2018 Event Schedule

30th Annual Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend

*The parade begins at 5:30pm on Saturday December 8th.* 


Glenn and Pat Lottie Art Exhibit

10am-5pm, Ramsdell Theatre: 101 Maple St (in Hardy Hall)

Glenn and Pat Lottie were art lovers. In their time together, they collected a myriad of artworks from professional artists. In celebration of their enthusiasm, and to honor the late Pat Lottie, Glenn Lottie has graciously put together this stunning display of artwork that represents some of the depth and diversity of our own Manistee artists.  

 

Ramsdell Box Office Open

10am-5pm, Ramsdell Theatre: 101 Maple St (in the Theatre lobby)

Visit our Theatre box office through the theatre doors under the marquee. One of our staff or volunteers will be glad to help you secure tickets to an upcoming event. Upcoming shows feature the Nutcracker Ballet (Dec 7, 8, and 9), and the New Year’s Eve Party: Roaring 20s-themed.

 

A Victorian Christmas

10am-5pm, 425 River Street, Manistee County Historical Museum

Display of items from Manistee’s Victorian era as what celebrating the holidays in the Victorian age was like, students $1, adults $3, family $8

 

Christmas Cookie + Wine Pairing

Noon-5pm, Douglas Valley, 431 River Street

Pair your favorite Christmas cookie with wine, $15 per person

 

Tour of the James Dempsey Mansion

1, 2 & 3pm on the hour, 506  Maple Street

Enjoy a guided tour of this historic 1894 Lumber Baron Mansion which now houses the Dempsey Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn and Victorian Tea Room.  You will see the mansion’s marvelous Victorian French net-renaissance architecture, artwork, decorative items and exquisite period furniture.

$12 per person in advance, $17 per person at the door.  RSVP at 616.802.4588

 

Business After Hours

5:30-7:30pm, Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom, 101 Maple St.

A special opportunity to preview the Festival of Trees with delicious hors d’oeuvres, holiday music and networking with friends. A cash bar will be available along with special giveaways. Admission is $10 per person or $9 if you register online. Bring a can good or animal food to vote for your favorite entry. Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots/Gift for Teens.

Victorian Choral Concert

7pm, First Congregational Church, 4th St.

The Manistee Choral Society will hold a Victorian Christmas Concert. Victorian cookies and wassail reception after. Tickets are available at Goody’s downtown Manistee or call 231 723 – 7536. $10.

A Victorian Christmas

10am-7pm, 425 River Street, Manistee County Historical Museum

Display of items from Manistee’s Victorian era as what celebrating the holidays in the Victorian age was like, students $1, adults $3, family $8

 

Ashton Cigar Holiday Experience

Noon – 4pm, Surrondings 423 River Street

 

Tour of the James Dempsey Mansion

1, 2 & 3pm on the hour, 506  Maple Street

See event description on December 6

 

Glenn and Pat Lottie Art Exhibit

10 am – 5 pm, Ramsdell Theatre: 101 Maple St (in Hardy Hall)

See event description on Dec 6

 

Cookie Fun For Everyone

1pm – 6pm, United Methodist Church, 387 First St.

Support your local Habitat affiliate and decorate Christmas cutout cookies. The cookies are already baked and we provide the frosting and sprinkles. Decorate and leave the mess for us to clean up. Eat them yourselves or have them wrapped to give as a gift. $11 for a dozen $6 for a half dozen. All proceeds directly benefit Manistee County Habitat for Humanity.

 

Ramsdell Box Office Open

1pm – 8pm, Ramsdell Theatre: 101 Maple St (in the Theatre lobby)

Visit our Theatre box office through the theatre doors under the marquee. One of our staff or volunteers will be glad to help you secure tickets to an upcoming event. Upcoming shows feature the Nutcracker Ballet (Dec 7, 8, and 9), and the New Year’s Eve Party: Roaring 20s-themed.

 

Ramsdell Theatre Tours

1, 2 and 3 pm, on the hour Ramsdell Theatre: 101 Maple St.

