Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Evening of Elegance | Exquisite Holiday Tablescapes
December 9 @ 5:30pm
Monday, December 9 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club for an Evening of Elegance | Exquisite Holiday Tablescapes! View exquisite holiday tablescapes in the historic Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club. Enjoy free admission to view only December 5 – December 7 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and December 8 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.
December 9, enjoy a catered dinner, viewing and a performance. Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner will be served at 6:00pm. Tickets are $25 per person and reservations must be made in advance. Message them on Facebook to make reservations. Call (231) 725-9220 for more information.
Santa at the Muskegon Township Library
December 9 @ 10:45 am
Monday, December 9 at 10:45am, Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Muskegon Township Library to meet children of all ages. Bring the whole family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and Santa! Don’t forget your camera. You won’t want to miss this free photo opportunity. For more information call 231-760-4329.
Santa at the Montague Library
December 9 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, December 9 at 6:00pm, Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit the Montague Library to meet children of all ages. Bring the whole family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and Santa! Don’t forget your camera. You won’t want to miss this free photo opportunity. For more information call 231-893-2675.
Team Trivia Game Show
December 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show! Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams! Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge. Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week. For more information, call (231) 726-4007.
Downtown Live Concert Series
December 9 @ 7:30 pm
The Downtown Live Concert Series at the Frauenthal Center begins its second season in October 2019 and will feature every Muskegon Community College music ensemble, as well as the West Michigan Concert WINDS which is affiliated with MCC. The 10-concert series continues through April 2020. Some of the musical selections this season are based upon the 2019 Arts and Humanities Festival (ahFest) theme of “Hope.” Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $2.00 for students and $10 each for groups of 6 or more. For more information call 231-727-8001.
December 9, 2019 – “All MCC Holiday Celebration” features the MCC Wind and Jazz Ensembles, the Collegiates, The College Singers and small group performances by students and faculty at 7:30pm in the Frauenthal Theater
Bingo at Hackley Library
December 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, December 10 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Library to play Bingo, meet new people, and snag some awesome prizes! Snacks will be included as well as amusing commentary from your friendly librarians Lydia and Analiese. This event is free to the public and recommended for all ages. For more information call (231) 722-8000.
Planetarium Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star
December 10 & 12 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
November 5 – December 12 at 7:00pm, a holiday tradition returns to the Carr-Fles Planetarium with “Mystery of the Christmas Star!” No reservations are needed for this free, 30-minute show in room 1072 at Muskegon Community College. Be sure to come early and visit the John Barley Science Museum in room 1073, across the hall from the planetarium. The museum is open until 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; allow 20-30 minutes. For more information, or to schedule a private planetarium show for groups of 15 or more, call 231-777-0289.
Make It @ Montague: Snow Globe Scene
December 11 @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 11 at 6:00pm, come to the Montague Library to make a charming snow globe! This fun craft will be pretty perched in any corner, mantle or bookshelf. For more information call (231) 893-2675.
Santa at Dalton Library
December 12 @ 4:00 pm
Thursday, December 12 at 4:00pm, Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Muskegon Area District Library to meet children of all ages. Bring the whole family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and Santa! Don’t forget your camera. You won’t want to miss this free photo opportunity. For more information call 231-828-4188.
After Hours Tours at Hackley Library
December 12 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 12 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for an After Hours Tour! Dive into history and learn details about HPL during an ‘After-Hours’ guided tour! Visitors are asked to arrive at 4:45pm to gather in HPL’s lower level meeting rooms, and the tours will begin at 5:00pm. Please park in the rear parking lot as the front doors will be locked. Tours will be approximately 1 hour. These tours are free and open to the public. For more information call (231) 722-8000.
Opening Reception & Gallery Talk: Excellence in Fibers V
December 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, December 12 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “Opening Reception & Gallery Talk: Excellence in Fibers V!” Excellence in Fibers V, the juried international fibers show highlighting the winter season, opens with a reception and gallery talk by Art Martin, MMA Director of Collections and Exhibitions/Senior Curator. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 231-720-2570.
MADL Thursday Night Music Club presents: Picó & Chown
December 12 @ 7:00 pm
Thursday, December 12 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to Norton Shores Library for the MADL Thursday Night Music Club featuring Picó & Chown! Enjoy the rich vocals and smooth piano of Miriam Picó and David Chown as they share old standards, pop, rock & blues classics, as well as original music. They’ll even throw in some of your holiday favorites! For more information call (231) 780-8844.
A Christmas Line: A North Pole Musical & a Christmas Scarol
December 13 – December 14
Friday, December 13 at 7:00pm and Saturday, December 14 at 2:00pm, come to the Beardsley Theater at the Muskegon Civic Theatre Education Division presents their annual Holiday Show!
