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Make Merry in Muskegon this Holiday Season!

Here come the holidays and snow and we embrace that!


Downtown is already sparkling with lights and festooned with pine branches. To celebrate the season, Muskegon County offers holiday concerts, a singing Christmas tree, a festival of trees, stage productions of classics like A Christmas carol and the Nutcracker, a holiday ice skating show, parades, decked out lumber baron mansions, and of course hockey and outdoor activities at the Muskegon Luge and Adventure Sports Park.


Here’s a roundup of the festive fun:


A Christmas Carol

November 15 – December 1

Muskegon Civic Theatre proudly presents a diverse cast of 22 local thespians to bring a musical version the Charles Dicken’s yuletide classic “A Christmas Carol” to the Beardsley Theater, located in the Frauenthal Event Center for the Performing Arts. There are a total of 10 performances scheduled, until the last curtain call on December 1st. But don’t wait for the clock to strike midnight,  tickets are selling like prize turkeys!

Festival of Trees

November 20 –December 1 (Closed Thanksgiving)

The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 15th Annual Festival of Trees sets the scene for holiday inspiration. This year’s Festival of Trees theme is inspired by the beauty of Mother Earth and the spirit of Father Christmas.

Professionally designed trees and dĂ©cor set, and get you in, a festive holiday mood! Some are available for purchase through the silent auction which runs throughout the entire Festival which wraps up on December 1st. Every year has a unique theme, and this year’s Festival of Trees theme is inspired by the Beauty of Mother Earth and the Spirit of Father Christmas. There are visits with Santa, raffles and live musical performances. Bring your shopping list to the gift store for fabulous finds…or get yourself a little something special!


Special events include:

First Day Food Drive
Receive half-off Festival admission with your donation to Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.
Wednesday, November 20, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Deck Your Halls Holiday Decorating Demonstration:
Floral designers Deb Moon from Le Fleur Flower Shoppe and Skeeter Parkhouse from Wasserman’s Flowers and Gifts will demonstrate how to create unique holiday décor during this event. Items created during the demonstration will be raffled to the audience. Light snacks and coffee will be served.
Sunday, November 24, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Senior Day:
Receive discounted Festival admission if you are 65 years of age and older. Enjoy free coffee and cookies, vendor giveaways, information, and register for door prizes.
Tuesday, November 26, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Family Day
Santa will stop in for a visit from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and the fun will include a kids’ craft activity and scavenger hunt. Special Family Day pricing includes half-off adult ticket price
Friday, November 29, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Holiday Concert
Special holiday musical performance featuring Julia and the Greensides and Max and Ruth Bloomquist.
Friday, November 29, 6:00 pm Cocktail Hour | 7:00 pm Concert

Teddy Bear Breakfast:
Mark your calendars, grab your teddy bears and head to the Teddy Bear Breakfast; especially fun for kids ages three to eight years old. Enjoy breakfast; a visit with Santa; bring your teddy bear for a checkup (by a certified teddy bear nurse); and more fun at Festival of Trees! Ticket prices include Festival of Trees admission. Note…This event sells out!
Saturday, November 30, 8:30 – 10:30 am

Cocktail Hour: Partnering with Muskegon Civic Theatre
New this year, ticket holders to the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s Saturday performance of “A Christmas Carol” will receive free admission to a festive Cocktail Hour
Saturday, November 30, 5:30 – 7:00 pm


Planetarium Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star

November 21, 26, 28 and December 3, 5, 10 12 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
A holiday tradition returns to the Carr-Fles Planetarium with “Mystery of the Christmas Star!” This modern look at the Christmas story revisits the significant astronomical events visible in the sky in the time of Jesus’ birth. Which of the “sky signs” was remarkable enough to have caused the Wise Men to travel over 600 miles through the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem, leading them to Jesus? No reservations are needed for this free, 35-minute show in room 1072 at Muskegon Community College.


