Santa Clause sightings and Christmas Tunes: A 2019 Manual for the Jackson Zone Occasions

JACKSON COUNTY, MI - When is it time to start celebrating Christmas? Some start decorating the day after Halloween. Others wait until after Thanksgiving.

Santa Clause sightings and Christmas

In the Jackson area, the celebrations start this week. The holiday season kicks off Friday, Nov. with the Downtown Jackson Christmas Parade, and will keep going strong throughout the county from late November until the end of the year.
This includes. HOME FM radio station playing Christmas music from Thanksgiving until Christmas Day, said the station’s general manager Rachel Buchanan.
Here’s a list of local events for the holiday season.
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Downtown Jackson Christmas Parade
Details: Friday, Nov. at p.m., starting at the corner of W. Michigan Avenue and Blackstone Street in downtown Jackson.
Numerous floats will be joined by marching bands from Vandercook Lake, East Jackson, Northwest, Jackson, Lumen Christi, and Napoleon high schools.
and Mrs. Claus will bring up the rear of the parade, as always. They will be available for pictures with children inside the Consumers Energy headquarters, Energy Plaza, immediately after the parade. 
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NiteLites at the Michigan International Speedway
Details: Nov. to Dec.,: to p.m. Sunday through Thursday,: to p.m. Friday and Saturday. Located in the US- in Brooklyn.
Drive your car through the five miles of bouncing, holiday lights at the Michigan International Speedway for this year’s Nite Lites.
Cost is $ per car but is free to all veterans and active-duty military personnel on Dec.
A K Fun Run and Walk provides an early look at the lights on Nov. . Registration is open to the public at nitelites shown.
The Winter Wonderland display, with crafts and concessions, is open from to p.m. Friday through Sunday, Nov. -Dec. and Dec. -, - and -. Children can tell Santa Claus their Christmas wish list and take a free train ride from to p.m. Live reindeer are therefrom to p.m. on Dec. , and.
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Nebraska Theater Caravan’s “A Christmas Carol”
Details: Friday, Nov. from to p.m. at the Potter Center at Jackson College, Emmons Road in Summit Township.
The Nebraska Theater Caravan is coming all the way from Omaha to perform the Charles Dickens classic for Jackson residents.
The -person ensemble all act, sing and play live music in a Broadway-esque show.
Tickets range from $-$. Tickets are $ for children and under, but those must be purchased with at least one adult ticket. You can order by calling the Potter Center Ticket Office, --, or online at .jccmi.edupottercenter.
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Michigan Theatre
Details: Various holiday movie showings starting on Friday, Nov. and ending on Jan. , . Located at N. Mechanic St. in downtown Jackson.
The -year-old Michigan Theatre is showing the following Christmas movies in a classic venue all throughout the holidays:

  • Free admission for “Home Alone” from to p.m after the Christmas parade
  • The version of “The Grinch” is showing on Tuesday, Dec. from to p.m., as well as on Thursday, Dec. from to p.m.
  • “A Christmas Story” on Thursday, Dec. from to p.m.
  • Mayor Derek Dobies will present a free showing of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” on Friday, Dec. from to p.m.
  • “White Christmas” on Thursday, Dec. from to p.m.
  • “Abominable” will show on Dec. , twice on Dec. and on Jan. of next year
  • More information at the Michigan Theatre of Jackson website.
    Breakfast with Santa and Small Business Saturday
    Santa Clause sightings and Christmas
    Details: Saturday, Nov. from to a.m. at the Michigan Theatre, N. Mechanic St. in downtown Jackson
    Share some flapjacks with Santa on Small Business Saturday.
    Junkyard Dog is selling breakfast at the Michigan Theatre the Saturday after Thanksgiving to draw folks to downtown Jackson. Meals for children cost $ and $ for adults.
    Children can take pictures with Santa at a.m. Afterward, parents can enjoy deals at local small businesses, as event organizer Cory Mays said the day is a chance for folks to “shop small.”
    The event is sponsored by Home Mortage, Production Reality and CP Federal Credit Union, Mays said.
    For more information, visit the event page. To volunteer, call Mays at --.
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    Downtown Brooklyn Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade
    Details: Friday, Nov. at p.m. starting at N. Main St. in downtown Brooklyn.
    Gather in the Square in downtown Brooklyn for their tree lighting and parade. The parade comes first, followed by caroling as the tree lights up. Admission is free.
    There will also be sled races that start on Chicago Street after the parade, as well as a community bonfire. Call -- for more information.