Broadway Bound presents “A Christmas Line: a North Pole Musical.” It’s a casting call for the annual holiday revue and a host of familiar North Pole faces are lined up to audition, headshots and resumes in hand. Three Elves, a not-so-famous Reindeer, a stage-worthy Snowman, Mrs. C. herself, a regular kid, Cameron, and a chorus of other North Pole citizens put to the test by Santa Claus. Fantastic Broadway-style songs brings this holiday musical to life.
Performance LAB presents “A Christmas Scarol.” When Tim can’t think of a Christmas gift to get his high-maintenance girlfriend, he’s visited by four terrifying spirits (actually five — they’ve been hiring) who whisk him away on a harrowing and hilarious journey into the past, present, future, and an alternate timeline. This wild and free-spirited adaptation of the holiday classic is a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas (getting awesome presents).
All tickets are $8, general admission. For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.
Art Cats Gallery 20th Anniversary Celebration
December 13 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14 from 10:00am – 6:00pm, join Art Cats Gallery as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary! They’ll be offering free holiday treats, a great 20% discount and will be giving away 20 of their very favorite things! For more information call 231-755-7606.
Black History Month Calendar Contest
Through January 10
Participate in Hackley Library’s annual calendar contest, where they’ll showcase artwork from all ages to celebrate African American achievements! Everyone is invited to submit drawings. To enter, draw a picture from African American history on your entry form which can be picked up at Hackley Library. The best pictures will be published in a free calendar which will be available throughout Muskegon. Don’t forget to pick up your free entry form at Hackley Library! All submissions are due at Hackley Library by Friday, January 10. They’ll announce the winners at the Awards Ceremony on February 3 during Open Mic Night. All ages are recommended to participate in this calendar contest. For more information call (231) 722-8000.
Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
December 13 @ 7:00 pm
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. Catch a home game Friday, December 13 at 7:05pm at the L.C. Walker Arena as they take on the U18. It’s Coats & Shoes Drive Night! Tickets range from $10 – $17. For more information call (231) 724-5225.
West Michigan Symphony: Sounds of the Season
December 13 – December 14 @ 7:30 pm
Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the West Michigan Symphony presents “Sounds of the Season!” A cast of young choristers from ages 8-18, along with the full WMS, will warm hearts in this annual concert of seasonal favorites, from classics to beloved carols. Bring the whole family for a spellbinding evening of Yuletide magic! Tickets are $12 for students and $29 – $66 for adults. For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.
Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
Experience the Hackley & Hume homes decorated beautifully for the holidays by Muskegon’s local community groups with period-appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more! Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per person, $8 for seniors 65+ and $5 for Kids ages 2-12. For more information call 231-722-7578.
• December 14 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
• December 21 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
• December 27 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
• December 28 from 1:00pm -4:00pm
Cocoa & Crafts: Holiday Craft Show
December 14 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, December 14 from 9:00am – 3:00pm, come to the L. C. Walker Arena for the Cocoa & Crafts – Holiday Craft Show! Hosted by the Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club this event features over 100 vendors, making your last minute Holiday shopping convenient and fun. While you are browsing, stop by their hot cocoa bar and get yourself a warm treat. Be sure to bring the little ones to see Santa! For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Super Saturday: Fiber Fun
December 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
December 14 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, bring the family to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Free Family Fun Day! Come celebrate the fantastically fun fiber art at the MMA. For more information call 231-720-2570.
• 10:00am & 1:00pm Family Film
• 11:00am – 1:00pm Tours – Explore “Excellence in Fibers V” with an MMA docent.
• 11:00am – 2:00pm Make & Take Art Activity – Create your own fabulous fiber art in the classroom.
Santa at Ravenna Library
December 14 @ 10:30 am
Saturday, December 14 at 10:30am, Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Muskegon Area District Library to meet children of all ages. Bring the whole family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts and Santa! Don’t forget your camera. You won’t want to miss this free photo opportunity. For more information call 231-853-6975.
Holiday Shopping Frenzy
December 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, December 14 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, come to Mona Lake Boat Club for the Holiday Shopping Frenzy! Do some last minute holiday shopping from a variety of vendors, grab some lunch and get entered in raffles happening every half hour starting at noon. For more information call (231) 798-4011.
Downtown Muskegon Cookie Crawl – SOLD OUT
December 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, December 14 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers Market for the first ever “Cookie Crawl” in Downtown Muskegon! Start at the Muskegon Farmers Market at 11:00am to pick up your tin and first cookie. From there, travel to the other 24 participating vendors in any order and get a cookie from them. Visit all vendors before 2:00 pm. Tickets are $20 and they only have 100 tickets available so act fast. It’s going to be so fun and you’ll walk away with a cute tin full of cookies to enjoy!
Yule Book Event at Hackley Library
December 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, December 14 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm, come to the Yule Book Event at Hackley Library! Inspired by Iceland’s tradition of giving and reading books on Christmas Eve, stop into Hackley Library to buy a few gifts, listen to holiday music, and make a hot cocoa reindeer craft to enjoy at home! Our Friends of Hackley Library will have a fantastic selection of books for sale, for both adults and children. This event is free to the public and recommended for all ages. For more information call (231) 722-8000.