White Lake Holiday Walk

November 22, 2:00pm – 8:00pm and Saturday, November 23, 10:00am to 4:00pm

It’s time for the 25th Annual White Lake Holiday Walk! For 25 years the White Lake area decks itself out for the holidays and White Lake Area merchants present their Christmas Open Houses. The little ones can visit with Santa. There’s caroling, luminaries, a Tree Lighting Ceremony” old-fashioned carriage rides, trolley rides, Christmas crafts at the Nuveen Center. Decorate a Cookie at Fetch Brewing Company and build and take Gingerbread House at PUB ONE ELEVEN. Located across the street from each other, both events occur on Friday at from 4 PM – 8 PM.

Children of all ages are invited to help decorate the Community Christmas Tree by bringing their own ornaments or create make-and-take ornaments from participating stores. The “Tree Lighting Ceremony” will light up the hearts and eyes of old and young alike on Friday, November 22 at 6:30pm at the north end of Mears Ave. Sing along to Christmas carols while the aroma of roasted chestnuts fills the air and hundreds of holiday luminaries line the sidewalks.

Friday from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, and Saturday from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, enjoy old-fashioned carriage rides in both Montague and Whitehall.  Trolley rides will transport you to any of the participating merchants throughout Montague and Whitehall on Saturday from 11:00am – 3:00pm.

Participating merchants and Santa’s time and locations are located on the Holiday Walk Star Map/Entry Form, which can be picked up at the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce or any participating Holiday Walk stop (look for the big blue sign in the window).  Submit your completed Holiday Walk Map/Entry Form and enter the drawing to win a $50 White Lake Gift Certificate.

Gingerbread House Building

November 22, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | November 23, 9:00 am – 11:30 am and 1:00 pm – 3:30 | November 24, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club to build and decorate your own gingerbread house!  Instruction and materials are all included but you must reserve your space in advance.

Sip and Shop

November 23, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Watermark 920 is bringing back “Sip and Shop” for the holidays for shoppers looking for that special gift. It could be for either a special someone or yourself! Browse the wide variety provided by ALMOST 50 vendors and crafters – from Thirty-One Bags to wire wrapped jewelry- you are bound to find something you love; and you will love that this event is free to attend! Why is it called Sip and Shop? Because a cash bar will be open for the event!
Mimosas, Wine, Beer and mixed drinks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Fatty Lumpkins will  also be onsite serving up their one-of-a-kind sandwiches.

Feeding the Soul of the City Concert Series “The Christmas Ship”

November 26, 12:00 percent 

The Feeding the Soul of the City half-hour lunchtime concerts that feature a variety of musical styles, predominantly classical, jazz, and folk/Celtic. They are held in the historic and beautiful St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon.  The concerts are free and open to the public and light refreshments are provided. On November 26th, bring your lunch and listen the vocals and folk guitar of Lee Murdock’s “The Christmas Ship”.

Frozen Fever Friday

November 29, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Join Jumpin’ Jupiter Skate and Fun Center for a Frozen Fever Friday!  Warm up your mittens for the largest Glow in the Dark Snowball Fight ever, as well as sled races and snowman building.  It’s going to be snow much fun!

Shop Local on Small Business Saturday

November 30
Western Market Small Business Saturday:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Shop Lakeside Local on Small Business Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Floatbridge: One of the many shop-pable vendors at the Holiday Artisan Market

Holiday Artisan Market

November 30, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Shop in the elegance of the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club, a beautiful, historic landmark built in 1902.  They have collected an eclectic variety of items created by local artists and artisans Or this year’s Holiday Artisan Market. It’s one stop shopping for that special gift that is sure to impress.

Hackley and Hume Holiday Tours Kick-off Event

November 30, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Experience the Hackley and Hume homes decorated for the holidays by Muskegon’s local community groups, with period-appropriate artifacts, ornaments and more! They’re kicking off their holiday tours with ornament decorating, cookies, and hot chocolate in the courtyard.

Circle of Trees

December 1, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Circle of Trees is held on the first Sunday in December at Walker Park.  Trees are decorated, the dogs get to parade, people get to carol, there is a tree lighting ceremony, refreshments and visits with Santa.

