FLINT — A tradition 31 years in the making, the annual Holiday Walk will fill Flint’s Cultural Center with festive lights, music and more Dec. 2.
“It’s something that we pride ourselves in and we love doing it every year,” said Crystal Dillard, campus coordinator for the Flint Cultural Center Association.
The Holiday Walk, a free community event, kicks off at 5:15 p.m. when Flint Mayor Dane Walling and Santa light the holiday tree. The festivities continue throughout the 33-acre campus until 8 p.m.
Following the tree lighting, Santa will greet children at The Whiting.
“It’s crazy fun,” said Loe’l Murphy, education and community engagement coordinator for The Whiting. “Every building has something going on. It’s a really great way to experience the Cultural Center.”
Highlights of the Holiday Walk include caroling and live music, planetarium shows, crafts and refreshments. Vendors will sell food.
Participants who can are asked to bring non-perishable food, clothing or personal care items to donate to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.
An MTA shuttle bus will runs from the Flint Farmers Market to the Flint Cultural Center every 15 minutes from 5:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Applewood is hosting ice carving demonstrations, caroling and warm cider and holiday treats.
At the Buick Gallery, visitors may climb onto the 1917 Buick Touring Car or view Santa’s 1966 Wildcat convertible on display.
The Flint Public Library will host holiday ornament craft from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Also, the Amazing Clark will present Punch & Judy from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the library. The Kearsley Park Players will perform Snow White from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Flint Institute of Arts will have musical performances in the galleries and a children’s holiday film in the theater until 7:30 p.m. Daniel Tiger will meet and greet the kids until 8 p.m.
The Flint Institute of Music plans to present live musical performances. They’ll also have the giant Nutcracker rocking chair available for photo opportunities.
At the Flint Youth Theatre, kids may color or listen to a storyteller read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
Longway Planetarium will show holiday magic laser light shows on the half hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Shows are by ticket only.
Sloan Museum will host crafts and Whaley Historic House Museum will host games of the Gilded Age for the family.
“We want to give children and families who might not normally be able to come down to campus to come to our buildings, free, to see what we have to offer,” said Dillard.
“We hope these people would come down and see what we’re all about and come back and see a show at the Flint Youth Theatre or Whiting, or see the art museum at the Flint Institute of Arts, or come see the Flint Institute of Music’s Holiday Pops or ‘Nutcracker.’”