1116 Christmas In The Great Lakes Bay Region
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There are so many Christmas activities going on in the Great Lakes Bay Region it was a monumental task to show all of them but we are going to try on today's show. This area covers all of Bay County, Midland County and Saginaw County so you know it’s going to be fun.
We have collected information and web links related to the area and combined them here with photos we took and video clips from the show in what we hope will be a helpful guide as you plan your trip. Feel free to select only one or two activities per day according to your family’s interests. For assistance or for more information, call The Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau @ 1 (800) 444-9979 Have fun!
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Christmas christmas in the great lakes bay region

Great Lakes Bay Christmas Description Location: throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region
When: November and December
Description Gone are the days when the holidays meant having to stand in line for hours in an overpacked (and overpriced) store to buy an uninspired gift. Here in Pure Michigan's Great Lakes Bay Region, we believe the holiday season is all about spreading cheer in a way that's heartfelt. Enjoying the experience of hunting for that perfect find that's meaningful and special, and making some incredible memories along the way. And we're ready to help you make those lasting holiday memories in our warm and welcoming communities of Bay City, Birch Run, Chesaning, Frankenmuth, Midland, and Saginaw.
Links » Great Lakes Bay Holiday

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Santa Santa's arrival and visit in downtown bay city

Santa's Arrival
Description Location: Wenonah Park - 801 N Water Street, Bay CIty, MI | Delta College Planetarium - 100 Center Avenue, Bay City, MI
When: Friday after Thanksgiving
Description The Friday after Thanksgiving Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in Wenonah Park at 7pm for a special performance before going to the Delta College Planetarium to talk with all the good little boys and girls. Kids can bring flashlights to help guide Santa's sleigh in for a safe landing.
Links » Santa's Arrival [Downtown Bay City]

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Drinks Horse & Carriage Shopping Movie sundays in the city

Sundays In The City Description Location: Downtown Bay City, Michigan
When: Sundays from mid November through Christmas
2014 Dates: Nov 16, 23, 30 | Dec 7, 14, 21
Phone: (989) 893-3573
Description The six Sundays leading up to Christmas showcase all of the “one-of-a-kind” shops and eateries that Downtown has to offer. Holiday decorations, free horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling carolers, Santa Bucks, and holiday movies at the historic State Theatre. 'Tis the season for shopping, dining and creating holiday memories!
Links » Sundays In The City [Downtown Bay City]
» Holiday Open Houses & Special Events [Downtown Bay City]

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Candy the sweet boutique

The Sweet Boutique Description Location: 816 Washington Avenue, Bay City, Michigan
Phone: (989) 895-5000
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am - 5pm | Sat 9am - 5pm
Description The Sweet Boutique features a variety of unique handmade chocolate goodies from "turtles" to truffles. Also, relax at our Chocolate Lounge with an espresso drink and European-style pastry.
Links » The Sweet Boutique [Facebook]

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Candy st. laurent brothers

St Laurent Bros Description Location: 1101 North Water Street - Bay City, MI 48708
Phone: (800) 289-7688
Hours: Mon-Sat 9am - 9pm | Sun 11am - 5pm
Description Nuts since 1904! Home of Michigan's finest, 100% natural peanut butter, choice homemade candies, assorted nuts, hand dipped chocolates, quality gift products and weekly specials. A complete line of nut meats - from almonds to cashews to macadamias - are all roasted daily at our factory outlet. With the addition of some chocolate melters and some very talented hand-dippers, we also carry a complete line of homemade nut clusters in milk, bittersweet dark, and white chocolate. Sugar-Free chocolate clusters are also available as well as a large selection of other sugar-free candies.
Links » St Laurent Brothers

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Parade Santa Candy Midland Santa holiday parade

Midland Santa Holiday Parade Description Location: Midland, Michigan - Parade Route is from Midland High School on Eastlawn to Saginaw Road to Ashman Street to Main Street
When: 2014 Parade - November 22
Description The Midland Santa Holiday Parade began in 1985. Each year the Midland Santa Holiday Parade has a holiday theme and a selected Grand Marshall for that year. The sole purpose of the Midland Santa Holiday Parade is to run a holiday parade while providing The Salvation Army's local Toys for Kids program with some much needed funding.
Links » Midland Santa Parade
» MIdland Santa Parade [Facebook]

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Santa House Midland santa house

Midland Santa House Description Location: Corner of Main Street & Isabella, Midland, Michigan
Phone: (989) 839-9661
Hours: Check Website for Schedule

Each year, Santa comes to Midland on the Tuesday evening after Thanksgiving. He arrives at the Tridge, makes his way up Ashman St. and helps our community light the Courthouse for the Holidays. Then he makes his way over to the Santa House. He spends his Holiday season there, visiting with families from all over, delighting children and adults, bringing joy to everyone who stops by to visit. Sometimes Santa's reindeer are able to visit as well. In October, an international Santa Claus school is allowed to sublease the house for a few days.