3:00pm – Tree Lighting Testing (Walker Park)
5:15pm – Santa/Dog Parade (Fire Station)
5:30pm – Caroling (Walker Park)
5:45pm – Lighting of the Trees
6:00pm – 7:00pm – Visit with Santa

Hackley and Hume Holiday Tours

December 1 1:00pm – 4:00pm,  December 14 4:00pm – 8:00pm.  December 21 4:00pm – 8:00pm, December 27 and December 28 1:00pm – 4:00pm

During December you can tour the Hackley and Hume homes. These exquisite examples of the late 1800’s Queen Anne style were the homes of lumber-barons Charles Hackley and Thomas Hume and are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. They are stunning to see all year-round with their ornamental wood carvings, trim, tiles, stencils and furnishings, but they are particularly special to see when decorated for the holidays. The rooms and halls are festooned decked for the holiday with period Victorian ornaments, artifacts, and more. The self guided tour includes both houses and “City Barn” located between the homes. The tours run on weekends through December 28.

Nutcracker Craft

December 2, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
It’s time to deck those halls! Bring a good pair of scissors and tweezers to Fruitport Library and join artist Mary C. Riley as she teaches you how to make a sturdy standing ornament to enjoy for many holiday seasons to come!   All other supplies are provided at this free workshop, geared toward ages 13 and up.  Space is limited, so reserve your spot!

Santa at Muskegon Heights Library

December 3, 4:30 pm

Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Muskegon Heights 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.

Irish Christmas in America

December 3, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Playhouse at White Lake presents “Irish Christmas in America” Produced by County Sligo fiddler, Oisín Mac Diarmada, the hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in humor and boundless energy.This family-friendly performance features lively instrumental tunes on fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes and harp, along with thrilling Irish old-style dancing from Samantha Harvey. In addition, evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions of Ireland.  Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland, bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season.


Kitchen 242 Holiday Open House

December 4, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Come and meet Kitchen 242 entrepreneurs, taste their products and purchase some for holiday gifts!  Also meet many of the resources that are available to food start-up businesses:  Michigan State University Product Center, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (food licensing/Food Safety), Health Department of Muskegon County (food licensing/food safety), West Michigan Shoreline Food Processing Initiative, Grand Valley State University Innovation Hub and several more.  There will be a cash bar.

Christmas in Holton

December 4, 6:00 pm
Put on your Christmas cheer and head to Holton Library for “Christmas in Holton!”  Start the holidays off right with a visit to downtown Holton for this fun, family event. Come to the library to meet Santa, do a craft and enjoy treats. Also, join the community in a tree lighting and singing in the park across from the library.

Once Upon A Time…Stories of the Season

December 4, 5, 6 and 7 at 7:30 pm

“Once Upon a Time…Stories of the Season” will be presented by Muskegon Community College’s Center for Theater from Wednesday, December 4 – Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 pm in Overbrook Theater.

The featured stories, many of which have been adapted for stage by the director and actors, include:

· A Visit from Mother Winter
· The Polar Express
· Home for the Holidays
· Windigo
· Angels Part II
· Hanukkah v. Christmas
· The Little Match Girl
· Der Belznickel
· The Gift of the MagiDirected by MCC Theater Instructor Tom Harryman,

“Once Upon a Time…Stories of the Season,” features cast members Alex Kooi, Dekari Lawrence, Adrianne Lewis, Luke Lewis, Mark Lewis, Annmarie Santos, Olyvia Staples, Chelsea Theile and Brianna White. Technical assistance for the production is provided by Sheila Wahamaki, Jim Allen and Susan Eyler.  The performance, which runs approximately one hour and 20 minutes with no intermission, is recommended for ages 8 and up.

Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree

December 5 and 6 at 7:00pm  |  December 7 at 3:00 and 7:00pm

The historic and beautiful Frauenthal Center presents the 35th Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree which has been featured on both the Travel Channel and Learning Channel!  Come marvel at the 15 tiered, 67 foot tree made up of 25,000 colored lights and 280 singers with music is accompanied by the 50 piece Mona Shores High School Orchestra. The Singing Christmas Tree must be seen to be believed! If you can’t get tickets, you can watch it stream live on the Muskegon Channel.