Steven Curtis Chapman: Acoustic Christmas
December 14 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 14 at 7:00pm, come to The Lakes Church in Fruitport for Acoustic Christmas! Singer, songwriter, best-selling author, dad, husband, Christ follower, and most awarded artist in Christian music history, Steven Curtis Chapman, will be joined by Jillian Edwards to perform a wonderful Christmas show. Tickets range from $20 to $75 and are available through www.itickets.com.
Ugly Sweater Party for a Cause
December 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, December 14 from 8:00pm – 11:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Company for an Ugly Sweater Party for a Cause! Dress to impress at the annual event featuring a live performance by Logan White, the Ugliest Sweater will get a prize at 10:00pm!
Instead of charging cover, they’re asking everyone to bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots to fill up their box. They are an official T for T drop off location! They’ll also be collecting items for Kids’ Food Basket’s “Sack Supper Wish List.” Each Sack Supper is a well-rounded, nutritious evening meal critical to the development of the brain and body. Providing that level of nutrition to nearly 8,000 children each weekday takes a lot of support from people like you! For more information call Pigeon Hill at (231) 375-5184.
Items for the Kids’ Food Basket Sack Supper Food Drive:
• Fruit cups or pouches
• Dried fruit
• Snack size zipper bags
• Toasted oat cereal
• Pretzel twists
• Goldfish crackers or Cheez-Its (off-brand accepted)
Pilates + Beer
December 15 @ 11:00 am
Sunday, December 15 from 11:15am – 12:15pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Company’s new facility for Pilates + Beer with Mandy! This one hour Pilates class will target your core. The cost is $12 (cash only) and includes a Tier I – Tier 4 beer in the taproom afterwards. Visit Pigeon Hill’s Facebook page and click “GOING” to reserve your space. Payment is due upon arrival. The class will be hosted at 895 Fourth St. at Pigeon Hill’s new facility off of Shoreline Drive. Drinks will be afterwards in the taproom at 500 W. Western Ave. For more information call (231) 375-5184.
Holiday Brunch with Santa
December 15 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday, December 15 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, come to SE4SONS Banquet Center for a fun-filled day of great food, holiday cookie decorating, family and Santa! The cost is $27 for adults, $12 for kids 5 – 12, and free for kids 4 and under. Reservations are necessary and will fill up fast, so don’t miss out! Make your reservations today by calling 231-755-3737. Check out the menu at www.se4sons.net/upcoming-events.
Santa’s Ceramic Workshop at Unruly Brewing Co.
December 15 @ 11:00 am
Sunday, December 15 at 11:00am, it’s Santa’s Ceramic Workshop at Unruly Brewing Co. Support local art programs with this fun family event! You’ll make one of a kind, glazed bisque-ware items that are dishwasher and dinnerware safe. Walk-ins are welcome if space is available. All items will be ready to pick up on Saturday December 21. For more information call (231) 288-1068.
Crafts & Drafts Gets Festive
December 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sunday, December 15 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Company as Crafts & Drafts gets festive! This is holiday upcycling at its finest. Join them in the taproom to turn a few picture frames, mirrors and holiday odds and ends into your very own holiday creation. The sky’s the limit on your design. The class is $20 and includes a beverage to get your creative juices flowing. Gather all of your holiday spirit and let the magic of the season inspire you! They only have room for 30, so pre-registration and payment are necessary. You can sign up in the taproom or call and reserve your spot at (231)375-5184. Be sure to stick around afterwards for some live music!
West Michigan Youth Ballet presents: The Nutcracker
December 15 @ 3:00 pm
Sunday, December 15 at 3:00pm, the Frauenthal Center and West Michigan Youth Ballet present, “The Nutcracker!” Make West Michigan Youth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” part of your holiday tradition this year! “The Nutcracker,” a wonderful ballet for the entire family, tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. She encounters the frightful rat king before embarking on a journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Bringing to life this beloved story will be youth from twelve West Michigan dance studios, ranging from 8 – 18 years of age. Tickets are $23.00 for adults and $12.00 for children 12 and under. For more information call 231-727-8001.
Muskegon on Ice: Holiday Figure Skating Show
December 15 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 15 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm, the Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club invites you to the L.C. Walker Arena for Muskegon on Ice! This will be an unforgettable experience for the entire family as the club’s talented competitive and recreational skaters perform to your favorite holiday classics! Over twenty skaters ranging in age from 4 – 15 will represent Muskegon, North Muskegon, Whitehall, Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Norton Shores. Santa will make and appearance, too! Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $5 is greatly appreciated. Muskegon radio personality Andy O’Riley of MuskegonChannel.com and Positively Muskegon will emcee the event. For more information e-mail email@example.com.