Links » Midland Santa House [Midland Area Community Foundation]

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Art Annual holiday art fair

Holiday Art Fair Description Location: Midland Center for the Arts - 1801 W St Andrews Road, Midland, Michigan
2014 Dates: November 22-23
Description Visitors to the The Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art’s Annual Holiday Art Fair will enjoy a wide selection of unique art and gifts from over 90 juried artists. Stroll through the Center’s lobbies for paintings, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics and other distinctive art and gift ideas. There will also be fresh-baked goods at the Sweet Shoppe, lunch by Café American will be available, artists demonstrations by Studio School faculty, joyful songs performed by an exciting line up of young musical performers from the community, and a Saturday afternoon visit by Santa.
Links » Midland Center For The Arts

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Christmas Music Christmas Christmas Christmas Parade holidays in the heart of the city

Holidays in the Heart of the City

Holidays in the Heart of the City

Holidays in the Heart of the City

Holidays in the Heart of the City
Description Location: Saginaw, Michigan

Water Treatment Plant
522 Ezra Rust Drive

Andersen Enrichment Center
120 Ezra Rust Drive

Children's Zoo at Celebration Square
1730 South Washington Avenue

St. John's Episcopal Church
123 North Michigan Avenue

Holy Family Church
1525 South Washington Avenue

Holy Cross Lutheran Church
600 Court Street

Brochard Park
Michigan Avenue at Court Street, Old Saginaw City

Fireworks from Ojibway Island
Saginaw River

Castle Museum
500 Federal Avenue

Hoyt Library
505 Janes Avenue

First Congregational Church
403 S Jefferson Avenue

Parade Route
Downtown Saginaw traveling south on South Washington then west of Ezra Rust Drive to Ojibway Island

Phone: (989) 753-9168
2014 Dates: November 21-22
Description Free Activities for the entire family, featuring open houses, entertainment, horse-drawn wagon rides, fireworks and more. Lighting Ceremony at the Water Treatment Plant, food vendors, Live Nativity with animals, free admission to the Children's Zoo, Pioneer Sugar/WSGW Cookie House Competition, Downtown Saginaw Farmers' Market "Holiday Market", Santa and Mrs. Claus, horse-drawn wagon rides, pony rides, trolley rides, concerts from area bands, choirs and bellringers, fireworks Christmas Parade and more!
Links » Holidays in the Heart of the City [PRIDE in Saginaw]
» Holidays in the Heart of the City [Facebook]

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Christmas Trees junior league of saginaw valley festival of trees

Festival of Trees Description Location: Apple Mountain Conference Center East Ballroom - 4519 North River Road, Freeland, Michigan
Phone: (989) 790-3763
2014 Dates: November 14-16
Description Events include a live auction, delectable food prepared by Apple Mountain chefs, a DJ and more. Over 100 designers will be contributing fabulously decorated trees and wreaths to be raffled off by WNEM TV5's Katie O'Mara to lucky winners. Also, 20 different local vendors will be displaying their specialties. The money raised throughout the weekend supports the Junior League of Saginaw Valley’s mission of promoting voluntarism, training its members, and improving the community.
Links » Festival of Trees  [Junior League of Saginaw Valley]

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Skiing apple mountain Ski & SNowboard resort

Apple Mountain Resort Description Location: 4519 N River Road, Freeland, Michigan
Phone: (989) 781-6789
Description Apple Mountain is located within 20 minutes from anywhere in the Great Lakes Bay Region.  The resort sits in the heart of the Midland, Bay City and Saginaw areas and is located five minutes from MBS International Airport and major highways. It is a great place to learn to ski and snowboard close to home. They have 100% snow making capabilities and with an annual snow fall average of 52 inches, snow conditions are usually the best you will find in the area.
Links » Apple Mountain Resort

