December thru April — Winter Farmers Market, Okemos
. Come in from the cold to enjoy the Meridian Township Farmers Market all winter long at the Meridian Mall. Approximately 25-30 vendors participate each market day providing a variety of home grown and homemade goods. Find us in the JC Penney corridor on the first and third Saturdays from December through April. Visit www.meridian.mi.us.
December 1 — Winter Glow, East Lansing
. The Winter Glow features free winter activities including ice carving, reindeer, live music, carriage rides and merchant activities. Held downtown from 3-6 p.m. with a special lighting of luminaries at 5 p.m. Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/winterglow.
December 1 — Holiday Light Parade, Williamsto
n. The Williamston Area Chamber of Commerce is holding its 16th Annual Holiday Light Parade. The parade steps off at 6 p.m. with approximately 50 illuminated floats and vehicles, marching bands, animals and more. Santa and Mrs. Claus will help with the lighting of the tree in front of City Hall. There are extended holiday shopping and restaurant hours, a gingerbread house competition, artists’ receptions, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and watch glass paperweights being made. Call (517) 655-1549 or visit
December 6 — Mixer & Holiday Party, Mason
. Bring a guest and celebrate Mason’s Holiday Season. Event is at the Ingham County Fairgrounds Community Bldg. from 5-8 p.m. Area restaurants and caterers, live and silent actions, door prizes and 50/50. Cash bar with admission $7/member or $10/non-member. Visit www.masonchamber.org.
December 8 — Christmas Party, Laingsburg.
The Looking Glass River Sportsman Club will host their annual holiday dinner at the club, 8855 Woodbury Road, from 6-10 p.m. Main course and drinks provided. Bring a dish to pass. Bring a gift for the White Elephant auction. Call (517) 651-9015 or visit www.lgrsc.com.
December 9 — Christmas in the Village, Okemos
. Join the Friends of Historic Meridian from 2-4 p.m. for “Christmas in the Village” at the Meridian Historical Village for free. Tour the historic buildings with docents in period dress, visit with Santa, enjoy old-fashioned cookies and sip cider during this annual holiday event. The Community Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. Visit www.meridian.mi.us.
December 13 — Men’s Night Out, Lansing
. Vet’s Too Gift Boutique is hosting this gift giving merrymaking. First, have your best lady stop in and fill out a ‘wish list’ before the Dec. 13! Men, then arrive on Dec. 13 for free personalized gift shopping and wrapping while snacking on hot dogs and beer. Located next to Vet’s Ace Hardware, 2416 N. East St. Call (517) 651-2790 or visit
December 20 — Three Men and a Tenor-Twenty!, East Lansing.
Come and enjoy this group’s major milestone. The 20th Anniversary Concert Celebration “Three Men and a Tenor- TWENTY!” presented by the MSU School of Music with the Title Sponsor, MSU Federal Credit Union. Tickets: $10 or $20. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Wharton Center. Call (517) 432-2000 or visit www.whartoncenter.com.
January 27 — Meridian Skates, East Lansing
. All Meridian Township residents and friends are invited to Suburban Ice, 2810 Hannah Blvd, for a free family skate. Skate time is from 3:40 to 4:50 p.m. with $1 skate rental fee. Call (517) 336-4272.
December 31 — Welcoming 2013 with a Bang, Okemos
. The Meridian Township Parks and Recreation is excited to announce the fireworks celebration on New Year’s Eve. An early-evening launch of 8:30 p.m. will help make for a family-friendly event. Fireworks will be ignited from Central Park South, located near the Okemos Post Office. The best viewing areas are located on the north side of the Meridian Mall and the Township Municipal Complex, 5151 Marsh Road. Visit
January 25 — Meridian Bowls, East Lansing
. All Meridian Township residents and friends are invited to City Limits East, 2120 E. M-78, for free family bowling. Lane times: 4:30-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. with $2.50 shoe rental fee. Limited enrollment, register a lane time. Call (517) 337-7000.
January 26 — Family Moonlight Sledding, Okemos
. Bring the family to North Meridian Road Park for fun times and great exercise. Slide down the lit hill, enjoy hot chocolate and keep warm by the campfire for free from 6-8:30 p.m. Call (517) 853-4600 or visit www.meridian.mi.us.
January 27 — 6th Annual Polar Bear 5K Run/Walk, Okemos
. Here is a great family recreation activity that is fun for all ages and abilities. Participants will enjoy a 5k run/walk through scenic Central Park and Nancy Moore Park. Participants pre-registered by Jan. 18 will receive a free moisture wicking race t-shirt. Race Day registration will take place at the Meridian Township Municipal Building. Awards will be given in 14 divisions to the top three finishers for men and women. This event is sponsored in cooperation with Playmakers. (Course certified – MI 090225H) Registration at 9 a.m. with run/walk at 10 a.m. $20/person or $25/person after Jan. 18. Call (517) 853-4600.
