Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Beatrix Potter’s 150th Birthday
The Muskegon Community College Hendrik Meijer Library is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of world famous English author Beatrix Potter, with a display of her books and a personal collection of 50 miniature Warne animal characters. An iconic author, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist, Potter is best known for her children’s books featuring animals, such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. She was a trailblazer for women of her time. This informative exhibit can be viewed now through Sunday, January 22. For more information on the exhibit, contact Darlene DeHudy at (231)-777-0268 or (231) 777-0269 for library hours.
Now through Christmas, you are invited to the Red Lotus Gallery/Muskegon Center for the Arts for their Ornament Extravaganza! Christmas ornaments have been created by local artists and will be available during the months of November and December. They make wonderful Christmas gifts. For more information, call 231-206-0426.
Big Band Christmas Party
December 20 @ 6:00 pm
The fourth annual Big Band Christmas Party with the Truth in Jazz Orchestra is happening at Watermark 920, December 20! Enjoy holiday and big band favorites along with food by Fatty Lumpkins and a cash bar. Led by Muskegon legend, drummer Tim Froncek, the Truth in Jazz Orchestra has been a Muskegon institution for the past 12 years. Doors open at 6:00pm. The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for students with ID. For more information, visit www.tijo.org.
Western Michigan Christian High School’s Christmas Collage
December 20 @ 7:00 pm
Tuesday, December 20 at 7:00pm, come to the beautiful Frauenthal Center for the Western Michigan Christian High School’s Christmas Collage! Tickets are only $10 for this lovely holiday show. For more information, call 231-722-9750.
Open Mic Night
December 21 @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 21 at 6:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Open Mic Night! Bring a song, poem or reading to share. For more information, call 231-894-5333.
Open Public Tours at the Muskegon Museum of Art
Enjoy free docent-led guided tours at the Muskegon Museum of Art on Thursdays, December 1 – February 16 from 5:00-7:00pm! www.muskegonartmuseum.org
First Edition Jazz Band
December 22 @ 7:00 pm
Thursday, December 22 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from the First Edition Jazz Band! For more information, call 231-894-5333.
Holiday Tours – Hackley & Hume Site
December 26 & 27
Visitors will have an opportunity to tour the homes of Muskegon’s most well-known lumber barons decorated to celebrate the holiday season! Holiday tours of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site will happen December 26 from 4:00 – 8:00pm, and December 27 from 1:00 – 4:00pm.
Tours begin in the Hackley house where a tree in the bay window of the Reception Hall greets visitors as they embark on their journey through the homes built in the late 1800s. The holidays are also being celebrated across the courtyard in the Hume family home. A tree decorated using a family photo as a guide is always popular with visitors. The tours are walk-through style with guides placed throughout the houses to answer questions.
The groups decorating the two houses this year include Delta Kappa Gamma, Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce, Muskegon’s Woman’s Club, Shoreline Victorian Ladies Society, Muskegon County Medical Society Alliance, Helen and Elizabeth Sherman, Minerva Dill Questers, Lakeshore Animal Hospital, Barb Lloyd and Jane Arndt, and the Interpretive Staff of the Historic Sites. www.lakeshoremuseum.org
Family Movie Day
December 27 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Christmas is over and the kids are off from school, so what are you going to do for fun? Bring them to the Frauenthal for “Family Movie Day!” December 27 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, enjoy Toy Story (1:00pm) and the Sandlot (2:45pm) absolutely free!
This event is sponsored by the generous donations of businesses and individuals: Airport Tour & Travel, Century Club Retail Center, Kay Ostrom, McDonald’s Candies, Lakeshore Employee Benefits, Mike & Kay Olthoff, Dr. Richard and Nancy Peters, Michael and Corina Soimar, Mart Dock, GVSU Annis Water Resources Institute and Drs. Gundersen and Zuker.
For more information, call 231-727-8001.
Lakeshore Museum Center Winter Open House
December 28 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
December 28 from 1:30 – 3:30pm, bring the kids to the Lakeshore Museum Center for their Winter Open House! They’ll have craft and science activities during this free open-house style program. For more information visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.