Evening of Elegance | Exquisite Holiday Tablescapes

December 5, 6 and 7 from 10:00am – 5:00pm | December 8 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Come to the beautiful and historic Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club for “Evening of Elegance | Exquisite Holiday Tablescapes”  View exquisite holiday tablescape displays set brilliantly among this registered historic landmark.  Enjoy free admission to view the building and tablescapes from December 5 – December 7 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and December 8 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Then, on December 9, enjoy a catered dinner, viewing and a performance.

Praytell’s “It’s Almost Christmas Time” Tour 2019

December 6, 7:00 pm

After a memorable sold-out show last year, Praytell returns to Muskegon for an evening of festive music at the Frauenthal’s Beardsley Theater. Praytell is the Chicago-based musical duo of married couple Jon Guerra and Valerie Strattan Guerra, consistently releasing music that mixes the nostalgic harmonies, poetic lyrics, and musical storytelling they’ve developed a reputation for.  Praytell has toured extensively around the globe, including years opening for Amy Grant and Vince Gill’s Christmas at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Praytell’s “It’s Almost Christmas” Tour is sure to be a musical highlight of your holiday season!

White Lake Christmas Parade

December 7, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Over 50 participants join the fun for the 67th Annual White Lake Christmas Parade. Floats, cartoon characters, clowns, fire trucks, animals and a grand finale! The parade begins at Whitehall City Hall and follows Business 31/Colby Street to Montague City Hall. The American Legion and VFW lead the event dressed in their finest. The parade closes with Santa making his entrance on a horse drawn carriage .After he passes by, parade spectators can join the parade and follow him to his “Santa House” outside Montague City Hall located on Ferry St.

The 67th annual parade promises a lot of fun and excitement with floats from area churches, civic organizations, businesses, and community neighbors. Both Montague and Whitehall High School’s marching bands will step out, joined by area Boy and Girl Scout troops, fire trucks, clowns, emergency vehicles, and animals of all shapes and sizes.  As the Grand Finale, Santa makes his entrance and will greet children of all ages following the parade at his house outside Montague City Hall, located on Ferry Street.

This parade is a very special slice of small town America and a great way to celebrate the holiday season with family, friends and neighbors.

After he passes by, parade spectators can join the parade and follow him to his “Santa House” outside Montague City Hall located on Ferry St.

Holidays in Lakeside 2019

December 7

Meet Santa, take a carriage ride, watch the tree lighting, stock up at the bake sale and enjoy holiday shopping and a myriad of other merry making activities. All this holly jolly fun takes place in the Lakeside Business District; both inside the shops and outside.

Clickity Clack Ho Ho Ho

December 7, 10:30 am

It’s the night before Christmas and all through the farm, not a creature is stirring, not even a… duck? Farmer Brown is busy decorating his home in preparation for Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve!  All seems calm in the barnyard, but Farmer Brown isn’t the only one who is getting ready…

Based on the book “Click Clack Ho Ho Ho” by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, families will enjoy a live narration of this fun holiday story at The Block. Illustrations will displayed on a 20 foot screen and the story is accompanied by original music played by professional musicians and children will have an opportunity to help compose their own music and hear it performed.  Join them for a holiday celebration with your favorite Click Clack Moosic barnyard pals, cookies and milk… and if he isn’t too busy in his workshop, maybe even a visit by the man in the red suit!

Story by Karen Vander Zanden, WMS Director of Education, music by Phil Popham.

Santa at the Egelston, North Muskegon Library and Norton Shores Library

December 7, 11:00, 11:30 am and 2:00pm

Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Egelston Library at 11:00 am, North Muskegon Library at 11:30 am and Norton Shores Library at 2:00 pm 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.

Santa Claus at Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.

December 7, 12:00 pm2:00 pm
Santa Claus is coming to Pigeon Hill! Bring the young ones in for a chance to meet Santa and fill him in on their Christmas wish list!  There will be a photographer on site, and all photos will be emailed to you free of charge.  In the spirit of giving, they ask you to bring a bag of canned food items or a Toys-For-Tots donation to help them spread cheer throughout the community this holiday season.

Read Muskegon’s 2019 Holiday Village

December 7, 2:00 pm4:00 pm
Covenant Community Church will be hosting this Holiday Village Party that includes games, crafts, and treats! There will be eight stations that will are geared towards children that are 0-5 years old.

