How to Watch “A New Orleans Noel” Lifetime Christmas premiere
When two rival architects are paired together for a Christmas project, work styles, aesthetics, and holiday traditions collide. Watch the premiere of A New Orleans Noel tonight at 8/7c on Lifetime; stream for free with a Philo free trial. A New Orleans Noel follows Grace Hill and Anthony Brown, two architects who, despite having gone to college together, have almost nothing in common. But when a career-defining Christmas project brings them together, they have no choice but to collaborate on the home of New Orleans treasure, Loretta Brown. Watch the premiere of A New Orleans Noel tonight at 8/7c on Lifetime.mlive.com
See ‘The Nutcracker’ in Grand Rapids with Michigan’s only professional ballet company
Though “The Nutcracker” is a well-known ballet, the Grand Rapids version has some unique components. Along with the professional dancers of the Grand Rapids Ballet, over 65 students from the Grand Rapids Ballet School join the production for “The Nutcracker.”Over 65 members of the Grand Rapids Ballet School join professional dancers on stage for productions of "The Nutcracker" this year. We’re Michigan’s only professional ballet company, so you can’t see a production of this scale anywhere else in the state.”Along with the stage performances of “The Nutcracker,” Grand Rapids Ballet is hosting a Nutcracker-themed brunch for children called Clara’s Nutcracker Party at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Sunday, Dec. 11. The brunch includes tea and food, a reading of “The Nutcracker” story, crafts and a performance by the Grand Rapids Ballet School. It’s a magical thing.”To purchase tickets to Clara’s Nutcracker Party or “The Nutcracker,” call 616-454-4771 or visit grballet.com.mlive.com
How to Watch “Cloudy With a Chance of Christmas” premiere on Lifetime
Cloudy With a Chance of Christmas premieres tonight at 8/7c. Fill your home with Lifetime holiday cheer when you register for Philo. Cloudy With a Chance of Christmas follows Bridget Torres, a successful weather forecaster with an on-air position for the national news. Watch the premiere of Cloudy With a Chance of Christmas tonight at 8/7c on Lifetime. Where to watch:mlive.com
Best and worst Christmas candy of 2022: Ranked
About 1.76 billion candy canes are produced every year for the holiday season, but are they among the best or worse Christmas candy? It’s the favorite Christmas candy in two states (Louisiana and Oregon) and in the top three of 25 states. 5 on the Top 10 Worst Christmas Candy list and peppermint candy canes are an honorable mention. CandyStore.com conducted a survey on 9,000 customers to determine the top 10 worst Christmas candies.CandyStore.comCandy canes – peppermint or otherwise – are not among Michigan’s top three Christmas candies. 1 loved Christmas candy in eight states and in the top three in 20 states.mlive.com
Frankenmuth, Michigan’s ‘Little Bavaria,’ on list of best small towns to visit for Christmas
FRANKENMUTH, MI -- Michigan’s “Little Bavaria” has been included on a list of the best small towns to visit for Christmas in the United States. Frankenmuth was among 21 towns featured on the list published by the travel platform Trips to Discover. The tourist destination in Saginaw County is known for its German roots, Bavarian-style architecture, home-cooked fried chicken meals and the “world’s largest Christmas store,” Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. It has appeared on several Christmas lists in recent years, including those published by Big Seven Travel in 2020 and VacationRenter.com in 2019. “You’ll be lured in by the charm of Frankenmuth, Michigan, as this small Bavarian-inspired town boasts a traditional Christkindmarkt in December,” author Charity De Souza wrote.mlive.com
Two new comedies to watch with a twist on classic characters
Santa Claus and Wednesday Addams are loved by many, and this season there is a twist on these classic characters. Movie Reviewer Greg Russell joined Michelle Oliver on “Live in the D” for Reel Talk to discuss a new film and Netflix series.
How to Watch “Serving Up the Holidays” Lifetime Christmas premiere
Serving Up the Holidays premieres tonight at 8/7c on Lifetime. Watch all your new Christmas favorites with a Philo subscription. Starring Britt Irvin and Zach Roerig, Serving Up the Holidays follows Scarlett, a talented chef who co-owns a swanky restaurant with her best friend. Every year, she pours all of her passion and creativity into a select few holiday dishes; but the public always thinks they’re too pretentious, strange, and honestly not that festive — so they rarely sell. Watch the premiere of Serving Up the Holidays tonight at 8/7c on Lifetime.mlive.com
Michigan’s favorite Christmas movie is a classic comedy from the ‘80s
Michigan’s favorite Christmas movie is “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” – and we’re not alone, according to a recent study. The study by Wishlisted analyzed Google Trends to determine the most popular Christmas movie in each state. Specifically, they took the top 25 Christmas movies from IMDb’s Top 100 Christmas Movies list and analyzed search popularity data in Google Trends by state from Nov. 24, 2021 (the day before Thanksgiving) to Jan. 2, 2022. The comedy from 1989 depicts a big family Christmas that goes horribly – and hilariously – wrong. It stars Chevy Chase as Christmas enthusiast and disaster magnet Clark Griswold and Beverly D’Angelo as his patient and supportive wife Ellen Griswold.mlive.com
When will the final Jan. 6 report be released and what will it include?
