3 Events You Can’t Miss This Weekend

Holidays in the Heart of the City. Photo Courtesy: Theophil Syslo Photography 

Whether you have switched your mood to “holiday-off” mode yet, the events coming up this weekend in MI Great Lakes Bay are ultimate choices for you to start your holidays. The PRIDE in Saginaw is going to host its annual event, Holidays in the Heart of the City, on November 16 and Christmas Parade on November 17. Meanwhile, if you are in Midland this weekend, come and join Midland Santa Parade in Downtown Midland this Saturday.

If you are a hunter, well, not hunting for animals but great bargains, we bet you will get really excited about Birch Run Premium Outlet’s Deer Widows Weekend! 34-hour bargain hunting plus 145 stores (and 39 of them can't be found anywhere else in Michigan)…what’s better than that? Head to MI Great Lakes Bay this weekend and enjoy your shopping!

Holidays in the Heart of the City

Photo Courtesy: Theophil Syslo Photography 

Date:  Nov 16, 2012, 05:30 p.m. – 08:30 p.m.
         Nov 17, 2012, 11:00 a.m.  (Christmas parade)
Location: Washington Ave., Ezra Rust Dr., Michigan Ave., Court St., Saginaw

The Saginaw Water Treatment Plant will host the City Lighting ceremony at 5:45-6 pm with Santa Claus, then, over 1,000 luminaries will light your way, guiding you to these locations for fun:

·    Holy Cross Lutheran Church (600 Court St.): hot chocolate and entertainment
·    Borchard Park (corner of Michigan & Court St): free pony rides, reindeer, Santa, & the Castle Museum Cookie Hut
·    St. John's Episcopal Church (123 N. Michigan): Free concert at 6 pm
·    Ezra Rust Drive for free horse-drawn wagon rides, plus the trolley will get you from the west/east side to the opposite side to enjoy more attractions!
·    Andersen Enrichment Center (120 Ezra Rust Dr.): Cookie house competition, and story time from the Hoyt Public Library
·    JapaneseCultural Center (527 Ezra Rust Dr.): origami (paper folding)
·    St. Mary's Seton Cove (800 S. Washington Ave.): live nativity
·    Mexican-American Council (537 S. Washington): cookies & hot chocolate
·    Holy Family Church (1525 S. Washington Ave.): free concert at 7:15 pm
·    Saginaw County Veterans Memorial Plaza and Friends of Hoyt Park: Veterans Memorial Plaza, treats
·    Children's Zoo at Celebration Square (1730 S. Washington): free admission

Food vendors will line the streets tempting you with the smells of their foods, the Farmer's Market will be set up in front of the Andersen Enrichment Center selling Christmas greens, and other businesses on the east and west sides will be open for your enjoyment.  Stay for fireworks at 8:30 pm!

Don’t forget to join PRIDE in Saginaw's Christmas parade on Saturday morning at 11 a.m.! The parade will begin at East Jefferson Avenue in downtown Saginaw, west to Washington Avenue (M-13), then south to Ezra Rust Drive, ending at Ojibway Island.

For more information, please visit PRIDE in Saginaw website

Deer Widows Weekend

Photo Courtesy: Birch Run Premium Outlets

Date: Nov. 16 – 18, 2012
Location: Birch Run Premium Outlets (12240 S. Beyer Rd., Birch Run)

It’s shopping time ladies! The Birch Run Premium Outlets is going to kick off its annual Deer Widows Weekend on November 16! Make your shopping list and enjoy three full days of bargain hunting at its best featuring!

Fri, Nov 16 (10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
Visit official registration station for a chance to win a $250 Premium Outlets gift card and some lucky shoppers will enjoy free gifts and prizes throughout the day. 6pm - 7pm: Welcome Reception - next to the Information Center in section F and enjoy live music, food, prizes and fun

Sat, Nov 17 (8:00 am – 9:00 p.m.)
The first 300 bargain hunters at select stores will receive a "Win Big Bucks" scratch card for an opportunity to win $10- $500 gift cards from Birch Run Premium Outlets and participating stores.

Sun, Nov 19 (9:00 am – 7:00 p.m.)
The first 500 bargain hunters will receive a Deer Widows Weekend gift bag filled with goodies from participating stores.

For more information, please visit Birch Run Premium Outlets website. You can also download its bargain hunting guide.

Midland Santa Parade

Photo Courtesy: Midland Santa Parade

Date: Nov 17, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 01:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Midland, MI

Start your holidays off with Downtown Midland’s Santa parade!  The annual Midland Santa Parade is going to celebrate its annual Santa parade on November 17. The parade will begin at 10 a.m., and the route starts at Midland High School, travels down Ashman Street to Main Street, and ends near Cronkright.

The Midland Santa Holiday Parade began in 1985. Each year the Midland Santa Holiday Parade has a holiday theme and a selected Grand Marshall for that year. In addition, the Midland Santa Holiday Parade recognizes two outstanding Midland County kindergarten or first grade students as Prince and Princess.

For more information, please visit Downtown Midland website.

Have you been to any above event in the past, or are you planning to join one of these this year? Feel free to share your experience and photo on our Facebook and Twitter! If you are an instagrammer, feel free to hashtag your photos with #gogreatlakesbay, so we could find you and share your great shots to our fans!

Hope you enjoy your weekend in MI Great Lakes Bay.

Go Great Lakes Bay! :]

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