Schedule your tour today at the historic Ramsdell theatre! Learn about critical figures such as Thomas Jefferson Ramsdell, the philanthropist, Solon Beman, the architect, Fredrick Winthrop Ramsdell, the painter, among others. Learn about what this building has meant to the community over the years and how it helped launch the career of two distinguished actors, James Earl Jones, and Toni Trucks.$5 admission. Meet in the theatre lobby. Call 231-398-9770 to RSVP

 

Nutcracker Gift Boutique  

1 pm – 8 pm, Ramsdell Theatre: 101 Maple St. (in Hardy Hall)

See what we have in store! There are cute gift ideas for people of all ages! We are open during the Nutcracker Ballet production as well.

 

Festival of Trees

1-8pm, Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom, 101 Maple St.

Creatively decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and other season decor designed by local holiday enthusiasts. You can bid on these holiday treasures and bring a can good or animal food to vote for your favorite entry. Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots/Gift for Teens. Bids close on December 9. Free.

 

Kids & Kupkakes

6:30-7:45 pm, Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple Street

Bring your child or grandchild to decorate cupcakes with Culinary Artist Connie Watson. She will guide you through your own holiday themed tasty masterpiece! The $30 admission includes supplies, and step-by-step instruction. Register online at www.manisteechamber.com

 

The Nutcracker Ballet

8:00 pm – 9:45 pm, Ramsdell Theatre:, 101 Maple St. (in the Theatre)

Seasoned director and choreographer Ingrid Bond brings magic to the Ramsdell with the Nutcracker Ballet Nov. 30, Dec 1, 2 and Dec. 7, 8, and 9. More than 70 dancers hailing from Manistee, Mason, and Benzie counties will present one of Tchaikovsky’s most notable holiday classics. $20 Adult | $10 Student | $25 Box Seat. Purchase your tickets at www.MyNorthTickets.com or by calling 1-800-836-0717

 

Christmas Cookie + Wine Pairing

Noon-5pm, Douglas Valley, 431 River Street

Pair your favorite Christmas cookie with wine, $15 per person

 

Downtown Soup Cook-off

4:30-6:30pm, Downtown Manistee

Sponsored by: The Ideal Kitchen

Explore the shops of Downtown Manistee and enjoy the flavors of fresh homemade soups (see location map on reverse side)

 

Iron Fish Distillery at Moving Spirits

4:30-6:30pm, 429 River Street

Enjoy complimentary samples of fine spirits from Iron Fish Distillery

Sleighbell Craft Show and Bake Sale

9am-4pm, Manistee High School, 525 12th Street

 

Festival of Trees

9:30am -8 pm, Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom: 101 Maple St.


Creatively decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and other season decor designed by local holiday enthusiasts. You can bid on these holiday treasures and bring a can good or animal food to vote for your favorite entry. Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots/Gift for Teens. Bids close on December 9. Free

 

Parents & Paint

10am-12 pm, Ramsdell Theatre

Bring your child or grandchild to paint with local artist Tami Roth. She will guide you through your own holiday themed canvas masterpiece! The $45 admission includes supplies and step-by-step instruction along with cookies and hot chocolate! Register online at www.manisteechamber.com

 

Jingle Bell Jog 5K Run/Walk

10 am, Kennedy Elementary School, 550 Maple Street

Registration $18 prior to Nov 30, $23 afterwards, all entrants receive a long sleeve t-shirt.  For more information runmanistee.blogspot.com or email ethuemmel@manistee.org

 

A Victorian Christmas

10am-7pm, 425 River Street, Manistee County Historical Museum

Display of items from Manistee’s Victorian era as what celebrating the holidays in the Victorian age was like, students $1, adults $3, family $8

 

Historic Vogue Theatre

10am – 5pm, 383 River Street

Holiday Christmas classics on the big screen, No Charge. In celebration of its 80th Anniversary the Vogue is giving 80 Christmas presents to lucky patrons who stop in and draw a golden coin from Ebenezer Scrooge’s top hat.

