2017-2018

Happy Holidays from the Midland Area Marketing Partnership, a volunteer group that loves to highlight all the wonderful things to see and do in Midland, Michigan! We invite you and your holiday visitors to enjoy all the snowy, holiday, wintry, family fun that Midland has to offer.

This website is your guide to keeping busy this winter season in Midland. Thank you to our 2017/2018 Snow Much to Do organizations for offering all these wonderful activities for our community.

DECEMBER

12/01 – 12/23: Santa House

Midland Community Foundation

Free visits with Santa at Midland's Santa House!

 

12/01: Dinner with Santa
Greater Midland Community Center
This is the chance to tell St. Nick what they want for Christmas!

 

12/01: WakeUp! Midland

Midland Chamber of Commerce
Holiday-themed WakeUp! Midland – wear your ugly sweaters and bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to the Salvation Army.

 

12/01 – 12/21: Second Hand Picasso Fundraiser Sale
Creative 360
9th annual chance to get art, antiques and collectibles at bargain prices.

 

12/02, 12/03, 12/16, 12/17: Bradley Home Holiday
Midland Center for the Arts Bradley House

Enjoy an old fashioned Victorian Christmas as you explore the 1874 Bradley Home decked out in traditional holiday splendor. Celebrate the season with parlor games, seasonal music, vintage ornaments, holiday crafts and more.

 

12/02, 12/03, 12/09, 12/10: Holly Jolly Days

Downtown Midland
On Saturdays and Sundays you and your family can enjoy great shopping deals along with free horse-drawn carriage rides from Noon – 4:00 p.m.

 

12/02: Roane Celtic Holiday Concert

Creative 360
Bring a beverage and enjoy Roane’s intricately woven vocal harmonies, get-up-and-dance rhythms, and their fun-loving, pub-style atmosphere as they embrace the spirit of their ancestors sharing Celtic music and culture with audiences everywhere.

 

12/02 & 12/03: Zonta Homewalk

Zonta
Tour five extraordinary homes festively decorated for the holidays! Scholarship benefit.

 

12/02: Nature Art Show & Sale
Chippewa Nature Center
Nature artists will offer some of the best photography, wood carvings, sculpture, pottery, books and baskets that Michigan has to offer!

 

12/02: Holiday Craft Bazaar
Greater Midland Community Center
An event full of creative vendors selling new and handmade items!

 

12/03: Full Moon Stroll
Chippewa Nature Center
Bundle up if it is cold for this one-hour walk to look and listen for nocturnal wildlife moving under the moon light with Interpretive Naturalist, Jeanne Henderson.

12/06: Tunes for Tots – Sing-A-Long

Midland Center for the Arts
Kick of the holiday season with a lot of caroling tots! Jim Hohmeyer and a vocal group demonstrate how to sing high & low, with favorite holiday carols like Carol of the Bells, Jingle Bells & Let It Snow.

 

12/06: Night at the Cabin

Chippewa Nature Center

Join us for a lamp-lit evening at the Homestead Cabin to learn how farmers prepared for this lean time of year in the 19th century.

 

12/06 & 12/07: Night at the North Pole
City Forest

A Christmas event for kids which includes games, crafts and more.

 

12/07: Jingle Bell Fun Run/Walk
Downtown Midland
Free festive 1 mile fun run/walk through the heart of Downtown Midland.

 

12/08 & 12/09, 12/15 & 12/16: Christmas Walk
Dow Gardens

Stroll the gently-illuminated pathway. Be sure to warm up in the festive conservatory and experience a dramatic display of poinsettias!

 

12/08: Dianne Reeves
Midland Center for the Arts
Jazz up your holiday season with Grammy-award winning vocalist Dianne Reeves, legendary pianist, arranger and composer Billy Childs, renowned jazz artists and the Midland Symphony Orchestra performing music from Reeves’ celebrated album, Christmas Time Is Here.

 

12/08: Caroling with Creative 360
Dow Gardens Holiday Walk
All ages are invited to join the "Creative 360 choir" to sing at the Dow Gardens holiday walk. Check the website for rehearsal dates and other details.