December 1 — Christmas Craft Show, St. Johns.
Hosted by the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce each year, enjoy breakfast with Santa and kids’ crafts from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Festival of Trees and Craft Show run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival is held at the CC RESA Building, 1013 S US 27.Visit www.clintoncountychamber.org.
December 1-2 — MSU Arts & Crafts Holiday Show, East Lansing
. Hundreds of artists gather at the MSU Union, Abbot Road and Grand River Ave., for the annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show hosted by the University Activities Board. Admission is free. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season and shop for one-of-a-kind hand-crafted items made by artists from across the nation. Call (517) 355-3354 or visit www.uabevents.com.
December 2 — The Snow Queen, East Lansing
. The icy and beautiful Snow Queen has turned Kay’s heart to ice. Can Gerde rescue the Snow Queen’s enchantment? Gerde’s journey for Kay’s redemption leads her to talking reindeer, a little robber girl and a Finnish woman who can tell her the way to the Snow Queen’s realm. Hans Christian Andersen’s spellbinding story is set with lively large-scale puppets including the 12-foot tall Snow Queen. Shows 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. with $8 admission. Held at the Pasant Theatre. Visit
December 2 — Music at the Museum, Lansing
. The Michigan Historical Museum, 702 W. Kalamazoo St., presents this series in conjunction with the MSU College of Music. The series features a variety of student chamber music groups in an hour-long performance at the museum from 1:30-2:30 p.m. After the concert, student musicians will talk about their music selections and the composers; the museum galleries will be open for you to discover Michigan’s past. Admission is free. Call (517) 373-3559.
December 2 — Sunday Gallery Walk, Okemos
. Mid-Michigan Art Guild invites you to attend the opening reception of the All Member Art Show at the Okemos Library, 4321 Okemos Road, from 2-4 p.m. in the Community Room. Call (517) 349-0250.
December 5-9 — War Horse, East Lansing
. A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship takes to the stage during War Horse. As World War I begins, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. Visit
January 15 — Billy Elliot, East Lansing
. This musical is a joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising passion that inspires his family and his whole community. A big musical with an even bigger heart, this show will enchant the dreamer in all of us. Ticket prices and show times visit www.whartoncenter.com.
January 24-27 & 31 — In The Heights, Lansing
. This show tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. Performance by the Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. at the Miller Performing Arts Center, 6025 Curry Lane. Call (517) 927-3016 or visit www.peppermintcreek.org
January 25 — Mark Chesnutt, Charlotte
. Hear the songs, “Bubba Shot the Jukebox,” “It’s a Little Too Late” and “Going Through the Big D,” as Mark Chesnutt performs from his expansive list of hits. Chesnutt has charted more than 30 singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including eight No. 1 singles. An evening of intimate acoustic country music as this superstar performs at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 378 State St., at 7:30 p.m. for $34. Call (517) 541-5690 or visit www.cpacpresents.com
January 27 — The Gruffalo, East Lansing
. Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep, dark woods in this magical, musical adaptation of the Blue Peter award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Mouse can scare a succession of fierce hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined? Let your imagination run wild. Held at the Pasant Theatre, 750 E. Shaw Lane, for $10. Showtimes: 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Visit www.whartoncenter.com.
January 31 — BBC Concert Orchestra, East Lansing
. Led by popular Boston Pops Principal Conductor, Keith Lockhart, this all-British performance showcases Elgar’s passionate Cello Concerto featuring Sophie Shao, whom The New York Times has applauded as eloquent and powerful. The performance also includes Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Britten’s Four Sea Interludes and Butterworth’s The Banks of the Green Willow. One of the world’s most respected orchestra’s, the BBC Concert Orchestra appears regularly on BBC Radio and BBC Television and at the legendary Proms in London. Show time is at 7:30 p.m. with tickets ranging from $30 to $75. Visit www.whartoncenter.com.
November 16 – December 22 — 35th Annual Holiday Art Market, Lansing
. Showcasing more than 100 Michigan artists, the Holiday Art Market boasts a large collection of Michigan-made jewelry, glass, sculpture, paintings, pottery and wearable art ranging from traditional to funky. Stop in, warm up and start your holiday shopping. Shop ‘til you drop at the Lansing Art Gallery, 119 N. Washington Square. Call (517) 374-6400 or visit www.lansingartgallery.org.