 

Cookie Fun For Everyone

11am – 3pm, United Methodist Church, 387 First St.

Support your local Habitat affiliate and decorate Christmas cutout cookies. The cookies are already baked and we provide the frosting and sprinkles. Decorate and leave the mess for us to clean up. Eat them yourselves or have them wrapped to give as a gift. $11 for a dozen $6 for a half dozen. All proceeds directly benefit Manistee County Habitat for Humanity.

 

Cocoa, Cookies, and Crafts

11am – 12pm, Farmers Insurance of Manistee 320 1st Street

Come grab a cup of cocoa, decorate a cookie to snack on, and make a festive craft to take home. Free event.

 

The Old Kirke Museum

11am-2pm, 304 Walnut Street

Scandinavian Christmas Open House, enjoy cookies and refreshments in the oldest Danish Lutheran Church, No charge.

 

Meet the Grinch

Noon – 1pm, Happy Owl Bookstore, 358 River Street

1-3pm – Stay for local author book signings following the event

 

Ramsdell Box Open Open

1pm-8pm, Ramsdell Theatre: 101 Maple St (in the Theatre lobby)

Visit our Theatre box office through the theatre doors under the marquee. One of our staff or volunteers will be glad to help you secure tickets to an upcoming event. Upcoming shows feature the Nutcracker Ballet (Dec 7, 8, and 9), and the New Year’s Eve Party: Roaring 20s-themed.

 

Santa’s Headquarters

1-3:45pm, Manistee Marina, 460 River Street

Santa himself will be there for photo ops and to receive Christmas lists from all the good girls and boys.  Other activities include Mr. Balloon Man (Don Olszewski) and face paining by Debbie Tiefenthal. Santa leaves promptly at 4pm to lineup for the parade

Sponsored by: Randy Zakrajsek from RE/MAX

 

Canvas & Cheer

1-3 pm, Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple Street

Bring a friend and unwind as you learn to paint with local artist Tami Roth. She will guide you through your own holiday themed canvas masterpiece! The $45 admission includes supplies and step-by-step instruction along with holiday beverage and danish! Register online at www.manisteechamber.com

 

Glenn and Pat Lottie Art Exhibit

1pm-8pm | Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple Street (in Hardy Hall)


See event description on Dec 6

 

Ramsdell Theatre Tours

1, 2 & 3 pm, on the hour Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple Street

See event description on Dec 6

 

Nutcracker Gift Boutique

1-8 pm, Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple Street (in Hardy Hall)

See event description on Dec 6

 

Tour of the James Dempsey Mansion

1, 2 & 3pm on the hour, 506  Maple Street

See event description on Dec 6

 

Christmas Cookie + Wine Pairing

Noon-5pm, Douglas Valley, 431 River Street

Pair your favorite Christmas cookie with wine, $15 per person

 

Love for Children & Chocolate

11am-5pm, Christian Faith Church International, 55 Division Street

Chocolate Shoppe and free photos with ‘The Grinch’

 

Carriage Rides Down River Street

Noon-3:30pm, East and West End of River Street 

Sponsored by: Watson’s of Manistee, Matt Knizacky Insurance & Snyder’s Shoes.

 

Historic Tour of St Paul’s Lutheran Church

Noon-2pm, 313 Fourth Street

Free Hot Cocoa and Cookies

 

Pony Rides

2-4pm, Downtown in front of the Manistee Marina, 460 River St.

Pony rides are for children 13 and under, 150 lbs weight limit, ends promptly at 4pm.

