Walking in a winter wonderland

Cultural Center free holiday walk features music, shows, crafts, refreshments and a visit from Santa

FLINT — The Flint Cultural Center’s annual Holiday Walk is set for 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1. The festivities are free, but those who are able are asked to donate a non-perishable food item or personal care item, to donate to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

The 33-acre Cultural Center campus will be awash in holiday lighting displays, and festive music will fill the air. Highlights of the event also include holiday-themed theatre performances, seasonal craft demonstrations and holiday planetarium samplers.

Santa will visit, of course, and he and Police Chief James Tolbert will light the Christmas tree at 5:15 p.m. Santa then will make his way to The Whiting where he will greet youngsters, hear their Christmas wishes and pose for photos.

Ice carving demonstrations, caroling, photo opportunities, coloring page hand-outs, classic cars and puppet shows are all part of the holiday magic.

Food vendors will include Vehicle City Taco, Big JJ BBQ and The Stick It Truck. Refreshments also will be available.

The Shrine Circus and Whaley Children’s Center also will be on campus that evening.

The MTA will sponsor a free shuttle from the Flint Farmers’ Market every 15 minutes from 5:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Activities will take place throughout the campus, at the Flint Institute of Music, Sloan Museum, Whaley Historic House Museum, Buick Gallery, The Whiting, Applewood, Flint Youth Theatre, Longway Planetarium, Flint Institute of Arts and Flint Public Library.

Craft and coloring attractions will be available while supplies last. Shows are scheduled at specific intervals throughout the event.

For details and to plan your evening’s agenda, visit flintcultural.org/holidaywalk/.

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, The Whiting, and Whaley Historic House Museum. Holiday Walk is sponsored by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation with media partners ABC12, Cars 108, and The View Newspaper Group.

Additional information is available at 810-237-7333.

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