November 4 – January 26 — Tenuous Equilibrium, Lansing
. A new art exhibit opens in the Belen Gallery and runs through the end of January at the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame, 213 W. Malcolm X St. The exhibit features the work of Detroit-based artist Yvette Rock. Tenuous Equilibrium features more than 20 original photographs reflecting Detroit’s current landscape and residents. These photographs point to the connection between fragile unstable structures and residents who long for strength and stability. Call (517) 484-1880 or visit www.michiganwomenshalloffame.org.
December 7-8 — Holiday Traditions Tour, Grand Ledge
. Travel to holidays past as you visit historic Victorian homes and the museum. Also stop by and see the 1928 Barton Theater organ, the Holiday Market, festive tables and decorated trees at the Opera House. Call (517) 627-5170 or visit www.gdledgehistsoc.org.
Monthly — Senior Activities, East Lansing.
Everyone is welcome to participate in the following scheduled activities for the 55+ crowd at Snell-Towar Recreation Center, 6146 Porter St. A computer lab is available for use. New program ideas are also welcome. Free bunco, cribbage and euchre every Thursday from 1-3 p.m. In addition, free monthly luncheon the first Thursday of every month at noon, just bring a dish to pass. Visit www.meridian.mi.us.
Weekly — 50 Plus Fitness Workout, Okemos
. Keeping our bodies flexible and strong are key components to healthier, happier retirement living. The 50 Plus Fitness Workout program engages approximately 50 people each program day of varying ages from 65-94 for an hour-long workout. Participants work at their own pace. Not only will your body be happy, but you will enjoy the social benefits as well! See you at the Meridian Mall Food Court every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Price: $1/class. Visit www.meridian.mi.us.
Thru December 31 — Holiday Gift Wrapping, Okemos
. No holiday stress here — the Meridian Mall offers reasonable pricing for all your beautiful holiday gift wrapping services from $2.99 to $14.99. From ring box to oversized packages with discounts for multiple boxes wrapped for the same order. Includes a gift box, gift wrap, tape, tissue paper, ribbon and a gift tag. Wrapping station near Macy’s. Visit www.meridianmall.com.
November thru January — Shooting Clinic Designed for Women, Lansing
. Archery, rifle and pistol. Meets every Tuesday starting now through Jan. 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Demmer Training Center, 4830 E. Jolly Road. Eight sessions for $150 includes all equipment and ammunition. This is an excellent opportunity to hone your skills on various types of platforms. Call (517) 884-0550 or visit www.demmercenter.msu.edu/classes.
December 5 — Starmakers Breakfast, Lansing
. Hosted by and featuring students from Okemos, Haslett and Lansing schools. Join Junior Achievement of Mid-Michigan at the Radisson Hotel with coffee and networking at 7:30 a.m. The Student Show begins at 8 a.m. Interested in attending or need more information call (517) 371-5437 or visit www.jamidmichigan.org
December 8 — Dickens Tea, Lansing
. Join others at the Turner-Dodge House for the annual Dickens Tea. Enjoy an afternoon with friends, food and tea at 3 p.m. for $8/person. While there, tour the house to view all of our beautiful Christmas decorations. Reserve your spot, call (517) 483-4220.
December 9 — Astrophotography Night, Potterville
. Bring your camera and work with experienced photographers to capture photos of the beautiful night sky. Session is from 7-11 p.m. at Fox Park Observatory, 3979 E. Gresham Highway. and is $5/person payable on-site. Call (517) 645-6666 or visit www.eatoncounty.org
November 24 – January 2 — Brown Christmas Light Show, Mason
. Fourth annual animated Christmas Light display. Share in the excitement as the family collects donations this year for the Capital Area Humane Society. Family’s goal is to exceed last year’s donation of $1,882. Shows: 5:30-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5:30-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5:30 to Midnight Christmas Eve, 1093 Cranbrook Lane. Visit www.brownchristmaslightshow.com
December 7-9 — Tri-County Festival of Trees, Lansing
. View more than 100 trees, wreaths and holiday gift ideas to be raffled on Sunday. Holiday crafters and vendors will be in attendance. Festival is at the Best Western Plus, 6820 S. Cedar and parking is free. Friday: noon to 8 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket price: $20/four adults and kids 17 and under are free. Proceeds to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation. Call (517) 410-8376 or email email@example.com.
January 26 — Winter Wonderland, Okemos
. Enjoy a winter hike or learn to snowshoe and cross-country ski on the trails of Meridian Riverfront Park at the Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road. Bring your own equipment if you can. Cross country skis and a limited number of snowshoes will be available. Recreational dog sledders will be on hand to demonstrate dog sledding and to introduce their dogs by the campfire. Children will have fun in the Outdoor Activity Area and everyone can watch Miller Ice Sculptures carve ice animals. Enjoy refreshments, a visit with HAM Radio operators and the HNC Foundation Silent Auction. The event will continue with or without snow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free but donations to the HNC appreciated. Call (517) 349.3866
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