 

12/09: Families in Nature – Needles and Cones

Chippewa Nature Center

Look for pine cones, compare their shapes and sizes and search for the seeds hiding inside, while learning the difference between spruces and firs and how they differ from pines on an outdoor hike.

 

12/10: Home Free: A Country Christmas
Midland Center for the Arts

Home Free entertains audiences nationwide with their high-energy show peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor.

 

12/10: Men of Music Christmas Concert

Midland Center for the Arts

The Men of Music perform a Christmas concert filled with sentimental favorites. Perfect for all ages!

 

12/13 & 12/14: Santa Calling

City of Midland

Register children for free to be called by Santa Claus.

 

12/13: Chamber Holiday Party

Midland Chamber of Commerce

Join fellow Chamber members for an evening of fun to kick off the Holiday Season with heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

 

12/13: Youth Choir Christmas Concert

Midland Center for the Arts

Join the Center Stage Youth Choir ensembles as they present a delightful one-hour program of holiday favorites to start the season with a smile.

 

12/14, 12/15, 12/16, 12/17: SantaLand Diaries

Midland Center for the Arts

With an acid tongue and razor-sharp wit, Crumpet skewers the holiday juggernaut, exposing the heart and hypocrisy of that most festive of seasons.

 

12/15 & 12/16: HSOMC Adoptions &  Pet for Photos with Santa
Midland Ford

 

12/15: Dive & Decorate

Greater Midland Community Center
Swim among shatterproof Christmas ornaments in the Oasis Pool and pick one out to decorate.

 

12/15: Cottage Creamery Holiday Party

Cottage Creamery

Free Kid's Holiday Party at the Ice Cream shop with games, prizes, treats, crafts, and of course - ice cream!

 

12/15: Lighted Blue Bottle Snowman

Creative 360
Bring your favorite brew, cocktail or non-alcoholic beverage and spend a fun, creative evening painting a lighted (rechargeable USB cork light) blue wine bottle with a snowman scene.

 

12/16: Jingle: A Holiday Extravaganza

Midland Center for the Arts

The Center Holiday classic is back in a newly reimagined format! Your favorite classics will be there performed as one seamless musical concert.

 

12/16: Winter Solstice Celebration

Chippewa Nature Center

Take part in earth-friendly traditions as you roll a beeswax candle and make a small evergreen wreath to take home.

 

12/17: A Christmas Carol Reader's Theatre

Creative 360
Ieuter Insurance Group sponsors this timeless tale of curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge as he journeys with three ghostly spirits to discover the true meaning of Christmas. Ticket includes holiday dessert, mulled wine and hot spiced cider.

 

12/17: Decorate a Tree for Wildlife

Chippewa Nature Center

We’ll string popcorn and fruits for garlands and create suet cakes to decorate a tree in the Wildlife Viewing Area.

 

12/21: No School Day Camp

Greater Midland Community Center
No school? No problem! Come play tennis!

 

12/17: Winter Exploration Days

Chippewa Nature Center

This indoor program includes a variety of self-guided, hands-on exploration stations, experiments, fun facts, crafts and scavenger hunts!

 

12/29: New Year's Eve Bash

Greater Midland Community Center
Come party like it's 1999 - but it's actually going to be 2018!

JANUARY

1/02: Groundhog’s Day Party
Chippewa Nature Center
Enjoy activities including nature crafts, games, shadow play and a puppet show starring the groundhog!

 

1/03: Mid-Mitten Chapter of Wild Ones – Landscaping for Wildlife

Chippewa Nature Center

Attract wildlife on your property by growing native plants.

 

1/04: Snowshoe After Dark

Chippewa Nature Center

Whether you are new to snowshoes or an experienced adventurer, come discover the beauty of a winter night.

 

1/05: Emily Marvosh
Midland Center for the Arts Bradley House

From success with the works of Bach and Handel to the creation of new operatic roles and 21st-century repertoire, Saginaw native Emily Marvosh’s vibrant and engaging voice grabs the listener from the first crisp note and leaves a distinct and lasting impression.

