing

(517) 337-7744,

Dec. 7 - East Lansing’s Winter Glow

East Lansing’s free outdoor winter festival will feature ice carving, horse and carriage rides, a special outdoor holiday farmer’s market, a heated music tent, free family portrait with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

2 p.m. to 5 p.m., 300 M. A. C. Ave., East Lansing

(517) 337-1731

Dec. 7 - DAOM Heavy Metal Holiday Meltdown at The Avenue Café

The Dark Arts of Michigan closes out a year of sheer horror with a dense line up of entertainment including Tater Tot Noxious, Prince Marsallis, Veronica Lockhart, Leena Allure, Eartha Kitten, Caffeyne Luv and Darryn Storm. Two floors of vendors and readings at Triple Goddess Bookstore all night long.

8 p.m. to 2 a.m., $10, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing,

Dec. 7 - Toys for Tots at Potter Park Zoo

An annual initiative to fill a moving truck with toys. Each person who brings in a new, unwrapped toy receives free admittance to Wonderland of Lights. 

5 to 8 p.m., 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing Charter Township

(517) 483-422,

Dec. 7 - Scrooge Scramble 5K and Holiday Hullabaloo in Old Town

Around 400 runners will participate in a 5K “Scrooge Scramble” while Old Town businesses transform with Holiday goods and more for its annual Holiday Hullabaloo. Santa will be visiting as well.

10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 1232 Turner St., Lansing


Dec. 7 - Phil Denny Christmas Show

National saxophonist Phil Denny puts his spin on Christmas classics and performs original music at this family-friendly seventh annual event. Denny also welcomes trumpeter, songwriter and bandleader, Ryan Montano, Detroit’s rare jewel vocalist Gwen Foxx and guitarist Wayne Gerard, who rounds out the list with elements of rock, blues, Hip-Hop, punk, funk and jazz.

7 p.m., $28,  Margaret Livensparger Theater, 5885 W. Holt Road, Holt

Dec. 7 - REO Town Neighborhood Holiday Pop Up

Fifty different vendors in eight storefronts unite for this holiday pop up. Goods range from local roasted coffee to wreaths and knitted apparel.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., REO Town, 1027 S. Washington Ave., Lansing

Dec. 7 - Williamston Holiday Light Parade

With illuminated floats and vehicles, a marching band and tree lighting, check out Williamston’s annual Holiday Light Parade with area businesses open extended hours. There will also be a costume contest with the winner receiving a stocking filled with Living Arts goodies and candy.

4 p.m., 201 School St., Williamston

(517) 655-1549,

Dec. 7 & Dec. 21 - Contra and Square Dance at Central United Methodist Church

All dances taught – no partner needed. Wear loose clothes, comfortable shoes, and be prepared to have a good time! Come early – at 6:30 – for a quick workshop on easy contra dance moves.

7 to 10 p.m., $12, 215 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing,

(517) 614-5858,

Dec. 7 - Night Lights Christmas Parade and Festivities in Grand Ledge

Grand Ledge celebrates its Christmas tree lighting with a parade of floats and festivities starting from the Grand Ledge Fire Barn, 500 N. Clinton St., down Bridge Street. The Grand Marshal is Jill Mangrum, a recently retired principal of Grand Ledge High School.

7 p.m. Grand Ledge Chamber, 310 Greenwood St., Grand Ledge

(517) 627-2383,

Dec. 10 - FALCONERS Sensory-Friendly Wonderland of Lights

Thousands of lights will create extraordinary animal exhibits and holiday displays designed for people with unique challenges. Registration for free admission to the zoo and activities ends Dec, 9 at midnight.

5 to 8 p.m., 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing Charter Township

(517) 483-4222,  

Dec. 13  - Holiday arrangement workshop at Where the Wild Things Bloom

Weave, trim and arrange the ideal holiday centerpiece with evergreens, pinecones, red roses and holiday trim. The event is food and alcohol friendly.  

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., $40, Where the Wild Things Bloom, 523 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Lansing 

(517) 253-8519, 

Dec. 13 - Caroling with LUVS in Moores Park neighborhood

Join the Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle for an evening of caroling, community, and holiday spirit in the Moores Park neighborhood! All faiths, backgrounds and identities are welcome, and the LUVS will select a sackful of holiday tunes to share!

7 p.m., 400 Moores River Drive, Lansing,

Dec. 14 - Holiday Sing-A-Long with Carrie Quisenberry at MSU Community School

Carrie Quisenberry will lead a sing-a-long for folk enthusiasts from ages 3 to 13 and their families.

10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., 4930 S. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing

(517) 974-3751,

 Dec. 14 - Terri Davis-Hayden Christmas Cabaret at UrbanBeat

You’re invited to “A Davis Family Christmas” featuring performances by the vocally-inclined bunch including Terri Davis-Hayden, Mike “Mr. Entertainment” Davis and Jeff Davis.

 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., 1213 Turner St., Lansing

 (517) 331-8440, 

Dec. 20-22 - Holiday Cheer at Riverwalk Theatre

Directed by Meghan Eldred-Woolsey, the Holiday Cabaret will feature local performers singing classic Christmas songs alongside the John Dale Smith Trio and dancers from Karyn’s Dance Place.  

7 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., $15, 228 Museum Drive, Lansing 

(517) 482-5700, 

Dec. 21 - Storytime & Cinnamon Rolls with Santa at Al!ve

A classic Christmas tale read by a storyteller and special guest, wish list making and cinnamon rolls. Families are encouraged to wear Christmas pajamas to this event.

10 a.m. to noon, $25-$30, 800 W. Lawrence Ave., Charlotte,

(517) 541-5800

Dec. 31 - New Year’s Eve Salsa Party at UrbanBeat

Back by popular demand, dinner starts at 8 p.m. Salsa lessons for those who wish to partake will be given after dinner.

7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., 1213 Turner St., Lansing,

(517) 331-8440,


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