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) told reporters that the committee’s report will not be completed before Congress is scheduled to leave for the month on Dec. 16, but there is a “good possibility” it will be out before Christmas.latimes.com
Saline welcomes Christmas season with tree-lighting ceremony
SALINE, MI -- People gathered Tuesday to watch the 2022 Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, ushering in the holiday season in Saline. This was Saline’s 47th-annual tree-lighting ceremony. Attendees enjoyed hot chocolate and Christmas cookies and Christmas music sung by Saline High School’s Ten Tones music group. Children were handed Christmas ornaments by volunteers to hang onto the tree. Reelected Saline Mayor Brian Marl spoke at the event, welcoming Saline residents to the holiday season.mlive.com
How to Watch the 90th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center special
NBC’s annual tree lighting airs tonight at 8/7c. Stream the Christmas at Rockefeller Center special with FuboTV, Peacock, and DIRECTV Stream. Hosted by Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Craig Melvin, and Mario Lopez, the 90th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center special sends viewers into December’s heartwarming season with a celebration of holiday cheer. The event centers around the lighting of Rockefeller Center’s iconic Christmas tree — this year an 82-foot-tall, 50-foot-wide Norway spruce, says NBC. Don’t miss tonight’s 90th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center, broadcasting at 8/7c on NBC.mlive.com
Downtown Lapeer to host two-day Winterfest
LAPEER, MI - The historic Lapeer Winterfest is on the horizon, which features a nighttime Christmas parade, tree lighting ceremony, a visit with Santa Claus and more. Friday, Dec. 23-8 p.m.: Winter Market, located across from the PIX Theatre4-7 p.m.: Horse carriage rides4-8 p.m.: Christmas window scavenger hunt. Pick up clue cards at the Winter Market. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Winter Market, located across from the PIX Theatre. : Visit Santa.mlive.com
Ask Amy: Should I include my divorce after 40 years of marriage in this year’s Christmas letter?
Dear Amy: I’ve included a family Christmas letter along with my Christmas cards for over 30 years now. My husband and I are divorcing this year after over 40 years of marriage. – Sad NewsDear Sad News: Yes, Christmas is a time of hope and celebration, but Christmas letters are also often chronicles of a family’s transitions and passages. Taking into account all of the variables, if you still feel compelled to ask about this, do so (not through your sister). You can email Amy Dickinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O.mlive.com
Celebrate the holidays in Washtenaw County with Santa visits, Christmas parades
From Santa visits and artisan markets to Christmas parades and tree lightings, these events are sure to put anyone in the holiday mood. Ann ArborJoin more than 100 artists and 30 authors for the Ann Arbor Holiday Art Fair at the Washtenaw County Fairgrounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road. MilanSee Santa in person at the Christmas parade hosted by the City of Milan. The parade, starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, will run along West Main Street downtown to Park Street. The society will host Christmas tea at 1 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4.mlive.com
Santa Claus to appear at Goodrich Village Christmas Celebration on Dec. 8
GOODRICH, MI – Santa Claus himself will make a stop in Goodrich before finishing up Christmas preparations at the North Pole this year. The Goodrich Village Christmas Celebration will take place in downtown Goodrich from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8.mlive.com
Detroit Goodfellows continue to raise money for children more than 100 years after tradition began
What started 100 years ago with selling newspapers on the streets of Detroit to raise money to buy packages for children so they could wake up with a gift on Christmas is a tradition that’s still alive.