Light’em Up Santa Roll

December 7, 6:00 pm
Deck out yourself AND your bicycle! Then ride on over to Pigeon Hill Brewing Company for the Light’em Up Santa Roll! This event, hosted by West Michigan Coast Riders, is a great way to celebrate Christmas and the end of the cycling year!  Ride your holly jolly decorated bike and enjoy this fun, family friendly night time colorful bike tour. Even if you don’t want to ride, come out and witness the site of all the bright bicycles departing and leaving…it’s festively fun!

Feeding the Soul of the City Concert Series “ Festival of Lessons and Carols”

December 8, 5:00 pm

The Feeding the Soul of the City concert series offers half-hour lunchtime concerts that feature a variety of musical styles, predominantly classical, jazz, and folk/Celtic. They are held in the historic and beautiful St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon.  The concerts are free and open to the public and light refreshments are provided. Spend this Sunday with the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys as they bring the “Festival of Lessons and Carols”.

 All Holiday Celebration

December 9, 7:30 pm

The Downtown Live Concert Series continues with the “All Holiday Celebration,” featuring Muskegon Community College’s Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and College Singers, on Monday, Dec. 9, in the Frauenthal Theater, 425 W. Western Ave.

Under the direction of Daniel M. Meyers, the Wind Ensemble will perform:

  • Holy Night, Silent Night arr. Clifton Jameson Jones
  • Russian Christmas Music by Alfred Reed
  • Greensleeves arr. Alfred Reed
  • Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 arr. Bob Phillips and George Megaw

The College Singers, directed by Nicholas Palmer, will sing:

  • The Very Best Time Of Year by John Rutter
  • Hanerot Halalu arr. Neil Ginsberg
  • Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! arr. Mark Hayes
  • Snowfall by Claude Thornhilll and Ruth Thornhill
  • Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas arr. Tom Fettke and Thomas Grassi

Directed by Patrick Parrish, the Jazz Ensemble will play three selections:

  • Holly and Ivy arr. Ryan Fraley
  • The Christmas Song arr.  Jerry Nowak
  • Africa arr. John Wasson

Santa at the Muskegon Township Library

December 9, 10:45 am and 6:00 pm
Santa is making his rounds to the Muskegon area libraries for photo ops and to listen to the little ones Christmas wishes. This time he stops at the Muskegon Township Branch at 10:45 am and the Montague Library at 6:00 pm.

Make It at Montague: Snow Globe Scene

December 11, 6:00 pm
Come to the Montague Library, located in charming downtown Montague and make your own snow globe!  This fun craft will be pretty perched in any corner, mantle or bookshelf…perhaps next your Elf!

Santa at Dalton Library

December 12, 4:00 pm
If you missed Santa on his previous library rounds, or you just really want to make sure he knows what you want, you can catch him at the Dalton Library today.

West Michigan Symphony: Sounds of the Season

December 13 and 14, 3:00 pm

West Michigan Symphony presents Sounds of the Season at the Frauenthal Center conducted by John Dodson.  The North Muskegon High School Choir and West Michigan Symphony Children’s Choir 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!

Cocoa and Crafts: Holiday Craft Show

December 14,  9:00 am – 3:00 pm
This Holiday Craft Show fills the L.C. Walker Arena! 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!

Santa at Ravenna Library

December 14, 10:30 am
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.

Holiday Shopping Frenzy

December 14, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Catch up on last minute holiday shopping at the Mona Lake Boat Club. Enjoy the wondrous winter view of Mona Lake and then take your shopping list indoors to find a variety of vendors. You can even grab some lunch and get entered in raffles! The raffles begin at Noon and continue every half hour.

Downtown Muskegon Cookie Crawl

December 14, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
It’s 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 collect a cookie.  Visit all vendors before 2:00 pm. It’s a fun way to visit several local businesses AND end with a cute tin full of cookies! (note: this event is SOLD OUT)

Yule Book Event at Hackley Library

December 14, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Taking inspiration by Iceland’s tradition of giving and reading books on Christmas Eve, the Hackley Public Library invites you to their Yule Book Event. Friends of Hackley Library will have a fantastic selection of books for sale, for both adults and children. You can purchase a few gifts, listen to holiday music, and make a hot cocoa reindeer craft!   This festive occasion is free to the public and all ages are recommended.

