Muskegon County Calendar of Events 12/27/17- 01/08/2018

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Open Daily 10:00-10:00 – weather permitting!
426 Scenic Dr. North Muskegon County

We are open for skiing and snowshoeing at this time. We are continuing to work on building the ice rink and luge track. We hope to have everything open for Christmas break, as long as conditions allow. We are open from 10am to 10pm every day now as long as we have good cold weather. We have Luge, Ice Skating, XC-Skiing, Snowshoeing and Sledding. Come out and enjoy the lighted ski trails. You can schedule winter field trips or private group outings by calling 1-877-879-5843 or emailing Family Season Passes are on sale for $150 and rental equipment for the entire family can be added for $45.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Public Tours
296 W. Webster, downtown Muskegon

Drop in for guided tours exhibition tours, led by Muskegon Museum of Art docents, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Thursday evening admission is free from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, compliments of Meijer. Their regular hours open are 10:00am – 5:00pm Tuesday – Saturday. For more information call 231-720-2570 or

Public Indoor Ice Skate
December 28 & December 30
LC Walker Arena 955 Fourth St. Downtown Muskegon

This is indoor ice skating but is still chilly so wear your gloves, hat & scarf. Skate on the same rink the Muskegon Lumberjacks play while listening to fun holiday music. This is fun for all ages and expertise. December 28 and 30, you’re invited to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Public Skate!  The cost is $4 to skate and $3 for ice skate rental.  For more information, call 231-726-2400. December 28:  12:00pm – 1:30pm December 30:  1:00pm – 2:30pm

Through December 30, 2:30pm-5:30pm
James Jackson African American Museum *FREE

This is FREE for everyone at the James Jackson African American Museum across from the Muskegon Heights City Hall. 7 East Center St. For more information call 231-739-9500

Indoor Farmers’ Market
Dec-April, Saturday @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.

The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter! They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm through April. They will be closed Saturday, December 30. For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

Free Family Movie Day: The Princess Bride (PG)
December 27 @ 3:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave. *FREE

Get out of the house over the holiday break for some free family fun! This beloved classic fairytale begins with a grandfather reading his favorite book to his hard-to-impress grandson.  This book, he promises, has everything – “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles.” – and all that he promised comes to life before the boy’s enchanted eyes as his grandfather reads him the adventures of Buttercup, the most beautiful woman in the world, and Westley, the man she loves. This film is free and no tickets are required.  Concessions will be available for purchase.  For more information, call 231-727-8001. Have extra coats, mittens, hats or scarves you would like to donate?  The Frauenthal Center will be running their annual coat drive and donating them to a local charity!  The donation box is in the Frauenthal Center lobby now through December 22.

Pomander Make and Take
December 28 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lakeshore Museum Center

Stop by the Lakeshore Museum Center for a Make & Take Open House between 11:00am – 2:00pm to create your own Pomander (also known as cloved orange) to add the smell of the holidays to your home or share with a friend! There is a $2 cost per craft for supplies. The pomander is a traditional Christmas ornament and New Year’s gift. The word pomander comes from French pomme (which means apple, also the root of Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruits, and pommel, the decorative hilt of a word or dagger) and ambre. Ambre derives from either ambergris, an early perfume ingredient or another one of its meanings: golden in color. For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
December 29 @ 7:00 pm
955 Fourth St., downtown Muskegon

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running! Catch the home game tonight at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on Team USA at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225. It’s also Youth Hockey Camp night!!

Cardboard Maker’s Space
December 29 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lakeshore Museum Center, 430 W. Clay Ave.

Families will have the opportunity to build their own cardboard creations to take home at the Lakeshore Museum Center. Use museum created examples as inspiration or design your own! Admission is always free for Muskegon County residents, and just $3 for non-residents. For more information, call (231) 722-0278.

Learn to Luge Weekend – Every Weekend
Friday-Sunday @ 6:00 pm
Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, 462 Scenic Dr.

Every Friday – Sunday at 6:00pm (weather permitting), you can learn to luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, offering one of only four publicly accessible luge tracks in the United States! Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and two starting areas. For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website to make reservations.

Best New Year’s Eve Family Party in Muskegon!
December 31
Northway Lanes, 1751 Evanston Ave. Muskegon

If your family is looking for fun things to do in Muskegon New Years’ Eve 2017, come to Northway Lanes to enjoy a two hour Ultra Cosmic bowling experience, prize giveaways, and party favors while you feast on a taco and pizza buffet with soda. It’s great family interaction featuring music, food, bowling, party favors, and prizes. $74.95 per family with all you can eat pizza. There is an early bird evening beginning at 5:00pm. Call now to sign up 231-767-BOWL

New Year’s Eve Celebration
December 31 9:00pm – 1:00am
Shoreline Inn & Conference Center
750 Terrace Point Dr.

Make plans to spend your New Year’s Eve at the Shoreline Inn & Conference Center! There’ll be live music from Pop Fiction, an open bar from 9:00pm – 1:00am, a midnight toast and balloon drop. Their special New Year’s Eve packages also include overnight accommodations for two, champagne upon arrival, a gourmet dinner buffet and breakfast, as well as midnight snacks and appetizers. Packages start at $339 + tax. For reservations, call 231-727-8483.