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    Toys for Tots Drive at Albion Motors Ford
    Details: Saturday, Nov. from a.m. to p.m. at N. Eaton Street in Albion.
    Santa will be at Albion Motors Ford to collect donations for the American Legion Post “Toys for Tots” campaign. Every child who brings a new and unwrapped toy for children ages newborn to will receive a free gift from St. Nick himself.
    Refreshments will be served. No purchase is necessary to participate. The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department will also be offering safety tips for families such as biking and hunting.
    Participating families will receive a special coupons for “The Works” which includes up to quarts of Premium Synthetic Blend oil, a Motorcraft oil filter, tire rotation, and courtesy safety inspection. The inspection includes a battery test, plus a belts and hoses check for $..
    More information at --.
    Additional charity drives :
    Christian charity accepting donations throughout the Jackson area
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    Walton Insurance Group Holiday Walk-Thru
    Details: Thursday, Dec. from to p.m. at Spring Arbor Road in Summit Township.
    The Walton Insurance Group is opening its doors to Jackson area families for the straight year. More than employees are decorating the office in traditional Christmas themes for families to take a holiday-centric tour.
    Santa, Mrs. Claus, their elves and even the Grinch will greet children and their families, a company press release said. Children can pet live reindeer, drink hot cocoa, eat Christmas cookies and watch holiday movies. Children will receive a toy at the end of Mrs. Claus.
    Mini Pine Cone Christmas Tree
    Santa Clause sightings and Christmas
    Details: Thursday, Dec. from to p.m. at the Jackson District Library Napoleon Branch, Brooklyn Road in Napoleon.
    The Napoleon Branch of the JDL can teach you how to make a mini-pine cone Christmas tree. Use it for your own decorations and give one as a gift.
    Space and supplies are limited. Call -- to register.
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    An Evening with and Mrs. Claus
    Details: Friday, Dec. from to p.m. at Funday’s Family Fun Cafe, Ferguson Road in Jackson.
    Here’s a safe way to introduce your small children to the big man with the bushy, white beard.
    Children are able to approach Santa in their own time and manner when they feel comfortable. Admission is $ and the recommended ages are five and under.
    Holiday in the Hills
    Details: Friday, Dec. through Sunday, Dec. throughout the Brooklyn and Irish Hills area
    There will be events in the Brooklyn-Irish Hills area the first full weekend of December.
    It starts on Friday with Christmas in the Village in Manitou Beach and the Oh These Irish Hills! Christmas Gala at the Irish Hills Eagles, Wamplers Lake Road. Both will go all weekend. There will also be an open house on Friday at Kelsey’s Boutique and Gifts, N. Main St.
    The Michigan International Speedway, US- will be holding its Nites Lites and Winter Wonderland all weekend, as well as it's MIS Cares Charity Track & Drives on the night of the th.
    There will be shows and festivals for vendors, artists, wine and beer tasters and dancers. For a full event rundown, go to Irish hills experience.
    More information at --.
    Hanging of the Green at Spring Arbor University
    Details: Friday, Dec. at p.m. around Spring Arbor University, E. Main St.
    Hit the Spring Arbor University campus for a free night of Christmas festivities.
    It starts with the Christmas Concert at the Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church, E. Main St. Doors open at p.m., and a nursery will be available for children under four.
    Gather at the university plaza at p.m. for the lighting of candles, followed by a fireworks show. The Student Life Center will be offering cookies, face-painting, roasted almonds, balloons, wagon rides and a visit from Ol’ St. Nicholas himself at p.m.
    The Ganton Art Gallery will open from: to p.m. More information at arbor.educhristmas.
    Music Notes Annual Christmas Concert
    Details: Saturday, Dec. from to p.m. at Arbor Grove Congregational Church at McCain Road in Jackson.
    Students from across the Jackson area will play traditional, contemporary and classic pieces on the piano, as well as vocally.
    Tickets are $ per person or $ for any person who brings a donation for the Jackson County Food Pantry or the Jackson County Animal Shelter. Santa will be available for pictures before and after the show.
    More information here.
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    Jackson Symphony Guild Holiday Ball
    Details: Saturday, Dec. at p.m. at the Country Club of Jackson, Horton Road in Summit Township.
    Support classical music in the Jackson area at the Holiday Ball for the Jackson Symphony Guild.
    This black-tie event includes dinner, dancing, raffles, and both live and silent auctions for entertainment. Tickets are $ for anyone over the age of and $ for anyone under.