Steven Curtis Chapman: Acoustic Christmas

December 14, 7:00 pm
Come to the Calvary Church School as the L.C. Walker Arena and Event Center presents an Acoustic Christmas. Singer, songwriter, best-selling author, dad, husband, and most awarded artist in Christian music history, Steven Curtis Chapman, will be joined by Jillian Edwards to perform a wonderful Christmas show.

Ugly Sweater Party for a Cause

December 14, 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Pigeon Hill Brewing Company is throwing an Ugly Sweater Party for a Cause! Dress to impress at the annual event featuring a live performance by Logan White. There will be a prize awarded to the Ugliest Sweater at 10:00 pm!

Instead of charging cover, and as an official Toys for Tots drop off location, they’re asking everyone to bring an unwrapped toy. 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!

Holiday Brunch with Santa

December 15, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
SE4SONS Banquet Center invites you for a fun-filled day of great food, holiday cookie decorating, family and Santa! Reservations are necessary and will fill up fast, so don’t miss out!

The Muskegon on Ice: Holidays

December 15,  3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

“Holiday on Ice Show” is becoming a Muskegon holiday tradition! For the second year, over 20 skaters from the Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club lace up their skates and get decked out in festive costumes. The skaters take to the ice at the L.C. Walker Arena to perform routines set to favorite holiday classics.

West Michigan Youth Ballet presents “The Nutcracker”

December 15, 3:00 pm

The Nutcracker Ballet is a true holiday tradition and on December 15th the West Michigan Youth Ballet will bring the classic story to the stage of the Frauenthal Theater, which will make it all the more magical.  The Frauenthal is a majestic, fully restored, historic motion picture palace, built in the Moorish style that originally opened in 1930 and is considered one of the best theaters in Michigan.

The West Michigan Youth Ballet has been around for over a decade now and company members range in age 8 to 18, and come with varied backgrounds and experience.

Feeding the Soul of the City Concert Series “Christmas at the Organ”

December 17, 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

This concert series offers half-hour lunchtime concerts that feature a variety of musical styles, predominantly classical, jazz, and folk/Celtic. They are held in the historic and beautiful St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon.  The concerts are free and open to the public and light refreshments are provided. This lunchtime concert puts organist Peter Kurdziel in the seat for “Christmas at the Organ”

Christmas Jazz at the Watermark

December 17, 7:30 pm
Ready for some cool yule? Saunter on over to the Watermark 920 for the Truth in Jazz Orchestra holiday show! There’ll be festive food by Fatty Lumpkins and a cheerful cocktails at the cash bar.  Led by Muskegon legend, drummer Tim Froncek, the Truth in Jazz Orchestra has been a Muskegon music institution for 15 years.

Holiday Crafts at Hackley Library

December 21, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Looking for a quiet and fun afternoon? Drop-in any time after 2:00 pm at the Hackley Public Library Youth Services Department for holiday-themed crafts, perfect for a few last-minute decorations or gifts.  All ages are welcome at this free event!

Christmas Eve at the Frauenthal

December 23 – December 24
Experience Christmas Eve in the historic Frauenthal Theater! Enjoy your favorite Christmas songs led by some of the Lakeshore’s most inspirational musicians, then listen to a message that will draw you into the Christmas story like never before. This free event, happening December 23 at 7:00 pm and December 24 at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm, is hosted by Port City Church.

Bundle up and take it outdoors!

All told Muskegon County has over 60 miles of trails of natural and paved trails perfect for snowshoeing and fat tire biking.There are also 26 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and when they freeze and get snow covered, the coast takes on an otherworldly magnificence! Taking walk on the frozen landscape will leave you breathless with how beautiful it is. (But mind the safety rules!)

Don’t forget the Muskegon Luge and Adventure Sports Park! Did you know they have one of only four public luge tracks in the United States? And an outdoor skating trail that winds through the State Park woods. It is lit at night and it’s beautiful! Learn to Luge Weekend begin on December 27th.

Information on these and more events (there are so many!) can be found on our Calendar of Events