Covered bridge with holiday lights adds to festive feeling for Kent County village’s event
ADA, MI — The Tinsel, Treats and Trolleys festival returns to Ada this week with a covered bridge lighting, Christmas carolers and other family friendly activities. Jon Conkling, committee chair for the Tinsel, Treats and Trolleys festival, said a highlight of the event is the lighting of the covered bridge. The Ada covered bridge is 125 feet long and stretches across the Thornapple River. The event also includes a storefront window competition, a holiday lights walk and a new festival of trees in Legacy Park. Volunteers are still needed for tearing down the Tinsel, Treats and Trolleys Festival, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. To sign up, visit the event’s website or Facebook page.mlive.com
Lights, Santa, festivals. Your 2022 guide for Christmas events in Jackson County
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – It’s the time of year to start making a list of the Christmas parades and events in Jackson County sure to get you in the holiday spirit. The seasonal celebrations began in Jackson with the Jackson Christmas Parade Friday, Nov. 18. Scott Park | MLive.comMichigan Theatre of JacksonVarious holiday movies and events are set for the Michigan Theatre of Jackson, 124 N. Mechanic St. MLive File PhotoBPNJackson District LibrarySeveral events are taking place at Jackson District Library branches to ring in the holiday season. If we missed a public holiday event, please email reporter Chloe Miller the details at email@example.com and it will be added to this list.mlive.com
How to Watch “A Holiday Spectacular” Hallmark countdown to Christmas
A Holiday Spectacular premieres tonight at 8/7c on the Hallmark Channel. Stream the Countdown to Christmas with a Philo subscription, now only $5 for your first month. It’s 1958 and Maggie is preparing for a luxurious wedding ceremony to fit her opulent life as an heiress from Philadelphia. She desperately wants to perform in Radio City Music Hall’s annual Christmas Spectacular, and will do whatever it takes to become a Rockette. Watch the premiere of A Holiday Spectacular tonight at 8/7c on Hallmark.mlive.com
Holiday delight: Victorian Sleighbell Parade features horse-pulled Christmas tree
The Northern Michigan town known for its lumber town heritage and Victorian frills is gearing up for the 33rd annual Old Christmas Weekend, featuring the signature Victorian Sleighbell Parade at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, on River Street. The parade is immediately followed by the tree lighting, caroling and the Sleighbell Fireworks display. Events include a Victorian choral concert, a craft bazaar, 25-cent classic holiday movies, carriage rides, visits with Santa and roasting chestnuts. Manistee's Sleighbell Parade is one of its signature holiday events. Photo provided by Visit Manistee County.mlive.com
5 ways to support Small Business Saturday
It all comes at you so quickly: One minute, you’re making grocery lists and setting the menu for Thanksgiving, and then, in the blink of an eye, the holiday has arrived, only to be followed by Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday -- and then your tree goes up and Christmas morning is here.
Help make Bay City shine bright for 2022 holiday lighting contest
BAY CITY, MI - Whether you believe in decorating for Christmas before or after Thanksgiving, one thing is certain in Bay City -- make sure that you have your lights shining bright by mid-December for the chance to win a prize. Bay City announced that the annual Mayor’s Holiday Lighting Contest is returning for 2022. Residents and businesses are being invited to light up the city with bright, cheery light displays for the contest. All of the winners will be announced during the Monday, Dec. 19 Bay City Commission meeting. Bay City is offering its LED holiday lights rebate program once again in 2022.mlive.com
‘America’s Tallest’ Singing Christmas Tree coming soon to Muskegon’s historic Frauenthal Center
MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – “America’s Tallest” Singing Christmas Tree is set to return to the stage this month, kicking off the holiday season in Muskegon. For its 37th year, the Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree will perform for four days starting Wednesday, Nov. 30 inside the historic Frauenthal Center. The time-honored annual event, directed by Mona Shores’ Shawn Lawton, draws spectators from across the state and country. The choir will be accompanied by over 50 members of the Mona Shores High School Orchestra this year. “I don’t know any high school choir that has literally thousands of people paying for a ticket to a high school concert,” Lawton said.mlive.com
Frankenmuth’s 2022 ChristKindlMarkt begins Thanksgiving weekend
FRANKENMUTH, MI — The Frankenmuth ChristKindlMarkt, a European-style open-air Christmas market, returns to the Frankenmuth Farmers Market Thanksgiving weekend. Guests can shop for unique gifts, enjoy local food and live music and visit with Santa Claus. Christkindlmarkt, or weihnachtsmarkt, is a European tradition widely celebrated in cities such as Nuremberg, Frankfurt and Munich, according to a Frankenmuth Farmers Market news release. Frankenmuth’s annual Christkindlmarkt offers a way to celebrate the holiday season, find unique gifts and support local businesses. More than 60 vendors are expected to participate during the second and third weekends, so shoppers can find unique gifts and different offerings each weekend.mlive.com
“Santa Bootcamp” Christmas premiere: cast & how to watch
Santa Bootcamp premieres tonight at 8/7c on Lifetime. Stream every new Lifetime holiday special when you register for Philo. Santa Bootcamp follows event planner Emily Strauss for a wild holiday assignment. When Ed Mancini, a wealthy businessman known for his various malls, enlists her to organize a glamorous Christmas gala, she’s determined to hire the perfect Santa impersonator. Watch Santa Bootcamp tonight at 8/7c on Lifetime.mlive.com
How to watch ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ since it won’t air on TV this year
For 56 years, many would gather around the TV and watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” during the season of Halloween. Unfortunately, the tradition of having this special aired on national television has come to an end.
Local Ukrainian Americans watch and worry as Russia Threat looms
Tensions continue to mount on the Russia-Ukraine border as an estimated 100,000 Russian troops are being staged for what some believe could be an imminent invasion. Every Ukrainian American has a different story of why mothers, grandmothers, fathers, and grandfathers left a land they loved.