 

1/06: Family Snowshoe Walk

Chippewa Nature Center

Bring the whole family for an afternoon of exploration on snowshoes - no experience needed!

 

1/09: Moscow Festival Ballet
Midland Center for the Arts Bradley House

Often considered the finest achievement of the classical ballet, The Sleeping Beauty offers a grandiose and refined blending of the traditional mime, expressive pas d’action and spectacular divertissements in a lavish theatrical setting.

 

1/10, 1/24: Sunset Snowshoe
Chippewa Nature Center
As late afternoon fades to evening, we will explore the woods and fields of CNC.

 

1/11: Teacher’s Night in Nature – Snow STEM
Chippewa Nature Center
All teachers are invited to join CNC staff to explore snow through STEM while enjoying social and educational time with other teachers!

 

1/12, 1/13, 1/14: Chicago

Midland Center for the Arts
This sensational tale of sin, corruption and all that jazz has everything that makes Broadway great: knockout dancing, a ripped-from-the-headlines story about fame and scandal and one show-stopping song after another.

 

1/13, 1/14, 1/19, 1/20, 1/21, 1/25, 1/26, 1/27: Disenchanted!

Midland Center for the Arts
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm.

 

1/13: Families in Nature – Patterns in Nature

Chippewa Nature Center

Look at our natural world in a different way during this outdoor walk with Interpretive Naturalist Jeanne Henderson.

 

1/13: Snakes Alive! Discovering the Wonders of Snakes

Chippewa Nature Center

Snakes may be one of the most feared and misunderstood animals, but after attending this program, you’ll see how fascinating and beneficial these beautiful reptiles can be.

 

1/14: Winter Tree Identification

Chippewa Nature Center

Learn to identify trees in winter by their bark, branches and buds with Interpretive Naturalist Jeanne Henderson on this outdoor walk.

 

1/18: Adventures for Women – Snowshoe Hike

Chippewa Nature Center

Beginner and experienced snowshoers are invited to join us to look for animal tracks, birds and other points of interest and enjoy the snowy scenery in CNC’s woods and fields.

 

1/19: Heritage Park Free Fridays
Midland Center for the Arts
Step back into yesteryear on the third Friday of the month. Go on a self-guided journey through our unique local history at Heritage Park.

 

1/20: Snowshoe Sampler and Scavenger Hunt

Chippewa Nature Center

Drop by any time to give our snowshoes a try, do a winter scavenger hunt or warm up by a campfire.

 

1/24: Tunes for Tots – Harp Horray!

Midland Center for the Arts

The harp is one of the oldest instruments in the world and has been played by kings, queens, cupid and even Bugs Bunny! Harpist Alyssa Nicol introduces the whimsical, heavenly sounds of this 47-stringed bow shaped instrument.

 

1/25: A Quiet Winter’s Night: A Campfire Under the Stars

Chippewa Nature Center

Crisp winter nights offer a perfect opportunity to watch the stars dance, listen for the calls of owls, sip hot chocolate and warm up near a fire.

 

1/26: Call of the Wild

Greater Midland Community Center

Awesome event for the outdoor enthusiast. Live auctions, silent auctions, dinner and entertainment.

 

1/27: Dow Tennis Classic – First Day

Greater Midland Community Center
World class tennis and family entertainment.

 

1/27: Looking for Lichen

Chippewa Nature Center

In a wintery world filled with shades of gray and white, look high and low for a small splash of color – lichens!

 

1/27: Snowshoe Hike

Chippewa Nature Center

We will travel through the woods and fields in search of signs of life in the winter landscape.

 

1/28: Live Birds of Prey

Chippewa Nature Center

Joe and Barb Rogers of Wildlife Recovery Association, describe their rehabilitation program on injured hawks, owls, eagles, vultures and falcons.

 

1/31: Full Moon Stroll

Chippewa Nature Center

Under the light of the snow moon, walk through tree shadows, listen for nocturnal animals such as raccoons and coyotes and look for silhouettes with Interpretive Naturalist Jeanne Henderson.

