Top 5 pre-Thanksgiving events to be thankful for

Photo credit Midland Center for the Arts

by Colton Carrier, Reporter

Happy Holidaze!

In the tradition of Cirque du Soleil, Broadway director Neil Goldberg has assembled 20 Cirque acts from around the world to amaze audiences nationwide. Celebrating Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas and New Year’s, Cirque Dreams: Holidaze will take the stage at the Midland Center for the Arts for two nights. Performances will run at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, as well as 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets start at $26. For more information, visit


Happy holidays meet “happy trees”

Running through the weekend at the Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center in Midland, the Festival of Trees will bring together more than 100 designers, all with unique Christmas trees and wreaths on display. Doors open at 10 a.m. every day, closing at 5 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $5. If you want more information, head over to


Saginaw gets its Christmas rave going

Throughout downtown Saginaw, get ready for things to get a lot more festive. On Friday, Nov. 22, Holidays in the Heart of the City will kick off with a lighting ceremony, opening the gates to an assortment of holiday festivities, such as horse-drawn carriage rides, a holiday concert and a special firework show at 8:30 p.m. For more information, head to


Hear that MaSONIC boom

The Masonic Temple in downtown Bay City is a mainstay of the town’s art scene, hosting everything from film screenings to live bands. If you want to support a cultural landmark of the city, the “MaSONIC Temple” show will feature live music from The Paisley Fogg and Surf Zup, with profits going directly to the Temple itself. A $20 donation will get you in the door and cover your first drink. More information can be found at


Christmas Parade – “The Night Before Christmas”

With drill teams, marching bands, floats and vintage vehicles, the “Nightmare Before Christmas” parade will bring something festive for everyone. The parade kicks off Saturday, Nov. 23 at 11 a.m., beginning at the corner of Washington Avenue and Johnson Street and disbanding at Ojibway Island. Admission is free for everyone. For more information, visit


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