 

Christmas Tea at the Buckley House

2-4pm, 450 Cedar Street

Enjoy a lavish Christmas tea in the third floor ballroom of one of Manistee’s premier Victorian homes.  Three full courses will be served along with a complete tour of the home. Reservations are a must. RSVP by Dec 5, 231.398.2561, $35

 

MaxwellTown Brass

2:30-3:30 pm, 390 River Street

MaxwellTown Brass was assembled to honor the rich traditions and culture of MaxwellTown in Victorian Manistee.  Their diverse musical backgrounds come alive to bring “Sounds of the Season”

Sponsored by: Stu’s Pub

 

Christmas at Moving Spirits

3-5pm, 429 River Street

Enjoy complimentary wine samples and artisan desserts

 

Merry Trombones

4-5:15 pm, 390 River Street

Sponsored By: Boyer Agency

 

Roasted Chestnuts

4:30-7:30pm, Downtown Manistee on River Street

Sponsored by: Kendra C Thompson Architects

 

Jingle Mingle

4:30-7:30pm, Ramsdell Inn, 399 River Street

Watch the parade from a spectacular view while enjoying live music, all you can eat appetizers and three drink tickets, $50 per person, RSVP 231-398-7901

 

VICTORIAN SLEIGHBELL PARADE

5:30 pm, Downtown Manistee on River Street

SPONSORED BY: CHEMICAL BANK

Experience one of Michigan’s most memorable holiday traditions.  This authentic parade features horse drawn carriages, turn of the century characters, 30 foot Christmas tree pulled upright by a beautiful horse team, elf on stilts, high school marching bands, bagpipers and a German organ player.  The parade concludes in downtown’s west end near the fountain with community caroling and lighting of the tree.

 

The Nutcracker Ballet

8-9:45pm, Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple St. (in the Theatre)

See event description on Dec 6

Traditional Swedish Brunch & Worship Service

10am Service, 11am Brunch, Portage Lake Bible Camp, 4158 Camp Delight Road

$10 adults, $5 five-twelve years, Free for 4 and under , RSVP at 231-889-5911

 

A Victorian Christmas

10am-2pm, 425 River Street, Manistee County Historical Museum

Display of items from Manistee’s Victorian era as what celebrating the holidays in the Victorian age was like, students $1, adults $3, family $8

 

The Old Kirke Museum

11am-2pm, 304 Walnut Street

Scandinavian Christmas Open House, enjoy cookies and refreshments in the oldest Danish Lutheran Church, No charge

 

Glenn and Pat Lottie Art Exhibit

11am-4pm, Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple Street (in Hardy Hall)

See event description on Dec 6

 

Nutcracker Gift Boutique

11am-4 pm, Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple Street (in Hardy Hall)

See event description on Dec 6

 

Festival of Trees

11am –1pm, Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom, 101 Maple St.

This is your last chance to bid on your favorite holiday items! Bids close today at 1 pm today; winning bidders will pick up items promptly after bids close. Bring a can good or animal food to vote for your favorite entry. Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots/Gift for Teens. Bids close on December 9. FREE ADMISSION

 

Ramsdell Box Office Open

11am-2pm, Ramsdell Theatre: 101 Maple St (in the Theatre lobby)

Visit our Theatre box office through the theatre doors under the marquee. One of our staff or volunteers will be glad to help you secure tickets to an upcoming event. Upcoming shows feature the Nutcracker Ballet (Dec 7, 8, and 9), and the New Year’s Eve Party: Roaring 20s-themed.

 

Christmas Cookie + Wine Pairing

Noon-4pm, Douglas Valley, 431 River Street  

Pair your favorite Christmas cookie with wine, $15 per person

 

Santa’s Headquarters

1-4pm, Manistee Marina, 460 River Street

Santa’s Headquarters is also open Dec 15,16,22 and 23

Sponsored by: Randy Zakrajsek from RE/MAX

 

Tour of the James Dempsey Mansion

1, 2 & 3pm on the hour, 506 Maple Street

See event description on Dec 6

 

The Nutcracker Ballet

2:00pm – 3:45pm, Ramsdell Theatre:, 101 Maple Street (in the Theatre)

See event description on Dec 6

 

Lessons & Carols

3pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 420 Oak Street

Music, singing and bible readings, dessert and social afterwards

 

Downtown Soup Cook-off

Friday, Dec 7 4:30-6:30pm

Sponsored by The Ideal Kitchen

Downtown River Street

All soups are homemade besides at the restaurants.

Results @ Douglas Valley, 331 River Street, Awards at 7pm