FEBRUARY

2/03: Tales of Hemingway
Midland Center for the Arts
Four of Ernest Hemingway’s classic novels and stories come to life through music in Michael Daugherty’s cello concerto Tales of Hemingway.

 

2/04: Dow Tennis Classic Finals

Greater Midland Community Center
World class tennis and family entertainment.

 

2/04: Wigwam in Winter

Chippewa Nature Center

Join Interpretive Naturalist Michelle Fournier to get a glimpse into what it was like for Ojibwa Indians to live in a wigwam along the Pine River several hundred years ago.

 

2/04: Sunset Snowshoe

Chippewa Nature Center

We will travel through the woods and fields in search of signs of life in the winter landscape.

 

2/10: Tunes for Tots – Candy Band

Midland Center for the Arts

It’s never too early to enroll your kids in the school of rock! Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits play hits from their new album and popular children’s songs set to a rock ‘n’ roll beat.

 

2/10: Valentine Supper and Night Hike

Chippewa Nature Center

Visitors will enjoy traditional tea in the Dow Family home and hear readings of love letters from the Dow family archives.

 

2/10: Families in Nature – Winter Shelters
Chippewa Nature Center
Historical, musical, educational and participative programs designed to enhance your appreciation of the role Midland County plays in our collective histories.

 

2/11: Valentine's Day Tea at The Pines

Midland Center for the Arts
This sensational tale of sin, corruption and all that jazz has everything that makes Broadway great: knockout dancing, a ripped-from-the-headlines story about fame and scandal and one show-stopping song after another.

 

2/15: Heritage Series

Midland Center for the Arts
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm.

 

2/16: Heritage Park Free Fridays

Midland Center for the Arts
Step back into yesteryear on the third Friday of each month (except December). Go on a self-guided journey through our unique local history at Heritage Park.

 

2/16: Cottage Creamery Valentines Day Party

Cottage Creamery

Free Kid's Valentines Day Party at the Ice Cream shop with games, prizes, treats, crafts, and of course – ice cream!

 

2/17: Know & Grow

Dow Gardens

Listen to top-notch speakers from Mid-Michigan, visit the Garden Marketplace, and spend a winter day dreaming of spring!

 

2/17, 2/23, 2/25: Oedipus the King
Midland Center for the Arts
Witness an epic tragedy, twenty-four centuries in the making. Rarely presented onstage, this masterpiece of Greek drama is a unique and thrilling experience!

 

2/17: Animal Tracks & Signs

Chippewa Nature Center

Educator Victoria Zablocki will give you an overview of some of the clues to look for as we venture outside.

 

2/17: Snowshoe Hike

Chippewa Nature Center

We will travel through the woods and fields in search of signs of life in the winter landscape.

 

2/18: How Birds Survive Winter

Chippewa Nature Center

Identify and count birds indoors in the Wildlife Viewing Area with Interpretive Naturalist Jeanne Henderson and learn how to record information for the Great Backyard Bird Count, a fun citizen science project taking place this weekend.

 

2/20: World of Herbert Dow

Dow Gardens

Join our Historian, Samantha Engel, to learn how other revolutionary individuals changed the world during Herbert Dow's time.

 

2/17: Snowshoe After Dark

Chippewa Nature Center

We will look for signs of animals, study tree silhouettes and enjoy the winter sky.

 

2/24: Searching for Snowy Owls

Chippewa Nature Center

Travel by CNC 15-passenger van with experienced birders and Interpretive Naturalists Michelle Fournier and Jeanne Henderson in search of Snowy Owls.

 

2/25: Lightwire Theatre – Dino Light

Midland Center for the Arts

When a friendly dinosaur wanders away from home, he discovers a wonderful world full of creatures that light up the darkness and help him find the true meaning of love. This glow-in-the-dark adventure is visually amazing and has been praised for its cutting-edge blend of puppetry, technology and dance, and enjoyed by audiences all over the world!

 

2/25: Central Michigan Seed Swap

Chippewa Nature Center

This family-friendly event is focused on building a sustainable seed community through educational workshops, informative speakers and heirloom seeds for everyone!

 

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