Editor's note: This article was published in Grand Traverse Scene magazine's Holidays 2018 issue. Pick up a free copy at area hotels, visitor's centers, chambers of commerce or at the Record-Eagle building on Front Street. Click here to read GT Scene in its entirety online.

“A Christmas Carol”

Nov. 23-Dec. 8, 2018


Enjoy an adaptation of the Dickens’ classicat the Old Town Playhouse community theater. The feel-good family show features evening and matinee performances. oldtownplayhouse.com.

Sparkle in the Park

Nov. 24, 2018-Jan. 1, 2019


See several thousand Christmas lights set up in nearly 50 holiday displays at Hopkins Park from Thanksgiving weekend through New Year’s Day. Open nightly from 5 to 10 p.m. Admission is free; donations accepted. bearlakemichigan.org.

Messiah Sing

Dec. 2, 2018


Raise your voice at the 40th annual Messiah Sing at Central United Methodist Church. Rehearsals begin at noon followed by the performance at 4 p.m. Directed by Jeffrey Cobb, with area musicians and soloists. tccentralumc.org.

Irish Christmas in America

Dec. 2, 2018


Get a glimpse of Christmas in Ireland at 8 p.m. at Milliken Auditorium in the Dennos Museum Center. The holiday show features tunes, stories and dancing by traditional artists from Ireland. dennosmuseum.org.

Ladies’ Night inDowntown Traverse City

Dec. 6, 2018


Grab your bestie for a special night of shopping for women from 5-9 p.m. in downtown Traverse City. Enjoy discounts, food and drink at area stores, bars and restaurants. downtowntc.com.

Victorian SleighbellParade and OldChristmas Weekend

Dec. 6-9, 2018


Experience the fun of a Victorian Christmas with arts and crafts, a theatrical production, historic building tours and a sleighbell parade down River Street with horse-drawn entries. visitmanisteecounty.com.

VoicePlay: Warm Up- A Holiday Special

Dec. 7, 2018


Warm up for the holidays with creative renditions of Christmas classics and modern hits by the a capella group from NBC’s “The Sing-Off” at the City Opera House. cityoperahouse.org.

Christmasin the Village

Dec. 7-9, 2018


Celebrate the season at the historic Village at Grand Traverse Commons with tree lighting, carriage rides, music in the halls, shopping specials and more. thevillagetc.com.

The Nutcracker

Dec. 8, 2018


Revel in the beauty of the classic holiday ballet presented by the Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre at 7 p.m. at the Benzie Central Auditorium. mynorthtickets.com.

Old Mission Women’sClub Cookie Sale

Dec. 8, 2018


Choose from thousands of decorated cookies for your holiday celebrations beginning at 8 a.m. at the Old Mission Peninsula Town Hall. Cookies are $8 per pound, with proceeds going for charitable and educational purposes.

Men’s Night inDowntown Traverse City

Dec. 13, 2018


Join the camaraderie of a special shopping event just for men from 5-9 p.m. in downtown Traverse City. Enjoy discounts, food and drink at area stores, bars and restaurants. downtowntc.com.

Sounds of the Season

Dec. 14, 2018


Join the Interlochen Arts Academy Band and Choir for their annual holiday show at 7 p.m. in Corson Auditorium. tickets.interlochen.org.

Home for the Holidays

Dec. 15-16, 2018


Kick off the last week before Christmas with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra’s beloved holiday concert featuring orchestra, soloists and the NMC Children’s Choir and Grand Traverse Chorale. Guest conductor Lonnie Klein returns for the event at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at Corson Auditorium. traversesymphony.org.

Festival of Trains

Dec. 15-23, 2018


Bring the kids to the 26th annual show presented by the Northern Michigan Modern RailRoad Club at the Grand Traverse Heritage Center. Features include a giant 0-guage model train layout along with HO-, S- and G-guage layouts plus a special kids layout where young visitors can operate the controls. nmrrc.org.

New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade

Dec. 31, 2018


Help light up the night at Crystal Mountain Resort with a torchlight parade down the slopes followed by a fireworks show. The parade starts at the top of Cheers at 11:45 p.m.; everyone with a valid season pass or lift ticket is welcome to participate. Sign up at the Snowsport Desk to carry a torch.

CherryT Ball Drop

Dec. 31, 2018


Ring in the new year with thousands of revelers at this annual street party at the corner of Front and Park streets in downtown Traverse City. Dancing to the music of a live DJ starts at 10 p.m., leading to the countdown to midnight and the CherryT Ball Drop, with fireworks accompaniment.