Magic of Motown New Year’s Eve
December 31 @ 6:00 pm
513 W. Pontaluna

Relive the Magic of Motown on New Year’s Eve at Bella Maria’s beginning at 6:00pm, December 31! The awesome buffet will include Prime Rib, Shrimp, Chicken, Cod Florentine and so much more! There will also be an extensive dessert buffet, Champagne toast at midnight and one of the best review shows in Michigan, Danielle Cosby and the Motown Review! Tickets are $75.00 per person. For tickets or more information, call 231-563-6914.

New Year’s Eve Ballroom Bash
December 31
Holiday Inn & Conference Center Downtown Muskegon, 939 Third St., Muskegon

Ring in the New Year at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center in Downtown Muskegon! Ballroom packages include: Overnight accommodations Champagne upon arrival Dinner Buffet Open Bar from 9:00pm – 1:00am Balloon Drop Champagne Toast and Midnight Snacks Breakfast Buffet New Year’s Day Late Check-out of 1:00pm Live Entertainment:  Westside Soul Surfers. Photo Booth with Props. Packages start at $279.99 + tax. Make your reservations today by calling 231-722-0100.

Magic of Motown New Year’s Eve
December 31 @ 6:00 pm
Bella Maria’s Event Center, 513 W. Pontaluna Rd. N.S

Relive the Magic of Motown on New Year’s Eve at Bella Maria’s beginning at 6:00pm, December 31! The awesome buffet will include Prime Rib, Shrimp, Chicken, Cod Florentine and so much more! There will also be an extensive dessert buffet, Champagne toast at midnight and one of the best review shows in Michigan, Danielle Cosby and the Motown Review!  Tickets are $75.00 per person.  For tickets or more information, call 231-563-6914.

Movies @ the Library: Concussion
January 2, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W. Webster Ave.

Come to Hackley Public Library for a screening of the film, “Concussion” (123 mins. (PG-13)!  This dramatic thriller is based on the true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu.  Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist, made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known.  Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful and beloved institutions in the world. Movies at the Library are free and happen the first Tuesday of the month. Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

White Lake Classical Series: Orion Rapp, Oboe
January 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Book Nook & Java Shop, 8744 Ferry St. Montague

Stop by for the White Lake Classical Series featuring Orion Rapp!  Orion is Principal Oboist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and will be performing the music of Bach, Britten, Poulenc and Morricone. The cover charge is $5. Come early if you’d like to enjoy a dinner of pork tenderloin, pommes gratin, vegetable, glass of house wine and dessert for only $17. Dinner begins at 6:15pm. For reservations or more information, call 231-894-5333.

Winter Break Family Events at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
January 2-4, 2018
USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St.

The museum will be offering ROV (remotely operated vehicle) robotic classes at 11:00am and 1:30pm. Participants will get the opportunity to design, build and test their remotely operated underwater vehicles in their indoor test tanks.  The cost is only $5 with the purchase of a museum admission. On those same days at 12:00pm and 2:00pm, you can also enjoy a screening of the 1966 Batman film in the museum theater.  Only $5 with the purchase of museum admission. For more information, call (231) 755-1230.

Open House Reception at The Red Lotus Gallery
January 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
An event every month that begins at 6:00pm on day First of the month, repeating until November 2, 2018
Red Lotus Gallery, 356 W. Western Ave.

You are invited to the Artists’ Open House Reception at the Muskegon Center for the Arts every first Friday night of the month from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, at the Red Lotus Fine Art Gallery located in downtown Muskegon in the Century Building’s basement. For more information, find them on Facebook

Muskegon Risers Soccer Home Game
January 5, @ 7:00 pm – January 6 @ 7:00 pm
L.C. Walker Arena, 955 Fourth St.

Muskegon Risers SC was founded to help facilitate positive social and economic change along the Muskegon Lakeshore through the game of soccer.  A Riser is someone who understands our community’s potential and who pushes themselves and others to realize that potential. Our ‘Risers’ name was inspired by the ‘Muskegon, Together Rising’ sculpture that stands in the heart of downtown Muskegon. Get your season tickets for the 2018 Major Arena Soccer League II (M2) Season!  Once you place your at their website, your tickets will be immediately available for pickup at the LC Walker Arena Box Office! You will also get a RISE AND GRIND New Balance Shirt, to be picked-up at the first home game you attend! The Risers will be playing 6 home games. 231-726-2400

West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
January 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Reeths-Puffer HS Rocket Centre for the Fine Arts,
1545 N Roberts Rd

The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes. Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%. Ages 4 and under are free. Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales.

Ruth and Max Bloomquist
January 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The Corner, 280 W Muskegon Ave.

Monday, January 8 at 6:00pm, come to “The Corner” as Ruth and Max BLoomquist, Muskegon’s own folk singers, perform an evening of wonderful music! Ruth and Max have been making music together since they met in 1975 and discovered their shared love not only for each other. This is a FREE event. Please call 231-722-8000 for more information.