Holiday Walk set for Dec. 6

FLINT – Next Tuesday, Dec. 6, the community is invited to enjoy the 2016 Flint Cultural Center Holiday Walk at their beautifully decorated 33-acre campus in Flint. The event includes holiday light displays, festive music, holiday theater performances, seasonal craft demonstrations, holiday planetarium samplers, refreshments, and, of course, Santa Claus. The event will last from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a tree lighting ceremony at 5:15 p.m.

Santa will help to light the tree at 5:15 p.m., which will take place in Durant Plaza between Sloan Museum and The Whiting Auditorium. Santa will then make his way to The Whiting for family visits and free printed photo opportunities throughout the evening, and the event and its activities will once again be completely free for everyone. There will be food trucks on the premise with food and beverages available for purchase.

Crystal Dillard, the campus coordinator for Flint Cultural Center Corp., said, “All of our buildings will be open for free, and we want everyone to feel free to come and see what we have to offer, including the Sloane exhibit, which is “In the Dark.” Everything we’re doing is free besides the four food vendors we’ll have. We’ve been doing this for about 30 years, and every year we try to do bigger and better things. It’s a way for us to give back to the community and really highlight what we do.”

The MTA is sponsoring a free shuttle bus that runs from the Flint Farmers’ Market on the corner of E. 2nd Street and Wallenberg Street to the Flint Cultural Center running every 15 minutes starting at 5:15 p.m. and ending at 7:45 p.m.

Holiday Walk is presented as a cooperative effort by The Flint Cultural Center Corporation, Ruth Mott Foundation Applewood, Flint Institute of Arts, Flint Institute of Music, Flint Public Library, Flint Youth Theatre, Longway Planetarium, Sloan Museum, Buick Gallery, The Whiting, and Whaley Historic House Museum. The 2016 Holiday Walk is sponsored by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation with media partners ABC12, Cars 108, and The View Newspaper Group.

This is a free community event, however, organizers ask those who are able to bring non-perishable food, clothing or personal care items to be donated to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

The Flint Cultural Center campus is located along Kearsley Street off I-475 at Longway Blvd. in Flint. For more information, call 810-237-7333 or visit

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