FLINT (WJRT) (12/05/17) - The Flint Cultural Center is ready to spread some cheer Tuesday evening with its 34th annual Holiday Walk.
"The Holiday Walk is our gift back to the community for all the support that they have given us over the year. Our buildings are open for free," said Sloan Museum Business Operations Director Cathy Gentry.
Festivities run from 5:15 to 8:30 p.m., with food trucks lining the Cultural Center campus. The tree lighting happens on the plaza between the Whiting and Sloan Museum.
"Santa Claus will light the tree and when he's done, he's making his way into the Whiting. You can sit on his lap, tell him what you'd like for Christmas," Gentry said.
In addition, Applewood is offering ice displays while the Flint Institute of Arts has Curious George, movies will be shown at the FIA and library, the Flint Youth Theater is performing vignettes and the planetarium is hosting shows.
The Sloan has some holiday activities planned as well.
"We're going to have arts and crafts for families to do together," said Gentry.
Inside the museum, visitors can get their first look at a brand new holiday exhibit, the largest the Sloan has ever had.
"When people come and see Winter Wonderland, they'll be blown away. It's some amazing," said Gentry.
Winter Wonderland includes three trains and some well hidden gems.
"There are some Michigan themes. You can see some nods to Birch Run, the Pictured Rocks, but you have to look close, and if you look on the walls, you can see some find its, like a John Deere tractor, Clifford the Big Red Dog, it's just really cool," said Gentry.
While there's no charge for the holiday fun, the Cultural Center staff will be accepting some much needed donations.
"We're asking people who are able to, please bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan to help replenish their pantry," said Gentry.