What is Holidays in the City?

Holidays in the City is a collaboration between the Downtown Development Authority, the City of Muskegon, the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, and downtown businesses and organizations to bring you the very best of our downtown during the holiday season. Every weekend from Thanksgiving through Christmas, there are fun and exciting holiday events taking place! Explore below all the great things downtown Muskegon has to offer this holiday season!

The Kick-Off

Holidays in the City kicks off on November 26 with Small Business Saturday and the community Christmas tree lighting in Hackley Park.

Small Business Saturday
Holidays in the City first began over 10 years ago with the start of Small Business Saturday and is still the kick-off event! Downtown Muskegon prides itself on the abundunce of local shops and resturants, so come on down on November 26 and shop local!
Hackley Park Tree Lighting
Santa and his reindeer will make a special visit to Hackley Park for the community Christmas tree lighting on November 26! Holiday activities will begin with the Teddy Bear Trail at the Muskegon Art Museum start at 9am. Join them for donuts, teddy bear check-ups & adoptions, hot cocoa and candy canes with Santa, and so much more! Then at 3pm, head over to the Hackley and Hume Historic Site for their Holiday Tours Kick-Off at 3pm. Enjoy tours of the Hackley and Hume homes, ornament decorating, and purchase your Christmas tree & wreaths! Santa’s reindeer will be available to meet starting at 4:30pm. Santa himself will arrive at Hackley Park to receive the keys to the city and light the Christmas tree at 6pm. Head over to the Hackley Public Library after to tree lighting to meet Santa!
GLOW After Party

After the tree lighting, make your way to Western Ave between 1st and 5th street to watch the city light up for the holidays!


Inspecting Carol

Friday, November 18 – Sunday, December 4

Presented by the Muskegon Civic Theatre at Beardsley Theater


Festival of Wreaths

Wednesday, November 22 – Sunday, December 11

Downtown Muskegon Wreath Walk

Teddy Bear Trail

Saturday, November 26          9am – 11am

Jingle along the Teddy Bear Trail for donuts, teddy bear check-ups & adoptions, hot cocoa and candy canes with Santa Claus, and so much more!


Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 26        10am – 5pm

Shop Local in Downtown Muskegon


Holiday Tours Kickoff

Saturday, November 26              3pm – 7pm

Join the Lakeshore Museum Center for Holiday Tours, a craft for kids, and Christmas trees & wreaths for sale!

Community Christmas Tree Lighting

Saturday, November 26

Reindeer – 4:30 PM
Tree Lighting – Around 5:30 PM
Santa in Hackley Public Library – Begins after Tree Lighting

Muskegon Lumberjacks vs. Madison Capitols

Saturday, November 26        7:10pm

Theme: Queen for a Night


Glow After Party

Saturday, November 26        Around 7:30 after the Tree Lighting

Make your way to the Social Sandbox after the Tree Lighting to watch the whole city light up for the holidays!

Singing Christmas Tree

Wednesday, November 30 – Saturday, December 3

Mona Shores Choir performing at Frauenthal Theater

Holidays in Lakeside

Saturday, December 3                10am – 5pm

Lakeside District

Holiday Cheer Party

Saturday, December 3                5pm – 7pm

Hackley Public Library

Take & Make Craft: Snowflakes

Monday, December 5                (while supplies last)

Hackley Public Library

Muskegon Lumberjacks vs. Team USA U17

Friday, December 9                7:10pm

Theme: Teddy Bear Toss

Cookie Crawl

Saturday, December 10            10am – 8pm

Downtown Muskegon

Hot Cocoa Hop

Saturday, December 10            11am – 2pm

Muskegon Museum of Art

Super Saturday

Saturday, December 10            11am – 2pm

Free admission and DIY ornament at the Muskegon Museum of Art

Muskegon Lumberjacks vs. Chicago Steel

Saturday, December 10              7:10pm

Theme: North Pole Night

Holiday Cabaret

Sunday, December 11                5pm

Muskegon Civic Theatre performance at Beardsley Theater

Reader’s Theatre: Cozy Christmas Tales

Thursday, December 15        5:30pm – 6:30pm

Hackley Public Library

Praytell: It’s Almost Christmas

Friday, December 16                  3pm

Beardsley Theater

Home for the Holidays

Friday, December 16                7:30pm

West Michigan Symphony

Crafty Holiday Day

Saturday, December 17              10:00am – 4:00pm

Hackley Public Library

The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 17            3pm

Frauenthal Theater

Free Family Movie: White Christmas

Sunday, December 18                    3pm

Frauenthal Theater

Muskegon Lumberjacks vs. Team USA U17

Saturday, December 31                  6pm

New Year’s Eve Party

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