FLINT – For years, the Flint Cultural Center (FCC) has been a destination for visitors of all ages to experience entertainment, embrace knowledge and dream beyond the world they know. During the holiday season, the FCC takes this mission to heart, offering an array of activities to help foster education, entertainment and enjoyment.
On Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 5:30-8 p.m., the FCC will host their annual Holiday Walk, which will consist of an abundance of activities, including caroling and festive live music, a visit with Santa Claus, planetarium shows, holiday theatre activities, hands-on arts and crafts, as well as refreshments and plenty more, including the annual tree-lighting ceremony, which will take place at 5:15 p.m.
The Holiday Walk will take visitors throughout the FCC campus to a number of the institutions found throughout the grounds. From 5:30-8 p.m., the Applewood will feature ice carving demonstrations, a seasonal lighting display, free refreshments and carolers.
At the Flint Public Library, from 5:30–5:55 p.m. and from 7:05-7:30 p.m., there will be performances by the Ringspiration Bell Choir; from 6-6:25 p.m. and 7:35-7:55 p.m. will be Amazing Clark: Punch and Judy Show; and from 6:30-7 p.m. will be a movie presentation of Charlie Brown Christmas.
At the Flint Institute of Arts, from 5:30-7:30 will be musical performances in the galleries; from 5:30-8 will be movie presentations of Bugs Bunny’s Looney Christmas Tales; from 5:30-8 will also be art school open house & craft; and from 6-8 will be a meet and greet with Curious George. The FIA will also offer kid-friendly snacks for sale at The Palette Café.
The Flint Institute of Music will feature a number of musical performances; the chance to take your own photos in the giant Nutcracker rocking chair, which will close at 7:50; an instrument playground; a Capital Theatre organ presentation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas; and a community carol singalong.
The Flint Youth Theatre will allow its young visitors to “visit Narnia,” and enter the world of FYT’s “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.” Visits will last for 20 minutes, starting at 5:30, with the last visit beginning at 7:30.
The Longway Planetarium will feature presentations of Cosmic Christmas: The Light Show, beginning at 5:30, with the final show starting at 8 p.m. Cosmic Christmas is available by ticket only, and tickets are only good for the specified time on the ticket. Guests should arrive 10 minutes early for their show.
The community event will be free to the public, though the FCC requests that those who can bring non-perishable food, clothing or personal care items to be donated to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan (FBEM). For more information, please visit www.flintcultural.org. — Alex Petrie