    You may also donate more to the guild on top of a ticket purchase. Register here.
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    Grass Lake Festival of Lights
    Santa Clause sightings and Christmas
    Details: Saturday, Dec. from a.m. to p.m. at the Whistle Stop Park Depot, E. Michigan Ave. in Grass Lake
    It’s a full first weekend in December in Grass Lake, starting with the the edition of the Festival of Lights, brought to you by the Regional Chamber of Commerce.
    The day starts with the Cookie Quest at the Whistle Stop Park Depot. Tour participating businesses and eat their cookies until p.m. or until they’re all gone.
    There will be raffle baskets, a silent wreath auction and photo opportunities with Santa. You can eat lunch with Kris Kringle from to p.m.
    The day ends with a parade that heads east through downtown, ending at Lake Street.
    For more information, email susanbb-starrett.gcktstatefarmm.
    Christmas on the Farm
    Details: Saturday, Dec. from a.m. o p.m. and Sunday, Dec. from noon to p.m at the Waterloo Farm Museum and Dewey School, Waterloo-Munith Road in Grass Lake.
    Explore holiday traditions from the area’s farming roots, including tours of the -room farmhouse, the authentically-recreated log house, eight outbuildings, and the one-room Dewey School.
    Farm-picked vegetables, home-made baked goods, and other gift items will be available for purchase. Free refreshments and live music all weekend. -- for admission and gift prices.
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    Christmas with the Jackson Chorale
    Details: Sunday, Dec. at p.m. at the United Methodist Church, W. Michigan Ave. in Jackson.
    The Jackson Chorale will be joined by the Lumen Christi High and Western High choirs to perform holiday classics.
    Tickets are $ for adults and $ for students and children. Individual tickets are available for purchase here. Season tickets for the chorale go for $.
    More information on the event’s page.
    Swim with Santa
    Details: Friday, Dec. from: to: p.m. at the Jackson YMCA, W. Wesley St. in Jackson
    Here’s a new one Christmas tradition: diving into a pool with Santa.
    The Jackson YMCA is hosting a Swim with Santa event for children ages -.
    The event is open to the public. Admission is $ per child and frees for YMCA members. Children must be accompanied by a parent in the pool. There is no extra charge for adults or infants to participate.
    Children will have a chance to take a picture with Santa in the pool. There will be holiday-themed games in the water, such as underwater Christmas tree decorating and a candy cane dive.
    Additional activities include a holiday movie, crafting Christmas ornaments and chowing down on snacks and hot chocolate.
    Pre-registration is required at Jackson YMCA or in person. Aquatics Director Alexa Markham at alexajacksonymca for more information.
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    Calvary United Methodist Church Christmas Concert
    Details: Sunday, Dec. at p.m. at Backus St.
    The Cavalry United Methodist Church is hosting it's annual “We Wish You” A Merry Christmas Concert and Celebration.
    There will be an hour of Christmas music featuring the Cavalry Brass, Bell Choir and Jim DeBruler on the organ. There will also be carol singing and other fun for the family.
    Disciples Christmas Party
    Details: Sunday, Dec. from to p.m. at Encounter Church, Robinson Road in Jackson.
    Encounter Church is opening its doors to third, fourth and fifth graders for a child-theme Christmas party. Relax, eat Christmas cookies and other snacks and play some fun games.
    More information on the event’s page.
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    Details: Dec. - at p.m. at Chelsea High School, N Freer Road, and Dec. - at p.m. at the Potter Center of Jackson College, Emmons Road in Summit Township.
    For the third year in a row, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra will provide the music for Ballet Chelsea’s performances of “The Nutcracker.”
    As the JSO site puts it, it’s the “Christmas Eve tale about a young girl named Marie and her magical journey to the enchanted Kingdom of Sweets.”
    Tickets range from $ to $ at both venues. You can purchase tickets at Jacksonsmphony special-events.
    Tuba Christmas in Jackson
    Santa Clause sightings and Christmas
    Details: Sunday, Dec. at p.m., Jackson Symphony Orchestra, W. Michigan Ave.
    Some people like to hear their Christmas music in deep, resonant tones. The Tuba Christmas of Jackson needs your help to make this happen.
    This indoor performance will be conducted by Dr. Bill Waterman and needs your low brass expertise. You can register at: p.m. on Sunday, Dec. and rehearse for two hours before showtime.
    Small music books are available for $ and large ones for $. The participant registration fee is $. More information with coordinator John Fenton, --.
    Did we miss something? If you have a holiday event for this list, email
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