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Candle chesaning christmas candlelight walk

Chesaning Candlelight Walk Description Location: Downtown Chesaning, Michigan
2014 Dates: November 28-29
Description Historic Chesaning presents the annual Candlelight Walk Thanksgiving weekend.  Let the glow of thousands of candles and tiny twinkling lights fill you with the holiday spirit.  Enjoy the free horse drawn carriages, the wonderful display of gingerbread houses created by local school children, the festival of trees at the Peet Community center, light magic in the village (a display of whimsical objects decorated in lights), many activities at Market Street Square, and don’t forget to visit Santa.
Links » Chesaning Chamber of Commerce

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Santa santa's village - the north pole usa

Santa's Village Description Location: Saginaw County Fairgrounds - 11350 Peet Road, Chesaning, Michigan
Hours: Saturdays & Sundays Noon - 7pm (Saturday after Thanksgiving to Christmas)
Description The sights and sounds of the Christmas season come alive at the Saginaw County Fairgrounds when Santa's Village arrives for the holiday season. With upwards of 175 lighted Christmas trees in all their holiday glory in 25,000 square feet of Christmas Wonderland the season comes alive. With carnival rides, an amazing model train layout, and a huge Lego display children's holiday dreams come alive. There is lots do childrens's crafts, sampling the delicious food, shopping at holiday vendors and of course visits with Santa Claus!
Links » Santa's Village

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Train Christmas christmas train and light festival

Roethke Park Christmas Train Description Location: Roethke Park - 400 Leddy Road, Saginaw, Michigan
Hours: Thur-Sat 6-9pm (First Two Weeks of December)
Description Enjoy a ride on Roethke Express as it’s tracks lead you through lighted displays. At the end of your journey enjoy treats provided by JJ’s Country Style Café while staying toasty by our bonfire. And don’t forget to visit Santa and his elves.
Links » Christmas Train [Thomas Township Parks & Recreation]

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Shopping birch run premium outlets

Roethke Park Christmas Train Description Location: 12240 South Beyer Road - Birch Run, MI 48415
Phone: (989) 624-6226
Regular Hours: Mon - Sat 10am - 9pm | Sun 10am - 7pm
Description Stroll through this outdoor center and discover savings of 25% to 65% every day at 145 designer and name brand outlet stores including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Calvin Klein, Coach, Guess, J.Crew, Lacoste, Nike, The North Face, Pottery Barn Outlet, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour and many others.
Links » Birch Run Premium Outlets

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Kayaking Christmas Trees holiday celebration and candlewalk

Frankenmuth Candlewalk Description Location: Frankenmuth River Place - 925 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, Michigan
Phone: (800) FUN-TOWN
Description A perfect way to start the Christmas season. Free hot chocolate and cookies. Ceremony starts at 6:30pm at the Frankenmuth River Place Shops. Enjoy Christmas Carols, a visit from Santa and the official lightening of the community Christmas tree.
Links » Frankenmuth Festivals

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Restaurant History old christmas station restaurant

Old Christmas Station Christmas Museum Description Location: 100 S Main Street, Frankenmuth, Michigan
Phone: (989) 262-8196
Description Visit the German Christmas museum, Christmas antiques and European cafe, specializing in fine pastries baked on site the old fashioned way and served in an elegant ambiance; parking available. They have a menu of Swiss, Austrian and German food and the feel of a Viennese cafe. The location features a museum of antique German Christmas ornaments the owners have collected throughout the years. The Station is in the former train station in Frankenmuth, with oak and birch wood, a fireplace and original tile floors.
Links » The Old Christmas Station [Facebook]
» The Old Christmas Station [Great Lakes Bay]

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Kayaking Christmas Trees Shopping bronner's christmas wonderland

Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland Description Location: 25 Christmas Lane - Frankenmuth, MI 48734
Phone: (989) 652-9931
Hours: January - May: Mon-Thu, Sat 9am - 5:30pm | Fri 9am - 9pm | Sun Noon - 5:30pm
June - December: Mon-Sat 9am - 9pm | Sun Noon - 5:30pm
Description World's largest Christmas store, a shopper's dream with over 50,000 trims and gifts, the size of 1 1/2 football fields. Open 361 days a year. Christmas Lane is illuminated nightly, also visit the Silent Night Chapel, open year round.
Links » Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland

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