FLINT — Need a little help getting into the holiday spirit this year? Crossroads Village, 6140 Bray Rd., has plenty of lights, music, activities and family fun on tap this holiday season, and it all begins Friday night – including free village admission for Genesee County residents.
The morning of Nov. 27 is expected to be a Black Friday, but the evening will be ablaze with thousands of festive lights as Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic begins with a bang. The Village has been decorated with thousands of lights and opens at 4 p.m., with the Huckleberry Railroad making several of its first runs of the Christmas season. Train rides are filling up fast, and those wanting a seat are asked to make reservations by visiting www.geneseecountyparks.org or by calling 810-731-7100 and selecting extension 6.
On Friday only, Genesee County residents receive free admission to the village by showing their ID, and for everyone else, the standard admission rates apply. Village-only admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors older than 60 and $8 for children ages 2 to 12. The cost to ride the train is $3 more for adults and seniors and $2 extra for children. Children younger than 25 months are admitted free to both the village and train.
Guests can expect the entire Village to be alive with activity, the shops to be bustling and about 7 p.m. a crowd will begin gathering for the tree-lighting ceremony. The ceremony will include a couple of speakers, and a sing-along around the tree. Once the tree is lighted, a fireworks display will commence, and the Village closes at 9 p.m.
Can’t make it out Friday? Crossroads will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 27-29, Dec. 4-6,
Dec. 11-13, Dec. 18-20, Dec. 22 and Dec. 23, with plenty of holiday fun, including:
The Colwell Opera House presents performances of a holiday play at 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. each night.
Guests may visit and take pictures with Santa in the Mason Inn between 4-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Enjoy Bavarian Roasted Almonds or kettle corn as you tour the village.
The Stanley School House offers a make and take craft project for children of all ages.
The Fox, Buzzell and Eldridge homes will be open for a tour of life in the 1800s, and all the Village shops will be open, including the Train Shop, the Attica Hotel and the General Store.
The Flint Township Meeting Hall hosts the Mid-Michigan Railway Historical Society’s model train display
Support the upkeep of the Village’s 1912 C.W. Parker Carousel — the Friends of the Carousel sell pop, popcorn, hot chocolate, coffee and other goodies.
A Christmas Dinner Buffet will be hosted in the Mill Street Warehouse with catering by Sullivan’s Black Forest each weekend at 6 p.m. on Friday and at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $13.50 for adults, $12.50 for seniors, $11.50 for children and free children 24 months and younger.
The Huckleberry Railroad runs at 5 p.m., 5:50 p.m., 6:40 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Additional trains, if necessary, depart at 8:20 p.m., 9:10 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Finally, for those who want to tour the village but perhaps have difficulty getting around or maybe even just wouldn’t mind seeing the sights from the comfort of their vehicle, Crossroads offers several “Drive-Through ONLY” nights – on Dec. 7, 14, 21, 24 and 28. From 5 to 9 p.m., guests may drive through the village for $5 per vehicle.
Details: Visit www.geneseecountyparks.org or call 810-736-7100 extension 6.