Muskegon Lumberjack Home Game
December 29 @ 7:15 pm
Thursday, December 29 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena as the Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the Waterloo Black Hawks! The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud members of the United States Hockey League, the nations only Tier I junior hockey league and the leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. The Lumberjacks’organization prides itself on developing not just premier hockey talent, but also exceptional young men outside the arena of sports. For more information, visit www.muskegonlumberjacks.com.
Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
December 30 @ 7:15 pm
Friday, December 30 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena as the Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the USNTDP U-17! The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud members of the United States Hockey League, the nations only Tier I junior hockey league and the leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. The Lumberjacks’organization prides itself on developing not just premier hockey talent, but also exceptional young men outside the arena of sports. For more information, visit www.muskegonlumberjacks.com.
Rockin’ Oldies New Year’s Bash
Mona Lake Productions presents the Rockin’ Oldies New Year’s Bash, an elegant and fun affair that will give you a chance to indulge in great food and drink and fantastic entertainment! Come to Verdoni’s Event Center for a two entree dinner from The Harris Group. There’ll also be hors d’oeuvres and a DJ to warm up the show, featuring 50’s and 60’s singer Quentin Flagg and The Whatabouts from Detroit. Mr. Flagg is a performer who’s taken his act all over the world and The Whatabouts concentrate on “girl group” songs of the 60’s! Get out the poodle skirt for this great evening of fun to usher in 2017! For more information, call 231-206-4873 or visit www.facebook.com/MonaLakeProductions.
Downtown Muskegon New Year’s Eve Ballroom Package
December 31, 2016 @ 1:00 pm – January 1, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
The Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor is offering a wonderful New Year’s Eve Ballroom Package! There are a limited number of packages available, so make your reservation today by calling the front desk at 231-722-0100.
This All-Inclusive Overnight Package for 2 Includes:
• Overnight Accommodation
• Champagne Upon Arrival
• Dinner Buffet
• Open Bar 9:00pm – 1:00am
• Champagne Toast & Snacks at Midnight
• Breakfast Buffet on New Year’s Day
• Late checkout of 1:00pm
• Featuring Live Entertainment by: Westside Soul Surfers
Packages start at $269.99 + tax
Dueling Pianos: New Year’s Eve Edition
December 31, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – January 1, 2017 @ 12:30 am
December 31 at 6:00pm, come to SE4SONS Banquet Center for the best New Year’s Eve Party in Muskegon featuring the Dueling Pianos! Tickets are $60 and include party favors, hors d’ oeuvres, a station-style dinner, a late night snack, a 3 hour Dueling Pianos Show and champagne toast at midnight! To purchase your tickets, please call 231-755-3737 or buy them in person at SE4SONS. All ticket sales are final.
New Year’s Eve Ballroom Package 2016
December 31, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – January 1, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
The Shoreline Inn & Conference Center is offering a New Year’s Eve all inclusive package for two that includes overnight accommodation, champagne upon arrival, a dinner buffet, open bar from 9:00pm – 1:00am, live entertainment by the band Pop Fiction , a midnight toast/snacks, a midnight balloon drop, a breakfast buffet New Year’s Day and late check out of 1:00pm. Make your reservations by calling 231-727-8483.
Do You Remember the 70’s? New Year’s Eve Bash
December 31 @ 6:00 pm
This New Year’s Eve, come out to Bella Maria’s for the “Do You Remember the 70’s? New Year’s Eve Bash!” Enjoy an unlimited appetizer buffet from 6:00pm-7:00pm, a tremendous entree buffet starting at 7:00pm, a dessert buffet unlike any you’ve seen before and late night appetizers after midnight. Don’t worry, you’ll work it all off doing the “Hustle” to a light and sound show by Orpheus Light & Sound Experience. Don’t remember how? That’s O.K., there’ll be dancers and instructors from Arthur Murray Dance Studio on hand to show you all the moves! Tickets are $60 per person and are limited to 200. Call 231-563-6914 for reservations.
Sgt. Preston Yukon King New Year’s Day Run
January 1, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Touted as the oldest outdoor running event in the Midwest, visit the West Michigan Lakeshore for 5K and traditional 6-mile races. Families are encouraged to participate. All proceeds support North Muskegon High School Athletics. Chip timed and medals for top age-group categories. For more information, call 231-288-6011.